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Image gallery: Rosetta mission

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) Web Portal features the latest news on space exploration and science, Earth observation, aeronautics, energy technology and transportation research. The Portal is the entry point to more than 50 web sites featuring DLR institutes, facilities and projects, and provides an overview of DLR goals, strategies and activities.

Islamic fundamentalism: How bad thinking leads to violence

We live in strange times. Times where the availability of space-age weapons can be debated among people who hold bronze-age beliefs in witchcraft, magic underwear, flying donkeys and horoscopes. Despite all accusations singling out the Muslim faith as the source of violence, there’s no lack of dangerously delusional people out there in all walks of […]

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Device can theoretically trap a light ‘bit’ for an infinite amount of time

(Phys.org)-Researchers have designed a nanoscale device that, under ideal conditions, can confine a “bit” of light (that is, light with a single precise energy value) for an infinite amount of time. Although a physically realized device would inevitably lose some of the trapped light due to material imperfections, the researchers expect that it should be possible to completely compensate for this loss by incorporating some form of optical gain like that used in lasers, so that in principle the lifetime can be infinitely large even in a real device.

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Device can theoretically trap a light 'bit' for an infinite amount of time

(Phys.org)-Researchers have designed a nanoscale device that, under ideal conditions, can confine a “bit” of light (that is, light with a single precise energy value) for an infinite amount of time. Although a physically realized device would inevitably lose some of the trapped light due to material imperfections, the researchers expect that it should be possible to completely compensate for this loss by incorporating some form of optical gain like that used in lasers, so that in principle the lifetime can be infinitely large even in a real device.

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Data Storage In Crystal Quartz Will Change Everything!

There’s a new type of storage device which many tech corporations have been diving into in secret for the past few years, which Hitachi newly came out with a technology they are developing which is fundamentally a sheet of Quartz Glass, which could possibly save data for up to 300 Million Years!

If you didn’t know anything about storage devices that we at present have, but anything from records, CD’s, USB sticks, magnetic tape, none of these can even lay a finger on this new, very inspiring technology.

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Self-calibration enhances BrainGate brain computer interface ease, reliability

A new study in Science Translational Medicine describes three software innovations that substantially improved the user experience and performance of the BrainGate brain computer interface (BCI). Researchers said the gains are a significant advance in their ongoing work to develop and test a practical BCI assistive technology that people with paralysis could use easily, reliably, independently, and on demand to regain control over external devices.

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Study finds long-sought protein sensor for the ‘sixth sense’-proprioception

Can you touch a finger to the tip of your nose with your eyes closed? Most of us can, thanks to a sense called proprioception, which tells us where our body parts are relative to each other and our environment. Not surprisingly, this sense is essential for normal movement and balance-walking, for instance.

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Scientists discover neural communication pathways for prosody

Researchers from the Leipzig-based Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences have decoded, for the first time, the connecting pathways via which the areas of our brain communicate with one another when we perceive subtle changes in the tone of voice of a speaker. The research results of the Otto Hahn Group headed by Daniela Sammler show the connections in a complex network in the right hemisphere and prove the involvement of the motor system in the perception of tone of voice. Precise knowledge of this prosody network helps in the understanding of interpersonal communication and related disorders.

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Study finds long-sought protein sensor for the 'sixth sense'-proprioception

Can you touch a finger to the tip of your nose with your eyes closed? Most of us can, thanks to a sense called proprioception, which tells us where our body parts are relative to each other and our environment. Not surprisingly, this sense is essential for normal movement and balance-walking, for instance.