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Smartphone Chip Could Herald A New Era Of Photography
2013-02-20 12:50:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Your Instagram photos might be getting a quality upgrade one day, thanks to a new processor chip developed by MIT scientists. A team at MIT´s Microsystems Technology Laboratory built a new chip that can instantly convert your smartphone photographs into professional-looking images, by creating more realistic or enhanced lighting. This new chip can be integrated with any smartphone, tablet computer, or digital camera....

Robots Learn To Work Better With Humans Thanks To New Cross Training Technique
2013-02-12 11:44:26

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are investigating whether studies designed to help train people could also be applied to teams of both robots and humans, in a technique known as cross-training. MIT researchers will be presenting a paper at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction in Tokyo about the results of experiments they carried out with the cross-training technique. Researchers have been undertaking various efforts to try and...

2013-02-06 09:45:36

System developed at MIT cleans ℠produced water´ from natural gas wells, could lead to improved desalination plants for developing countries. Increased natural gas production is seen as a crucial step away from the greenhouse gas emissions of coal plants and toward U.S. energy independence. But natural gas wells have problems: Large volumes of deep water, often heavily laden with salts and minerals, flow out along with the gas. That so-called “produced water” must be...

2013-02-05 10:28:21

Surprising result suggests that enhancing these mutations´ impact could offer a new way to treat cancer. A typical cancer cell has thousands of mutations scattered throughout its genome and hundreds of mutated genes. However, only a handful of those genes, known as drivers, are responsible for cancerous traits such as uncontrolled growth. Cancer biologists have largely ignored the other mutations, believing they had little or no impact on cancer progression. But a new study from...

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...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.