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Nanoreporters Tell ‘Sour’ Oil from ‘Sweet’

Nanoreporters Tell ‘Sour’ Oil from ‘Sweet’

Scientists at Rice University have created a nanoscale detector that checks for and reports on the presence of hydrogen sulfide in crude oil and natural gas while they’re still in the ground.   The nanoreporter is based on nanometer-sized carbon material developed by a consortium of Rice labs led by chemist James Tour and is [...]

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Computer-Assisted Accelerator Design

Computer-Assisted Accelerator Design

If you walk by room 201 in Building 911 at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, you might think Stephen Brooks is playing a cool new video game. But Brooks is doing important, innovative work. He’s using his own custom designed software to create a 3-D virtual model of the electron accelerator Brookhaven [...]

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Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5m Distance

Wireless Power Transfer Achieved at 5m Distance

The way electronic devices receive their power has changed tremendously over the past few decades, from wired to non-wired. Users today enjoy all kinds of wireless electronic gadgets including cell phones, mobile displays, tablet PCs, and even batteries. The Internet has also shifted from wired to wireless. Now, researchers and engineers are trying to remove [...]

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Simplicity Is Key to Co-Operative Robots

Simplicity Is Key to Co-Operative Robots

A way of making hundreds — or even thousands — of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK.   The team, working in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo), in the University’s Faculty of Engineering, has programmed [...]

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Likely Author of Original Bitcoin Paper? Researchers Uncover Linguistic Evidence

Likely Author of Original Bitcoin Paper? Researchers Uncover Linguistic Evidence

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students and researchers at Aston University’s Centre for Forensic Linguistics.   Their research also challenges the claim that Dorian S. Nakamoto is the main author of the paper, an assertion made [...]

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Using Google Glass in Surgical Settings?

Using Google Glass in Surgical Settings?

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training.   Personal portable information technology is advancing at a breathtaking speed. Google has recently introduced Glass, a device that is worn like conventional glasses, but that combines a computerized [...]

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Mobile Robots Support Airplane Manufacturers

Mobile Robots Support Airplane Manufacturers

The robots move at walking speed along airplane components; in doing so, it applies a sealant against corrosion in equal measure. The mobile assistant is surrounded by technical workers who install, drill, and test. Admittedly this scenario is still a glimpse of the future — but in just a few years, it should be reality [...]

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Odds That Global Warming Is Due to Nature?

Odds That Global Warming Is Due to Nature?

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.   The study, published online April 6 in the journal Climate Dynamics, represents a [...]

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Glass Fabric for Wearable Electronic Devices

Glass Fabric for Wearable Electronic Devices

Wearable computers or devices have been hailed as the next generation of mobile electronic gadgets, from smart watches to smart glasses to smart pacemakers. For electronics to be worn by a user, they must be light, flexible, and equipped with a power source, which could be a portable, long-lasting battery or no battery at all [...]

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New ‘Switch’ Could Power Quantum Computing

New ‘Switch’ Could Power Quantum Computing

Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists at MIT and Harvard University have developed a new method for connecting particles — one that could help in the development of powerful quantum computing systems.   The new technique, described in a paper published today in the [...]

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