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2012-05-17 12:33:59

We've said farewell to Friendster. Netscape Navigator is nevermore. As an Internet service provider, AOL is AWOL. What happened to these companies that once ruled their individual markets? According to two University of Alberta researchers, their market dominance made them vulnerable. In a research paper recently published in MIT Sloan Management Review, University of Alberta marketing professors Kyle Murray and Gerald Häubl posit that it may only take an upstart competitor...

2012-05-15 22:46:52

It may seem counterintuitive, but one way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere may be to produce pure carbon dioxide in powerplants that burn fossil fuels. In this way, greenhouse gases – once isolated within a plant – could be captured and stored in natural reservoirs, deep in Earth's crust. Such "carbon-capture" technology may significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cheap and plentiful energy sources such as coal and natural gas, and help minimize...

2012-05-10 09:27:42

Harvard's Robert Wood and MIT's Scott Aaronson win NSF's most prestigious award, which will help fuel their research pursuits Researchers Scott Aaronson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Robert Wood of Harvard University were recognized as Alan T. Waterman Awardees at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State last week. While in the Washington, D.C. area, Aaronson and Wood also visited NSF headquarters, where they discussed their research in talks at the National...

Robot Reveals The Inner Workings Of Brain Cells
2012-05-07 06:50:13

New method offers automated way to record electrical activity inside neurons in the living brain Gaining access to the inner workings of a neuron in the living brain offers a wealth of useful information: its patterns of electrical activity, its shape, even a profile of which genes are turned on at a given moment. However, achieving this entry is such a painstaking task that it is considered an art form; it is so difficult to learn that only a small number of labs in the world practice...

How To Thwart Hackers
2012-05-03 04:08:30

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Researchers have developed a new technique that will be able to keep hackers from stealing a computer's secrets. Hackers have become an increasing problem for keeping personal information secure from cybertheft, but Shafi Goldwasser, the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, and her former student Guy Rothblum believe they have a solution for the growing threat. Goldwasser says the technique could protect devices that use...

Fog-Resistant, Self-Cleaning Glass Developed at MIT
2012-04-30 04:23:25

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have reportedly developed a way to make glass free of glare and reflections, resistant to fog, and essentially self-cleaning, the university announced in a press release last Thursday. According to the MIT News Office, the technology is a new surface temperature that can be applied to glass, essentially eliminating reflections and making it so that water droplets bounce right off the surface, not unlike rubber balls. This new...

2012-04-26 09:18:10

Thin-film process boosts bulk alloy's thermoelectric performance The intense interest in harvesting energy from heat sources has led to a renewed push to discover materials that can more efficiently convert heat into electricity. Some researchers are finding those gains by re-designing materials scientists have been working with for years. A team of Boston College and MIT researchers report developing a novel, nanotech design that boosts the thermoelectric performance of a bulk alloy...

Word of the Day
  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).