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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...

2014-02-25 23:28:16

InfoMotion Sports Technologies is again sponsoring the Interactive Room at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference from February 28 through March 1. The company is debuting new features to the award-winning 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball and its technology, giving attendees the opportunity to get hands on with the 94Fifty and learn about what is new. (PRWEB) February 25, 2014 InfoMotion Sports Technologies (http://www.infomotionsports.com) is again sponsoring the Interactive Room...

2014-02-24 23:23:22

GeriJoy recently hosted a webinar discussing its research at MIT about technology adoption in senior care. The company, which complements traditional caregiving services with virtual companionship and oversight, announced that it will be hosting follow-up webinars, including two on March 5, 2014 to demonstrate how GeriJoy's own technology-based service can help both formal and family caregivers. Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) February 24, 2014 Today, GeriJoy made available the recording of its...

Quasars Could Be Used To Test Bell's Theorem
2014-02-21 11:59:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online MIT researchers writing in the journal Physical Review Letters are proposing an experiment that could test Bell’s theorem. According to the scientists, the experiment could test the 50-year-old theorem to determine whether our universe is based on textbook laws of classical physics or less-tangible probabilities of quantum physics. Physicist John Bell wrote in 1964 that if the universe is based on classical physics, the...

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