New 'hot' fusion experiment begins
Source: MIT Posted: 12/14/04 MIT and Columbia University students and researchers have begun operation of a novel experiment that confines high-temperature ionized gas, using the strong magnetic fields from a half-ton superconducting ring inside a huge vessel reminiscent of a spaceship.
Mars Rovers Spot Water-Clue Mineral, Frost, Clouds
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 12/13/04 Scientists have identified a water-signature mineral called goethite in bedrock that the NASA's Mars rover Spirit examined in the 'Columbia Hills,' one of the mission's surest indicators yet for a wet history on Spirit's side of Mars.
Rensselaer Researchers Experiment With Solar Underwater Robots
Source: RPI Posted: 12/12/04 A collaborative group of researchers are conducting experiments with underwater robots at Rensselaer's Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI) on Lake George, N.Y., as part of the RiverNet project, an NSF-funded initiative.
Scientists Find Atomic Clues to Tougher Ceramics
Source: LBL Posted: 12/9/04 A collaboration of scientists led by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has uncovered clues at the atomic level that could lead to a new generation of much tougher advanced ceramics.
NIST Demonstrates Data ‘Repair Kit’ for Quantum Computers
Source: NIST Posted: 12/6/04 A practical method for automatically correcting data-handling errors in quantum computers has been developed and demonstrated by physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
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