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Rare Earth Element Discovered In Ancient Stars
2012-02-21 14:22:14

A team of researchers say they have discovered that a rare Earth element known as tellurium exists in three ancient stars that are nearly 12 billion years old. The new discovery helps support the theory that the element, along with even heavier elements in the periodic table, likely originated from a rare type of supernova. "We want to understand the evolution of tellurium – and by extension any other element – from the Big Bang to today," Anna Frebel, an assistant professor...

Image 1 - Osteoporosis Patients Receive Medication From Implanted Microchips
2012-02-17 06:09:52

Seven Dutch women suffering from osteoporosis received bone-strengthening medication from implanted microchips as part of a first-of-its kind study of wirelessly controlled drug-releasing devices, according to research published Thursday in the journal Science Translational Medicine. According to Lauran Neergaard of the Associated Press (AP), the study, which was funded by Massachusetts-based implantable drug delivery device developer MicroCHIPS, Inc and headed up by MIT professors Robert...

Researchers Give Robots The Gift Of Navigation
2012-02-16 15:12:35

MIT researchers have developed a new system that could one day allow robots to navigate any surrounding or terrain, without needing any input from humans. The algorithm developed by the team allows robots to continuously map their 3D environment by using a low-cost camera. The system developed by the researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) could also allow blind people to work their way through buildings like hospitals and shopping malls...

China Pollution Costing Economy Billions Of Dollars
2012-02-15 14:00:55

Despite improvements in air quality, the economic impact of air pollution in China costs billions of dollars in health care, report researchers from MIT. The new study shows that the economic impact from ozone and particulates in the air in China has increased. The study analyzed the costs associated with health impacts from ozone and particulate matter, which can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. It was found that, after quantifying costs from both lost labor and the...

Climate Change Could Speed Up Storm Frequency
2012-02-14 12:59:47

According to new research by MIT, climate change could make events like last year's Hurricane Irene happen every three to 20 years, instead of once a century. The group simulated trends of thousands of storms under different climate conditions and found that today's "500-year floods" could occur once every 25 to 240 years. They said knowing the frequency of storm surges may help urban coastal planners design seawalls and other protective structures. “When you design your...

2012-02-11 16:00:00

The Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative (PBC) President, Bruce Blomstrom will be participating in “Creating Successful Companies through Incubation” panel presentation at the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. The PBC also provides a collaborative, scientific environment, where entrepreneurs have access to scientific equipment, dedicated company workspace, and gain introductions to scientific, technical, legal, financial, business, and local bioscience associations and investors....

Word of the Day
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'