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New plasma switch can make power grid more efficient for long-distance transmission

Inside your home and office, low-voltage alternating current (AC) powers the lights, computers and electronic devices for everyday use. But when the electricity comes from...
Simple method keeps liquids from freezing at very low temperatures for extended periods

Simple method keeps liquids from freezing at very low temperatures for extended periods

Mass.-General-developed technique could extend preservation times for blood cells, tissues and organs Investigators from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Engineering in Medicine (MGH-CEM) have...

Why does the water splay when it hits the sink before it heads down...

Household phenomenon observed by Leonardo da Vinci finally explained by Cambridge researchers An everyday occurrence spotted when we turn on the tap to brush our...

Engineers taught a drone to herd birds away from airports

With a new algorithm, a drone can autonomously protect airfields Engineers at Caltech have developed a new control algorithm that enables a single drone to...
How origami might reshape the future of solar panels, air bags and everything

How origami might reshape the future of solar panels, air bags and everything

The next generation of solar panels and air bags will be shaped by the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. At least, that’s how Northeastern...

New tech converts heat to electricity at record high rates, says new study

U.S. Army Research Laboratory-funded research at the University of Michigan has resulted in demonstrating a new approach for more effectively converting heat into electricity. The...
‘Strange metal’ superconductors just got stranger

Strange metal’ superconductors just got stranger

High-temperature superconductors have remained a scientific mystery for more than 30 years. Their electrical resistance, which increases linearly with temperature, has been particularly puzzling, spawning...

New 3D-printed device could help treat spinal cord injuries

A prototype of a 3D-printed device with living cells that could help spinal cord patients restore some function Engineers and medical researchers at the University...
Army scientists create new technique for modeling turbulence in the atmosphere

Army scientists create new technique for modeling turbulence in the atmosphere

Army researchers have designed a computer model that more effectively calculates the behavior of atmospheric turbulence in complex environments, including cities, forests, deserts and...

Radio waves reveal person’s presence in a room, even beyond the sensor’s line of...

Relief may be on the horizon for anyone who has ever jumped around a room like a jack-in-the-box to get motion-sensing lights to turn...