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University of Utah mathematicians have developed a brand new cloaking method that functions through wave cancellation and could someday shield submarines from sonar, planes from radar, buildings from earthquakes, and coastal structures from tsunamis. Most previous research used interior cloaking, where the cloaking device envelops the cloaked object. Researchers say this new method "is the first active, exterior cloaking" technique.
Stanford engineers and others have created a structural design that lets buildings rock during earthquakes, then correct themselves when the shaking stops, confining damage to replaceable steel "fuses."
A Northwestern University study is the first of its kind and demostrates that having musical training can help a listener distinguish between background noise and sound that the listener is meant to hear.
Oregon State University researchers are pioneering the concept of "rich interaction" -- computers that do, in fact, want to communicate with, learn from, and get to know you better as a person.
University of Illinois researchers report that they have assembled a new cancer drug delivery system that, in a cell culture, is able kill tumor cells and spare healthy cells.
An international team of researchers deduced that early modern humans living on the coast of the southern tip of Africa used fire to increase the quality and the effectiveness of their stone tools.
A hyper-realistic Einstein robot at the University of California, San Diego has learned to smile and make facial expressions through a process of self-guided learning.
Reseachers at the University of Michigan are using sound waves to push sample fluids through tiny detectors that are only millimeters or centimeters in size.
Using nanodiamonds, researchers at Northwestern University have deomonstrated a method for delivering and releasing curative medicines to a specific location in the body.
A team of computer scientists at the University of Washington developed a prototype system called Vanish that can place a time limit on information uploaded to the internet that causes all the information to become useless when the time is up.
Chemists at Stanford University have created new algorithms that use the computer technology behind today's video game systems to rapidly calculate and depict the structure of molecules.
A new study out of Harvard and the University of Virginia finds that you are more likely to know what will make you happy if you ask a total stranger. Another person's experiences are often more informative than your own best guess.
Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, are studying the physical property of repelling water known as super-hydrophobia. Through computer aided tests, researches pinpointed what allows the surface of some plants and animals to always repel water.
The threat of climate change can still be greatly diminished if nations cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent during this century. Global temperatures would still rise, but events like sea-level rise might be partially avoided.
A Caltech biologist and his research team have indentified how the antennea of fruit flies process the feeling of wind and then how the flies respond by standing completely still.