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Improved Thin Films with Metal Substitution

July 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by University of Oregon | Comments

The yield so far is small, but chemists have developed a low-energy, solution-based mineral substitution process to make a precursor to transparent thin films that could find use in electronics and alternative energy devices. The process described in the paper represents a new approach to transmetalation...

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Highly Charged Ions

July 21, 2014 2:15 pm | by Joint Quantum Institute | Comments

The world is mostly neutral. That is, most of the atoms in our environment are electrically neutral. The number of electrons in the outer parts of atoms equals the number of protons at the centers of atoms. As one or more electrons are plucked away from the atoms, the remaining electrons feel a much stronger positive pull from the nucleus.

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Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

July 21, 2014 2:09 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

New technology under development at the University of California, Berkeley, could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition. A team of researchers has found a way to dramatically increase the sensitivity of a light-based plasmon sensor...

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New Software Provides Accurate, Real-Time Data on Traffic

July 20, 2014 11:29 pm | by University of Granada | Comments

Researchers have designed new software that provides real time data on traffic. It is a device that provides information on traffic flow between cities. Drivers can use this information to choose the fastest route as they plan to drive to their destinations. It is a highly reliable...

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Photos of the Day: Bringing Robots Closer to Humans

July 20, 2014 11:23 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand...

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Getting a Grip on Robotic Grasp

July 20, 2014 11:01 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers. Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand...

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'Nanocamera' Takes Pictures at Distances Smaller Than Light's Own Wavelength

July 20, 2014 10:54 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | Comments

Researchers have demonstrated that an array of novel gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas can be used like traditional photographic film to record light for distances that are much smaller than the wavelength of light (for example, distances less than ~600 nm for red light)...

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Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers, Not Quartz

July 20, 2014 10:49 pm | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

Nearly all electronics require devices called oscillators that create precise frequencies—frequencies used to keep time in wristwatches or to transmit reliable signals to radios. For nearly 100 years, these oscillators have relied upon quartz crystals to provide a frequency reference, much like a tuning fork...

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No Evidence That California Cellphone Ban Decreased Accidents

July 20, 2014 10:44 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | Comments

In a recent study, a researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder found no evidence that a California ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving decreased the number of traffic accidents in the state in the first six months following the ban. The findings...

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Without Radar, Missile May Not Have Identified Jet

July 20, 2014 10:00 pm | by Danica Kirka & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | Comments

If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. American officials said Friday that they believe the Boeing 777 was...

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Axead Nokia X Phones Suffered from Lack of Identity

July 20, 2014 9:54 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The Nokia X phones that Microsoft discontinued this week blend two rival operating systems, but leave out the best of each. As a result, the devices didn't become a runaway hit as Nokia's low-cost answer to serving emerging markets. Nokia X phones were devised to be a gateway to the company's pricier Lumia phones...

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Telit Expands m2mAIR Mobile Coverage in Partnership with Telefonica

July 18, 2014 1:42 pm | by Telit Wireless Solutions | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced its appointment to the Telefonica m2m Channel Partner Program. As a result, m2mAIR Mobile can now offer local Telefonica connectivity services, together with its own suite of value added services to M2M customers throughout Europe and Latin America...

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Photo of the Day: The Rx for 5G RF

July 18, 2014 11:01 am | by National Instruments | Comments

NI is collaborating with several top researchers focused on wireless – specifically 5G communications. Combining LabVIEW system design software with software defined radio (SDR) hardware, researchers are able to innovate faster...

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Rescuers Comb Scene of Malaysian Plane Crash

July 18, 2014 10:52 am | by Peter Leonard, Associated Press | Comments

A Malaysian jetliner shot from the sky by what U.S. intelligence officials believe was a surface-to-air missile scattered wreckage and bodies across the Ukrainian countryside, leaving investigators scrambling Friday to figure out what happened as rescue workers, policemen and even coal miners combed the crash site...

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Restoring Active Memory Program Poised to Launch

July 18, 2014 9:39 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA has selected two universities to initially lead the agency’s Restoring Active Memory program, which aims to develop and test wireless, implantable “neuroprosthetics” that can help servicemembers, veterans, and others overcome memory deficits incurred as a result of traumatic brain injury or disease...

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