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Camera Helps MIT Researchers See Around Corners
2012-03-21 14:55:13

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Researchers at MIT Media Lab are experimenting with giving a camera the ability to shoot pictures of objects that are not in its line-of-sight. The team wrote in the journal Nature Communications that they have developed a way to produce 3D images of a wooden figurine that was standing around the corner, in another model room. The system fires a "femtosecond laser" to send bursts of light to reflect off surfaces like walls in order...

CO2 Storage in Deep Saline Aquifers
2012-03-21 10:11:08

[ Watch the Video ] Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com A group of researchers at MIT, led by Ruben Juanes, published a study this week that showed deep saline aquifers in the United States are capable of storing a century´s worth of carbon dioxide produced by the nation´s coal or gas fueled power plants. The researchers were able to accurately model carbon dioxide storage in the aquifers, or layers of water-bearing permeable rock, that would be located well below those water...

2012-03-09 10:37:09

Harvard's Robert Wood and MIT's Scott Aaronson win NSF's most prestigious award, which will help fuel their research pursuits Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) named two young scientists, Robert Wood of Harvard University and Scott Aaronson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to receive this year's Alan T. Waterman Award. The annual award recognizes an outstanding researcher under the age of 35 in any field of science or engineering NSF supports. In addition...

Moon's Magnetic Anomalies May Be The Result Of Asteroid Collision
2012-03-09 03:06:00

In the nearly five decades since the first lunar surveys were conducted as part of NASA's Apollo program, scientists have advanced a number of increasingly complex theories to explain the vast swaths of highly magnetic material that had been found in the some parts of the Moon's crust. But now a team of researchers from Harvard, MIT and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, have proposed a surprisingly simple explanation for the unusual findings — the magnetic anomalies are...

Educational Program Responds To Student Emotions
2012-03-05 13:17:16

American researchers say they´ve developed educational software capable of sensing and responding to the emotional state of its pupils. The project was spearheaded by Sidney D´Mello, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame, who assembled a team of fellow researchers from the University of Memphis and MIT. The group says that their pedagogical software, which they´ve dubbed AutoTutor and Affective AutoTutor, is able to assess not only what its...

Scientists Make New Neutron Star Discovery
2012-03-02 12:33:30

Researchers from several universities have detected all phases of thermonuclear burning in a neutron star for the first time. The team discovered the "model burster" star located close to the center of the galaxy in the global cluster Terzan 5. The star is the first of its kind to burst the way that models predict, and it could help explain why a model star like it has gone undetected for so long. Astrophysicists have been studying neutron stars for decades to try and understand how...

MIT Researchers Explain Mysterious Electron Acceleration
2012-02-29 12:48:02

Researchers from MIT report that they have used a massive computer simulation to explain a mysterious phenomenon detected by space probes. Jan Egedal, an associate professor of physics at MIT, and colleagues explained the source of aurora-causing high-speed electrons in space in their study published in the February 26 edition of the journal Nature Physics. The finding could lead to a better ability to predict high-energy electron streams in space that could damage satellites. The...

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