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The Robot That Learns Everything From Scratch

June 8, 2015 9:28 am | by Phys.org | Comments

Two researchers at NTNU have made a robot that learns like a young child. At least, that's the idea. The machine starts with nothing—it has to learn everything from scratch. "We're still pretty far away from accurately ... 

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Microscope Technique Could Speed Identification of Deadly Bacteria

June 8, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A new way of rapidly identifying bacteria, which requires a slight modification to a simple microscope, may change the way doctors approach treatment for patients who develop potentially deadly infections and may also help the food industry screen against contamination...

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Exiled Stars Explode Far From Home

June 8, 2015 9:15 am | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

Sharp images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope confirm that three supernovae discovered several years ago exploded in the dark emptiness of intergalactic space, having been flung from their home galaxies millions or billions of years earlier...

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Turning Paper Industry Waste into Chemicals

June 8, 2015 9:11 am | by Ku Leuven | Comments

Researchers at the KU Leuven Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have found a more eco-friendly way to derive lignin - a paper industry waste product - from wood and convert it into chemical building blocks. The resulting chemicals can be used in paint...

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Soldiers Make 'Better, Faster Decisions' Due to Army Modernization

June 8, 2015 9:04 am | by Vanessa Flores, SoSE&I Public Affairs | Comments

Teams, dedicated to fielding the Army's most advanced technologies, spend up to three quarters of their time traveling throughout the country. The mission at hand for system of Systems Engineering and Integration, Capability Package Directorate...

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Soft Robotic Glove Puts Control in the Grasp of Hand-Impaired Patients

June 5, 2015 11:38 am | by Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard | Comments

Having achieved promising results in proof–of–concept prototyping and experimental testing, a soft robotic glove under development by soft wearable robotics expert Conor Walsh, Ph.D., and a team of engineers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering...

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Army Computer Scientist Streamlines Network Science

June 5, 2015 10:37 am | by Jenna Brady, ARL Public Affairs | Comments

Through the efforts of a U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, computer scientist, the way in which network science experimentation environments are designed, deployed and executed has been streamlined...

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A Small Vortex on the Wing Makes the Elegance of Birds' Flight

June 5, 2015 10:33 am | by Laboratory of Behavioral Ecology and Evolution at Seoul National University | Comments

One mystery of birds' flight is solved! The elegance of birds' flight, their seemingly effortless aerial turns and the softness of their landing, have been envied by many people. From countless observations, it has been known that the birds use a small group of feathers...

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Photo of the Day: USS Mitscher Welcomes French Tall Ship Replica, Hermione

June 5, 2015 10:06 am | by United States Navy | Comments

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), right, provides a warm welcome to the French tall ship replica the Hermione in the vicinity of the Battle of Virginia Capes off the East Coast of the United States...

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Next-Generation Illumination Using Silicon Quantum Dot-Based White-Blue LED

June 5, 2015 9:50 am | by Hiroshima University | Comments

A Si quantum dot (QD)-based hybrid inorganic/organic light-emitting diode (LED) that exhibits white-blue electroluminescence has been fabricated by Professor Ken-ichi SAITOW (Natural Science Center for Basic Research and Development...

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Massive Data Breach Could Affect Every Federal Agency

June 5, 2015 9:34 am | by Ken Dilanian, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

China-based hackers are suspected once again of breaking into U.S. government computer networks, and the entire federal workforce could be at risk this time. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that data from the Office of Personnel ... 

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Charting the Milky Way From the Inside Out

June 5, 2015 9:07 am | by NASA | Comments

Imagine trying to create a map of your house while confined to only the living room. You might peek through the doors into other rooms or look for light spilling in through the windows. But, in the end, the walls and lack of visibility would largely prevent you from seeing the big picture...

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Don’t Get Hooked by Phishers

June 5, 2015 9:02 am | by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information | Comments

Fast cash promises on popular social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are causing major problems for service members. Phishing scams have continued to evolve in an attempt to keep up with progressing technology...

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Unlocking Nanofibers’ Potential

June 5, 2015 8:54 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Nanofibers — polymer filaments only a couple of hundred nanometers in diameter — have a huge range of potential applications, from solar cells to water filtration to fuel cells. But so far, their high cost of manufacture has relegated them to just a few niche industries...

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Penn Engineers Show How 'Perfect' Materials Begin to Fail

June 5, 2015 8:43 am | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Crystalline materials have atoms that are neatly lined up in a repeating pattern. When they break, that failure tends to start at a defect, or a place where the pattern is disrupted. But how do defect-free materials break...

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