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Patents forecast technological change

April 16, 2015 8:46 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

How fast is online learning evolving? Are wind turbines a promising investment? And how long before a cheap hoverboard makes it to market? Attempting to answer such questions requires knowing something about the rate at which a technology is improving....

Video games can power up from merely fun to meaningful experiences

April 16, 2015 8:44 am | by Penn State | Comments

It may be game over for critics who claim that video games are nothing more than a fun diversion. A team of researchers suggests that many games can be meaningful entertainment experiences for players. In a study of people's experiences with ...

New fluid makes untapped geothermal energy cleaner

April 16, 2015 8:01 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

More American homes could be powered by the earth's natural underground heat with a new, nontoxic and potentially recyclable liquid that is expected to use half as much water as other fluids used to tap into otherwise unreachable geothermal hot spots. The fluid might be a boon to a new approach...

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Sparton acquires Hunter Technology Corporation

April 15, 2015 1:54 pm | Comments

Sparton Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Sparton Hunter Corporation, completed a merger with Hunter Technology Corporation in a $55 million all-cash transaction. The merger is subject to certain and conditional post-closing adjustments....

First signs of self-interacting dark matter?

April 15, 2015 12:39 pm | by Eso | Comments

Using the MUSE instrument on ESO's VLT in Chile, along with images from Hubble in orbit, a team of astronomers studied the simultaneous collision of four galaxies in the galaxy cluster Abell 3827. The team could trace out where the mass lies within the system and ...

3-D printing blossoms into powerful new tool for ecologists

April 15, 2015 12:35 pm | by Wiley | Comments

3D printing has been used to make everything from cars to medical implants. Now, ecologists are using the technology to make artificial flowers, which they say could revolutionise our understanding of plant-pollinator interactions. Their study involving ...

VTT develops a method for printing WORM memories

April 15, 2015 12:32 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Comments

VTT has developed a method for printing memory circuits directly, e.g. onto consumer packaging. Because the required production technology is quite simple, no major investments are required. The write-once-read-many (WORM) memories can be fabricated directly on ...

Researchers demonstrate angular accelerating light

April 15, 2015 12:29 pm | by University of the Witwatersrand | Comments

Light must travel in a straight line and at a constant speed, or so the laws of nature suggest. Now, researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have demonstrated that laser light traveling along a helical path through space, can accelerate and ...

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MIT sensor detects spoiled meat

April 15, 2015 12:24 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat. The sensor, which consists of chemically modified ...

One step closer to renewable propane

April 15, 2015 10:30 am | by Univ. of Manchester | Comments

Researchers at The Univ. of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a program of work aimed at developing the next generation of biofuels....

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Tackling 'boring science' with grant for female engineers to teach robot lessons at school

April 15, 2015 9:39 am | by Brunel University | Comments

Female students at Brunel University London will teach schoolchildren to programme robots in a new bid to balance the gender divide in STEM subjects. The university will train 40 Women in Engineering postgraduates to deliver the unique Robo-Code sessions at ...

Researchers design first all-photonic repeaters

April 15, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | Comments

Imagine having your MRI results sent directly to your phone, with no concern over the security of your private health data. Or knowing your financial information was safe on a server halfway around the world. Or sending highly sensitive business correspondence, without worrying ...

Tablet for 2 waiting at an Olive Garden near you soon

April 15, 2015 9:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Olive Garden has a tablet for two waiting for you. The Italian restaurant chain said Tuesday that it is installing Ziosk computer tablets at all of its U.S. locations so customers can order and pay by touch screen....

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Investigators warn airplane computers could be hacked

April 15, 2015 9:15 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

The same Internet access now available on most commercial flights makes it possible for hackers to bring down a plane, a government watchdog warned Tuesday. The finding by the Government Accountability Office presents chilling new scenarios for passengers....

Swarming UAVs fly into the future

April 15, 2015 8:53 am | by Office of Naval Research (ONR) | Comments

A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have announced recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)....

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