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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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The World’s Most Advanced Bionic Hand

The World’s Most Advanced Bionic Hand

A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who was able to grasp objects intuitively [...]

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Infusing Science Into ‘Minecraft’ Modification

Infusing Science Into ‘Minecraft’ Modification

The 3-D world of the popular “Minecraft” video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, “Polycraft World,” created by University of Texas at Dallas professors, students and alumni.   With “Polycraft World,” the millions of “Minecraft” players worldwide will now be able to incorporate the properties of [...]

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World Record in Data Transmission With Smart Circuits

World Record in Data Transmission With Smart Circuits

Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission. This may be the result of a new type of microwave circuit that was designed at Chalmers University of Technology. The research team behind the circuits currently holds an attention-grabbing record. Tomorrow the results will be presented at a conference in San Diego.   Every time we [...]

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Superconducting Circuits, Simplified

Superconducting Circuits, Simplified

Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today’s chips, an attractive trait given the increasing power consumption of the massive data centers that power the Internet’s most popular sites.   Superconducting chips also promise greater processing power: Superconducting circuits that use [...]

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Circuits That Melt Away When You’re Done

Circuits That Melt Away When You’re Done

Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early results demonstrate the entire complement of building blocks for integrated circuits, along with various sensors and actuators with relevance to clinical medicine, [...]

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Physicist Turns Smartphones Into Pocket Cosmic Ray Detectors

Physicist Turns Smartphones Into Pocket Cosmic Ray Detectors

Soon, the growing capability of your smartphone could be harnessed to detect cosmic rays in much the same way as high-end, multimillion-dollar observatories.   With a simple app addition, Android phones, and likely other smartphone brands in the not-too-distant future, can be turned into detectors to capture the light particles created when cosmic rays crash [...]

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Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use.   This technology, published online in Nature Communications, taps into the power of a single electron [...]

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Future Flexible Electronics Based on Carbon Nanotubes

Future Flexible Electronics Based on Carbon Nanotubes

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University have demonstrated a new method to improve the reliability and performance of transistors and circuits based on carbon nanotubes (CNT), a semiconductor material that has long been considered by scientists as one of the most promising successors to silicon for smaller, faster and cheaper [...]

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Quick-Change Materials Break Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

Quick-Change Materials Break Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that can switch back and forth between different electrical states.   The present size and speed limitations of computer processors and memory could be overcome by replacing silicon with [...]

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