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Brain-Wave Headset Crowdsourced

January 26, 2015 | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

British company Flexctrl is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity ...                                        

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Femtosecond Laser to Manipulate Valley Excitons

January 27, 2015 3:44 pm | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors ...                        

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New Search Engine Lets Users Look for Results Faster

January 27, 2015 3:29 pm | by Tuukka Ruotsalo, Aalto University | Comments

The SciNet search engine is different because it changes internet searches into recognition tasks, by showing keywords related to the user's search in topic radar. People using SciNet can get relevant and diverse search results faster, especially when they do not know exactly what they are looking for or how to formulate a query to find it ...                 

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Bulletproof Battery for Thinner Lithium Rechargeables

January 27, 2015 3:21 pm | by Nicole Casal Moore, University of Michigan | Comments

New battery technology from the University of Michigan should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013 ...                               

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U.S Navy Seeks Permits to Expand Sonar-Emitting Buoys

January 27, 2015 9:56 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water ...                          

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Photo of the Day: A Neurostimulator that Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 1:44 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye ...                                 

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New Micro-Ring Promises Secure Communications & Faster Computers

January 26, 2015 1:28 pm | by Jack Hanley, The Optical Society | Comments

Unlike Bilbo's magic ring, which entangles human hearts, engineers have created a new micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light, an important first step in a whole host of new technologies ...                        

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Researchers at Northewestern University Develop Infrared Technique that Operates at High Temps

January 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | Comments

From aerial surveillance to cancer detection, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) radiation has a wide range of applications. And as the uses for high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging continue to expand, MWIR sources are becoming more attractive ...                       

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EPFL Research Brings Reconfigurable Electronic Microchips Closer to A Reality

January 26, 2015 12:04 pm | by Leo Mc Gilly, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

EPFL researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to create conductive pathways several atoms wide in a material, to move them around at will and even to make them disappear. Their research is the subject of a recent article appearing in Nature Nanotechnology ...                   

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Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

January 26, 2015 11:40 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | Comments

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games, and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access ...               

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Photo of the Day: 5 Ways Drones Could Affect American Food Supply

January 26, 2015 10:33 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union ...                                

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Recent Stanford Research Challenges Long-Held Theories on Catalysts

January 23, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andrew Myers, Stanford University | Comments

Using high-brilliance X-rays in a new way, Stanford engineers observed electrons at work during catalytic reactions. Their findings challenge long-held theories about some catalysts, opening the door to new or improved renewable energy applications ...            

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Photo of the Day: DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment Program

January 23, 2015 9:44 am | by DARPA | Comments

CODE researchers seek to create a modular software architecture that is resilient to bandwidth limitations and communications disruptions, yet compatible with existing standards and capable of affordable retrofit into existing platforms ...                          

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DARPA to Establish Code for Unmanned Aircraft to Fly without Supervision

January 23, 2015 9:43 am | by DARPA | Comments

The U.S. military’s investments in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have proven invaluable for missions from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to tactical strike. Most of the current systems, however, require constant control by a dedicated pilot and sensor operator as well as a large number of analysts, all via telemetry ...              

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Got Battery? Lots of Low Battery Hacks But No Quick Fix

January 23, 2015 9:21 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The common lithium-ion battery that's used to power laptops, cellphones and tablet computers has improved in recent years. Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, says K. M. Abraham, a professor at Northeastern University who researches batteries. But it's not nearly enough to keep up with the demand ...                    

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New York City’s Largest Wind Turbine Stands 160-Feet Tall

January 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Sunset Park in Brooklyn gained New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s residential curbside metal, glass, and plastic ... 

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