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2013-01-03 11:01:49

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.

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

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.

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

The universe has had traces of heavy elements such as carbon and oxygen as far back into time as astronomers have been able to see. Elements such as these were originally churned from the explosion of massive stars.

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

Massachusetts Institute of Technology claims its researchers have created the "Swiss army knife" of robots.

2012-11-27 13:58:22

A new imaging technique developed at MIT offers the first glimpse of the degeneration of two brain structures affected by Parkinson's disease.

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

MIT engineers have worked out a computational model which shows how solar energy can be more or less funneled before it’s captured, ensuring an efficient and effective solar energy capturing mechanism.

2012-11-08 00:45:21

MIT researchers develop tool to assess regional risks of climate change, potential impacts on local infrastructure and planning.

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

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.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.