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June 26, 2022

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Robotic Lightning Bugs Take Flight

Inspired by fireflies, researchers created soft actuators that can emit light in different colors or patterns. These artificial muscles, which control the wings of featherweight flying robots, light ...

'Urban Canyons' Prolong Sonic Booms in Cities

Recent efforts have sought to make low-boom supersonic aircraft, but noise issues due to sonic booms may become more pronounced in cities, where buildings form canyons that distort the booms. ...

Major Infrared Breakthrough Could Lead to Solar Power at Night

Using technology similar to night-vision goggles, researchers have developed a device that can generate electricity from thermal ...

Rocket Engine Exhaust Pollution Extends High Into Earth's Atmosphere

Researchers assessed the potential impact of a rocket launch on atmospheric pollution by investigating the heat and mass transfer and rapid mixing of the combustion byproducts. The team modeled the ...
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Default Options Facilitate Faster Carbon Offsetting in Air Travel

Economists find that many air travelers more readily choose faster, but more expensive carbon offsetting options online if selecting a slower option requires action. However, the readiness to do so ...

New Technology Reduces Heavy-Duty Diesel Emissions to Meet Stringent CARB 2027 NOx Requirements

Engineers have demonstrated the effectiveness of new technology to cut diesel emissions. The advancement successfully reduced heavy-duty diesel engine nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to meet the ...

Avian Secret: The Key to Agile Bird Flight Is Switching Quickly Between Stable and Unstable Gliding

While it had been assumed that unstable gliding was the key to agility in bird flight, a collaboration between aerospace engineers and biologists has revealed that stability plays a ...

Extending the Battery Life of Small Drones to Strengthen Security on U.S. Border

To enhance security of the nation's border, a pioneer in drone technology is proposing a continuous flight of small drones over its perimeter with enhanced, wireless batteries to extend flying ...

For New Insights Into Aerodynamics, Scientists Turn to Paper Airplanes

A series of experiments using paper airplanes reveals new aerodynamic effects, a team of scientists has discovered. Its findings enhance our understanding of flight stability and could inspire new ...

From the Streets to the Stratosphere: Clean Driving Technology Enables Cleaner Rocket Fuel

A chemical used in electric vehicle batteries could also give us carbon-free fuel for space flight, according to new ...

Tiny Probes Could Sail to Outer Planets With the Help of Low-Power Lasers

Space travel can be agonizingly slow: For example, the New Horizons probe took almost 10 years to reach Pluto. Traveling to Proxima Centauri b, the closest habitable planet to Earth, would require ...

New Study Illuminates How Tiny Flies Solve Complex Navigational Challenges

The Gnat Ogre is a tiny predator that grabs other insects out of the air, catching them with extreme precision. New research reveals how and may have implications for future nature-inspired ...

Predicting the Efficiency of Oxygen-Evolving Electrolysis on the Moon and Mars

Scientists have today provided more insight into the possibility of establishing a pathway to generate oxygen for humans to potentially call the Moon or Mars 'home' for extended periods of ...

Into the Vortex

Vortex dynamics simulations reveal reconnection, an important property linked with creation of turbulence cascade, fluid mixing, and aerodynamic noise generation. Turbulent pipe flow simulated at ...

Development of a Lithium-Air Battery With an Energy Density Over 500 Wh/kg

Researchers have developed a lithium-air battery with an energy density over 500Wh/kg -- significantly higher than currently lithium ion batteries. The research team then confirmed that this battery ...

2020 Volcanic Eruption Leads to Hours-Long Thunderstorm

A study discusses how advances in global lightning detection have provided novel ways to characterize explosive ...

Owl Wing Design Reduces Aircraft, Wind Turbine Noise Pollution

Researchers used the characteristics of owl wings to inform airfoil design and significantly reduce trailing-edge noise. The team used noise calculation and analysis software to conduct a series of ...

Face Masks Cut Distance Airborne Pathogens Could Travel in Half, New Study Finds

The effectiveness of face masks has been a hotly debated topic since the emergence of COVID-19. However, a new study offers more evidence that they work. Researchers found that face masks reduce the ...

Iodine in Desert Dust Destroys Ozone

When winds loft fine desert dust high into the atmosphere, iodine in that dust can trigger chemical reactions that destroy some air pollution, but also let greenhouse gases stick around longer. The ...

Scientists Demonstrate a Novel Rocket for Deep-Space Exploration

The growing interest in deep-space exploration has sparked the need for powerful long-lived rocket systems to drive spacecraft through the cosmos. Scientists have developed a tiny version of a Hall ...

Engineers Test an Idea for a New Hovering Rover

MIT aerospace engineers are testing a concept for a hovering rover that levitates by harnessing the moon's natural charge. The design uses tiny ion beams to charge up the vehicle and the surface ...

Sneezes, Rain Clouds and Ink Jets: Optical Microscopes to Measure the Volume of Microdroplets

By improving the calibration of a conventional optical microscope, researchers have for the first time measured the volume of individual droplets smaller than 100 trillionths of a liter with an ...

Researcher Pushes Limit of When Water Will Freeze

An engineer is changing what we know about when water freezes as he pushes the limit and gets the best look yet at tiny drops of water as they ...

Engineers Create Perching Bird-Like Robot

With feet and legs like a peregrine falcon, engineers have created a robot that can perch and carry objects like a ...

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