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Making Waves with Ultra-Fast OctoBot

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater vehicles ...                      

Manufacturing Drives American Economy, but Needs More Support

February 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that exceeds ...             

High-Tech Solutions for Countering Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

What's the best way to counter an unwelcome drone: a bigger, faster drone, laser guns, sky-high netting or devices that block remote controls? Scientists, governments and companies are now scrambling to find out ...                     

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No Fast or Slow Lanes for Internet? New Rules Proposed

February 5, 2015 9:57 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users ...                                     

MIT Professor Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame for "Artificial Skin"

February 4, 2015 11:51 am | by Alissa Mallinson, Department of Mechanical Engineering | News | Comments

Ioannis V. Yannas, professor of polymer science and engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recognized as one of the highest achievers in his field last week when the National Inventors Hall of Fame announced it would be inducting him at their 2015 ceremony this May. With this honor, which recognizes his invention ... 

A Smart Grid Self-Organized Simply

February 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

To improve the management of fluctuations in the electricity supplied by solar and wind installations, the electricity network needs to work more intelligently in the future. Electricity suppliers aim to be able to regulate consumption on the basis of supply with the help of an intelligent electricity network, a smart grid. Intelligent electricity ...

Photo of the Day: X-Ray Pulses Uncover Free Nanoparticles for the First Time in 3-D

February 4, 2015 11:33 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron Desy | News | Comments

Nanoparticles are becoming increasingly pervasive in our everyday lives. These tiny particles, invisible to the naked eye, have widespread applications, ranging from sunscreen and paints to colour filters and electronic components. They are even promising for medical purposes including cancer treatment. "The functionality of nanoparticles ... 

X-Ray Pulses Uncover Free Nanoparticles for the First Time in 3-D

February 4, 2015 11:25 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron Desy | News | Comments

For the first time, a German-American research team has determined the three-dimensional shape of free-flying silver nanoparticles, using DESY's X-ray laser FLASH. The tiny particles, hundreds of times smaller than the width of a human hair, were found to exhibit an unexpected variety of shapes, as the physicists from ... 

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Tiny Robotic 'Hands' Could Improve Cancer Diagnostics, Drug Delivery

February 4, 2015 11:22 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Many people imagine robots today as clunky, metal versions of humans, but scientists are forging new territory in the field of 'soft robotics.' One of the latest advances is a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper. The development could help doctors perform remotely guided surgical procedures or perform biopsies. The materials ... 

Manufacturing Drives American Economy, But Needs More Support

February 4, 2015 11:12 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that exceeds $450 per worker, and in which at ... 

Photos of the Day: Urban Solar Electric Car with 3D-Printed Body

February 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia ... 

NASA Budget to Fund Mars Mission, Asteroid Capture

February 3, 2015 10:36 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

NASA is expected to receive $18.5 billion in the FY2016 Federal budget, a half-billion dollar increase. This budget allows for continuing development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, SpaceLaunch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS), planned for deep space missions. It also funds the James ... 

MIT Accepting Applications for Integrated Design Program

February 3, 2015 10:28 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Are you an engineer or businessperson looking to further your education? Starting in the fall semester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will offer a Master’s degree in Integrated Design, geared toward engineering, business and design professionals in the early or middle stages of their careers. Applicants must be ... 

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Programming Safety Into Self-Driving Cars

February 3, 2015 1:37 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

For decades, researchers in artificial intelligence, or AI, worked on specialized problems, developing theoretical concepts and workable algorithms for various aspects of the field. Computer vision, planning and reasoning experts all struggled independently in areas that many thought would be easy to solve, but which proved ... 

ASU Graduates Create Medical Device to Cure Jaundice

February 3, 2015 1:37 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

Arizona State University engineering graduates and students are involved in a start-up venture based on new technology the company’s founders developed to help cure jaundice in newborn children. Jaundice affects six out of 10 newborn babies, and more than 12,000 worldwide die each day if not treated. The founders of the ... 

Gates talks Microsoft Personal Agent, Philanthropy in Reddit AMA

February 2, 2015 2:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Articles | Comments

Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA on Jan. 29 to talk about philanthropy, drinking water made from recycled human feces, and artificial intelligence in a question-and-answer spanning 14,569 comments. In one notable post Gates said that he was working with Microsoft ...                             

App Lets Anyone See for the Blind

February 2, 2015 1:05 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or answers a question with which the user may need help ...                                

Photo of the Day: XMM-Newton and Hubble View of Jupiter's Ghost

February 2, 2015 10:08 am | by Phys.org | News | Comments

Names of astronomical objects are often ambiguous, especially when the historical designation of a certain class of celestial body preceded their physical understanding and was based on their appearance in the sky. A notoriously abstruse case of nomenclature is that ...

Researchers Revamp Common “Data Structure” to Work With Multicore Chips

February 2, 2015 9:57 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Every undergraduate computer-science major takes a course on data structures, which describes different ways of organizing data in a computer’s memory. Every data structure has its own advantages: Some are good for fast retrieval, some for efficient search, some for quick ... 

Smart Devices That Track Hand-Washing in Hospitals

February 2, 2015 9:32 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

General Sensing — co-founded by MIT Media Lab alumni Jonathan Gips SM ’06 and Philip Liang SM ’06 — is using smart devices to monitor hand hygiene among hospital staff and ensure compliance with WHO guidelines ...                                     

AT&T, Verizon Spend Billions In Airwave Auction

February 2, 2015 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction.The additional airwaves, or spectrum, will allow wireless companies to offer more ...                              

The Biggest Shake-Up to the Telecommunications Industry

February 2, 2015 8:43 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather ...          

The Quest for Efficiency in Thermoelectric Nanowires

February 2, 2015 7:35 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Efficiency is big in the tiny world of thermoelectric nanowires. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say better materials and manufacturing techniques for the nanowires could allow carmakers to harvest power from the heat wasted by exhaust systems or lead to more ...                     

Aerospace Engineering Students' Startup Idea: Controlled Drones for Filmmaking

January 30, 2015 5:40 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

<p> Three Aerospace Engineering at Illinois seniors have applied their penchant for entrepreneurship to develop FreeSkies, a startup company aimed at using drones in filmmaking. Working in AE Associate Prof. Tim Bretl&rsquo;s laboratory, Jay Mulakala, Ankur Mehta, and Andrew Putch...

New Light-Converting Materials Point to Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Power

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by RJ Taylor, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applications Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs ...                 

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