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Smartphones May Aid in Dietary Self-Monitoring

September 12, 2014 5:00 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | Comments

Smartphones have seen wide adoption among Americans in recent years because of their ease of use and adaptability. With that in mind, researchers examined how smartphone use affected weight loss goals and determined that smartphones may offer users an advantage over traditional methods when tracking diet data...

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Project Wing: Google’s Delivery-Drone Service

September 12, 2014 4:41 pm | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | Comments

Friends and colleagues were aware, at some level, that Nick Roy, a researcher in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), had been using his sabbatical to take on some sort of robotics-related ...   

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Replacing Silicon Electronics with Nanomaterials

September 12, 2014 4:38 pm | by Ken Kingery, Duke University | Comments

As silicon electronics approach their physical limits for density and speed, researchers are seeking materials to revolutionize the industry and continue the vast improvements in performance seen throughout the past four decades ...  

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Making Drones More Customizable

September 12, 2014 4:36 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

A first-ever standard "operating system" for drones, developed by a startup with MIT roots, could soon help manufacturers easily design and customize unmanned aerial vehicles for multiple applications ...     

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A Multiuser, Multiantenna Transmission Scheme for UHF

September 12, 2014 10:43 am | by Rice University | Comments

Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up fat streams of data over wireless hotspots that could stretch for miles. Researchers from Rice's Wireless Network Group will unveil a multiuser, multiantenna transmission scheme for UHF...

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Photos of the Day: Wireless Experts Tap Unused TV Spectrum

September 12, 2014 10:42 am | by Rice University | Comments

Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up fat streams of data over wireless hotspots that could stretch for miles. Researchers from Rice's Wireless Network Group will unveil a multiuser, multiantenna transmission scheme for UHF...

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5 Smart Things Coming to Your Car

September 11, 2014 5:09 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Cellphones that warn drivers when people are crossing in front of them. Bicycles and cars that communicate with traffic lights. Sensors in cars that quickly alert other drivers to black ice, potholes or other hazards. A low-priced camera system ...

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The Quantum Revolution is a Step Closer

September 11, 2014 5:06 pm | by University of Bristol | Comments

Theories show how computing devices that operate according to quantum mechanics can solve problems that conventional (classical) computers, including super computers, can never solve. These theories have been experimentally ...   

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Engineer Aims to Connect the World With Ant-Sized Radios

September 11, 2014 5:05 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | Comments

A Stanford University engineering team has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna — no batteries required ... 

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First 500 GHz Photon Switch Built

September 11, 2014 4:58 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

The work took nearly four years to complete and it opens a fundamentally new direction in photonics - with far-reaching potential consequences for the control of photons in optical fiber channels. Researchers at the University of ...  

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'Electronic Skin' to Detect Breast Cancer

September 11, 2014 4:52 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and ...  

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Excitonic Dark States Shed Light on TMDC Atomic Layers

September 11, 2014 4:44 pm | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | Comments

A team of Berkeley Lab researchers believes it has uncovered the secret behind the unusual optoelectronic properties of single atomic layers of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials, the two-dimensional semiconductors that ...

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Graphene Paints a Corrosion-Free Future

September 11, 2014 4:39 pm | by University of Manchester | Comments

The surface of graphene, a one atom thick sheet of carbon, can be randomly decorated with oxygen to create graphene oxide; a form of graphene that could have a significant impact on the chemical, pharmaceutical and electronic industries ...

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Nanotechnology Aids in Cooling Electrons Without External Sources

September 11, 2014 4:38 pm | by University of Texas at Arlington | Comments

A team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy. The team details its ...  

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Lasers 'Grown' Directly on Silicon-Based Microchips

September 11, 2014 4:35 pm | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA's Electronic-Photonic Heterogeneous Integration (E-PHI) program has successfully integrated billions of light-emitting dots on silicon to create an efficient silicon-based laser. The breakthrough, achieved by researchers working on ...

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