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Scientists Develop Force Sensor from Carbon Nanotubes

June 30, 2014 10:27 am | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | Comments

A group of researchers from Russia, Belarus and Spain, including MIPT professor Yury Lozovik, have developed a microscopic force sensor based on carbon nanotubes. The device is described in an article published in the journal Computational Materials Science and is also available as a preprint...

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Bending the Rules

June 30, 2014 10:22 am | by University of California - Santa Barbara | Comments

For his doctoral dissertation in the Goldman Superconductivity Research Group at the University of Minnesota, Yu Chen, now a postdoctoral researcher at UC Santa Barbara, developed a novel way to fabricate superconducting nanocircuitry. However, the extremely small zinc nanowires he designed did some unexpected — and sort of funky — things...

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Google Glass Taking Fans Closer to the Action

June 30, 2014 10:18 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. Google Glass is slowly becoming more common in sports as teams and broadcasters try to bring fans closer to the action. The American football team Philadelphia Eagles will test the Internet-connected eyewear for in-game use...

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Photos of the Day: Remotely Operated Robots Compete Underwater

June 28, 2014 11:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

About 60 teams from 13 countries and 18 U.S. states participated in the 13th Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary...     

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Photos of the Day: Mars 'Flying Saucer' Splashes Down After Test

June 28, 2014 11:09 pm | by NASA | Comments

The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) is being tested for slowing big, heavy spacecraft hurtling into the thin Martian atmosphere. A ship was sent to recover a "black box" designed to separate from the LDSD and float. Outfitted with a GPS beacon, the box contains the crucial flight data that scientists are eager to analyze...

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NASA Tests Low Density Supersonic Decelerator

June 28, 2014 10:50 pm | by Christopher Weber, Associated Press | Comments

A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle testing new technology for Mars landings rocketed high over the Pacific on Saturday and deployed a novel inflatable braking system, but its massive parachute failed to fully unfurl as it descended to a splashdown. Control room cheers that greeted successful steps...

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San Francisco Parking App Refuses Shut-Down Order

June 28, 2014 10:43 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

The company behind a mobile app that allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has rejected an order from the city attorney to stop its operations. MonkeyParking CEO Paolo Dobrowolny said in an email Friday that City Attorney Dennis Herrera...

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U.S. to Ask China to Restart Cyber Working Group

June 28, 2014 10:39 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | Comments

The United States wants to restart a cybersecurity working group that China shut down after the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into American companies' computers to steal trade secrets. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel told The Associated Press...

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After Verizon, Germany Mulls Axing Foreign Tech

June 28, 2014 10:37 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

First Verizon got the boot, now the German government is considering pulling the plug on foreign companies that provide hardware for official communication networks. An Interior Ministry spokesman says Germany is examining which devices can be used if it wants to keep critical IT infrastructure safe from cyberthreats...

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FDA Clears Robotic Legs for Some Paralyzed People

June 28, 2014 10:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Federal health regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind set of robotic leg braces that can help some disabled people walk again. The ReWalk system functions like an exoskeleton for people paralyzed from the waist down, allowing them to stand and walk with assistance from a caretaker...

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Let There Be Light: Magnetically Responsive Liquid Crystals

June 27, 2014 12:51 am | by University of California - Riverside | Comments

Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field. The research paves the way for novel display applications relying on...

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Device Allows Brain to Bypass Spinal Cord

June 27, 2014 12:41 am | by The Ohio State University | Comments

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first ...

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Sports Drone Set for Take-Off with Stratasys 3D Printing

June 27, 2014 12:35 am | by Stratasys | Comments

Helico is specifically targeting the outdoor 'extreme' sports market and expects AirDog to be of particular interest to recreational participants of freestyle BMX, motocross and skateboarding, as well as water-sports such as surfing, kite-surfing ...

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Photos of the Day: The World's First Auto-Follow Sports Drone

June 27, 2014 12:32 am | by Stratasys | Comments

Aimed primarily at the consumer market, AirDog is an innovative, yet simple-to-use, 'quad-copter' that operates via a wrist-worn tracking device and accommodates a standard GoPro sports camera. The fully 3D printed ...    

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Space-Tested Robot Inspires Medicine and Manufacturing

June 27, 2014 12:27 am | by Melissa Gaskill, NASA | Comments

Humans doing difficult, repetitive tasks or those who need assistance with movement may soon get a helping hand – literally – thanks to robotic technology developed to serve astronauts in space. Robonaut has been ...    

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