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Illinois Teams with Google to Develop More Secure Smartphones

April 11, 2015 10:11 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Fingerprint identification, password protection and phone storage encryption are a few ways to make your smartphones more secure. But Google is looking to take the security measure one step further, using behavioral analysis of everything from typing habits to photo identifiers to authenticate people to their ... 

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Transistor Laser Research Aims to Push Modulation Speeds into THz Range

April 10, 2015 4:14 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

ECE Professor Milton Feng recently received a $657,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to enhance the modulation speed performance of the transistor laser, a novel 3-terminal device that he and ECE colleague Nick Holonyak Jr. invented in 2004. The transistor laser offers the potential ... 

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Teaching Tykes to Program Robots

April 10, 2015 4:14 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Playgrounds are popular spaces for young children to play and learn. They promote exploration of the physical environment and motor and social skill development, allowing young children to be autonomous while developing core competencies. Playpens, by contrast, corral children into safe, confined ... 

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Photos of the Day: Graphene Looking Promising for Future Spintronic Devices

April 10, 2015 10:43 am | by Johanna Wilde, Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that large area graphene is able to preserve electron spin over an extended period, and communicate it over greater distances than had previously been known ...

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Software Systems that Last 100 Years

April 9, 2015 12:49 pm | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA has announced it will launch an ambitious four-year research project to investigate the fundamental computational and algorithmic requirements necessary for software systems and data to remain robust and functional in excess of 100 years ...

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What Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Can Tell Us about the Brain

April 9, 2015 12:37 pm | by Britt Faulstick, Drexel University | Comments

The ceremonial opening kick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which was performed--with the help of a brain-controlled exoskeleton--by a local teen who had been paralyzed from the waste down due to a spinal cord injury, was a seminal moment for the area of neuroscience that strives to connect the brain with functional prosthetics ...

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Future Electronics Based on Carbon Nanotubes

April 8, 2015 12:54 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | Comments

The exceptional properties of tiny molecular cylinders known as carbon nanotubes have tantalized researchers for years because of the possibility they could serve as a successors to silicon in laying the logic for smaller, faster and cheaper electronic devices ...

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When it Comes to Drones, the Sky is the Limit

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

The purpose of drones and their opportunity for growth appears to be unconstrained. “Seed-bombing” drones could soon be used to save billions of trees worldwide. The upstart United Kingdom-based ...

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Things to Know about Apple's New Photo-Storage Service

April 8, 2015 9:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple is expected to release a free update to its Mac operating system. The update will bring a new Photos app for Mac computers and launch an online photo-storage service called iCloud Photo Library ...

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Computers that Mimic the Function of the Brain

April 7, 2015 4:48 pm | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | Comments

Researchers are always searching for improved technologies, but the most efficient computer possible already exists. It can learn and adapt without needing to be programmed or updated. It has nearly limitless memory, is difficult to crash, and works at extremely fast speeds. It's not a Mac or a PC; it's the human brain. And scientists around the world want to mimic its abilities ...

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Using Sound Waves to Detect Rare Cancer Cells

April 7, 2015 2:44 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

A team of engineers from MIT, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University is developing a novel way to isolate these cells: using sound waves to separate them from blood cells ...

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Tunneling Across a Tiny Gap

April 7, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at MIT, the University of Oklahoma, and Rutgers University have developed a model that explains how heat flows between objects separated by gaps of less than a nanometer. The team has developed a unified framework that calculates heat transport at finite gaps, and has shown that heat flow at sub-nanometer distances occurs not via radiation or conduction, but through “phonon tunneling ...”

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Marine Corps Leadership Pleased with 1st Successful Demo of DARPA’s PCAS

April 7, 2015 11:07 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program focuses on technologies to enable sharing of real-time situational awareness and weapons systems data through approaches designed to work with almost any aircraft ...

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Photos of the Day: DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support System

April 7, 2015 11:06 am | by DARPA | Comments

PCAS envisions more precise, prompt and easy air-ground coordination for CAS and other missions under stressful operational conditions and seeks to minimize the risk of friendly fire and collateral damage by enabling the use of smaller munitions to hit smaller, multiple or moving targets ... 

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Stanford's New Aluminum-Ion Battery Provides Safe Alternative to Conventional Batteries

April 7, 2015 10:39 am | by Mark Shwartz, Stanford University | Comments

Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today ...

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