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New video camera captures rocket plume in unprecedented detail

New video camera captures rocket plume in unprecedented detail

Now, NASA has a camera that shows every minute detail of a rocket plume in unprecedented detail. The new High Dynamic Range Stereo X (HiDyRS-X) is able to record multiple slow motion exposures at one go by combining these shots into a high-definition video.

A rocket plume cannot be seen clearly because of its extreme brightness. This is one of the main reasons that it has never been captured properly. The new camera launched during NASA’s recent space launch test is able to show rocket plume in a great detail.

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Quantum Computing: MIT researchers develop prototype chip that traps ions in electric field

Quantum Computing: MIT researchers develop prototype chip that traps ions in electric field

Researchers from MIT and MIT Lincoln Laboratory have taken a step towards practical quantum computers. They have developed a prototype chip that can trap ions in an electric field along with built-in optics.

One of the study researchers Rajeev Ram, a NIT Professor of electrical engineering, said that they aim to take external laboratory and miniaturize technology on a chip. Study researchers have designed and built a set of on-chip optical components that can channel laser light towards individual ions.

Dust-sized, wireless sensors could one day monitor body from within in real time

Dust-sized, wireless sensors could one day monitor body from within in real time

A first dust-size, wireless sensor has been developed that can be implanted the body to monitor internal nerves, muscles or organs in real time. The neural dust could prove beneficial in ultrasound that is used both to power and read out the measurements.

The neural dust was implanted in the muscles and peripheral nerves of rats. One of the study authors Michel Maharbiz said that they see the utilization of neural dust not only within nerves and brain, but to at a much wider scale.

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Sunflowers turn their faces 180 degrees east to west tracing sun’s path

Sunflowers turn their faces 180 degrees east to west tracing sun’s path

Sunflowers change their direction as per sunlight. Every day, young sunflowers track the sun’s path across the sky and doing so, they move their faces 180 degrees from east to west. During the night also, their movement continues as then they reorient themselves and come to their original position, in the east, in the hope of dawn.

Prof. Stacey Harmer, a circadian biologist from UC Davis, has explained in the journal Science as to how sunflowers move and why. The research team set up an experiment in which it planted a field of sunflowers and observed what happened.

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Flooding in China in 1900 BC termed as major event in new research paper

Researchers unveil of one of world’s largest known flooding in China in about 1900 BC

A research paper published in the journal Science has unveiled about geological evidence of a catastrophic flood in the Yellow River around 1900 BC. While carrying out the fieldwork in 2007, researchers from Nanjing Normal University have come across sediments from the ancient dam.

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MIT researchers develop new technique that allows you to reach in and touch objects in videos

MIT researchers develop new technique that allows you to reach in and touch objects in videos

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed an imaging technology called Interactive Dynamic Video (IDV) that allows you to reach in, push, pull, and poke and prod objects in videos.

The technology works with the use of traditional cameras and algorithms. Using these mediums, IDV looks at the almost invisible vibrations of an object to come up with video simulations that can be used by users to virtually interact with.

Small quantum computer developed with ability to run multiple algorithms

Small quantum computer developed with ability to run multiple algorithms

Researchers from the Joint Quantum Institute at Maryland University have created a five qubits trapped ion device that can be expanded up to 100 qubits. Qubits can be prepared in the states, ones and zeros owing to which they are able to carry out more calculations.

The researchers were able to develop a small quantum computer carrying out multiple algorithms by using a software-controlled laser pulses that manipulated ions into different pairs. Study’s lead researcher Shantanu Debnath said that by connecting any pair of qubits, they would be able to implement any algorithm.

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IBM‘s artificial neuron may create computers that mimic processing design of organic brains

IBM‘s artificial neuron may create computers that mimic processing design of organic brains

IBM has developed a working artificial neuron. Not one or two, but 500 of them have been created by IBM’s research center in Zurich. The faux neurons have been developed from well-known materials, which can be reduced to the scale of a few nanometers.

In the case of organic neurons, there are membranes present that act as signal gates that take certain amount of energy to absorb. In the case of neurons developed by the IBM, the above mentioned role is taken up by a square of Germanium-Antimony-Tellerium (GST).

Prototype quantum computer successfully runs three basic programs

Prototype quantum computer successfully runs three basic programs

Researchers have developed the first fully programmable and reconfigurable quantum computer module. The new device has been intentionally named as module because it has potential to connect with copies of itself.

Study’s lead researcher Christopher Monroe from the University of Maryland was of the view that their study has taken high-quality quantum bits to a higher level functionality. The new module is the result of research carried out for past many years into trapping and controlling ions.

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Wave-propelled robot has medical applications as well as can enter complex areas for issue assessment

Wave-propelled robot has medical applications as well as can enter complex areas for issue assessment

Engineers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel have developed a new type of robot that can crawl into your stomach and assess you from within. This wave-propelled robot has been as named SAW and it can improve diagnostics in medical services sector. The researchers for the first time have used a wave-like motion to swim, crawl and climb through to pass through sand, grass and gravel. Its top speed is 1.2mph and SAW uses a single motor having no internal spine.

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