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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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Printing Self-Learning Robots With 3D Printers

Printing Self-Learning Robots With 3D Printers

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other obstacles.   “In the future, robots must be able to solve tasks in deep mines on distant [...]

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Telecommunications: New Radio Wave Device

Telecommunications: New Radio Wave Device

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have achieved a milestone in modern wireless and cellular telecommunications, creating a radically smaller, more efficient radio wave circulator that could be used in cellphones and other wireless devices, as reported in the latest issue of Nature Physics.   The new [...]

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New Technique for Generating Electricity

New Technique for Generating Electricity

Research scientists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have demonstrated a new technique for generating electrical energy. The new method can be used in harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations of the environment and converting it into electricity. Energy harvesters are needed, for example, in wireless self-powered sensors and medical implants, where they could ultimately [...]

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