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Infrared Imaging Technique Operates at High Temperatures

January 26, 2015 12:07 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

From aerial surveillance to cancer detection, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) radiation has a wide range of applications. And as the uses for high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging continue to expand, MWIR sources are becoming more ... 

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Researchers Develop Magnetic Graphene

January 26, 2015 12:03 pm | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has many desirable properties. Magnetism alas is not one of them. Magnetism can be induced in graphene by doping it with magnetic impurities, but this doping tends to ...

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Breakthrough Promises Secure Communications & Faster Computers

January 26, 2015 11:54 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Unlike Bilbo's magic ring, which entangles human hearts, engineers have created a new micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light, an important first step in a whole host of new technologies. Entanglement - the instantaneous ...

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Electronic Circuits with Reconfigurable Pathways Closer to Reality

January 26, 2015 11:41 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Will it be possible one day to reconfigure electronic microchips however we want, even when they are in use? A recent discovery by a team at EPFL suggests as much. The researchers have demonstrated that it is possible to create ...  

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Materials Identified to Improve Biofuel & Petroleum Processing

January 26, 2015 11:35 am | by University of Minnesota | News | Comments

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to ...

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New Portable Vacuum Standard Added to NIST Roster

January 26, 2015 10:43 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

A novel Portable Vacuum Standard (PVS) has been added to the roster of NIST’s Standard Reference Instruments (SRI). It is now available for purchase as part of NIST’s ongoing commitment to disseminate measurement standards and thereby ...

New Headset Controls Wireless Devices with Brain Activity

January 26, 2015 10:07 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

As proposed, the six-armed, 32-channel headset, called Flexctrl brain, will use electroencephalography (EEG) measurement to make a connection between the wearer and their smartphone. Free applications included with the device will enable ...

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Photos of the Day: Smart Fabric Measures All Aspects of Physicality

January 26, 2015 10:01 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

The young company’s first product, the BeBop Wearable Smart Fabric Sensor, is the first and only ultra-thin wearable smart fabric sensor that measures all aspects of physicality, including bend, location, motion, rotation, angle, and torque ...

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1 Year after Explosion, Biofuels Plant Has Permits to Reopen

January 26, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A year after an explosion ripped apart the JNS Biofuel plant, the rebuilt plant in New Albany has all the permits it needs to reopen. However, state and local officials don't know when that will happen ...       

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NASA Data Peers into Greenland's Ice Sheet

January 26, 2015 9:54 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA’s Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first-ever comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet ...      

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Ringing in the New Year with $5.1M in Funding

January 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Wearable technology startup Ringly raised $5.1 million in Series A, led by Andreesen Horowitz. Ringly creates gemstone rings that complement one’s smartphone, sending alerts via light or vibration ...             

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Preparing for the Robot Uprising

January 26, 2015 9:42 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Could artificial intelligence programs revolutionize human labor laws? Should autonomous weapons be programmed to comply with the Geneva Conventions? A speculative letter released on ...          

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NASA's CATS Installed on ISS by Robotic Handoff

January 26, 2015 9:37 am | by NASA | News | Comments

On Jan. 22, 2015, robotic flight controllers successfully installed NASA’s Cloud Aerosol Transport System aboard the International Space Station through a robotic handoff — the first time one robotic arm on station has worked in concert with ...

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Crowdfunding the Future

January 26, 2015 9:30 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

The crowdfunding site Indiegogo was founded in 2008, and Kickstarter began a year later. Since then, millions of contributors have brought products just like Jibo, 'The World’s First Family Robot,' to life. A company representative states ...

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Navy Wants to Increase Use of Sonar-Emitting Buoys

January 26, 2015 9:19 am | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Navy wants to deploy up to 720 sonobuoys at least 12 nautical miles off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and Northern California. The devices, about 3 feet long and 6 inches in diameter, send out sonar signals underwater so ...  

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