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Electromagnetic pulse used to detonate IEDs

Composed mainly of plastic, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are notoriously hard to detect. They are typically used by guerillas or terrorist groups in conflict zones, and they kill or mutilate hundreds of thousands of people every year. But researchers at France’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) believe they may have found a way to […]

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MP3 headphones a potential heart stopper

Researchers have found that while MP3 players are safe to use around pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs), the headphones that are used with these personal stereos can make medical devices malfunction if they are brought into close proximity. Presenting their findings at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2008, the researchers pointed the finger […]

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Soundwave Fusion Rocks On

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University, and the Russian Academy of Sciences have answered their critics by using sound waves to induce nuclear fusion without the need for an external neutron source, according to a paper in Physical Review Letters. The results address one of the most prominent questions raised after publication of the […]

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Stirling Engine Gets Noisy Makeover

Scientists from the University of California and Northrop Grumman Space Technology have developed a novel method for generating electrical power for deep-space travel using sound waves. The research, appearing in the journal Applied Physics Letters, suggests that the traveling-wave thermoacoustic electric generator could be used to power spacecraft venturing into the furthest reaches of the […]

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