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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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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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New Materials, Electronics Dissolve When Told To

New Materials, Electronics Dissolve When Told To

A medical device, once its job is done, could harmlessly melt away inside a person’s body. Or, a military device could collect and send its data and then dissolve away, leaving no trace of an intelligence mission. Or, an environmental sensor could collect climate information, then wash away in the rain.   It’s a new [...]

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Enhanced Autopilot System to Prevent Accidents

Enhanced Autopilot System to Prevent Accidents

Thirty lines of computer code might have saved Air France flight 447, and 228 passengers and crew aboard, from plunging into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, according to new research by Carlos Varela, an associate professor of computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Varela and his research group have developed a computer system [...]

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Materials for Super-Efficient Nanoelectronics

Materials for Super-Efficient Nanoelectronics

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered a potential way to make graphene — a single layer of carbon atoms with great promise for future electronics — superconducting, a state in which it would carry electricity with 100 percent efficiency.   Researchers used a beam of intense [...]

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Can the Blind ‘Hear’ Colors, Shapes? Yes, Show Researchers

Can the Blind ‘Hear’ Colors, Shapes? Yes, Show Researchers

What if you could “hear” colors? Or shapes? These features are normally perceived visually, but using sensory substitution devices (SSDs) they can now be conveyed to the brain noninvasively through other senses.   At the Center for Human Perception and Cognition, headed by Prof. Amir Amedi of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain [...]

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Computer Processors Power Efficiency Increased

Computer Processors Power Efficiency Increased

Have you ever wondered why your laptop or smartphone feels warm when you’re using it? That heat is a byproduct of the microprocessors in your device using electric current to power computer processing functions — and it is actually wasted energy.   Now, a team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of [...]

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Battery-Free Gesture Recognition for All Devices

Battery-Free Gesture Recognition for All Devices

Mute the song playing on your smartphone in your pocket by flicking your index finger in the air, or pause your “This American Life” podcast with a small wave of the hand. This kind of gesture control for electronics could soon become an alternative to touchscreens and sensing technologies that consume a lot of power [...]

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New Record Set for Data-Transfer Speeds

New Record Set for Data-Transfer Speeds

Researchers at IBM have set a new record for data transmission over a multimode optical fiber, a type of cable that is typically used to connect nearby computers within a single building or on a campus. The achievement demonstrated that the standard, existing technology for sending data over short distances should be able to meet [...]

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Early Epidemic Warning: Environment, Health Data

Early Epidemic Warning: Environment, Health Data

The environment has an impact on our health. Preventing epidemics relies on activating the right counter-measures, and scientists are now trying to find out how better use of forecasting can help. The EU’s EO2HEAVEN project developed a risk map for correlating environmental and health data in order to identify where a disease may break out [...]

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