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MIT Researchers Create Best Ever Quantum Dots
2013-02-04 15:37:24

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the 1980s, scientists discovered very tiny particles that are capable of emitting light when exposed to ultraviolet light. These particles — now known as quantum dots — are made of a semiconductor material and can display light in a wide array of colors depending on the size of the particle. Though these dots initially showed great promise for a number of purposes, several limitations have prevented them from being...

Skin Patch Delivers DNA Vaccines Painlessly
2013-01-28 18:48:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online MIT researchers reported in the journal Nature Materials about a new type of vaccine-delivery film that could improve the effectiveness of DNA vaccines. The vaccines could eventually not only overcome the safety risks of using viruses to vaccinate against diseases like HIV, but could also be more stable. Scientists have been attempting to deliver DNA vaccines to human patients using techniques like electroporation. This...

New Class Of Hydrophobic Ceramics From Rare Earth Elements
2013-01-22 05:13:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Surfaces that can shed water and survive harsh environments could have broad applications in a wide range of industries including energy, water, transportation, construction and medicine. The condensation of water is an integral part of many industrial processes, for example, and most electric power plants and desalination plants have condensers. Materials that prevent water from spreading over a surface — hydrophobic materials...

Robot Jobs Outpacing Human Employment
2013-01-15 11:04:00

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The world of robotics technology continues to improve and grow at an ever quickening pace. In the beginning, robots were used to perform some of the more dangerous or difficult tasks in the workplace. As these machines get smarter, however, they´re able to take on the more prosaic jobs as well, such as running a telephone switchboard, working retail in an e-commerce shop or assisting with the care of the elderly. Whether...

2013-01-11 11:37:04

NASA will join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and high school student teams from the United States and abroad for the fourth annual Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge Friday, Jan. 11. The event will take place on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Mass., and be broadcast live on NASA Television beginning at 8:30 a.m. EST. For the competition, NASA will upload software developed by high school students onto Synchronized Position...

2013-01-03 11:01:49

New design for a basic component of all computer chips boasts the highest 'carry mobility' yet measured Almost all computer chips use two types of transistors: one called p-type, for positive, and one called n-type, for negative. Improving the performance of the chip as a whole requires parallel improvements in both types. At the IEEE's International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) in December, researchers from MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL) presented a p-type...

Quantum Spin Liquid Is A New State Of Magnetism
2012-12-21 09:38:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While experts had previously only confirmed the existence of two states of magnetism, experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) report that they have been able to experimentally demonstrate the existence of a third kind. The MIT researchers have dubbed the new state a quantum spin liquid (QSL), and they describe their findings in this week's edition of the journal Nature. It joins ferromagnetism (the simple form...

First Stars Born Short 750 Million Years After The Big Bang
2012-12-06 12:30:42

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The universe has had traces of heavy elements such as carbon and oxygen as far back in time as astronomers have been able to see. Elements such as these were originally churned from the explosion of massive stars. They formed the building blocks for planetary bodies, and eventually for life on Earth. Peering back far in time, a research team from MIT, Caltech, and the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) found matter...

'Swiss Army Knife' Of Robots Created
2012-12-03 20:18:21

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Massachusetts Institute of Technology claims its researchers have created the "Swiss army knife" of robots. The milli-motein robot is caterpillar-sized and reconfigurable, capable of becoming almost anything, according to MIT. Neil Gershenfeld, head of MIT´s Center for Bits and Atoms created the robot with the help of scientist Ara Knaian and postdoctoral associate Kenneth Cheung. “It´s effectively a...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.