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Particle physics goes public

Ever since CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland, began its operations at the Large Hadron Collider in 2008, its researchers have pushed for their results to be publicly accessible. The field ...

dateJan 30, 2014 in General Physics
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Smart bike pedals toward accident prevention

Every day, about two people in the U.S. succumb to fatal cycling accidents while more than 130 suffer harmful injuries. But in an era of increasing concern for the environment, cycling is an important mode of transportation, ...

dateJan 08, 2014 in Engineering
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Burning plastic as cleanly as natural gas

Yiannis Levendis, Distinguished Professor Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Northeastern, keeps a photograph of a burning plastic foam cup tacked to the wall above his desk. Thick black smoke emanates from the receptacle, ...

dateDec 05, 2013 in Materials Science
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A better motor for the Mars Rover

In the world of robotics, identifying actuators that are strong and compact is probably one of the most important open technological problems yet to be resolved. More often than not, the mechanical elements that translate ...

dateNov 21, 2013 in Space Exploration
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The shape of things to come

In his State of the Union address in February, President Obama told the American people that 3-D printing has the "potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything."

dateNov 07, 2013 in Engineering
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Researchers use science to predict success

We all want to know the secret to success and physicists are no different. Like the rest of the academic community, physicists rely on various quantitative factors to determine whether a researcher will enjoy long-term success. ...

dateOct 07, 2013 in Mathematics
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Researchers push the radio rainbow's limits

Back when walkie-talkies and car radios represented the height of wireless technology, there were plenty of frequencies to go around. The spectrum of radio waves was easily parsed into discrete packets: one for the oldies ...

dateOct 01, 2013 in Telecom
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The ultimate molecular chess match

For the last two decades, it's been said that carbon nanotubes hold the promise to transform a range of fields, from alternative energy to drug delivery. But making that happen has proved difficult, according to Hicham Fenniri, ...

dateSep 26, 2013 in Nanomaterials
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