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MIT Study Shows Which Tech Businesses Tend to Thrive

February 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | Comments

New businesses spring up all the time in the U.S. But which ones have the greatest ability to become big? A method developed by MIT researchers, based on an empirical study, projects the growth potential of high-tech firms with new precision ...                  

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Valencell Expands Robust Portfolio of Critical Patents

February 5, 2015 4:05 pm | Comments

Valencell has announced it has been granted an additional eight patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The new patents are critical to the accurate monitoring and tracking of biometrics across a variety of form-factors, such as earbuds, wristbands, armbands, and jewelry, and bring the Company’s total number of granted patents to more than 20, with dozens of additional patents pending ...     

New Algorithms Allow Autonomous Systems to Deal with Uncertainty

February 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by Aaron Dubrow, National Science Foundation | Comments

People typically consider doing the laundry to be a boring chore. But laundry is far from boring for artificial intelligence (AI) researchers like Siddharth Srivastava, a scientist at the United Technologies Research Center, Berkeley. To AI experts, programming a robot to do the laundry represents ...     

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YouTube Videos Teach Robots How to Cook

February 5, 2015 2:30 pm | by DARPA | Comments

Robots can learn to recognize objects and patterns fairly well, but to interpret and be able to act on visual input is much more difficult.  Researchers at the University of Maryland, funded by DARPA’s Mathematics of Sensing, Exploitation and Execution (MSEE) program, recently developed a system ...                

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Stanford-Designed Hapkit Brings Physical Touch to the Virtual Classroom

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by Vignesh Ramachadran, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Stanford educators have designed a do-it-yourself kit that gives online learners hands-on experience by bringing haptics into virtual classrooms ...                                       

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5 Resources for STEM Teachers

February 5, 2015 1:46 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter @abmdigi | Comments

With STEM careers taking off, STEM students need capable, confident teachers targeting all segments of the population. In a Town Hall conference call on Jan. 28, STEMconnector brought together representatives of advocacy organizations, educational seminars, and universities to explore innovative ... 

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Photos of the Day: Octoput-Like Robot with Ultra-Fast Propulsion

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | Comments

The 30 cm long self-propelling robot is inflated with water and then rapidly deflates by shooting the water out through its base to power its outstanding propulsion and acceleration, despite starting from a non-streamlined shape. As the rocket contracts, it can achieve more than 2.6 times the thrust of a rigid rocket doing the same maneuver ...                 

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Making Waves with Ultra-Fast OctoBot

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | Comments

Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater vehicles ...                      

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Manufacturing Drives American Economy, but Needs More Support

February 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that exceeds ...             

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Photos of the Day: How to Catch Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | Comments

Concerned about a recent spate of mystery drones flying over its nuclear plants, military installations and even the presidential palace, France has asked scientists to help devise ways to counteract the small — and so far harmless — motorized menaces overhead ...                

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High-Tech Solutions for Countering Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | Comments

What's the best way to counter an unwelcome drone: a bigger, faster drone, laser guns, sky-high netting or devices that block remote controls? Scientists, governments and companies are now scrambling to find out ...                     

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No Fast or Slow Lanes for Internet? New Rules Proposed

February 5, 2015 9:57 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users ...                                     

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MIT Professor Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame for "Artificial Skin"

February 4, 2015 11:51 am | by Alissa Mallinson, Department of Mechanical Engineering | Comments

Ioannis V. Yannas, professor of polymer science and engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recognized as one of the highest achievers in his field last week when the National Inventors Hall of Fame announced it would be inducting him at their 2015 ceremony this May. With this honor, which recognizes his invention ... 

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A Smart Grid Self-Organized Simply

February 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft | Comments

To improve the management of fluctuations in the electricity supplied by solar and wind installations, the electricity network needs to work more intelligently in the future. Electricity suppliers aim to be able to regulate consumption on the basis of supply with the help of an intelligent electricity network, a smart grid. Intelligent electricity ...

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Photo of the Day: X-Ray Pulses Uncover Free Nanoparticles for the First Time in 3-D

February 4, 2015 11:33 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron Desy | Comments

Nanoparticles are becoming increasingly pervasive in our everyday lives. These tiny particles, invisible to the naked eye, have widespread applications, ranging from sunscreen and paints to colour filters and electronic components. They are even promising for medical purposes including cancer treatment. "The functionality of nanoparticles ... 

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