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­se of Flexible Robotics Reduces Trauma in Surgery

Research conducted by surgeons from the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center shows that using robotics reduces blood vessel trauma during minimally invasive...

European Mobile Robot Collects Garbage On Demand
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European Mobile Robot Collects Garbage On Demand

European researchers have built a robot for 'on-demand' garbage collection—just make a call and it will soon arrive at your door. It's ideal for collecting waste...

Brighter Color For Reflective E-Reading Displays
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Brighter Color For Reflective E-Reading Displays

Hewlett-Packard researchers are developing a composite material that use ambient light to create more vibrant colors for video-capable, low-power screens. 

Touch-Sensitive Virtual Reality Tools Will Train and Test Tomorrow's Surgeons
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Touch-Sensitive Virtual Reality Tools Will Train and Test Tomorrow's Surgeons

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers receive $2.3 million NIH grant to develop and validate virtual reality hardware, software for training and certifying...

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'broken Symmetry' Discovery Opens Path to Room-Temperature Superconductors

In a major step toward understanding the mysterious "pseudogap" state in high-temperature cuprate superconductors, a team of scientists have found a "broken symmetry...

Human Trials Next For Darpa's Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm
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Human Trials Next For Darpa's Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

Pentagon-backed scientists are getting ready to test thought-controlled prosthetic arms on human subjects, by rewiring their brains to fully integrate the artificial...

Video Game Processors Help Lower Ct Scan Radiation
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Video Game Processors Help Lower Ct Scan Radiation

A new approach to processing X-ray data could lower by a factor of ten or more the amount of radiation patients receive during cone beam CT scans, report researchers...

Superconductor Research May Solve 'pseudogap' Problem in Physics
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Superconductor Research May Solve 'pseudogap' Problem in Physics

Binghamton University physicist Michael Lawler and his colleagues have made a breakthrough that could lead to advances in superconductors.

At Irobot, Moving Way Beyond the Roomba
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At Irobot, Moving Way Beyond the Roomba

I have seen the future of military robotics, and it is autonomy.

From ACM TechNews

Robots as the Next Big Industry?

Although a lot of artificial intelligence (AI) research has moved away from robotics and into creating algorithms for business intelligence, finance, the Web, and...

Tiny Springs Could Reduce Microchip Waste
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Tiny Springs Could Reduce Microchip Waste

Palo Alto Research Center researchers led by Eugene Chow have developed a technique involving microscale springs that make computer chips more reliable and less...

Stony Brook University Receives Nsf Grant to Design 'holodeck'
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Stony Brook University Receives Nsf Grant to Design 'holodeck'

Stony Brook University received a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant to build what its creator described as the closest thing in the world to Star Trek's...

Battery Research Could Shorten Recharge Time For Cell Phones
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Battery Research Could Shorten Recharge Time For Cell Phones

Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have demonstrated that small quantities of graphene can dramatically improve the power and cycling stability...

In a First, Full-Sized Robo-Copter Flies With No Human Help
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In a First, Full-Sized Robo-Copter Flies With No Human Help

In mid-June, a single-turbine helicopter took off from a test field in Mesa, Arizona, avoided obstacles in-flight, scoped out a landing site and landed safely....

Rainbow Trapping in Light Pulses
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Rainbow Trapping in Light Pulses

A group of scientists at Nanjing University in China have shown how a rather wide spectrum of light—a rainbow of radiation—can be trapped in a single structure....

The Speech That Inspired the Studsat Satellite Project
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The Speech That Inspired the Studsat Satellite Project

Studsat, a tiny satellite that was built by 35 students belonging to four engineering colleges in Bangalore and three in Hyderabad, was put in orbit on Monday...

Woven Electronics
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Woven Electronics

ETH Zurich researchers have developed intelligent textiles that have electronic components such as sensors and conductive filaments woven into the fabric. 

Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot
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Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot

The boy, a dark-haired 6-year-old, is playing with a new companion. The two hit it off quickly—unusual for the 6-year-old, who has autism—and the boy is imitating...

Japanese Supercomputer Ranked 1st in Little Green500 List
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Japanese Supercomputer Ranked 1st in Little Green500 List

Japan's Grape-DR supercomputer tops the June 2010 edition of Green500.org's Little Green500 list, which ranks the performance per unit power consumption of smaller...

Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens
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Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens

A research project from Intel can turn any surface into a touchscreen. Instead of propping up a tablet or putting a touchscreen computer in your kitchen, picture...
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