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End of Era: Ellison Steps Aside as Oracle CEO

September 19, 2014 | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies...       

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Nanotubes Help Healing Hearts Keep the Beat

September 23, 2014 4:34 pm | by Rice University | Comments

Carbon nanotubes serve as bridges that allow electrical signals to pass unhindered through new pediatric heart-defect patches invented at Rice University and Texas Children's Hospital. A team led by bioengineer Jeffrey Jacot and chemical engineer...

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Photo of the Day: 'Bendy' LEDs

September 23, 2014 4:28 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

"Bendy" light-emitting diode displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea. Currently, most flexible electronics and optoelectronics devices are fabricated using organic materials...

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Bendable Optoelectronics One Step Closer to Reality

September 23, 2014 4:23 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

"Bendy" light-emitting diode displays and solar cells crafted with inorganic compound semiconductor micro-rods are moving one step closer to reality, thanks to graphene and the work of a team of researchers in Korea. Currently, most flexible electronics and optoelectronics devices are fabricated using organic materials...

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Artificial Intelligence That Imitates Children’s Learning

September 23, 2014 1:20 pm | by University of Gothenburg | Comments

The computer programs used in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are highly specialized. They can for example fly airplanes, play chess or assemble cars in controlled industrial environments. However, a research team from ...  

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Future Flexible Electronics Based on Carbon Nanotubes

September 23, 2014 1:16 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University have demonstrated a new method to improve the reliability and performance of transistors and circuits based on carbon nanotubes (CNT), a semiconductor ...  

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Superfast Computers That Don't Overheat

September 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by University of Utah | Comments

University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material - a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor - that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform lightning-fast calculations but don't ...  

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LEGO-Like Components Simplify Building 3D 'Labs-on-a-Chip'

September 23, 2014 1:07 pm | by University of Southern California | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand. Microfluidic systems ...

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New Computer Model to Aid Greener, Leaner Aircraft Design

September 23, 2014 1:04 pm | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) | Comments

A computer model that accurately predicts how composite materials behave when damaged will make it easier to design lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft. Innovative computer codes form the basis of a computer model that ...    

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Promising Chip for Tumor-Targeting Research

September 23, 2014 10:30 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

Researchers have developed a chip capable of simulating a tumor's "microenvironment" and plan to use the new system to test the effectiveness of nanoparticles and drugs that target cancer. The new system, called a tumor-microenvironment-on-chip ...

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Smart Meters Could Cause Conflict for Housemates

September 23, 2014 10:26 am | by University of Nottingham | Comments

Arguments about whose turn it is to do the washing up, negotiating rights to the TV remote control and disputes over noise — as many students returning to university for the new academic year are about to learn the hard way, sharing a house can be a tricky business. And now research has revealed that new technology...

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Photos of the Day: Robots Given Unprecedented Dexterity

September 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called GelSight. The new sensor isn't as sensitive as the original GelSight sensor, which could resolve details on the micrometer scale...

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Messaging App Seeks to Bring Voices Back to Phones

September 23, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other...

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New RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

September 22, 2014 5:11 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Mobile robots could be much more useful in homes, if they could locate people, places and objects. Today’s robots usually see the world with cameras and lasers, which have difficulty reliably recognizing things and can miss objects that are hidden in clutter. A complementary way robots can “sense” what is around them...

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Dartmouth's New ZEBRA Bracelet Strengthens Computer Security

September 22, 2014 5:04 pm | by Dartmouth College | Comments

In a big step for securing critical information systems, such as medical records in clinical settings, Dartmouth College researchers have created a new approach to computer security that authenticates users continuously while they are using a terminal and automatically logs them out when they leave...

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Graphene Imperfections Key to Creating Hypersensitive 'Electronic Nose'

September 22, 2014 5:01 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets. The imperfections have unique electronic properties that the researchers were able to exploit to increase sensitivity to absorbed gas molecules by 300 times...

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