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On the Road to Graphene-based Electronic Devices

November 10, 2014 9:34 am | by European Physical Journal B. | Comments

Physicists have, for the first time, explored in detail the time evolution of the conductivity, as well as other quantum-level electron transport characteristics, of a graphene device subjected to periodic ultra-short pulses. To date, the majority of graphene studies have considered the dependency of transport properties on the characteristics of the external pulses, such as field strength, period or frequency.

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Scientists Gear Up to Land 1st Spacecraft on Comet

November 10, 2014 9:10 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

The European Space Agency is making final preparations to land the first unmanned spacecraft on a comet next week, and scientists are hoping that technology designed a quarter century ago will perform as planned. Europe's Rosetta space probe was ...

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NASA: Comet Bombarded Mars Sky with Meteor Shower

November 10, 2014 9:08 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

A pristine distant comet created a once-in-8-million-year fireworks show above Mars last month. But no one got to see it live. New NASA data from satellites circling Mars shows that when the comet named Siding Spring skimmed the red planet, tons of ...

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AT&T to Purchase Mexican Wireless Company Iusacell

November 10, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

AT&T is buying Mexican wireless company Iusacell for $1.8 billion and plans to grow in Mexico. The Dallas company said Friday that Iusacell has 8.6 million subscribers under the Iusacell and Unefón brand names. AT&T had ...  

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This is the Wayward Comet that Buzzed Mars

November 7, 2014 4:26 pm | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Two NASA and one European spacecraft, including NASA's MAVEN mission led by the University of Colorado Boulder, have gathered new information about the basic properties of a wayward comet that buzzed by Mars Oct. 19, directly detecting ...

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Stanford Students Turn Open-Source Smartphone Operating Systems into Control of Mechatronic Devices

November 7, 2014 9:53 am | by Bjorn Carey | Comments

Caitlin Clancy gave her quadcopter one final inspection and backed away slowly. She had spent the past week designing and building the copter, mostly from scratch, and now, the moment of truth. She pulled up the flight controls on her Android phone ...

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ORNL Thermomagnetic Processing Method Provides Path to New Materials

November 7, 2014 9:28 am | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

For much the same reason LCD televisions offer eye-popping performance, a thermomagnetic processing method developed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can advance the performance of polymers. Polymers are used in cars, planes and hundreds of consumer ... 

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Research Lights the Way to Super-Fast Computers

November 7, 2014 9:18 am | by University of Surrey | Comments

New research published in the journal Nature Communications, has demonstrated how glass can be manipulated to create a material that will allow computers to transfer information using light. This development could significantly increase computer processing ...

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Photos of the Day: Brain-to-Brain Human Interface

November 6, 2014 2:39 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | Comments

Sometimes, words just complicate things. What if our brains could communicate directly with each other, bypassing the need for language? ...                                 

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UW Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

November 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | Comments

University of Washington researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to ...      

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'Direct Writing' of Diamond Patterns Presents Potential for Biosensors, Quantum Computing & Fuel Cells

November 6, 2014 2:22 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

What began as research into a method to strengthen metals has led to the discovery of a new technique that uses a pulsing laser to create synthetic nanodiamond films and patterns from graphite, with potential applications from biosensors to computer chips ...          

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Photo of the Day: Cockroach Cyborg to Help Emergency Personnel

November 6, 2014 11:16 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | Comments

The biobots are equipped with electronic backpacks that control the cockroach’s movements ...                                                           

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Cockroach Cyborgs Use Microphones to Detect, Trace Sounds

November 6, 2014 11:13 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster ...                     

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New 3D Display Technology Promises Greater Energy Efficiency

November 6, 2014 11:01 am | by Lyndsay Meyer, The Optical Society | Comments

The ultra-thin LCD screen described in a paper in The Optical Society’s (OSA) journal Optics Letters is capable of holding three-dimensional images without a power source ...                                         

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Projecting a Robot’s Intentions

November 6, 2014 10:55 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT’s Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind ...                          

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