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Interstellar Technology Throws Light On Spinning Black Holes

February 13, 2015 9:50 am | Comments

The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Christopher Nolan's epic, Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes. In a paper published in IOP Publishing's journal ... 

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Braille-Writer App Turns iPad into Invaluable Tool for the Visually Impaired

February 13, 2015 8:56 am | by Andrew Myers, Stanford | Comments

Three years ago, Sohan Dharmaraja was a Stanford engineering doctoral candidate in search of his next project when he visited the Stanford Office of Accessible Education, which helps blind and visually challenged students successfully navigate the world of higher education ...       

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Lab-In-A-Box Takes Aim at Doctors' Computer Activity

February 12, 2015 2:39 pm | by Doug Ramsey, University of California - San Diego | Comments

They call it "the Lab-in-a-Box." According to Nadir Weibel, a research scientist in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department at the University of California, San Diego, inside the box are assorted sensors and software designed to monitor a doctor's office, particularly during consultations with patients ...

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DARPA Launches Robots4Us Video Contest

February 12, 2015 10:13 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA's new Robots4Us student video contest asks high school students to address these issues creatively by producing short videos about the robotics-related possibilities they foresee and the kind of robot-assisted society in which they would like to live ...        

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Snail Shells to Improve Li-Ion Batteries

February 12, 2015 10:07 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, Biophysical Society | Comments

Scientists are using biology to improve the properties of lithium ion batteries. Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have isolated a peptide, a type of biological molecule, which binds strongly to lithium manganese nickel oxide ...

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Inkjet-Printing Enables Mass Production of OLED Displays

February 12, 2015 9:58 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

Flexible smartphones and color-saturated television displays were some highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Showcase, held in January in Las Vegas ...              

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New Study Explores Novel High-Power Microwave Generator

February 12, 2015 9:51 am | by Joan Robinson, Springer | Comments

High-power microwaves are frequently used in civil applications, such as radar and communication systems, heating and current drive of plasmas in fusion devices, and acceleration in high-energy linear colliders ...                  

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Photos of the Day: VP Gore's Brainchild Finally Soars to Space

February 12, 2015 9:47 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

Gore — who dreamed up the idea for an environmentally conscious, Earth-gazing satellite 17 years ago — returned for the sunset launch. He was at the previous two attempts as well, eager to see his brainchild finally soar. Besides watching for solar outbursts, the observatory will provide continuous pictures of the full, sunlit side of Earth ...       

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SpaceX Launches Environmentally Conscious, Earth-Gazing Satellite

February 12, 2015 9:47 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Wednesday ...                 

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Professor Wins an Academy Award for Software that Digitizes Destruction

February 11, 2015 2:38 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | Comments

A Stanford professor has won an Academy Award for helping put the crunch and devastation into blockbuster movies ...                 

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Electronics You Can Wrap Around Your Finger

February 11, 2015 10:59 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | Comments

Researchers from South Korea have taken a new step toward more bendable devices by manufacturing a thin film that keeps its useful electric and magnetic properties even when highly curved. The researchers describe the film in ...               

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Futuristic Semiconductor Material for Extreme-Temperature Electronics

February 11, 2015 10:52 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discovered that molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a semiconductor material, may be a promising candidate to make thin-film transistors for extreme temperature applications ...                

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Photos of the Day: Britain's Invasion of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Four types of autonomous vehicles under trial — including a shuttle that looks like a larger golf cart and a compact two-seater "pod" car — were unveiled in London. Officials and journalists tried out the shuttle at the event, taking short rides around a public square ...     

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Britain Starts Public Trial of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Britain began testing driverless cars in four cities Wednesday, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology ...                                

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Apple's $850M Solar Energy Project

February 11, 2015 10:14 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California ...                     

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