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Computers Catch Up to Primate Brain

December 19, 2014 | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly ...                  

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Americans Skeptical of the Benefits of the Drone Revolution

December 19, 2014 8:53 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press JENNIFER AGIESTA, Associated Press | Comments

Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll ...             

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The Key to High-Temperature Superconductivity

December 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Nik Papageorgiou, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

Cuprates are materials with great promise for achieving superconductivity at higher temperatures (-120oC). This could mean low-cost electricity without energy loss. Intense research has focused on understanding the physics of cuprates in the hope that we can develop room-temperature superconductors ...      

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Switching to Spintronics for Future Magnetic Memory & Logic Devices

December 18, 2014 11:43 am | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Cornell University successfully used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature ...          

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Out of the Lab, into the World

December 18, 2014 11:43 am | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT News correspondent | Comments

For MIT senior Anisha Gururaj, each of her varied interests — such as Indian classical dance and music, engineering medical devices, and education — is one piece of a larger puzzle: seeing the world from many different perspectives, and using those insights to make it a better place ...        

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Drones to Show How Tornadoes Form

December 18, 2014 10:08 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

Researchers say they've collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form ...                          

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Photos of the Day: Smart Products for the Home

December 18, 2014 9:50 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

To give you a feel for what that connectivity brings, here's a closer look at a few "smart" products for the home. There are plenty more if you look around ...                                          

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Gift Guide: Home Products Come with Connectivity

December 18, 2014 9:49 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what?                     

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Photos of the Day: 10-Degree Brain Control of a Prosthetic Device

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Anita Srikameswaran, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Comments

The findings by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, describe, for the first time, 10-degree brain control of a prosthetic device in which the trial participant used the arm and hand to reach, grasp, and place a variety of objects ...           

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New Findings from Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Project Published

December 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Anita Srikameswaran, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes ...

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New Law for Superconductors

December 17, 2014 9:51 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

MIT researchers have discovered a new mathematical relationship — between material thickness, temperature, and electrical resistance — that appears to hold in all superconductors. They describe their findings in the latest issue of Physical Review B ...                    

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Kaprica Security Chosen by DARPA to Help Improve Vehicle Security

December 16, 2014 5:12 pm | by Kaprica Security | Comments

Kaprica Security, an expert in the field of cyber security, mobility and cloud software, has been awarded a Department of Defense (DOD) contract to strengthen U.S. military-vehicle and related connected-car security systems ...                    

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Microwave Imaging System for Detecting Breast Cancer

December 16, 2014 4:44 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | Comments

Although currently available diagnostic screening systems for breast cancer like X-ray computed tomography (CT) and mammography are effective at detecting early signs of tumors, they are far from perfect, subjecting patients to ionizing radiation and sometimes inflicting discomfort on women who are undergoing screening because ...                   

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Lithium-Sulfur Batteries with a Graphene Wrapper

December 16, 2014 1:59 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | Comments

In the journal APL Materials, from AIP Publishing, a team of researchers led by Dr. Vasant Kumar at the University of Cambridge and Professor Renjie Chen at the Beijing Institute of Technology describe their design of a multifunctional sulfur cathode at the nanolevel to address performance-related issues such as low efficiency and capacity degradation ...

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Eye Tracking Technology Asseses Brain Injuries

December 16, 2014 1:56 pm | by Jim Mandler, NYU Langone Medical Center/New York University School of Medicine | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study published Friday on-line in the Journal of Neurosurgery ...           

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DARPA's Virtual Lab Tests for Microchip Vulnerabilities

December 16, 2014 1:46 pm | by DARPA | Comments

Under the auspices of DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits program, researchers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are collaborating in powerful new ways to determine the reliability and integrity of microchips embedded in the some of the nation’s most critical military weapon and cyber systems ...          

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