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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...

Soft Robotic Fish Performs Almost As Good As The Real Thing
2014-03-14 05:12:43

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The research popularity of soft robots, which are robots with soft exteriors powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels, has grown to such an extent that a new journal has been created about the topic – Soft Robotics (SoRo), a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. In the journal’s flagship issue this month, researchers from MIT and Worcester Polytechnic Institute describe their work in building...

Pine Tree Branches Turned Into Effective Water Filtration Systems
2014-03-07 09:41:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The next time you find yourself lost in the woods with no clean drinking water, the nearest pine tree may save your life. While lake or pond water may provide some short-term relief from dehydration when in the wild, these sources of water are not always clean. This is where the pine tree comes into play. Pouring lake water through a freshly-peeled pine tree limb can effectively remove most bacteria that may exist in the water,...

Lunar Missions Of The Future Could Refuel In Space
2014-03-05 13:20:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online MIT scientists have come up with a concept to create gas stations in space in order to help fuel future lunar missions. Current missions require spacecraft to carry fuel in case of emergency, but this extra fuel means there is less room for space agencies to launch heavier payloads. The team at MIT has come up with two cost-efficient fuel station designs in space that take advantage of the “contingency propellant” that spacecraft...

2014-03-04 08:29:07

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, MIT Technology Review announces the slate of speakers and schedule for its Digital Summit which will take place June 9-10 at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20140304/DC75889LOGO New digital technologies and services connect everything-from our cars and thermostats to our medical records and kitchen appliances. The MIT Technology Review Digital Summit examines tomorrow's...

2014-02-27 12:26:39

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- MIT Technology Review has named Erik Pelletier chief digital officer and VP for product development. In this role, Mr. Pelletier will lead the global media company's portfolio of publishing, event, community, and e-commerce products and platforms. He will oversee the product development team to build digital products across all platforms and design exceptional user experiences, and manage overall product roadmaps. He will also...

2014-02-27 08:26:54

Company to showcase the Zebra MotionWorks(TM) player tracking solutions at conference BOSTON, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in products and solutions that provide real-time visibility into organizations' assets, people and transactions, today announced its sponsorship of the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference taking place between February 28 - March 1, 2014, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. The company will...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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