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Stanford Team Makes Biotechnology Interactive with Games and Remote-Control Labs

April 21, 2015 10:39 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

In the 1950s computers were giant machines that filled buildings and served a variety of arcane functions. Today they fit into our pockets or backpacks, and help us work, communicate and play. "Biotechnology today it is very similar to where computing technology used ... 

New Tabletop Detector “Sees” Single Electrons

April 21, 2015 10:06 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT physicists have developed a new tabletop particle detector that is able to identify single...

Innovative Technology Boosts Wi-Fi Bandwidth Tenfold

April 20, 2015 4:53 pm | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the...

Google Shaking Up Search Recommendations on Smartphones

April 20, 2015 11:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on...

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Advances in Molecular Electronics: Lights On — Molecule On

April 20, 2015 11:04 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | News | Comments

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Konstanz are working on storing and processing information on the level of single molecules to create the smallest possible components that will combine autonomously to form ...

Technology Transfers Human Emotions to Your Palm Through Air

April 20, 2015 10:36 am | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a University of Sussex-led study has shown. Sussex scientist Dr Marianna Obrist, Lecturer at the Department of Informatics, has pinpointed ... 

HotSpot Episode 110: Sensor Can Detect Spoiled Meat

April 20, 2015 9:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Jon Dipierro, Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the Swimmo smartwatch and personal underwater swimming coach; the new Jawbone UP4 partners with American Express to bring mobile payments to the fitness band; scientists at The Ohio State University developed a prototype treadmill that adjusts its own speed; and MIT chemists developed a sensor that can detect spoiled meat ... 

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Photo of the Day: Passive UHF RFID Tags Detect How People Interact with Objects

April 17, 2015 1:29 pm | by Disney Research | News | Comments

Disney Research has demonstrated that battery-free, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to cheaply and unobtrusively determine how people use and interact with daily objects, enabling new types of interactive play, smart homes and work environments, and new ... 

Beyond the Lithium Ion — A Significant Step Toward a Better Performing Battery

April 17, 2015 1:04 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development ... 

How Robots Can Help Build Better Doctors

April 16, 2015 10:36 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

A young doctor leans over a patient who has been in a serious car accident and invariably must be experiencing pain. The doctor's trauma team examines the patient's pelvis and rolls her onto her side to check her spine. They scan the patient's abdomen with a rapid ultrasound ... 

MIT Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

April 15, 2015 9:28 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat. The sensor, which consists of chemically modified carbon ... 

A Camera That Powers Itself

April 15, 2015 9:22 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A research team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering, has invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered--it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. They designed ... 

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Quantization of 'Surface Dirac States' Could Lead to Exotic Applications

April 14, 2015 9:27 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science in Japan have uncovered the first evidence of an unusual quantum phenomenon--the integer quantum Hall effect--in a new type of film, called a 3D topological insulator. In doing this, they demonstrated ... 

Scientists Develop Probabilistic Programming Languages

April 13, 2015 2:51 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most recent advances in artificial intelligence — such as mobile apps that convert speech to text — are the result of machine learning, in which computers are turned loose on huge data sets to look for patterns. To make machine-learning applications easier to build, computer scientists ... 

HotSpot Episode 109: High-Tech Armor Monitors Damage to Combatant

April 13, 2015 12:20 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, TE signs female driver; an invention by Tel Aviv University researchers may be able to turn smartphones into powerful hyperspectral sensors; researchers are helping blind rats see using an implanted compass; and Unified Weapons Master is developing ... 

Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning

April 13, 2015 8:50 am | by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported research. This technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford ... 

Illinois Teams with Google to Develop More Secure Smartphones

April 11, 2015 10:11 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Fingerprint identification, password protection and phone storage encryption are a few ways to make your smartphones more secure. But Google is looking to take the security measure one step further, using behavioral analysis of everything from typing habits to photo identifiers to authenticate people to their ... 

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Teaching Tykes to Program Robots

April 10, 2015 4:14 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Playgrounds are popular spaces for young children to play and learn. They promote exploration of the physical environment and motor and social skill development, allowing young children to be autonomous while developing core competencies. Playpens, by contrast, corral children into safe, confined ... 

Software Systems that Last 100 Years

April 9, 2015 12:49 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA has announced it will launch an ambitious four-year research project to investigate the fundamental computational and algorithmic requirements necessary for software systems and data to remain robust and functional in excess of 100 years ...

Iodine-Laced Bindis Fight Malnutrition

April 9, 2015 11:07 am | by David Mantey, Melisa Fassbender, Meaghan Ziemba, Kaylie Duffy | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re savings lives with a tiny dot, driving a super-efficient SuperTruck, rewriting rock history, and going to auction to bet on TRONs light cycle ...

Smart Cities: How M2M will Affect Major Urban Areas

April 9, 2015 10:28 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Articles | Comments

By 2050, the United Nations projects 67 percent of the global population will live in cities. The rapid urban growth will require cities to become more sustainable, safer, and even interactive. In many places, the only way to handle this population influx ...

Photos of the Day: Apple Watch isn't the Only Gadget out this Week

April 9, 2015 9:25 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Here are five new devices and services targeting your wallet ...

Things to Know about Apple's New Photo-Storage Service

April 8, 2015 9:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expected to release a free update to its Mac operating system. The update will bring a new Photos app for Mac computers and launch an online photo-storage service called iCloud Photo Library ...

Computers that Mimic the Function of the Brain

April 7, 2015 4:48 pm | by Megan Fellman, Northwestern University | News | Comments

Researchers are always searching for improved technologies, but the most efficient computer possible already exists. It can learn and adapt without needing to be programmed or updated. It has nearly limitless memory, is difficult to crash, and works at extremely fast speeds. It's not a Mac or a PC; it's the human brain. And scientists around the world want to mimic its abilities ...

Electromagnetic Interference Toolkit

April 7, 2015 3:49 pm | by Delcross Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Delcross Technologies announces the release of the EMIT (Electromagnetic Interference Toolkit) Version 4 software. EMIT V4.0 combines an analysis engine that is over 100x faster t ...

HotSpot Episode 108: Festo Reveals Chameleon Tongue Gripper

April 6, 2015 11:25 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the most ridiculous cookie jar; a chameleon tongue gripper that can pick up several objects in a single gripping process and put them down together; an interactive, motion-sensitive exhibit; and Amazon's dash button enables consumers to reorder products at the push of a button ...

Stanford Scientist Recognized for Cryptography Innovations

April 6, 2015 10:47 am | News | Comments

Stanford computer scientist and electrical engineer Dan Boneh has been selected to receive the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences for technical contributions that have made cryptography easier to use ...

AI is Learning to See the Forest in Spite of the Trees

April 2, 2015 1:48 pm | by Big Think | Videos | Comments

Stefan Weitz, Microsoft's Director of Search, explains that the future of machine learning consists of teaching artificial intelligence to identify patterns. This will allow, for instance, a search engine to ...

Photos of the Day: Quantum Teleportation on a Chip

April 2, 2015 12:15 pm | by Joanne Fryer, University of Bristol | News | Comments

The core circuits of quantum teleportation, which generate and detect quantum entanglement, have been successfully integrated into a photonic chip by an international team of scientists from the universities of Bristol, Tokyo, Southampton and NTT Device Technology Laboratories. These results pave the way to developing ultra-high-speed quantum computers and strengthening the security of communication ...

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