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September 01, 2017
Artificial intelligence analyzes gravitational lenses 10 million times faster
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Aug 31, 2017
Researchers from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have for the first time shown that neural networks - a form of artificial intelligence - can accurately analyze the complex distortions in spacetime known as gravitational lenses 10 million times faster than traditional methods. "Analyses that typically take weeks to months to complete, that require the input of experts and that are computationally demanding, can be done by neural nets within a ... read more

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Rare-metals in the Himalayas: The potential world-class treasure
Two sub-parallel belts, Cenozoic aged Himalayan leucogranite on the Tibetan Plateau, extend east to west over more than 1000 km, regarded as the largest granitic belts in the world. The diverse rare ... more
Clamping down on causality by probing laser cavities
Since the realization of the first laser cavity countless questions have been asked for which laser light has provided the answer. Numerous questions have also been posed in an effort to improve on ... more
Breakthrough made in ultra-high strength steel
A team of mechanical engineers has developed a super steel called D & P Steel to improve the strength-ductility trade-off. ... more
Scientists tie flexible crystals into knots
Researchers in Australia have grown bendable crystals strong enough to be tied in knots. Scientists are now considering how the flexible single crystals can be incorporated in new technologies and commercial applications. ... more
Why does rubbing a balloon on your hair make it stick?
For centuries, scientists have tried to understand triboelectric charging, commonly known as static electricity. Triboelectric charging causes toner from a photocopier or laser printer to stic ... more
NASA Awards $400,000 to Top Teams at Second Phase of 3D-Printing Competition
NASA is making progress and awarding prizes in its competition to build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration. The agency has awarded first place and a prize of $250,000 to Team Fos ... more
New insights into fundamental mechanisms for optical control of magnetic memory
This is an important clue for our theoretical understanding of optically controlled magnetic data storage media. The findings are published at August 25th in the journal Scientific Reports. Th ... more

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Major leap towards data storage at the molecular level
From smartphones to supercomputers, the growing need for smaller and more energy efficient devices has made higher density data storage one of the most important technological quests. Now scie ... more
The breaking point
It is said that a weak link determines the strength of the entire chain. Likewise, defects or small cracks in a solid material may ultimately determine the strength of that material - how well it wi ... more
Full Circle: NASA to Demonstrate Refabricator to Recycle, Reuse, Repeat
by Janet Anderson for MSFC News Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 29, 2017 In 2014, NASA made important progress toward the in-space manufacturing necessary for deep space exploration by "printing" tools in ... more
45th Space Wing supports successful Minotaur IV ORS-5 launch
The 45th Space Wing supported Orbital ATK's successful Minotaur IV rocket launch carrying the United States Air Force's Operationally Responsive Space 5 satellite Aug. 26, 2017, at 2:04 a.m. from Sp ... more
Scientists launch virtual reality game to detect Alzheimer's
Sea Quest Hero is more than just the usual computer game in which players find their way through mazes, shoot and chase creatures - it also doubles as scientists' latest tool for studying Alzheimer's disease. ... more
Lockheed receives contract for Marine Corps AN/TPS-59A(V)3 radars
Lockheed Martin is receiving a $25.2 million contract for for upgrades to the AN/TPS-59A(V)3 long-range radar system for the U.S. Marine Corps. ... more
Myanmar's startups map past, shape future with virtual reality
Gasps echo across the hall as the Myanmar school kids trial virtual reality goggles, marveling at a device that allows some of Asia's poorest people to walk on the moon or dive beneath the waves. ... more
New approach brings 3D sound to the living room
University of Surrey researchers have developed the Media Device Orchestration, an innovative home audio concept using all available devices in the living room. ... more

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Solidifying advanced alloy design
Since the dawn of Enlightenment-era chemistry and physics, scientists have tried to document materials' properties different conditions. These investigations spawned the field of materials science a ... more
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Inevitably, large stars at the end of their life collapse under the gigantic force of gravity, turning into black holes. We could cunningly ask if there is a way to delay this process; postpone the ... more
NASA protects its super heroes from space weather
It's not a bird or a plane but it might be a solar storm. We like to think of astronauts as our super heroes, but the reality is astronauts are not built like Superman who gains strength from the su ... more
Army developing video game to aid weapons prototyping efforts
The U.S. Army announced Wednesday that it is looking to recruit soldiers to provide input through online gameplay to help develop the Operation Overmatch crowd-sourced innovation platform. ... more
Defeating cyberattacks on 3-D printers
With cyberattacks on 3D printers likely to threaten health and safety, researchers at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Georgia Institute of Technology have developed novel methods to combat them ... more
ShAPEing the future of magnesium car parts
Magnesium - the lightest of all structural metals - has a lot going for it in the quest to make ever lighter cars and trucks that go farther on a tank of fuel or battery charge. Magnesium is 7 ... more
Understanding brittle crack behaviors to design stronger materials
In a paper published in Nature Physics, Northeastern University Department of Physics Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Alain Karma, in collaboration with his postdoctoral research associate ... more
The critical point in breaking the glass problem
Famously described as 'the deepest problem in solid state physics' by Nobel Laureate, Philip Andersen, the glass transition, by which a liquid transforms into a solid without freezing, is shedding i ... more
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