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Many Common Household Products Contain DNA-Damaging Nanoparticles: Study
2014-04-11 07:48:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Some nanoparticles commonly added to thousands of consumer products can significantly damage DNA, according to a new study by researchers at MIT and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). These products, which include cosmetics, sunscreens, clothing and other common items, contain nanoparticles added by manufacturers to, among other things, improve texture, kill microbes, or enhance shelf life. But the current study...

Quantum Computing Advances At MIT - Trapping Rubidium Atoms In A Lattice Of Light
2014-04-11 04:29:35

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have developed a light lattice that traps atoms, a technique they say could aid in the creation of powerful quantum computing systems. The researchers used a laser to place individual atoms of the metal rubidium near the surface of a lattice of light, allowing them to couple a lone atom with a single photon, or light particle. The system allows both the atom and photon to switch the quantum...

2014-04-10 12:21:04

Trial Drives Demonstrate Highest Motor Performance and Energy Efficiency ARMONK, N.Y., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AC Kinetics, Inc. a developer of energy efficient motion-control and vibration reduction technology for motors, has released its first modular software library for variable speed drives (VSDs). AC Kinetics' software enables a significant reduction in the energy used by AC induction motors as compared to those controlled by traditional VSD software. "We have...

Gas Clouds Help Infectious Droplets From Sneezes Travel Farther
2014-04-08 13:00:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It is common knowledge that when you sneeze, you are spreading potentially infectious droplets of germs and bacteria into the air around you. While most people have the common courtesy to cover their face when they cough and sneeze, those who don’t could be spreading disease farther than they think. New research from MIT has found that the contents of your sneeze can travel much farther than previously estimated, especially when...

2014-04-04 23:39:54

The Wellesley Science and Technology EXPO is set for Saturday, April 5th with free admission and open to public; featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Jeff Hoffman, former NASA astronaut and Professor of the Practice of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, at 2:00pm. Wellesley, MA (PRWEB) April 03, 2014 The Wellesley Education Foundation is proud to host the first Wellesley Science & Technology Expo to be at on Saturday, April 5th from 10am to 3pm at the Wellesley High School. The EXPO is a...

2014-04-02 20:22:03

MLSC capital grant will double the size of LabCentral CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Deval Patrick today joined the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), MIT President Rafael Reif, LabCentral's leadership, industry stakeholders and state and local officials to celebrate the grand opening of LabCentral's state-of-the art 28,000 square-foot facility in Kendall Square in Cambridge. The Governor also announced $5 million in additional capital funding from...

Mass Extinction During The Great Dying Caused By Microbial Methane
2014-04-01 11:49:56

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Over 250 million years ago a mysterious event dubbed the Great Dying wiped out 90 percent of all species on Earth. Scientists have debated the culprit behind this mass extinction event for years, and a new study from MIT researchers has concluded that countless, tiny microbes released catastrophic amounts of methane into the atmosphere – choking off species that could not adapt. Previous research has fingered raging volcanoes...

2014-03-29 23:21:37

Jobberman CEO to speak at 2014 MIT Africa Innovate conference. Lagos (PRWEB) March 29, 2014 Ayodeji Adewunmi, a familiar name in online recruitment in Africa, will speak at the 4th annual MIT: Africa Innovate Conference to be held on the 11th and 12th April 2014 at the MIT Media Lab. Adewunmi is the President & CEO of Jobberman.com, launched in August 2009, Jobberman is the biggest job site in Sub-Saharan Africa with strategic partnerships with key media companies and in strong...

Bacterial Biofilms Used To Create Lifelike Materials
2014-03-24 04:29:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online By drawing inspiration from the way in which minerals, living cells and other substances combine to form bone, a team of MIT engineers have created a type of “living material” out of bacterial cells, according to research appearing in Sunday’s edition of the journal Nature Materials. Lead author Allen Chen, an MIT-Harvard MD-PhD student, and his colleagues coaxed those cells to produce biofilms capable of incorporating...

Nanotechnology Could Create Bionic Plants
2014-03-18 04:47:12

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of MIT researchers writing in the journal Nature Materials say they have discovered the first steps in a new field of science known as "plant nanobionics." The researchers found that they were able to boost a plant’s ability to capture light energy by 30 percent by embedding carbon nanotubes in the chloroplast. They were also able to use another type of carbon nanotube to modify the plants to detect nitric oxide. "Plants...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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