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Google announced today (May 15) that it test a few of its new Volkswagen Beetle-like prototype self-driving vehicles on roads in Mountain View, Calif. this summer Unlike Google's previous prototype test vehicles, these will have safety drivers aboard, and with a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal if needed. These vehicles are designed for local
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A new electronics technique that could allow a radio device to transmit and receive on the same channel at the same time ("full duplex," or simultaneous, two-way transmission) has been developed by researchers at the University of Bristol's Communication Systems and Networks research group. The technique can estimate and cancel out the interference from a device's own transmission. Today’s
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A new graphene roll-to-roll continuous manufacturing process developed by MIT and University of Michigan researchers could finally take wonder-material graphene out of the lab and into practical commercial products. The new process is an adaptation of a chemical vapor deposition method widely used to make graphene, using a small vacuum chamber into which a vapor
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Using electrochemistry, North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers have created a reconfigurable, voltage-controlled liquid metal antenna that may play a role in future mobile devices and the coming Internet of Things. By placing a positive or negative electrical voltage across the interface between the liquid metal and an electrolyte, they found that they could cause
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(SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics) SPIE Spotlights, a new peer-reviewed e-book series from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has launched with tutorials on image resolution, fiber optics, and logistics of setting up a laser lab. The new series fills a gap between longer works and single papers, and provides an accessible resource for professionals throughout the field.
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(Academy of Finland) Computer simulations have predicted a new phase of matter: atomically thin two-dimensional liquid.
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(Michigan Technological University) Most people see defects as flaws. A few Michigan Technological University researchers, however, see them as opportunities. Twin boundaries -- which are small, symmetrical defects in materials -- may present an opportunity to improve lithium-ion batteries.
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Northwestern University researchers have developed a way to print large, robust 3-D structures with graphene-based ink. The new method could allow for using graphene-printed scaffolds for regenerative medicine and other medical and electronic  applications. “People have tried to print graphene before,” said Ramille Shah, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the McCormick School
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Northwestern University scientists have developed the first entirely artificial molecular pump, in which molecules pump other molecules. The pump might one day be used to power other molecular machines, such as artificial muscles. The new machine mimics the pumping mechanism of proteins that move small molecules around living cells to metabolize and store energy from
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University of Melbourne animal welfare researcher Jean-Loup Rault, PhD says pets will soon become a luxury in an overpopulated, high-density world and the future may lie in robot pets that mimic the real thing. “It might sound surreal for us to have robotic or virtual pets, but it could be totally normal for the next generation,”
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Jaime Esper, a technologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has developed a CubeSat concept that would allow scientists to use less-expensive cubesat (tiny-satellite) technology to observe physical phenomena beyond the current low-Earth-orbit limit. The CubeSat Application for Planetary Entry Missions (CAPE) concept involves a service module that would propel the spacecraft to its  target
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(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will present its energy research activities at the international conference 'EST 2015 - Energy, Science, and Technology.' KIT's research focuses on renewable energies, energy efficiency as well as on energy and storage systems. From May 20 to 22, 2015, presentations, posters, exhibits, and excursions will provide insight into the state of the art of interdisciplinary r... More
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(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A Berkeley Lab study has shown that just as exposure to gamma radiation transforms Bruce Banner into fictional superhero the Hulk, exposure to alpha-particle radiation can transform thermoelectric materials into far more powerful versions of themselves.
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(University of Georgia) Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed an inexpensive way to manufacture nanofibers. The new method, dubbed 'magnetospinning,' provides a very simple, scalable and safe means for producing very large quantities of nanofibers that can be embedded with a multitude of materials, including live cells and drugs.
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A team of MIT researchers has come up with a way to reduce immune-system rejection of implantable devices used for for drug delivery, tissue engineering, or sensing. Previous research found that smooth surfaces, especially spheres, are better — but counterintuively, larger spheres actually work better at reducing scar tissue, the researchers discovered. “We were surprised
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Infusing the polymer in a laser-induced graphene supercapacitor (used to rapidly store and discharge electricity) with boric acid quadrupled the supercapacitor’s ability to store an electrical charge while greatly boosting its energy density (energy per unit volume), Rice University researchers have found. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour uses commercial lasers to create thin, flexible
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Playing natural sounds such as flowing water in offices could boost worker moods and improve cognitive abilities in addition to providing speech privacy, according to a new study from researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. An increasing number of modern open-plan offices employ sound masking systems such as "white noise" that raise the background sound of
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(National Nanotechnology Coordination Office) The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office and the Museum of Science Fiction have teamed up for this year's Awesome Con to present two exciting panels, Nanotechnology: Fact from Fiction and 3D Printing: 'Replicating' Success.
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(American Institute of Physics) Researchers have held tremendous interest in liquid metal electronics for many years, but a significant and unfortunate drawback slowing the advance of such devices is that they tend to require external pumps that can't be easily integrated into electronic systems. So a team of North Carolina State University researchers set out to create a reconfigurable liquid metal antenna controlled by voltage only, which they d... More
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(Northwestern University) Using nature for inspiration, Northwestern University scientists are the first to develop an entirely artificial molecular pump, in which molecules pump other molecules. The machine mimics the pumping mechanism of proteins that move small molecules around living cells to metabolize and store energy from food. The pump draws its power from chemical reactions, driving molecules step-by-step from a low-energy state to a high... More
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(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) CubeSat Application for Planetary Entry Missions is a small-satellite technology to observe physical phenomena far from Earth.
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NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (America Makes) are holding a new $2.25 million competition, the 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge, to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars. The program is designed to advance the additive construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions
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MIT scientists have developed a systematic approach to research the structure of spider "silk" (which ounce for ounce, is stronger than steel) and how spiders optimize their own webs. The researchers are  blending computational modeling and mechanical analysis to 3D-print synthetic spider webs, with the goal of fabricating and testing synthetic spider-web structures. “This is
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MIT and Harvard University researchers have created a graphene-like electrically conductive. porous, layered material as possible new tool for storing energy and investigating the physics of unusual materials. They synthesized the material using an organic molecule called HITP and nickel ions, forming a new compound: Ni3(HITP)2. The new porous material is a crystalline, structurally tunable
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(NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering) Researchers have developed a microfluidic chip that can capture rare clusters of circulating tumor cells, which could yield important new insights into how cancer spreads. The work was funded by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, part of the National Institutes of Health.
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