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Laser Pulse Turns Glass Into a Metal

Laser Pulse Turns Glass Into a Metal

For tiny fractions of a second, quartz glass can take on metallic properties, when it is illuminated be a laser pulse. This has been shown by calculations at the Vienna University of Technology. The effect could be used to build logical switches which are much faster than today’s microelectronics. Quartz glass does not conduct electric [...]

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Algorithm Lets Drones Monitor Their Own Health

Algorithm Lets Drones Monitor Their Own Health

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve as autonomous messengers that shuttle packages to customers within 30 minutes of an order.   To ensure [...]

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3D Printers Make Medical Implants, Deliver Chemo

3D Printers Make Medical Implants, Deliver Chemo

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.   The team comprised of doctoral students and research faculty from Louisiana Tech’s biomedical engineering and nanosystems engineering [...]

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Wireless Charging for Cell Phones, Laptops, More

Wireless Charging for Cell Phones, Laptops, More

Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have designed a new device for wireless energy transfer that will, for example, charge mobile phones or laptops without needing wires.   The system, patented by the UPV, is based on the use of resonators designed with radial photonic crystals; one of them would act as an [...]

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Most Complete Antarctic Map for Climate Research Made Public

Most Complete Antarctic Map for Climate Research Made Public

The University of Waterloo has unveiled a new satellite image of Antarctica, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change.   Thanks to a partnership between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), the prime contractor for the RADARSAT-2 program, [...]

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New Tool Makes a Single Picture Worth a Thousand – and more – Images

New Tool Makes a Single Picture Worth a Thousand – and more – Images

A photo is worth a thousand words, but what if the image could also represent thousands of other images?   New software developed by UC Berkeley computer scientists seeks to tame the vast amount of visual data in the world by generating a single photo that can represent massive clusters of images. This tool can [...]

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Laser Makes Microscopes Far More Sensitive

Laser Makes Microscopes Far More Sensitive

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.   The technique, developed by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU), hinges on using laser beams to cool a nanowire probe to minus 265 degrees [...]

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Can Our Computers Get Smaller, More Powerful?

Can Our Computers Get Smaller, More Powerful?

From their origins in the 1940s as sequestered, room-sized machines designed for military and scientific use, computers have made a rapid march into the mainstream, radically transforming industry, commerce, entertainment and governance while shrinking to become ubiquitous handheld portals to the world.   This progress has been driven by the industry’s ability to continually innovate [...]

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How Fast You Drive Might Reveal Exactly Where You Are Going

How Fast You Drive Might Reveal Exactly Where You Are Going

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 [...]

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3D Sketching System for Design Interaction

3D Sketching System for Design Interaction

Collaborative three-dimensional sketching is now possible thanks to a system known as Hyve-3D that University of Montreal researchers are presenting today at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver. “Hyve-3D is a new interface for 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching,” explained lead researcher Professor Tomás Dorta, of the university’s School of Design. [...]

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