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New Memristor Study: Metal Particles Aren't as Fixed as They Seem

June 25, 2014 12:32 am | by University of Michigan | Comments

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and "resistive random access memory," or RRAM—cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions—researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought...

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New Technology: The Goose Bump Sensor

June 25, 2014 12:26 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Can emotional states be measured quantitatively, and if so what would advertising, manufacturing and social media companies do with that data? Imagine a world in which a consumer's real-time physical and emotional response helped to determine his/her experience...

New Technology Developed to Diagnose and Monitor Adrenal Gland Diseases

June 25, 2014 12:21 am | by Intermountain Medical Center | Comments

Diseases of the adrenal gland have long been difficult to diagnose. But now, researchers have found an affordable and easy way to diagnose and monitor endocrine diseases of the adrenal gland by using saliva and a smartphone. Researchers have developed new smartphone technology...

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Ghost Writing the Whip

June 25, 2014 12:14 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

"Ghost imaging" sounds like the spooky stuff of frivolous fiction, but it's an established technique for reconstructing hi-res images of objects partly obscured by clouds or smoke. Now a group of researchers is applying the same idea in reverse...

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New Research Finds That Cell Phones Reflect Our Personal Microbiome

June 25, 2014 12:00 am | by PeerJ | Comments

Smartphones are everywhere, and they may be smarter than you think. Our cell phones actually reflect the personal microbial world of their owners, with potential implications for their use as bacterial and environmental sensors, according to new research...

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Crimes to Crops: Drone Display Shows Potential Use

June 24, 2014 11:54 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | Comments

An unmanned aircraft the size of a push lawnmower was launched shortly after a report of a person being held at knifepoint. With red, green and white lights flashing below its rotors, the drone slowly circled the scene and relayed sharp images to those watching from afar on a digital screen...

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Better Red Makes Brighter White

June 24, 2014 5:32 pm | by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München | Comments

A team of researchers has developed a new material for application in LEDs. “With its highly unusual properties, the new material has the potential to revolutionize the LED market,” says Schnick. The two teams report their results in the latest edition of Nature Materials...

Review: Colors Come to Life in New Samsung Tablet

June 24, 2014 5:15 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S tablet looks different. As soon as I turned on the screen, I noticed that the colors are stunning and vivid. Red looks redder, and greens are greener. The lawn and the trees in "Ghostbusters" look alive, as does a purple-tinted apparition...

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Eyes on You: Experts Reveal Police Hacking Methods

June 24, 2014 3:59 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | Comments

Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday...

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Photos of the Day: Woman or Machine?

June 24, 2014 10:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

The latest creations from Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro are Otonaroid, Kodomoroid and Telenoid, a hairless mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion...        

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New Japanese Robots Look Creepily Human

June 24, 2014 10:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people — almost. Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person from the machine...

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The First Demonstration of a Self-Powered Cardiac Pacemaker

June 24, 2014 12:57 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker batteries last seven years on average...

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Booting up Quantum Computers 72 Times Faster Than Previously Possible

June 24, 2014 12:51 am | by Saarland University | Comments

Press the start button, switch on the monitor, grab a cup of coffee and off you go. That is pretty much how most us experience booting up a computer. But with a quantum computer the situation is very different. So far, researchers have had to spend hours making dozens...

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Electrostatics Do the Trick

June 24, 2014 12:48 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | Comments

Organic semiconductors allow for flexible displays, solar cells, and other interesting applications. One common problem in these devices, however, is the interface between the metallic contacts and the organic semiconductor material, where undesirable losses occur.

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Measuring the Mass of 'Massless' Electrons

June 24, 2014 12:00 am | by Harvard University | Comments

Individual electrons in graphene are massless, but when they move together, it’s a different story. Graphene, a one-atom-thick carbon sheet, has taken the world of physics by storm—in part, because its electrons behave as massless particles....

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