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$1 Million Prize to One who Comes Up with Idea to Reduce ‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf

$1 Million Prize to One who Comes Up with Idea to Reduce ‘Dead Zone’ in Gulf

Whopping $1 million prize will be awarded by Tulane University to the person(s) who will come up with a solution to decrease the size of the annual dead zone in the Gulf of the Mexico. In the area, water quality deteriorates along with disappearance of marine life every year.

Building Things Creatively and Inexpensively has Become India’s Strength

Building Things Creatively and Inexpensively has Become India’s Strength

India is receiving worldwide attention due to its recently launched Mangalyaan. One of the reasons for which it is receiving a lot of appreciation is cost-effective budget within which the Indian Space agency has completed the project.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) spent mere $75 million to launch the spacecraft to Mars. "By excelling in getting so much out of so little, we are establishing ourselves as the most cost-effective center globewide for a variety of advanced technologies", said Roddam Narasimha, an aerospace scientist.

TERMES Robots Capable of Building Complex Structures

TERMES Robots Capable of Building Complex Structures

Experts at Harvard University have come up with a team of robots known as TERMES robots that are able to build complex structure.

Scientists and researchers got the idea to build the same after knowing the functioning of termites in Namibia. These termites builds some of the most fascinating structures which are massive cities of packed dirt reaching up to 30 feet high.

Technique Using Carbon Nanotubes Developed for Microprocessor Cooling

Technique Using Carbon Nanotubes Developed for Microprocessor Cooling

A team of researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is busy studying and developing the technique of using carbon nanotubes for making small microprocessor chip cooler.

At present, transistors are squeezed in the size of a small chip, due to which overheating causes the bad performance of these chips. The new technique will help to avoid the low performance of the microprocessors in the times to come.

NASA Team Scans Mysterious White Rock in the Way of Opportunity Mars Rover

NASA Team Scans Mysterious White Rock in the Way of Opportunity Mars Rover

According to a new report, scientists are puzzled on seeing a mysterious rock in the images sent by the NASA's Opportunity rover of its work area, while preparing to use its robotic arm for science investigation. They are surprised with the fact that the mysterious white rock was not visible in the images sent by the rover about two weeks earlier.

James Webb Telescope 100 Times More Powerful than Hubble

James Webb Telescope 100 Times More Powerful than Hubble

A trillion-dollar spending bill is likely to make its way to massive spending on Science on Wednesday. The spending bill also includes the NASA's top priority to replace Hubble telescope with the James Webb telescope being built in Maryland at the Goddard Space Center.

This is important from the perspective of gaining better insight into stars and galaxies. Webb is much better than the Hubble as it is 100 times powerful and can gather information about stars and galaxies four times father than the moon.

MIT Engineers Find a Way to Find Out Mass of Particles at Attogram Scale

MIT Engineers Find a Way to Find Out Mass of Particles at Attogram Scale

A new method to gauge the weight of particles has been found by MIT engineers. The resolution of the method is better than an attogram, which is one millionth of a trillionth of a gram. Mass of both synthetic nanoparticles and biological components of cells can be measured with this method.

Finding the mass of these particles could assist researchers in understanding their compositions and functionalities.

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Metamaterials Can be Used to Perform Analog Computing

Metamaterials Can be Used to Perform Analog Computing

A research has been carried out by a group of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania. Generally, meta-materials, which often makes an object visible, have been found to be having another use and that to a significant one.

The study researchers have found that these meta-materials can be used in order to do advanced mathematical calculations done by computer. It shall however, be noted that for now they have not come up with a device that works with the help of the same.

Climbing Robots Mimicking Stickiness of Gecko Lizard Feet could Work in Space and on Earth: ESA

Climbing Robots Mimicking Stickiness of Gecko Lizard Feet could Work in Space and on Earth: ESA

European Space Agency (ESA) has revealed that climbing robots that matches with the gumminess of gecko lizard feet could work in space and also on Earth. This has raised the hope of hull-crawling robots moving in upcoming spacecraft.

Crawling of robots across spacecraft surfaces are a widespread view in science fiction films ranging from Silent Running to Wall-E.

Atlas-Ian Traverses about 25 yards over Three Piles of Cinder Blocks in a Robotic Challenge

Atlas-Ian Traverses about 25 yards over Three Piles of Cinder Blocks in a Robotic Challenge

It has really been a feat for the entire team of IHMC Robotics of Pensacola, as their six-foot robot traversed slowly about 25 yards over three piles of cinder blocks. The robot weighs 330-pound. The whole team was ecstatic after their robot, Atlas-Ian, crossed the finish line.

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