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How do we make the breast pump 'not suck'?

October 29, 2014 1:50 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

When I read the recent news item about MIT’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon,” I thought it couldn’t have come at a more relevant time in my life. Having just had a baby under seven months ago, and trying to continue a regular breastfeeding regimen ...

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Free urban data -- what's it good for?

October 29, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Cities around the world are increasingly making urban data freely available to the public. But is the content or structure of these vast data sets easy to access and of value? A new study of more than 9,000 data sets from 20 cities presents encouraging results....

ORNL technology transfer continues strong upward trend

October 29, 2014 1:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New methods are improving connections between private businesses and technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with 101 licenses and options executed during the last three years. Mike Paulus, director of Technology Transfer ...

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Meaghan's Minute: Ford Motor's pre-collision assist system

October 29, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Ford Motor’s new driver assist system, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, uses radar and camera technology to scan the roadway ahead and, if a collision risk ...

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Projecting a robot's intentions

October 29, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT's Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind. Standing in its path is an obstacle — a human pedestrian who's pacing back and forth. To get to the other side of the room, the robot ...

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

October 29, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures....

Now in aisle 3 at Lowe's: robots

October 29, 2014 12:22 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. Four robots are being tested at an Orchard Supply Hardware store....

Using radio waves to control the density in a fusion plasma

October 29, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Recent fusion experiments on the DIII-D tokamak at General Atomics (San Diego) and the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts), show that beaming microwaves into the center of the plasma can be used to control the density....

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Cinema-like environment helps audiences immerse in movies even on small screens & displays

October 29, 2014 11:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

If the surroundings are designed to be sufficiently stimulating, even a simple computer screen is enough to generate an intense cinematic experience. After observing some 300 study subjects, researchers at the Institute of Psychology of Johannes Gutenberg ...

Helping general electric upgrade the US power grid

October 29, 2014 11:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When researchers at General Electric Co. sought help in designing a plasma-based power switch, they turned to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The proposed switch, which GE is developing under contract ...

Handheld devices and automation software could speed logistics on the battlefield

October 29, 2014 10:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Marines in Hawaii recently demonstrated that handheld devices and automation software could speed delivery of critical supplies to the front lines and even help planners determine when and where items will be needed ahead of time. Sponsored by ...

AI is summoning demons

October 29, 2014 10:14 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium....

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Making the Internet easier for a more responsive user experience

October 29, 2014 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A research team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $2.4 million National Science Foundation grant to study the increasingly complex ways in which content is delivered to users on the Internet and to invent new architectural ...

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Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?

October 29, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research by physicists from Brown University puts the profound strangeness of quantum mechanics in a nutshell — or, more accurately, in a helium bubble. Experiments led by Humphrey Maris, professor of physics at Brown, suggest that ...

Creating the coldest cubic meter in the universe

October 29, 2014 9:48 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In an underground laboratory in Italy, an international team of scientists has created the coldest cubic meter in the universe. The cooled chamber—roughly the size of a vending machine—was chilled to 6 milliKelvin or -273.144 degrees Celsius....

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