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2012-08-13 13:03:21

New algorithms allow an autonomous robotic plane to dodge obstacles in a subterranean parking garage, without the use of GPS. For decades, academic and industry researchers have been working on control algorithms for autonomous helicopters – robotic helicopters that pilot themselves, rather than requiring remote human guidance. Dozens of research teams have competed in a series of autonomous-helicopter challenges posed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International...

2012-08-06 10:36:42

Findings answer puzzling question of how cells know when to progress through the cell cycle It's a longstanding question in biology: How do cells know when to progress through the cell cycle? In simple organisms such as yeast, cells divide once they reach a specific size. However, determining if this holds true for mammalian cells has been difficult, in part because there has been no good way to measure mammalian cell growth over time. Now, a team of MIT and Harvard Medical School...

2012-08-01 23:11:53

MIT team discovers way of making perfectly ordered and repeatable surfaces with patterns of microscale wrinkles. The wrinkles on a raisin result from a simple effect: As the pulp inside dries, the skin grows stiff and buckles to accommodate its shrinking size. Now, a team of researchers at MIT has discovered a way to harness that same principle in a controlled and orderly way, creating wrinkled surfaces with precise sizes and patterns. This basic method, they say, could be harnessed for...

Moon Formation From Giant Hit-and-run Impact
2012-07-30 04:42:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While scientists tend to accept the theory that the Moon was formed following a collision between a young Earth and a second planet, new research published online earlier this month suggests that the impactor might have been larger and traveling faster than previously believed. Current theory suggests that Earth's satellite was formed when the protoplanet was hit by a second world, believed to have been about the size of Mars,...

MIT And DARPA To Take On Biomimetics Project
2012-07-26 13:54:31

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of researchers from MIT is in the process of developing a technology that will mimic human physiological systems in the laboratory. The researchers will receive up to $32 million over the next five years from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work on the project. MIT said in a recent statement that an agreement between MIT and DARPA worth up to $26.3 million...

2012-07-25 02:23:42

NORWALK, Conn., July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HEI Hotels & Resorts Chairman Gary Mendell announced today the addition of a corporate social responsibility initiative to their industry-leading Managers-In-Training (MIT) Program. As part of the comprehensive training program, the managers-in-training will complete a project focusing on one of the key areas of HEI's corporate social responsibility platform. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120112/NY34250LOGO ) "To HEI,...

2012-07-19 02:44:09

New technique allows production of complex microchip structures in 1 self-assembling step Researchers at MIT have developed a new approach to creating the complex array of wires and connections on microchips, using a system of self-assembling polymers. The work could eventually lead to a way of making more densely packed components on memory chips and other devices. The new method – developed by MIT visiting doctoral student Amir Tavakkoli of the National University of Singapore,...

Automated Co-pilot Can Help You Avoid Collisions
2012-07-15 09:07:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With current automobile safety systems like crumple zones and air bags focused on mitigating the damage caused by a crash, MIT researchers have shifted their attention to preventing automobile accidents altogether. In pursuit of this goal, Sterling Anderson, a PhD student at MIT, and Karl Iagnemma, a principal research scientist in MIT´s Robotic Mobility Group, have developed an automated ℠co-pilot´ that guides the...

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2012-07-12 16:39:13

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hollywood has already taken full advantage of our fascination with all things 3D, releasing thrillers, animated films, and even 20-year old movies with the use of that far-out, three-dimensional technology. There´s even been a push to bring this tech into our living rooms and pockets with 3D televisions, 3D smartphones and 3D gaming platforms. While our appetite for 3D may be insatiable, the technology is still less than...

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2012-07-11 09:30:32

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers are one step closer to solving the mysteries of graphene, the carbon allotrope that could be the basis for the next generation of sensors, transistors, processors and more - if scientists can find a way to produce it in large quantities and mold it into the shape necessary to power future devices. One of the major problems with the material is that it is difficult to grow it into a layer that is only a single atom...