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Robots Let Doctors 'Beam' into Remote Hospitals

November 18, 2013 9:25 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The doctor isn't in, but he can still see you now. Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to "beam" themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies...                    

New Approach Advances Wireless Power Transfer for Vehicles

November 15, 2013 10:53 am | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new technology and techniques for transmitting power wirelessly from a stationary source to a mobile receiver – moving engineers closer to their goal of creating highway “stations” that can recharge electric vehicles wirelessly as...

New Hologram Technology Created with Tiny Nanoantennas

November 15, 2013 10:20 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have created tiny holograms using a "metasurface" capable of the ultra-efficient control of light, representing a potential new technology for advanced sensors, high-resolution displays and information processing...                  


Retailers Take on Silicon Valley

November 15, 2013 9:38 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all. At first glance, this workplace resembles any Silicon Valley startup...

Altered Landscape for Sony, Microsoft Consoles

November 15, 2013 9:35 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

When Sony and Microsoft last came out with new video game consoles — seven and eight long years, respectively, the companies touted the machines' high-definition graphics, powerful processors and ability to play DVDs, and in Sony's case, Blu-ray discs...

British Capital Gets Approval for .london Domain

November 15, 2013 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The British capital has won approval to use the .london domain, making it one of a growing number of major cities which claim their own chunk of the World Wide Web. The mayor's office said in a statement Friday that Internet addresses ending in ".london" would be available from next...

Governments Mining Google for More Personal Data

November 15, 2013 9:24 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest snapshot emerged Thursday in a report that the company has released every six months for the past three years. Several other companies, including Microsoft, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc. and Yahoo Inc., have since followed Google's practice of disclosing... 

DOE Awards $25.4 Million in Contracts for Exascale Supercomputer Interconnect Design

November 15, 2013 9:20 am | by Jon Bashor, NERSC and Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science and the National Nuclear Security Administration have awarded $25.4 million in research and development contracts to five leading companies in high-performance computing to accelerate the...  


Photo of the Day: Shoelace Antenna

November 14, 2013 10:07 am | by James Riordon, American Physical Society | News | Comments

The antenna is specially designed to match the wavelength of the target oscillations, while a custom power system covers the broad frequency range of the fluctuations. The operating principle is not so different from a violin string vibrating just right so...

New Antenna Spreads Good Vibrations in Fusion Plasma

November 14, 2013 10:07 am | by James Riordon, American Physical Society | News | Comments

If you want to catch a firefly, any old glass jar will do. But when you're trying to bottle a star—the goal of fusion energy research—the bottle needs to be very special. A tokamak is one type of fusion bottle, capable of holding extremely hot...

Accidental Discovery Dramatically Improves Electrical Conductivity

November 14, 2013 9:56 am | by Matthew McCluskey, Washington State University | News | Comments

Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the...

Motorola Unveils Budget Smartphone, Aimed at World

November 14, 2013 9:47 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Motorola wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology at less than a third the typical price. The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year...

Samsung Says It Owes Apple $52M

November 14, 2013 9:42 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

How much does Samsung Electronics owe Apple for copying vital features of the iPhone and iPad? Apple says $380 million. Samsung counters with $52 million. It's possible a jury presiding over a patent trial in a San Jose courtroom will find somewhere...


Beyond Twitter: The Next Wave of Tech IPOs Brews

November 14, 2013 9:41 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Just as one high-tech breakthrough often paves the way for the next big thing, technology IPOs move in virtuous cycles, too. Twitter's scintillating stock market debut punctuated a procession of highly anticipated coming-out parties over the past two-and-half years, providing a springboard for a new...

Using Airport Screening Technology to Visualize Waves in Fusion Plasma

November 13, 2013 4:40 pm | by James Riordon, American Physical Society | News | Comments

A new, quasi-optical radar technique images millimeter-wave radiation reflected from fusion plasmas in 2D, time-resolved images. This novel application lets researchers image waves in fusion plasmas in startling detail and provides vital information to devise strategies to avoid instabilities which...

Riding an Electron Wave into the Future of Microchip Fabrication

November 13, 2013 4:09 pm | by James Riordon, American Physical Society | News | Comments

A groundbreaking fabrication technique, based on what is called a DC-augmented capacitively coupled plasma source, affords chip makers unprecedented control of the plasma. This process enables DC-electrode borne electron beams to reach and harden the surface of the mask that is used for...

New Generation of Micro Sensors for Monitoring Ocean Acidification

November 13, 2013 3:24 pm | by Catherine Beswick, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (UK) | News | Comments

The first step in developing a cost-effective micro sensor for long-term monitoring of ocean acidification has been achieved by a team of scientists and engineers. The new technology, which will measure pH levels in seawater, was developed by engineers from the National Oceanography Centre, in close collaboration with oceanographers from University of Southampton Ocean and Earth Science, which is based at the center.

Better Batteries Through Biology?

November 13, 2013 3:02 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Lithium-air batteries have become a hot research area in recent years: They hold the promise of drastically increasing power per battery weight, which could lead, for example, to electric cars with a much greater driving range.                           

Meaghan's Minute: Invisibility Cloak

November 13, 2013 12:22 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, an effective invisibility cloak that is thin, scalable and adaptive to different types and sizes of objects has been successfully demonstrated by two researchers at the Edward S. Rogers Senior...

Submarine, its Sailors Maintain Cold War Secrets

November 13, 2013 9:56 am | by MICHAEL MELIA, Associated Press | News | Comments

It could dive deeper than any other submarine, and when it reached the ocean floor, the one-of-a-kind Navy vessel could roll on wheels with lights illuminating the depths outside its windows. It was known primarily as a research vessel, but it also carried out...

Review: Pricey iPad Mini Keeps Apple Premier Brand

November 13, 2013 9:44 am | by Anick, Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is probably one of the few companies that can pull off a price increase. The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year's model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed, and display...                                     

Testimony to Begin in Apple-Samsung Patent Trial

November 13, 2013 9:32 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The billion dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers is resuming in a Silicon Valley courtroom. Lawyers for rivals Apple and South Korea-based Samsung Electronics were scheduled to deliver opening statements Wednesday in a San Jose courtroom in a trial to...

IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 to Feature Industry Forum & Exhibition Dedicated to Latest NFV & Communications Technology Advancements

November 13, 2013 9:23 am | by IEEE | News | Comments

IEEE GLOBECOM 2013, the international conference dedicated to global communications, will host its 56th annual event in historic Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout the five-day international conference, hundreds of leading technical and business communications authorities will provide...

Animal, Human Health Benefits Anticipated from University's Premier Biomedical Instrument

November 12, 2013 5:21 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

A Kansas State University team recently received a nearly $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Major Research Institute for a biomedical instrument that is anticipated to help with breakthroughs in animal and human health as well as cancer...

Ultra Thin Microwave Absorption Film for Noise Suppression of High Frequency Devices

November 12, 2013 5:04 pm | by DKN Research | News | Comments

DKN Research has commercialized an ultra thin microwave absorption film called Nikram.  The film, manufactured by Nikkan Industries, is capable of suppressing noise from high frequency devices up to...                  

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