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Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses
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Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new type of fiber that is capable of producing images without the need for a lens...

Optical Chip Detects Blood Molecules
From ICT Results

Optical Chip Detects Blood Molecules

A portable 'lab on a chip' that can identify specific targeted molecules in blood samples has been created by European researchers. It is being used to measure...

Semantic Web Technology to Get ­pdate
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Semantic Web Technology to Get ­pdate

A proposal before the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) would dramatically improve SPARQL, the query technology for the Semantic Web, for application development....

Robo-Bats With Metal Muscles May Be Next Generation of Remote Control Flyers
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Robo-Bats With Metal Muscles May Be Next Generation of Remote Control Flyers

North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers are developing a highly maneuverable bat-sized flying robot that could be used for a variety of purposes, including...

Memristor Minds: The Future of Artificial Intelligence
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Memristor Minds: The Future of Artificial Intelligence

The lack of a rigorous mathematical foundation for electronics impelled engineer Leon Chua to develop one, which led to the formulation of the memristor — a theoretical...

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Plastic Circuits to Make Tougher, Greener Computers

Australian engineers have found a way to make circuits out of plastic. The Circuits in Plastic (CIP) technology is made from recycled plastic, does not contain...

Software ­nlocks the Power of Grids
From ICT Results

Software ­nlocks the Power of Grids

A huge amount of computing power sits idle most of the time, and new technologies enabling the sharing of resources aim to capitalize on that. Now European researchers...

Digital Eyes Will Chart Baseball's ­nseen Skills
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Digital Eyes Will Chart Baseball's ­nseen Skills

The game of baseball could be significantly affected by a new camera and software system capable of recording the precise speed and location of the ball and every...

Robot Learns to Smile and Frown
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Robot Learns to Smile and Frown

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed an Einstein robot "empowered" to learn to smile and frown realistically via machine...

From ACM TechNews

Ndssl Receives $1.45 Million to Develop Petascale Computer Modeling Capabilities

The Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL) at Virginia Tech's Virginia Bioinformatics Institute has been awarded a four-year, $1.45 million...

Flaw Opens Atms to Hackers
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Flaw Opens Atms to Hackers

Juniper security researcher Barnaby Jack canceled plans for a live demonstration of the insecurity of automatic teller machines (ATMs) at the upcoming Black Hat...

Laser Light Switch Could Leave Transistors in the Shade
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Laser Light Switch Could Leave Transistors in the Shade

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed an optical transistor that uses one laser beam to control another, potentially forming...

'Toy ­niverse' Could Solve Life's Origins
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'Toy ­niverse' Could Solve Life's Origins

The EvoGrid envisioned by Bruce Damer and a group of international advisers is a simulation of the primordial soup that they intend to use to gain insights about...

Siggraph Announces Stereoscopic 3d Cinema and Home Theater Trends
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Siggraph Announces Stereoscopic 3d Cinema and Home Theater Trends

ACM's SIGGRAPH 2009 conference will take a comprehensive look at how stereoscopic 3D will impact the movie industry as well as the home theater in the years to...

Beyond
From ICT Results

Beyond

Human-computer interaction is undergoing a revolution, entering a multimodal era that goes beyond, way beyond, the WIMP (Windows-Icons-Menus-Pointers) paradigm....

From ACM TechNews

Building a Crash-Proof Internet

The Internet's susceptibility to earthquakes, accidents, and other disruptions appears to be greater than people originally assumed, and a great deal of the Net's...

Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes
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Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes

Southern Methodist University professor Marc Christensen, backed by funding from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed...

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Video Tool to Zoom in on Criminals

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have developed software that enhances the resolution of raw video images and improves the quality of the images. TAU professor...

Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers
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Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have overcome a hurdle in quantum computer development, having devised a viable way to manipulate...

Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care
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Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care

In the summer, the grass just grows and grows and grows. And that means people must mow and mow and mow. But maybe not for long. Grass-cutting robots already exist...
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