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Nuclear Plants Could Withstand Tsunamis If Built For Life On The Sea
2014-04-16 12:56:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Modern-day nuclear power plants face two major issues: threats from natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and finding available real estate near a body of water that could be used for cooling. A concept being presented at the Small Modular Reactors Symposium this week in Washington, DC could solve both of those problems. According to experts from MIT, the University of Wisconsin, and nuclear plant construction company...

2014-04-16 12:23:41

Nominate an outstanding mid-career woman for leadership in clean energy WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) initiative is now accepting nominations for the 2014 C3E Awards, which will honor the achievements of mid-career women working in clean energy. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140415/73405 C3E Awards nominees will be evaluated on their clean energy leadership qualities and accomplishments, which should be...

2014-04-15 23:05:42

Company Selected from More Than 100 Companies for Its Innovative and Disruptive Approach to Solving the Lack of Security in Online File Sharing Marlborough, Mass. (PRWEB) April 15, 2014 Content Raven, the industry’s leading secure digital distribution platform provider for the enterprise, today announced it has been selected out of 100 companies to exhibit at the annual In-Now-Vation Technology Showcase, hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. As an exhibitor, Content Raven...

2014-04-11 12:22:46

Maureen Grieco joins team from MIT's Philanthropic Partnerships office. BOSTON, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate (the EMK Institute) is proud to announce Maureen O. Grieco as Vice President of Development. As a member of the Institute's senior management team she will design and implement the organization's Fundraising Strategic Plan. Grieco has 10 years in managing major gift fundraising for large organizations. Most...

2014-04-11 10:55:02

New study puts a cost on 'round-tripping,' a method investors use to avoid the tax collector Tax evasion is widely assumed to be an eternal problem for governments — but how widespread is it? For the first time, a new study, co-authored by an MIT professor, has put a cost on a particular kind of tax evasion, known as "round-tripping," that the U.S. government has been trying to thwart. In round-tripping, U.S. investors move funds to offshore tax havens, then invest in U.S. equity and...

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...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.