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Graphene Sensors Provide Unprecedented Insights Into Brain Structure and Function

November 3, 2014 11:06 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Understanding the anatomical structure and function of the brain is a longstanding goal in neuroscience and a top priority of President Obama’s brain initiative. Electrical monitoring and stimulation of neuronal signaling is a mainstay technique for studying brain function, while emerging optical techniques—which use photons instead of electrons—are opening new opportunities ... 

Raising Cryptography’s Security Standards

November 3, 2014 10:50 am | by Larry Hardesty | News | Comments

Most modern cryptographic schemes rely on computational complexity for their security. In principle, they can be cracked, but that would take a prohibitively long time, even with enormous computational resources. There is, however, another notion of security — information-theoretic security — which means that even an adversary with unbounded computational power ... 

Berkeley Lab Reports Breakthrough in Microring Laser Cavities

November 3, 2014 10:22 am | by Lynn Yarris | News | Comments

A significant breakthrough in laser technology has been reported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Scientists led by Xiang Zhang, a physicist with joint appointments at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley, have developed a unique microring laser cavity ... 

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Human-to-Machine Technology Enables Faster, More Accurate Language Translations

November 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Tom Abate | News | Comments

Computer scientists at Stanford have created a language translation system that allows bilingual humans to translate text faster and more accurately than is currently possible. This hybrid approach, which blends human and machine intelligence, is aimed at the $34-billion-a-year worldwide market for professional translation services ... 

Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

October 31, 2014 10:24 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption ...                                   

DARPA Circuit Earns Guinness World Record

October 31, 2014 10:13 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Officials from Guinness World Records have recognized DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured. The ten-stage common-source amplifier operates at a speed of one terahertz (1012 GHz), or ...                          

Answering the Call for Affordable, Simpler Device Manufacturing

October 31, 2014 9:41 am | by Joe Wang, University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

What does it take to fabricate electronic and medical devices tinier than a fraction of a human hair? Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of lithography in which nanoscale robots swim ...                 

Improving Communication with Man's Best Friend

October 31, 2014 9:39 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything from search and rescue to service dogs to training our pets ...                   

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VPG and ES Components Realign Relationship With Focus on High-Reliability, High-Temperature Resistors

October 30, 2014 5:52 pm | by Vishay Precision Group, ES Components | News | Comments

Vishay Precision Group and ES Components have announced that the two companies have realigned their relationship to focus on meeting the increased demand for high-reliability, high-temperature resistors. Under the new agreement, ES Components ...

UK Spies Get Bulk Access to NSA Data

October 30, 2014 11:04 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The British government's insistence that its spies don't use the vast espionage powers of the U.S. National Security Agency to sidestep U.K. restrictions on domestic eavesdropping was called into question by a court document published Wednesday ...

Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay'

October 30, 2014 10:46 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's proud to be gay. The public declaration, in an essay written for Bloomberg Businessweek, makes Cook the highest-profile business CEO to come out as gay ...                                  

Surgical Device Improves Targeting of Radiation Therapy When Treating Breast Cancer

October 29, 2014 3:43 pm | by Focal Therapeutics, Inc. | News | Comments

A new surgical device enables breast cancer patients to be treated with dramatically improved targeting (precision) of radiation when being treated for breast cancer. Findings were presented at the 18th SIS World Congress on Breast Healthcare. The congress was ...

Photos of the Day: MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

October 29, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

A team of students at MIT is busy working on a prototype device that could eliminate much of that demand, and they’re doing it by asking one compelling question: Why not just heat and cool our bodies instead? The Wristify prototype is a personal climate-controlling wearable ... 

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MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

October 29, 2014 10:28 am | by Kyle Vanhemert | News | Comments

Keeping indoor spaces at comfortable temperatures requires a huge amount of electricity–especially in sweltering climates like India and Brazil–and in the U.S. alone it accounts for a full 16.5 percent of energy use. All of that adds up to a big problem. At a point when humans need to take a sober look at our energy use ... 

Helping General Electric Upgrade the US Power Grid

October 29, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

When researchers at General Electric Co. sought help in designing a plasma-based power switch, they turned to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The proposed switch, which GE is developing under contract with the ... 

Google's Working on a Pill That Can Detect Cancer

October 29, 2014 10:16 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google's latest "moonshot" project involves detecting cancer by swallowing a pill. The pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor ... 

Retail Skirmish Blocks Apple Pay at Checkout Line

October 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Plan on paying in stores with your shiny new iPhone 6? Not so fast. Retailer resistance to Apple Pay had been expected because Apple hasn't offered incentives to install pricey point-of-sale terminals and train staff on its new mobile payment system ... 

Electric-car Drivers Trading Gas for Solar Power

October 29, 2014 9:38 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle ... 

Experts Identify Easy Way to Improve Smartphone Security

October 28, 2014 4:49 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

What information is beaming from your mobile phone over various computer networks this very second without you being aware of it?Experts say your contact lists, email messages, surfed webpages, browsing histories, usage patterns, online purchase records and even password protected accounts may all...

Keysight Sponsors B4G MIMO Lab in Taiwan

October 28, 2014 1:49 pm | by Keysight Technologies | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies has announced sponsorship of the B4G MIMO Lab, part of National Taiwan University’s (NTU) High-Speed Radio Frequency and mmWave Center. Keysight also announced that is has joined the B4G/5G Technology Forum ...                           

A Simple Solution for Quantum Technology Challenge

October 28, 2014 11:38 am | by Jacqui Bealing and James Hakner, University of Sussex | News | Comments

In a paper published today (28 October) in Nature Communications, Professor Barry Garraway and colleagues show how to make a new type of flexibly designed microscopic trap for atoms ...                           

Beating Battery Drain with Power-Conserving Chip

October 28, 2014 11:31 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you’ll probably see the battery drain significantly. As data rates climb and smartphones adopt more power-hungry features, battery life has become a concern. Now a technology developed by MIT spinout Eta Devices ...

Boosting Laser Output by Cutting Power

October 28, 2014 11:22 am | by Steven Schultz, Princeton University, Engineering School | News | Comments

Princeton engineers have shown that carefully restricting the delivery of power to certain areas within a laser could boost its output by many orders of magnitude ...                            

New Evidence for an Exotic, Predicted Superconducting State

October 28, 2014 11:22 am | by Kevin Stacey, Brown University | News | Comments

Superconductors and magnetic fields do not usually get along. But a research team led by a Brown University physicist has produced new evidence for an exotic superconducting state, first predicted a half-century ago, that can indeed arise when a superconductor is exposed to a strong magnetic field ...

Apple CEO Says Apple Pay a Success

October 28, 2014 10:49 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple's new mobile payment system had over 1 million activations in the first three days after it became available, and is now more widely used than any competing payment system ...                            

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