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Lithography Technique Uses Nanoscale Spheres to Create 3D Structures

December 8, 2014 10:29 am | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new lithography technique that uses nanoscale spheres to create three-dimensional (3-D) structures with biomedical, electronic and photonic applications. The new technique is significantly less expensive than conventional methods and does not rely on ... 

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Photos of the Day: Here's Your New Spacecraft, America

December 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

NASA's new Orion spacecraft made a "bullseye" splashdown in the Pacific on Friday following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. The unmanned test flight ended 4½ hours after it began and achieved at least one record: flying farther and ... 

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NIST Study 'Makes the Case' for RFID Forensic Evidence Management

December 5, 2014 11:28 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags--devices that can transmit data over short distances to identify objects, animals or people--have become increasingly popular for tracking everything from automobiles being manufactured on an assembly line to zoo animals in transit to their new homes. Now, thanks to a new NIST report, the next beneficiaries ... 

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Synthetic Pediatric Blood-Brain Barrier on a Small Chip

December 5, 2014 11:03 am | by American Society for Cell Biology | Comments

In the human brain, the BBB is not the Better Business Bureau but the blood brain barrier and the BBB is serious business in human physiology. The human BBB separates circulating blood from the central nervous system, thus protecting the brain from many infections and toxins. But the BBB also blocks the passage of many potentially ... 

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Optical Links to Transfer Data Faster

December 4, 2014 4:51 pm | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | Comments

The optical link is a tiny slice of silicon etched with a pattern that resembles a bar code. When a beam of light is shined at the link, two different wavelengths (colors) of light split off at right angles to the input, forming a T shape ...                         

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Using Light Instead of Wires inside Computers

December 4, 2014 4:51 pm | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Stanford engineers have designed and built a prism-like device that can split a beam of light into different colors and bend the light at right angles, a development that could eventually lead to computers that use optics, rather than electricity, to carry data ...                       

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Smart Clothes to Monitor Wearers' Biomedical Information

December 4, 2014 1:48 pm | by Jean-Francois Huppe, Université Laval | Comments

Researchers at Université Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers have developed smart textiles able to monitor and transmit wearers' biomedical information via wireless or cellular networks ...                       

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Wireless Brain Sensor to Unchain Neuroscience from Cables

December 4, 2014 1:47 pm | by David Orenstein, Brown University | Comments

In a study in the journal Neuron, scientists describe a new high data-rate, low-power wireless brain sensor. The technology is designed to enable neuroscience research that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tether subjects with cabled connections ...                    

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Store Beacons Communicate with Shoppers Just in Time for the Holidays

December 4, 2014 1:35 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?                       

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Nanorod-Nanotube Film Provides Basis for Prosthetic Retina

December 4, 2014 1:34 pm | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Comments

Scientists have developed a new light-sensitive film that could one day form the basis of a prosthetic retina to help people suffering from retinal damage or degeneration ...                         

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Photo of the Day: Artificial Retinas for Visually Impaired

December 4, 2014 1:34 pm | by Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Comments

The retina is a thin layer of tissue at the inner surface of the eye. Composed of light-sensitive nerve cells, it converts images to electrical impulses and sends them to the brain ...                            

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Galileo Satellite Completes Corrective Maneuver

December 4, 2014 1:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The European Space Agency says a navigation satellite that ended up in the wrong orbit has completed a corrective maneuver ...                              

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Photos of the Day: The White House's 3D-Printed Holiday Ornaments

December 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The White House (in partnership with the Smithsonian) organized a holiday ornaments 3D printing contest and the winners were announced on Wednesday. The move is part of a so-called "Maker Movement" that's apparently happening in the White House to encourage (we can assume) students and innovators to get excited about STEM ... 

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Technology Breakthrough Reveals Cellular Transcription Process

December 4, 2014 10:42 am | by University of Montreal | Comments

A new technology that reveals cellular gene transcription in greater detail has been developed by Dr. Daniel Kaufmann of the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) and the research team he directed. "This new research tool offers us a more profound view of the immune responses that are involved in a range of diseases, such as ... 

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Ultrasonics May Soon Let You Touch What You See in Virtual Reality

December 4, 2014 10:35 am | by Adario Strange, Mashable | Comments

At this point it seems like it's just a matter of time before every device shown on Star Trek becomes a reality and, thanks to a new innovation, the holodeck could be next. A UK company called Ultrahaptics has developed a method of providing haptic feedback for holographic imagery by using ultrasonic technology. Originally developed ... 

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