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Underwater Robots: ‘Eel-Lectrifying’ Future

Underwater Robots: ‘Eel-Lectrifying’ Future

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged ‘invasion’ had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media.   “Our assessment is that in the inner archipelago there was a [...]

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Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics

Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics

A research team led by Prof. Keon Jae Lee of KAIST provides an easier methodology to realize high performance flexible electronics by using the Inorganic-based Laser Lift-off (ILLO), which enables nanoscale processes for high density flexible devices and high temperature processes that were previously difficult to achieve on plastic substrates.   Flexible electronics have been [...]

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Study Supports Free “Super WiFi”

Study Supports Free “Super WiFi”

New Frequency Ranges May Make Free Network Access Possible over Long Distances and Relieve Mobile Communications Networks / Expected to Trigger Innovations The need for the wireless transfer of data will increase significantly in the coming years. Scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) therefore propose to turn some of the TV frequencies that [...]

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Security Risk: We Ignore Online Warnings

Security Risk: We Ignore Online Warnings

Say you ignored one of those “this website is not trusted” warnings and it led to your computer being hacked. How would you react? Would you:   A. Quickly shut down your computer? B. Yank out the cables? C. Scream in cyber terror? For a group of college students participating in a research experiment, all [...]

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Thin Film Produces New Chemistry in ‘Nanoreactor’

Thin Film Produces New Chemistry in ‘Nanoreactor’

Physicists at the University of Groningen led by Professor of Functional Nanomaterials Beatriz Noheda have discovered a new manganese compound that is produced by tension in the crystal structure of terbium manganese oxide. The technique they used to create this new material could open the way to new nanoscale circuits. Their findings were published on [...]

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A 3D, Talking Map for the Blind (And Everyone)

A 3D, Talking Map for the Blind (And Everyone)

These maps are made for talking. And touching. And they’re beautiful, too. Touch-responsive maps bring interactive wayfinding to a new level, providing independence to the visually impaired.   In partnership with Touch Graphics Inc., developers at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) have built and tested a new [...]

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Engineers Efficiently ‘Mix’ Light at Nanoscale

Engineers Efficiently ‘Mix’ Light at Nanoscale

The race to make computer components smaller and faster and use less power is pushing the limits of the properties of electrons in a material. Photonic systems could eventually replace electronic ones, but the fundamentals of computation, mixing two inputs into a single output, currently require too much space and power when done with light. [...]

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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence for the First Time

Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence for the First Time

Researchers working on artificial intelligence at Queen Mary University of London have taught a computer to create magic tricks.   The researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and the [...]

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Self-Repairing Software Tackles Malware

Self-Repairing Software Tackles Malware

University of Utah computer scientists have developed software that not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen viruses and other malware, but also automatically repairs damage caused by them. The software then prevents the invader from ever infecting the computer again.   A3 is a software suite that works with a virtual machine — a virtual computer [...]

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Virtual Reality Speeds Up Rehabilitation

Virtual Reality Speeds Up Rehabilitation

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has successfully developed a novel training programme using haptic technology for impaired hands that cannot function normally. This programme is unique as it provides force feedback, which creates a true sense of weight to the user through the control device.   Our hands are essential to our lives; we need [...]

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