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DARPA Aims To Accelerate Memory Function for Skill Learning

May 7, 2015 9:23 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

A new DARPA program aims to investigate the role of neural “replay” in the formation and recall of memory, with the goal of helping individuals better remember specific episodic events and learned skills...

Using a Smartphone Microscope to Detect Parasites in Blood

May 7, 2015 9:14 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help...

UW Mapping App Turns Art Into a Sharable Walking Route

May 7, 2015 9:06 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Creative athletes have been using geographic information systems to transform their running routes into kangaroos, robots and other works of art that they share online, and one romantic cyclist...

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Channeling Valleytronics In Graphene

May 7, 2015 9:00 am | by Doe/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

To the list of potential applications of graphene - a two-dimensional semiconductor of pure carbon that is stronger and much faster than silicon - we can now add valleytronics, the coding of data in the wavelike motion of electrons...

Mobile Tracking Application May Help Users Meet Vitamin D Requirements

May 7, 2015 8:55 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Vitamin D is essential for the maintenance of bone health and may be implicated in other chronic diseases, as well as immunity, but adults in Canada are consistently deficient in dietary vitamin D...

MIT Engineers Hand “Cognitive” Control To Underwater Robots

May 7, 2015 8:47 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

For the last decade, scientists have deployed increasingly capable underwater robots to map and monitor pockets of the ocean to track the health of fisheries, and survey marine habitats...

Photos of the Day: First Ever Self-Driving Semi-Truck

May 6, 2015 12:32 pm | by Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press and Daimler | News | Comments

Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada's highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big rig ... 

High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye On Aging Parents

May 6, 2015 11:09 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook...

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US Gives Farmers Approval To Spray Crops From Drones

May 6, 2015 11:00 am | by Scott Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter...

DHS and NASA Technology Helps Save Four in Nepal Earthquake Disaster

May 6, 2015 10:51 am | by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | News | Comments

Four men trapped under as much as 10 feet of bricks, mud and other debris have been rescued in Nepal thanks to a new search-and-rescue technology developed in partnership by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Science and Technology...

Astronomers Unveil the Farthest Galaxy

May 6, 2015 10:45 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

An international team of astronomers led by Yale University and the University of California-Santa Cruz have pushed back the cosmic frontier of galaxy exploration to a time when the universe was only 5% of its present age...

Redesigned Systems May Increase Access to MRI for Patients With Implanted Medical Devices

May 6, 2015 9:21 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

New technology developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited...

Improving Organic Transistors That Drive Flexible and Conformable Electronics

May 6, 2015 9:19 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | News | Comments

A revolution is coming in flexible electronic technologies as cheaper, more flexible, organic transistors come on the scene to replace expensive, rigid, silicone-based semiconductors...

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MITEI Releases Report On the Future of Solar Energy

May 5, 2015 4:55 pm | by Melissa Abraham, MIT Energy Initiative | News | Comments

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies...

Photos of the Day: NASA Flies 4 Spacecraft in Tight Formation

May 5, 2015 11:31 am | by NASA | News | Comments

It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission — an achievement enabled in part by four NASA-developed technologies...

Inked and Irked: Apple Watch Users Report Tattoo Problems

May 5, 2015 9:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

It's an annoying problem for the unlucky few: the Apple Watch's heart rate monitor and even some other features might not work if you have a tattoo on your wrist.  Inked and irked Apple fans have dubbed the issue "TattooGate" on Twitter...

Google is Starting Small, Thinking Big With 'Project Fi'

May 5, 2015 9:48 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google wants the wireless services that connect mobile devices to digital content to be cheaper and more reliable.  The reason has as much to do with the pursuit of profit as with trying to make smartphones more useful...

Combining Computer Vision and Brain Computer Interface For Faster Mine Detection

May 5, 2015 9:06 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have combined sophisticated computer vision algorithms and a brain-computer interface to find mines in sonar images of the ocean floor. The study shows...

Traffic Around Mars Gets Busy

May 5, 2015 8:48 am | by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | News | Comments

NASA has beefed up a process of traffic monitoring, communication and maneuver planning to ensure that Mars orbiters do not approach each other too closely. Last year's addition of two new spacecraft orbiting Mars brought the census of active Mars orbiters ... 

Pilot to Fly Solar Plane Across Pacific for 5 Days, 5 Nights

May 4, 2015 11:55 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

A pilot said Sunday that he is anxious but excited about flying a solar plane solo from China to Hawaii on the longest leg of the first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel. André Borschberg, 62, is due to fly over the Pacific Ocean for five days and five nights ... 

Summer Camps with a Mission: To Create Cybersecurity Experts

May 4, 2015 11:18 am | by Wilson Ring, Associated Press | News | Comments

At Vermont's Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they'll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will be given ... 

Google Embeds Engineers as Professors

May 4, 2015 10:13 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course. First, there was her name: Professor Sabrina. She was an African American woman, kept office hours until ... 

Algorithm Combines Videos from Unstructured Camera Arrays into Panoramas

May 4, 2015 9:47 am | by Disney Research | News | Comments

Even non-professionals may someday be able to create high-quality video panoramas using multiple cameras with the help of an algorithm developed by a team of Disney researchers. Their method smooths out the blurring, ghosting and other distortions ... 

An All-Girls Engineering Class

May 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Women make up only 14 percent of engineers, and the lack of female engineers in the field has been a topic of much discussion and concern. Morristown High School in Morristown, New Jersey has been experiencing this problem firsthand....

Photos of the Day: Amazon CEO Launches Unmanned Test Flight

May 1, 2015 11:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the latest development in the commercial space race, the private space company founded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos launched their unmanned spaceship in its maiden test flight ... 

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