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Improved Fire Detection With Ultra-Sensitive, Ultraviolet Light Sensor

February 17, 2015 10:14 am | by University of Surrey | Comments

Researchers at the University of Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute manipulated zinc oxide, producing nanowires from this readily available material to create a ultra-violet light detector which is 10,000 times more sensitive to UV light than a traditional zinc ... 

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Photos of the Day: Commercial Drone Regulations

February 17, 2015 10:04 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration released a variety of proposed requirements for commercial operators to meet, such as passing a knowledge test administered by the agency as well as a federal security check ...         

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Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Have Been Set

February 17, 2015 10:03 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away ...           

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Mobile Apps Take Students Into the Laboratory

February 17, 2015 10:00 am | by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering | Comments

Mobile apps have proved to be valuable educational tools, but laboratory instructors thus far have been limited to using mobile devices only for virtual laboratories with simulated experiments. Now, researchers at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering have developed ... 

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DNA ‘Cage’ Could Improve Nanopore Technology

February 13, 2015 3:36 pm | by Kevin Stacey, Brown School of Engineering | Comments

Scientists at Brown University have designed a nanoscale cage that can trap a single DNA strand and allow before-and-after sequencing of the same DNA strand in research trials. Despite having a diameter tens of thousands of times smaller than a human hair, nanopores ... 

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Photos of the Day: Wink-Control Glasses

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

The contacts work by incorporating a very thin reflective telescope inside a 1.55 mm thick lens. Small mirrors within bounce light around, expanding the perceived size of objects and magnifying the view, so it's like looking through low magnification binoculars ...

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Telescopic Contact Lenses Give Hope for Better, Stronger Vision

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

An estimated 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Age-related macular degeneration alone is the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the Western world. But this week at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Eric Tremblay from EPFL in Switzerland unveils a new prototype of his telescopic contact lens ...

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Photo of the Day: Tesla Battery Will Power Your Home, And Maybe the Electric Grid Too

February 13, 2015 10:55 am | Comments

Tesla is working on a battery that can power your home and even help large-scale utilities store energy more efficiently, according to company chief executive Elon Musk. On an investor call Wednesday, Musk said the designs for a home or business battery are already ... 

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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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