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Phase-Changing Robots Move from Hard to Soft

July 15, 2014 10:42 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

In the movie "Terminator 2," the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between hard and soft states, could allow even low-cost robots to perform the same feat...

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The World’s First Photonic Router

July 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science | Comments

Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This achievement, as reported in Science magazine, is another step toward overcoming the difficulties in building quantum computers...

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Getting a Charge out of Water Droplets

July 15, 2014 1:02 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity...

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Drones Could Provide Photographic Lighting

July 15, 2014 12:59 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Lighting is crucial to the art of photography. But lights are cumbersome and time-consuming to set up, and outside the studio, it can be prohibitively difficult to position them where, ideally, they ought to go. Researchers hope to change that by providing photographers with squadrons of...

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Virtual Finger Enables Scientists to Navigate and Analyze Complex 3D Images

July 15, 2014 12:55 am | by Edelman Public Relations | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a revolutionary new way to digitally navigate three-dimensional images. The new technology, called Virtual Finger, allows scientists to move through digital images of small structures like neurons and synapses using the flat surface of their computer screens..

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ISEE-3 Spacecraft Rescued by SDR Application

July 15, 2014 12:29 am | by Balint Seeber, Ettus Research | Comments

Skycorp Incorporated and Ettus Research have joined forces for the development of a crucial piece of hardware needed to contact the ISEE-3 spacecraft. Contacting ISEE-3, launched by NASA in 1978, is the focus of the ISEE-3 Reboot Project. ISEE-3 will be returning to Earth orbit in August of this year...

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Samsung Suspends China Supplier over Child Labor

July 14, 2014 9:20 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics...

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Photos of the Day: Robot Plays Angry Birds

July 14, 2014 12:59 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities...

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Your Next Angry Birds Opponent Could Be a Robot

July 14, 2014 12:54 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

With the help of a smart tablet and Angry Birds, children can now do something typically reserved for engineers and computer scientists: program a robot to learn new skills. The Georgia Institute of Technology project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities...

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Inventor Pushes Solar Panels for Roads, Highways

July 14, 2014 12:38 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear...

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Amazon Asks FAA for Permission to Fly Drones

July 14, 2014 12:32 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. The news sent shares of the nation's largest e-commerce company up nearly 6 percent on Friday. The online retailer created a media frenzy...

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Billionaire Elon Musk Giving $1M to Tesla Museum

July 14, 2014 12:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name. The Tesla Science Center announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday...

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San Francisco Parking Spot App Shuts down Service

July 14, 2014 12:23 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

An Italian company whose mobile app allows San Francisco drivers to get paid for the public parking spaces they exit has temporarily shut down the service following an order from the city attorney. Despite saying last month that it wouldn't stop, MonkeyParking said in a blog post Thursday...

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Drive-Ins Use Creativity to Afford Digital Switch

July 14, 2014 12:20 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | Comments

Many in the movie industry feared the need to convert to digital could be the death knell for drive-ins, but drive-in operators are finding creative ways to afford the switch. Drive-in movie theater operators say more than 200 of the remaining 348 drive-ins in the U.S. have made the expensive conversion...

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iPad Causes Rash

July 14, 2014 12:13 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones...

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