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A Glucose Meter of a Different Color Provides Continuous Monitoring

August 27, 2014 12:04 am | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring. The researchers developed a new continuous glucose monitoring material that changes color as glucose levels fluctuate, and the wavelength shift is so precise that doctors and patients may be able to...

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Competition for Graphene

August 26, 2014 11:55 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials. An international collaboration of researchers has reported...

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Symphony of Nanoplasmonic and Optical Resonators

August 26, 2014 11:48 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | Comments

By combining plasmonics and optical microresonators, researchers have created a new optical amplifier (or laser) design, paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications. “We have made optical systems at the microscopic scale that amplify light and produce ultra-narrowband spectral output..."

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New Ways to Process and Analyze Big Data

August 26, 2014 7:37 pm | by Science China Press | Comments

Big Data presents scientists with unfolding opportunities, including, for instance, the possibility of discovering heterogeneous characteristics in the population leading to the development of personalized treatments and highly individualized services. But ever-expanding data sets introduce new challenges in terms of statistical analysis...

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Photon Speedway Puts Big Data in the Fast Lane

August 26, 2014 7:31 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

A series of experiments is shedding new light on the photosynthetic process. The work also illustrates how light sources and supercomputing facilities can be linked via a "photon science speedway" as a solution to emerging challenges in massive data analysis...

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Biomimetic Photodetector 'Sees' in Color

August 26, 2014 12:55 pm | by Rice University | Comments

Researchers have created a CMOS-compatible, biomimetic color photodetector that directly responds to red, green and blue light in much the same way the human eye does. The new device uses an aluminum grating that can be added to silicon photodetectors with the silicon microchip industry's mainstay technology...

'Robo Brain' Will Teach Robots Everything from the Internet

August 26, 2014 12:34 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

Robo Brain – a large-scale computational system that learns from publicly available Internet resources – is currently downloading and processing about 1 billion images, 120,000 YouTube videos, and 100 million how-to documents and appliance manuals. The information is being translated and stored in a robot-friendly format...

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Sony Network Hacked, Exec's Flight Diverted

August 26, 2014 12:28 pm | by David Koenig & Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | Comments

Hackers attacked Sony's PlayStation Network and apparently disrupted the travel plans of a top company executive by going on Twitter to suggest that there was a bomb on his American Airlines plane. American cut short the Sony Corp. executive's flight on Sunday and made an unplanned landing in Phoenix...

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Hewlett-Packard Recalls 5 Million AC Power Cords

August 26, 2014 12:26 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard. HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring...

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Photo of the Day: New Chip Design Mimics the Brain

August 26, 2014 11:05 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed one of the world’s largest and most complex computer chips ever produced—one whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips...

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DARPA's Computer Chip Mimics Brain's Power-Saving Efficiency

August 26, 2014 11:01 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed one of the world’s largest and most complex computer chips ever produced—one whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips...

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ZigBee in the Sky

August 26, 2014 10:49 am | by World Scientific | Comments

A team of engineers from Singapore has successfully piloted the world's first ZigBee wireless sensor network for satellite communications. With the weight of payloads being a major constraint in satellite design, constructing a lightweight, low power-consuming, wireless communication system...

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A Closer Look: Reading Tablets Decent, but Needed?

August 26, 2014 9:44 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

E-book readers are great for reading books, but they can't be used get directions or watch videos of people dumping ice over their heads. Tablets can. In partnership with Samsung, Barnes & Noble released a reading-centric tablet last week, the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook...

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Scientists Develop a Water Splitter That Runs on an Ordinary AAA Battery

August 25, 2014 5:17 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most of the cars will run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming. Now scientists at Stanford University have developed a low-cost, emissions-free device...

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In Our Digital World, Are Young People Losing the Ability to Read Emotions?

August 25, 2014 5:10 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better...

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