Successful Rocket Motor Test Helps NASA's Shuttle and Ares I

NASA's Space Shuttle Program successfully fired a four-segment reusable solid rocket motor Thursday, Nov. 1, at a Utah test facility. The two-minute test provided important information for continued launches of the shuttle ...

MIT's 'robocar' named a finalist in DARPA Urban Challenge

Team MIT has made it to the finals of the DARPA Urban Challenge, a competition for cars and trucks that run without human help. The qualification was announced Thursday, Nov. 1, by DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects ...

French Physicists Calculate Mean First Passage Time

First Passage Time, (FTP) can best be understood by pondering the question, "How long does it take a random walker to reach a given target?" The FTP is key to predicting the spread of disease, neuron firing dyanmics and more.

Teamwork increases student learning and career success

A two-year study of college students at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) proves that students learn better and develop higher-level skills by participating in cooperative (team) activities, compared to traditional ...

A hairpin to fight HIV

When a host cell is infected with HIV, the virus brings its own genetic material into the host cell. This cell then replicates, reads the viral RNA, and uses it as a blueprint to produce more viral proteins.

Governor opposes polar bear protection

Environmentalists say Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is skating on thin ice with her opposition to efforts to protect polar bears.

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