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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: September 2011

Image: Neutrinos Detected at Faster Than Light Speed
Neutrinos Detected at Faster Than Light Speed
Source: CERN   Posted: 9/23/11
The OPERA result is based on the observation of over 15000 neutrino events and appears to indicate that the neutrinos travel at a velocity 20 parts per million above the speed of light, nature’s cosmic speed limit.

Image: Smarter robot arms
Smarter robot arms
Source: MIT   Posted: 9/22/11
A combination of two algorithms developed at MIT allows autonomous robots to execute tasks much more efficiently — and move more predictably.

Image: Shake, rattle and … power up?
Shake, rattle and … power up?
Source: MIT   Posted: 9/18/11
Researchers at MIT have designed a device the size of a U.S. quarter that harvests energy from low-frequency vibrations, such as those that might be felt along a pipeline or bridge.

Image: From 9/11 to Now: Lessons from the Tragedy
From 9/11 to Now: Lessons from the Tragedy
Source: NSF   Posted: 9/11/11
Researchers share lessons from 9/11 and their impact on society and disaster response.

Image: NASA Launches Mission to Study Moon From Crust to Core
NASA Launches Mission to Study Moon From Crust to Core
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 9/11/11
NASA's twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, to study the moon in unprecedented detail.

Image: Quantum computing with light
Quantum computing with light
Source: MIT   Posted: 9/9/11
A switch that lets one photon alter the quantum state of another could point the way to both practical quantum computers and a quantum Internet.



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