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Taking the Grunt Work Out of Web Development

December 23, 2014 3:09 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News | News | Comments

A Web page today is the result of a number of interacting components — like cascading style sheets, XML code, ad hoc database queries, and JavaScript functions. For all but the most rudimentary sites, keeping track of how these different elements interact, refer to each other, and pass data back and forth can be a time-consuming ... 

'Mind the Gap' Between Atomically Thin Materials

December 23, 2014 1:06 pm | by Penn State | News | Comments

When it comes to engineering single-layer atomic structures, "minding the gap" will help...

Are Driverless Cars Safe? California's Regulators Weigh Pros and Cons

December 22, 2014 11:34 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for...

Double Amputee Becomes First to Control Two Robotic Arms with Only His Mind

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Alyssa Bereznak, Yahoo! Tech Columnist | News | Comments

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Stanford's 100-Year Study on Artificial Intelligence

December 19, 2014 9:15 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence will ripple through every aspect of how people work, live and play ...                

Research Finds Graphene Oxide Can Improve Rechargeable Batteries

December 19, 2014 9:11 am | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A Kansas State University engineering team has discovered some of graphene oxide's important properties that can improve sodium- and lithium-ion flexible batteries. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, and Lamuel David, doctoral student in mechanical ... 

Computers Catch Up to Primate Brain

December 19, 2014 9:01 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

For decades, neuroscientists have been trying to design computer networks that can mimic visual skills such as recognizing objects, which the human brain does very accurately and quickly ...                  

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The Holy Grail of Next-Generation Nonvolatile Memory

December 19, 2014 8:44 am | by Syl Kacapyr, Cornell University | News | Comments

To encode data, today's computer memory technology uses electric currents - a major limiting factor for reliability and shrinkability, and the source of significant power consumption. If data could instead be encoded without current - for example ...               

Extensive I/O, Large Memory Arrays

December 17, 2014 10:30 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems now offers the rugged and compact A171 computing system that ensures high computing performance under highly adverse conditions ...               

Photos of the Day: 10-Degree Brain Control of a Prosthetic Device

December 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Anita Srikameswaran, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

The findings by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, describe, for the first time, 10-degree brain control of a prosthetic device in which the trial participant used the arm and hand to reach, grasp, and place a variety of objects ...           

New Findings from Mind-Controlled Robot Arm Project Published

December 17, 2014 10:04 am | by Anita Srikameswaran, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes ...

Tweets of City Dwellers

December 16, 2014 2:28 pm | by Dave Troy, TED | Videos | Comments

Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has ...             

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When We Teach Computers to Learn

December 16, 2014 2:06 pm | by Jeremy Howard, TED | Videos | Comments

What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos ...              

HotSpot Episode 93: Stuffing Bras with Actuators and Sensing Tech

December 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, researchers are stuffing bras with actuators and sensing technologies; Berkeley engineers are building organic optoelectronic sensors that can be slapped on like a Band-Aid; Wii’s are rehabbing stroke survivors; and a new technology is significantly lowering UAV costs ... 

Control on Shape of Light Particles Opens the Way to 'Quantum Internet'

December 15, 2014 11:42 am | by Eindhoven University of Technology | News | Comments

In the same way as we now connect computers in networks through optical signals, it could also be possible to connect future quantum computers in a 'quantum internet'. The optical signals would then consist of individual light particles or photons. One prerequisite for a working quantum internet is control of ... 

Blrt App Helps You Get Work Done Without Unnecessary Meetings

December 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Jason Lim, Forbes Contributor | News | Comments

Work often gets done through meetings, whether they are face to face or over programs like Skype. Meetings help us share and present ideas, debate topics and get in sync. But many times, you are probably sitting there wondering why you need to be there, some of you may have even fallen asleep. According to research by ... 

New Theory Could Make for More Flexible Digital Communication

December 12, 2014 9:57 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Communication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with a precise number of bits. If sender and receiver — say, a computer and a printer — are off by even a single bit relative to each other, communication between them breaks down ... 

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Eye-Tracking Subconscious Menu

December 11, 2014 3:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

Tracking What Students Grasp with Mobile Devices

December 11, 2014 1:28 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

As a teaching assistant at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2010, Amit Maimon MBA ’11 witnessed the origins of a technological phenomenon: Smartphones and tablets had started creeping into the classroom in the hands of students ...                

Survey Shows Internet's Broadening Political Role

December 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Would-be 2016 presidential candidates take note: the Internet may potentially make or break your campaign. More Internet users than ever view online efforts as key to political campaigns, according to a survey released Thursday by the University of Southern California ...                 

Affordable Internet Access should Be a Human Right

December 11, 2014 10:27 am | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government surveillance and censorship are increasing ...          

ERICSSON’s 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2015: Connectivity Integrated into Daily Life

December 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by Ericsson | News | Comments

The end of 2014 is approaching, and Ericsson ConsumerLab can now, in the fourth edition of its annual trend report, present the hottest consumer trends for 2015 and beyond. Michael Björn, Head of Research, Ericsson ConsumerLab ...             

Helping Students Develop Their Product-Design Skills

December 10, 2014 10:34 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes) ...             

Designing Composite Materials in Supercomputer Virtual Labs

December 10, 2014 10:30 am | by Rebecca Caygill, University College London | News | Comments

UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error ...     

Pattern-Recognition Systems Convey What They Learn to Humans

December 8, 2014 11:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News | News | Comments

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society’s conference next week, MIT researchers present a new system that bridges these two ways of processing information ... 

Silicon Labs’ PCI Express Buffers

December 8, 2014 10:32 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs has introduced a new family of PCI Express (PCIe) Gen1/2/3 fanout buffers designed for data center applications including servers, storage, and switches ...                                     

HotSpot Episode 92: Flying Inventory Robots Keep Track of Products

December 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, the BMW Group tests the Google Glass in quality assurance department; an atomic memory with outstanding parameters; American Certification Body announces agreement with ART-FI and EMTREK; and inventory robots that track product ...                               

Optical Links to Transfer Data Faster

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

Using Light Instead of Wires inside Computers

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