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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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Better Sensors for Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection

April 7, 2015 10:25 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultra-sensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband detection, and even geological exploration ...

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College Tie-Ins Allow More to Join MI Robotics Craze

April 7, 2015 10:24 am | by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press | Comments

An increasing number of students from Michigan's most financially strapped urban school districts, including Detroit and Flint, are joining robotics teams because local universities are making space and materials available at no charge ...

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New Camera Chip Provides Superfine 3D Resolution

April 6, 2015 11:02 am | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | Comments

A cheap, compact yet highly accurate new device known as a nanophotonic coherent imager (NCI) promises to change that. Using an inexpensive silicon chip less than a millimeter square in size, the NCI provides the highest depth-measurement accuracy of any such nanophotonic 3D imaging device ...

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Stanford Scientist Recognized for Cryptography Innovations

April 6, 2015 10:47 am | Comments

Stanford computer scientist and electrical engineer Dan Boneh has been selected to receive the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences for technical contributions that have made cryptography easier to use ...

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