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Flying Robots Will Go Where Humans Can’t

Flying Robots Will Go Where Humans Can’t

There are many situations where it’s impossible, complicated or too time-consuming for humans to enter and carry out operations. Think of contaminated areas following a nuclear accident, or the need to erect structures such as antennae on mountain tops. These are examples of where flying robots could be used.   Robots Taught to Think and [...]

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Cheetah Robot Runs and Jumps, Untethered

Cheetah Robot Runs and Jumps, Untethered

Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it reaches a full gallop.   Now MIT researchers have [...]

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Moving Silicon Atoms in Graphene

Moving Silicon Atoms in Graphene

Richard Feynman famously posed the question in 1959: is it possible to see and manipulate individual atoms in materials? For a time his vision seemed more science fiction than science, but starting with groundbreaking experiments in the late 1980s and more recent developments in electron microscopy instrumentation it has become scientific reality. However, damage caused [...]

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Soft Robot Takes a Licking, Keeps On Walking

Soft Robot Takes a Licking, Keeps On Walking

When it comes to soft robots, researchers have finally managed to cut the cord. Developers from Harvard’s School for Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have produced the first untethered soft robot — a quadruped that can stand up and walk away from its designers.   Working in the [...]

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Electronics That Need Very Little Energy?

Electronics That Need Very Little Energy?

A team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to -228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy.   A chip, which contains nanoscale structures that enable electron cooling at room temperature, is pictured. The process involves passing electrons [...]

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First Graphene-Based Flexible Display

First Graphene-Based Flexible Display

A flexible display incorporating graphene in its pixels’ electronics has been successfully demonstrated by the Cambridge Graphene Centre and Plastic Logic, the first time graphene has been used in a transistor-based flexible device.   The partnership between the two organisations combines the graphene expertise of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC), with the transistor and display [...]

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Quantum Info Transmitted Through Atmosphere

Quantum Info Transmitted Through Atmosphere

It could be difficult for the NSA to hack encrypted messages in the future — at least if a technology being investigated by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen and the University Erlangen-Nürnberg is successful: quantum cryptography. The physicists are now laying the foundation to make this technique, [...]

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Atomically Thin Material Opens Door for Integrated Nanophotonic Circuits

Atomically Thin Material Opens Door for Integrated Nanophotonic Circuits

A new combination of materials can efficiently guide electricity and light along the same tiny wire, a finding that could be a step towards building computer chips capable of transporting digital information at the speed of light.   Reporting today in The Optical Society’s (OSA) journal Optica, optical and material scientists at the University of [...]

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On the Way to a Safe and Secure Smart Home

On the Way to a Safe and Secure Smart Home

A growing number of household operations can be managed via the Internet. Today’s “Smart Home” promises efficient building management. But often the systems are not secure and can only be retrofitted at great expense. Scientists are working on a software product that defends against hacker attacks before they reach the building. Botnet. A term from [...]

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Ship Ahoy! 3-D Yacht Walk-Arounds and Other Innovations

Ship Ahoy! 3-D Yacht Walk-Arounds and Other Innovations

Seven Fraunhofer Institutes will be presenting their latest developments in seafaring and navigation at the SMM Convention in Hamburg from September 9 to 12. Among the featured novelties at Booth 411, Hall B6 is a 3D configurator that makes it possible for owners to experience cruise ships and yachts in real time, down to the [...]

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