Imperial Valley News
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Lithium-air batteries are considered highly promising technologies for electric cars and portable electronic devices because of their potential for delivering a high energy output in proportion to their weight. But such batteries have some pretty serious drawbacks: They waste much of the injected energy as heat and degrade relatively quickly. They also require expensive extra components to pump oxygen gas in and out, in an open-cell configuration that is very different from conventional sealed batteries.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Ever waited entirely too long at your doctor’s office for an appointment to start? The long wait may soon be over: An MIT spinout’s schedule-optimizing software that gets more patients seen more quickly could soon be used by tens of thousands of health care providers across the country, after a recent acquisition by a major health care services company.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - In the world of quantum, infinitesimally small particles, weird and often logic-defying behaviors abound. Perhaps the strangest of these is the idea of superposition, in which objects can exist simultaneously in two or more seemingly counterintuitive states. For example, according to the laws of quantum mechanics, electrons may spin both clockwise and counter-clockwise, or be both at rest and excited, at the same time.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - In Western styles of music, from classical to pop, some combinations of notes are generally considered more pleasant than others. To most of our ears, a chord of C and G, for example, sounds much more agreeable than the grating combination of C and F# (which has historically been known as the “devil in music”).
Washington, DC - The United States offers our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed in the heinous attack today in Sagamihara, Japan.
Washington, DC - Three U.S. Science Envoys are traveling now and throughout the rest of July to several locations in Africa, the Pacific Islands, Europe, and Southeast Asia: