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Faster Than Silicon: Redesigned Material Could Lead to Lighter, Faster Electronics

Faster Than Silicon: Redesigned Material Could Lead to Lighter, Faster Electronics

The same material that formed the first primitive transistors more than 60 years ago can be modified in a new way to advance future electronics, according to a new study.   Chemists at The Ohio State University have developed the technology for making a one-atom-thick sheet of germanium, and found that it conducts electrons more [...]

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GUMBOS Technology Promises New Drugs, Electronic Devices

GUMBOS Technology Promises New Drugs, Electronic Devices

Mention a breakthrough involving “gumbo” technology in New Orleans, and people think of a new twist on The Local Dish, the stew that’s the quintessence of southern Louisiana cooking. But scientific presentations at a meeting of the world’s largest scientific society this week are focusing on what may be an advance in developing GUMBOS-based materials [...]

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Computer Scientists Develop Video Game That Teaches How to Program in Java

Computer Scientists Develop Video Game That Teaches How to Program in Java

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an immersive, first-person player video game designed to teach students in elementary to high school how to program in Java, one of the most common programming languages in use today.   The researchers tested the game on a group of 40 girls, ages 10 [...]

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Technique Finds Software Bugs in Surgical Robots and Helps Developers Fix Flaws

Surgical robots could make some types of surgery safer and more effective, but proving that the software controlling these machines works as intended is problematic. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have demonstrated that methods for reliably detecting software bugs and ultimately verifying software safety can be applied [...]

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3-D Printer Can Build Synthetic Tissues

3-D Printer Can Build Synthetic Tissues

A custom-built programmable 3D printer can create materials with several of the properties of living tissues, Oxford University scientists have demonstrated.   The new type of material consists of thousands of connected water droplets, encapsulated within lipid films, which can perform some of the functions of the cells inside our bodies. These printed ‘droplet networks’ [...]

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Breakthrough Cancer-Killing Treatment: New Chemistry May Cure Human Cancers

Breakthrough Cancer-Killing Treatment: New Chemistry May Cure Human Cancers

Cancer painfully ends more than 500,000 lives in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The scientific crusade against cancer recently achieved a victory under the leadership of University of Missouri Curators’ Professor M. Frederick Hawthorne. Hawthorne’s team has developed a new form of radiation therapy that successfully [...]

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Plastic Film Is the Future of 3-D On-The-Go

Plastic Film Is the Future of 3-D On-The-Go

Mobile device users will soon be able to view brilliant 3D content with the naked eye with a nano-engineered screen protector that turns ordinary mobile screens into 3D displays. The unique plastic film can also potentially be used as next generation security tokens employed by banks and corporations.   Temasek Polytechnic (TP) and A*STAR’s Institute [...]

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A Longer Life for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Electric cars have still got it tough in the German marketplace. They are too expensive and their range is too short. This is an opportune time for a breakthrough in efficient and low-cost lithium-sulfur batteries. There are currently over 40 million cars on Germany’s roads. Only a fraction of them are powered by electric energy [...]

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Artificial Spleen to Treat Bloodstream Infections: Sepsis Therapeutic Device Under Development

Artificial Spleen to Treat Bloodstream Infections: Sepsis Therapeutic Device Under Development

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University announced today that it was awarded a $9.25 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to further advance a blood-cleansing technology developed at the Institute with prior DARPA support, and help accelerate its translation to humans as a new type of sepsis [...]

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Biological Transistor Enables Computing Within Living Cells

Biological Transistor Enables Computing Within Living Cells

When Charles Babbage prototyped the first computing machine in the 19th century, he imagined using mechanical gears and latches to control information. ENIAC, the first modern computer developed in the 1940s, used vacuum tubes and electricity. Today, computers use transistors made from highly engineered semiconducting materials to carry out their logical operations.   And now [...]

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