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Optimum Inertia for Snowman-Like Nanorobot

July 30, 2014 12:52 am | by Springer | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia makes self-propulsion a major challenge...

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New Gadget Helps the Vision Impaired to Read Graphs

July 30, 2014 12:46 am | by Curtin University | Comments

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment...

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision or Hallucination?

July 30, 2014 12:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work...

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Tektronix Adds Support for Automated APCO P25 Transmitter Compliance Testing

July 29, 2014 6:54 pm | by Tektronix | Comments

Tektronix announced a cost-effective compliance transmitter test solution for the Project 25 Common Air Interface Phase 1 and Phase 2 standard. The new software gives RF test engineers and safety agencies the convenience of push-button measurements with automated pass/fail reporting...

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Photo of the Day: 5 Next-Generation Technologies for PNT

July 29, 2014 11:05 am | by DARPA | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

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Beyond GPS: DARPA's PNT Portfolio

July 29, 2014 11:01 am | by DARPA | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

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Wearable Device for the Early Detection of Common Diabetes-Related Condition

July 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. If the device proves safe and effective in clinical trials, it may pave the way for the early detection and more effective treatment of this complication...

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China Investigating Microsoft in Monopoly Case

July 29, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China's anti-monopoly agency has announced an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up pressure on foreign technology companies. The agency said Tuesday it opened a case in June after complaints that Microsoft violated an anti-monopoly law...

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Physicists Unlock Nature of High-Temperature Superconductivity

July 28, 2014 8:24 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

Physicists have identified the "quantum glue" that underlies a promising type of superconductivity -- a crucial step towards the creation of energy superhighways that conduct electricity without current loss. The earliest superconducting materials required operating temperatures...

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Refrigerator Magnets

July 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by MIT | Comments

The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers. The theory describes the motion of magnons — quasi-particles in magnets that are collective rotations of magnetic moments, or “spins.” In addition to...

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Measuring the Smallest Magnets

July 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | Comments

Imagine trying to measure a tennis ball that bounces wildly, every time to a distance a million times its own size. The bouncing obviously creates enormous “background noise” that interferes with the measurement. But if you attach the ball directly to a measuring device...

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Building 'Invisible' Materials with Light

July 28, 2014 1:49 pm | by University of Cambridge | Comments

A new method of building materials using light, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, could one day enable technologies that are often considered the realm of science fiction, such as invisibility cloaks and cloaking devices. Although cloaked starships won't be a reality for quite some time...

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Superconductivity Could Form at High Temperatures in Layered 2D Crystals

July 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, a trio of physicists has determined. Superconductivity, the flow of electrical current without resistance, is usually found in materials chilled to the most frigid temperatures, which is impractical for most applications...

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Gadget Watch: PadFone Novel as Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 28, 2014 1:38 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Companies often blend old products to give you something new. This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as you get its new PadFone X. The PadFone works like any other phone and has a screen that measures 5 inches diagonally...

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Photos of the Day: Radar Catches Massive Bug Swarm

July 28, 2014 9:12 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | Comments

Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They've already been blamed for at least one car crash this week in Wisconsin. The flies hatch and then spend a year burrowed into the sediment...

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