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Research Key to Cyborg Moth 'Biobots'

August 21, 2014 7:00 am | by North Carolina State Univ. | Videos | Comments

Researchers have developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals moths use to control those muscles. The work opens the door to the development of remotely controlled moths, or “biobots,” for use in emergency response.

The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 20, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

The Factories of the Future multi-annual roadmap for the years 2014-2020 under Horizon 2020, the...

Cheap Graphene Rubber Bands Can Monitor Health

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Surrey | News | Comments

Although body motion sensors already exist in different forms, they have not been widely used...

Neuroscience Tools Explore Connections Between Consumers, Media

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Rob Matheson | News | Comments

It’s often said that humans are wired to connect: the neural wiring that helps us read the...

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Gov't Won't Reveal Health Site's Security Measures

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Jack Gillum | News | Comments

The Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could potentially allow hackers to break in.

'Lightning Rods' Channel Electricity Through Air

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Arizona | News | Comments

By zapping the air with a pair of powerful laser bursts, researchers have created highly focused pathways that can channel electricity through the atmosphere. The technique can potentially direct an electrical discharge up to 33 feet away or more, shattering previous distance records for transmitting electricity through air.

Image of the Week: Astronauts Release Tiny Satellite

August 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Marcia Dunn | News | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth. Russian Oleg Artemiev cast the four-inch box off with his gloved right hand from the ISS. The nanosatellite gently tumbled as it cleared the vicinity of the orbiting complex, precisely as planned.


U.S. Wants Cars to Talk to Each Other

August 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Joan Lowy | News | Comments

The Obama administration has said it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

Laser Makes Cooler Microscope

August 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Australian National Univ. | News | Comments

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.

Tool IDs Aberrant Results, Recomputes Visualizations

August 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by MIT, Larry Hardesty | News | Comments

Scientists have released a data-visualization tool that lets users highlight aberrations and possible patterns in a graphical display. The tool then automatically determines which data sources are responsible for which results.

Cheap, Small, Green Car Comes Closer to Market

August 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dee-Ann Durbin | News | Comments

Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it's also less than half the cost.

Harvard Creates Robot Flash Mob

August 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Harvard Univ. | Videos | Comments

Through commands, autonomous devices arranged selves into vast, complex shapes in the first 1,000-robot flash mob.


Model Predicts Performance of Hybrid Rice

August 14, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Riverside | News | Comments

Genomic prediction, a new field of quantitative genetics, is a statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance. Now, a research team has used the method to predict the performance of hybrid rice— the yield, growth-rate and disease resistance. The new technology could potentially revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture.

Contact Lens Detects Glaucoma

August 14, 2014 7:00 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a single-use contact lens capable of measuring intraocular pressure continuously for 24 hours. This could track glaucoma day and night— a minor revolution for specialists.

'Street View' to Map Underwater Wonders

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Jennifer Kay | News | Comments

It's easy to go online and get a 360-degree, ground-level view of almost any street in the U.S. and throughout the world. Soon, scientists hope people will be able to do the same with coral reefs and other underwater wonders.

Research Aims to Create Versatile ‘Tapes’

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

A research project is aiming to develop tiny flat molecule tapes that could find versatile applications. Via direct coupling on a silver surface, scientists successfully formed dimers and short chains of porphin molecules— essential to many biological processes, such as photosynthesis and respiration— without contaminating by-products.

FDA Approves Machine to Preserve Donated Lungs

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health regulators have approved a novel device that can preserve donated lungs outside the body for possible transplantation into critically ill patients.


Experts Consider Role of Robots in Future Jobs

August 13, 2014 7:00 am | by Pew Research Center | News | Comments

The vast majority of respondents to canvassing anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of daily life by 2025, with huge implications for a range of industries such as health care, transport and logistics, customer service and home maintenance.

Antineutrino Detectors May Aid Non-proliferation

August 13, 2014 7:00 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Neutrinos could provide the world with clues about nuclear proliferation in Iran and other political hotspots. Neutrinos are produced by the decay of radioactive elements, and nuclear reactors produce large amounts of neutrinos that cannot be shielded or disguised, which could help regulatory agencies monitor plutonium production.

Old Tech Pair with New for Next-gen Electronics

August 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. College London | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semi-conducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices.

Driving Speed May Reveal Exactly Where You are Going

August 12, 2014 7:00 am | by Rutgers Univ. | News | Comments

In our constantly connected, information-rich society, some drivers are jumping at the chance to let auto insurance companies monitor their driving habits in return for a handsome discount on their premiums. What these drivers may not know is that they could be revealing where they are driving, a privacy boundary that many would not consent to cross.

Tractor Beam on Water Could Contain Oil Spills

August 12, 2014 7:00 am | by The Australian National Univ. | Videos | Comments

Physicists have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach.

Hemp May Beat Graphene as Ideal Supercapacitor Material

August 12, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors.

New Material Will Aid Spintronics

August 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

Spintronics is a new field of electronics, using electron spin rather than motion. This technology requires insulating components that can control this quantum property. Scientists have shown experimentally that a novel material shows all the required properties.

Sketching System Aids Design Interaction, Collaboration

August 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Montreal | News | Comments

Collaborative three-dimensional sketching is now possible thanks to a system known as Hyve-3-D. Users create drawings on hand-held tablets. They can then use the tablets to manipulate the sketches to create a 3-D design within the space.

Bots Spotted Ebola Before Epidemic Announced

August 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Rodrique Ngowi | News | Comments

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic.

Cyborg Research Aims to Shed Light on Brain

August 11, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

No longer just fantastical fodder for sci-fi buffs, cyborg technology is bringing us tangible progress toward real-life electronic skin, prosthetics and ultra-flexible circuits. Now, scientists are working on the seamless marriage between electronics and brain signaling with the potential to transform our understanding of how the brain works— and how to treat its most devastating diseases.

Researchers Develop Vocab to Tell Stories through Touch

August 8, 2014 2:00 pm | by Disney Research | News | Comments

Sound effects and visual effects have long been standard tools for entertaining audiences, but even as storytellers increasingly turn to haptic feedback to engage the sense of touch in games, theme park rides and movies, they have lacked a common vocabulary to describe or access these "feel effects." Now, researchers are beginning to fill that gap.

Robots See Through Walls with Wi-Fi

August 8, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Santa Barbara | Videos | Comments

Researchers are using Wi-Fi to look through solid walls and see every square inch of what’s on the other side. Built into robots, the technology has far-reaching possibilities.

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