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2012-11-27 13:58:22

New MRI technique could help doctors track how patients respond to treatment A new imaging technique developed at MIT offers the first glimpse of the degeneration of two brain structures affected by Parkinson's disease. The technique, which combines several types of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), could allow doctors to better monitor patients' progression and track the effectiveness of potential new treatments, says Suzanne Corkin, MIT professor emerita of neuroscience and leader of...

Harnessing Power By Funneling Solar Energy
2012-11-26 12:53:51

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The concept is a simple one, borrowing from some very elementary principles. For instance, everyone knows the best way to capture and contain the most of an element or substance is with a funnel. These cones make it easier to put oil in our cars or fill small glass shakers from a larger bag of sugar. Now, some MIT engineers have worked out a computational model which shows how solar energy can be more or less funneled...

2012-11-08 00:45:21

MIT researchers develop tool to assess regional risks of climate change, potential impacts on local infrastructure and planning. Climate scientists cannot attribute any single weather event – whether a drought, wildfire or extreme storm – to climate change. But extreme events, such as Hurricane Sandy, are glimpses of the types of occurrences the world could be more vulnerable to in the future. As the devastation left by Sandy continues to reverberate, decision-makers at every...

New Device Doubles Smartphone Battery Life
2012-11-03 07:34:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A Massachusetts-based company has reportedly developed a power amplifier that could double the battery life of smartphones, tablet computers, handheld gaming systems, and other popular consumer electronic devices. The company, a start-up by the name of Eta Devices, could provide a solution to "a power efficiency problem that is decades old," BGR's Zach Epstein said Thursday, citing MIT's Technology Review. The device aims to...

2012-10-21 04:02:16

Martin Valenzuela's ROP Principles of Engineering students will spend nine months developing an ozone water purification system designed to serve communities with no access to clean water. The Los Alamitos High School students will showcase a prototype of the product at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts in late June. Los Alamitos, CA (PRWEB) October 20, 2012 North Orange County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) pre-engineering high school students will spend the year inventing and...

2012-10-19 01:37:02

Thanks to better voting technology over the last decade, the country's election process has seen much improvement, according to a new report released today by researchers at Caltech and MIT. However, the report notes, despite this progress, some problems remain. Spurred by the debacle of hanging chads and other voting problems during the 2000 presidential election, the Voting Technology Project (VTP) was started by Caltech and MIT to bring together researchers from across disciplines to...

2012-10-17 22:53:58

New way to image brain-cell activity could shed light on autism and other psychiatric disorders A team led by MIT neuroscientists has developed a way to monitor how brain cells coordinate with each other to control specific behaviors, such as initiating movement or detecting an odor. The researchers' new imaging technique, based on the detection of calcium ions in neurons, could help them map the brain circuits that perform such functions. It could also provide new insights into the...

Invisibility Cloaking For Better Electronics
2012-10-13 05:18:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The power of cloaking mechanisms could eventually lead the way for developing more efficient thermoelectric devices and new kinds of electronics. MIT researchers applied the idea of harnessing the cloaking mechanisms developed to shield objects from view, to the movement of electrons. Previous work relied on metamaterials made of artificial materials with unusual properties. The composite structures used for cloaking cause light...


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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.