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Bending Light on A Computer Chip with Sound

December 1, 2014 11:19 am | by Rhonda Zurn, University of Minnesota | Comments

University of Minnesota engineering researchers have developed a chip on which both sound wave and light wave are generated and confined together so that the sound can very efficiently control the light ...                  

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Earth's Plasma Shield

December 1, 2014 11:19 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at MIT, the University of Colorado, and elsewhere have found there’s a hard limit to how close ultrarelativistic electrons can get to the Earth. The team found that no matter where these electrons are circling around the planet’s equator, they can get no further than about 11,000 kilometers from the Earth’s surface ...          

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Amazon's Robotic Army Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 11:19 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon has boosted efficiency — and given workers' legs a break — by deploying more than 15,000 wheeled robots to crisscross the floors of its biggest warehouses and deliver stacks of toys, books and other products to employees ...                   

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Photos of the Day: Cheetah Robot Has Real-World Applications

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | Comments

The robot, called the cheetah, can run on batteries at speeds of more than 10 mph, jump about 16 inches high, land safely and continue galloping for at least 15 minutes — all while using less power than a microwave oven ...                

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MIT's Cheetah Bot Controlled by Video Game Technology

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | Comments

It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites, and ballistic missiles ...                            

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Girl Scouts Go Digital to Sell Cookies

December 1, 2014 11:02 am | by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | Comments

Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies.For the first time in nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites ...                

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U.S. Supercomputer Titan Does Calculations for HZDR Cancer Research

November 26, 2014 11:51 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | Comments

For their calculations, researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) will now, starting in 2015, have access to the World's second-fastest computer. The Dresden research initiative is one of 56 projects the US Department of Energy has granted access ...              

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Photos of the Day: World's Second-Fastest Computer

November 26, 2014 11:50 am | by Christine Bohnet, Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | Comments

Titan is currently the World's second-fastest computer with graphics cards as the components that bear most of the brunt, makes this high performance computer particularly well suited to concurrently running several different computations in parallel ...              

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An Eel-Lectrifying Future for Autonomous Underwater Robots

November 26, 2014 11:42 am | by Philly Lim, World Scientific | Comments

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged 'invasion' had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media ...                      

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Studying the Speed of Multi-Hop Bluetooth Networks

November 26, 2014 11:40 am | by UPV/EHU-University | Comments

A group of researchers at the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has analyzed the most suitable configurations to prevent time lags from arising in data transmission ...                               

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Review: 4 Shopping Apps that Will Save You Money

November 26, 2014 11:26 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer | Comments

Want to save some cash while holiday shopping? The best tool can be a smartphone packed with the right apps ...                                  

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Global Quantum Communications -- No Longer the Stuff of Fiction?

November 26, 2014 11:25 am | by Dr. Wojciech Wasilewski, Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw | Comments

Neither quantum computers nor quantum cryptography will become prevalent technologies without memory systems able to manipulate quantum information easily and effectively. The Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw has recently made inroads into popularizing quantum information technologies by ...           

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Photos of the Day: Mycestro Finger-Mounted "3D Mouse"

November 26, 2014 10:25 am | by Adario Strange, Mashable | Comments

When the finger-mounted "3D mouse" called Mycestro blew through its Kickstarter funding goal last year, it seemed like the device might be a hit. The makers of the device were only looking for $100,000, but ended up raising over $350,000 by the time the campaign was over. But now, nearly a year ...

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Stanford Scientists to Map Origins of Mental Illness and Develop Noninvasive Treatment

November 25, 2014 3:49 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford | Comments

Over the years imaging technologies have revealed a lot about what's happening in our brains, including which parts are active in people with conditions like depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. But here's the secret Amit Etkin wants the world to know about those tantalizing images: they show the result of a brain ... 

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Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Enabled by Inorganic-based Laser Lift-off

November 25, 2014 3:32 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

Flexible electronics have been touted as the next generation in electronics in various areas, ranging from consumer electronics to bio-integrated medical devices. In spite of their merits, insufficient performance of organic materials arising from inherent material properties and processing limitations in scalability have ... 

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