Atomic Structure of Ultrasound Material Not What Anyone Expected

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Atomic Structure of Ultrasound Material Not What Anyone Expected

“Lead magnesium niobate (PMN) is a prototypical “relaxor” material, used in a wide variety of applications, from ultrasound to sonar. Researchers have now used state-of-the-art microscopy techniques to see exactly how atoms are arranged in PMN – and it’s not what anyone expected. “This work gives us information we can use to better understand how and why PMN behaves the …

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Clinging on to the memory

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Clinging on to the memory

“Immune cells hold their memory of how to respond to allergens in a surprising way. Understanding how the immune system remembers allergy-causing antigens could help prevent severe reactions. When a predisposed person is initially exposed to an allergy-causing antigen, specific antibodies, called immunoglobulin E (IgE), are produced without leading to an allergic reaction. But if exposed to the allergen a …

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Great potential as soft robotic material of the future

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Great potential as soft robotic material of the future

“Scientists at Waseda University may have come a step closer to innovating soft robots to care for people. Its material, however, is something you may have never expected. They have developed robotic crystals that walk slowly like an inchworm and roll 20,000 times faster than its walking speed. These autonomously moving, organic crystals have great potential as material for …

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IBM Reveals a Novel Energy-saving Optical Receiver with a new Record of Rapid Power-on/off Time

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IBM Reveals a Novel Energy-saving Optical Receiver with a new Record of Rapid Power-on/off Time

“New NRZ optical receiver opens doors for the next-generation green, larger-capacity optical interconnect systems SAN DIEGO — With the increasing popularization of datacenters and other bandwidth hungry interconnect applications, today’s bandwidth growth of short-distance optical networks demands data transmission speeds of more than 100 Gb/s, calling for the development of energy-efficient, multi-channel optical links with fast data transfer rates …

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Made In Space Sets Guinness World Record for Longest 3D-Printed Piece

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Made In Space Sets Guinness World Record for Longest 3D-Printed Piece

“A company that aims to build big structures in space has just set a record here on Earth. California-based Made In Space earned a Guinness World Record for “World’s Longest 3D Printed Nonassembled Piece,” company representatives announced Thursday (Feb. 22). That piece is a beam 123 feet 8.25 inches (37.7 meters) long, and it now hangs from …

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New WALK-MAN Robot Is Slimmer, Quicker, Better at Quenching Your Flames

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New WALK-MAN Robot Is Slimmer, Quicker, Better at Quenching Your Flames

“Since the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals in June of 2015, roboticists at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) have been working to improve the capabilities of their custom made humanoid disaster robot, WALK-MAN. WALK-MAN is part of a much larger European Commission-funded project, which involves a variety of research institutes and universities all contributing to the development of …

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Remembering Really Fast

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Remembering Really Fast

“Colossal magnetoresistance at terahertz frequencies in thin composites boosts novel memory devices operated at extremely high speed. Electronics could work faster if they could read and write data at terahertz frequency, rather than at a few gigahertz. Creating such devices would be eased with materials that can undergo a huge change in how easily they conducted electricity in response to …

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Scientists deliver high-resolution glimpse of enzyme structure

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Scientists deliver high-resolution glimpse of enzyme structure

“New finding suggests differences in how humans and bacteria control production of DNA’s building blocks. Using a state-of-the-art type of electron microscopy, an MIT-led team has discovered the structure of an enzyme that is crucial for maintaining an adequate supply of DNA building blocks in human cells. Their new structure also reveals the likely mechanism for how cells …

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Scientists pave the way for resilient robot swarms

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Scientists pave the way for resilient robot swarms

“Researchers from Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) at the University of Southampton will use bio-inspired algorithms and machine learning to develop fault-tolerant robotic swarms in a new scheme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Assistant Professor Dr Danesh Tarapore from ECS’s Agents, Interaction and Complexity research group will lead the New Investigator Award project that …

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Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with excellent color quality

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Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with excellent color quality

“A team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has used data mining and computational tools to discover a new phosphor material for white LEDs that is inexpensive and easy to make. Researchers built prototype white LED light bulbs using the new phosphor. The prototypes exhibited better color quality than many commercial LEDs currently on the market …

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