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SpaceX-3 launches science cargo to International Space Station
A SpaceX Dragon spacecraft full of NASA cargo, experiments and equipment blazed into orbit Friday, April 18, aboard the company's Falcon 9 rocket. The astronauts aboard the International Space Station will unload the supplies after the Dragon arrives at the orbiting research laboratory.
Matter & Energy News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:55 GMT

'Dressed' laser aimed at clouds may be key to inducing rain, lightning
The adage "Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it" may one day be obsolete if researchers further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. Other possible uses of this technique could be used in long-distance sensors and spectrometers to identify chemical makeup.
Matter & Energy News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:55 GMT

'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin
Researchers have shown how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate, from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick. Ever-shrinking electronic devices could get down to atomic dimensions with the help of transition metal oxides, a class of materials that seems to have it all: superconductivity, magnetoresistance and other exotic properties. These possibilities have scientists excited to understand everything about these materials, and to find new ways to control their properties at the most fundamental levels.
Matter & Energy News -- ScienceDaily, Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:55 GMT

MRI, on a molecular scale
(Harvard University) A team of scientists, led by professor of physics and of applied physics Amir Yacoby, have developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system that can produce nano-scale images, and may one day allow researchers to peer into the atomic structure of individual molecules.
EurekAlert! - Technology, Engineering and Computer Science, Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:55 GMT

Flipping the switch
(Harvard University) Harvard researchers have succeeded in creating quantum switches that can be turned on and off using a single photon, an achievement that could pave the way for the creation of highly secure quantum networks.
EurekAlert! - Technology, Engineering and Computer Science, Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:55 GMT

Researchers find 3-million-year-old landscape beneath Greenland ice sheet
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Glaciers and ice sheets are commonly thought to work like a belt sander. As they move over the land they scrape off everything -- vegetation, soil and even the top layer of bedrock. So a team of university scientists and a NASA colleague were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland ice sheet, below two miles of ice.
EurekAlert! - Technology, Engineering and Computer Science, Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:55 GMT

University uses driving simulator for vehicle-to-vehicle research
While some students may think Patrick F. Taylor Hall is made up of typical lecture halls and engineering classrooms, they may not know about the driving simulator on the second floor. Sherif Ishak, professor and undergraduate coordinator of the University’s civil engineering program, and graduate research assistant Julius Codjoe are working on starting a new [...]
iCivilEngineer, Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:56 GMT

Pedro Reis receives Early Career Award from National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced recently that Pedro Reis will receive a 2014 Early Career Award from the NSF’s Structural Mechanics and Materials program for his project, “Smart Morphable Surfaces for Aerodynamic Drag Control.” The Early Career Award is the NSF’s most prestigious award for young researchers. Reis is an assistant professor in the [...]
iCivilEngineer, Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:56 GMT

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