Archive: 2/06/2011

A brainy innovation takes flight

A team of Northeastern University engineering students has developed a system that allows a pilot to fly a simulated airplane using nothing more than his or her brainwaves — a program that has piqued military and private-sector ...

dateJun 02, 2011 in Engineering
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Better hearing with spaced-apart ears

( -- Detectors in the US, Germany and Italy are lying in wait to gather evidence that would unveil one of Albert Einstein’s last secrets: gravitational waves. Up to now, it has not been possible to detect ...

dateJun 02, 2011 in Astronomy
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Ocean acidification and coral reefs

( -- Natural carbon dioxide (CO2) seeps in Papua New Guinea have given scientists rare insights into what tropical coral reefs could look like if human-induced atmospheric CO2 concentrations continue to rise unabated. ...

dateJun 02, 2011 in Environment
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Keeping the power on in space

All space missions have one inescapable dependency: the electricity flowing through their systems to keep them alive. Take away its power and a spacecraft is nothing more than space debris – an eventuality the space ...

dateJun 02, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Angels and demons

No country's legal system is made with children in mind, but that has not stopped large numbers of children from becoming involved with it. Last year alone, an astonishing 50,000 children testified in UK courts for one reason ...

dateJun 02, 2011 in Social Sciences
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Long live the qubit!

A quantum computer is a device -- still largely theoretical -- that could perform some types of calculations much more rapidly than classical computers. While a bit in a classical computer can represent either 0 or 1, a quantum ...

dateJun 02, 2011 in Quantum Physics
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