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Light-powered gyroscope is world's smallest

April 1, 2015 2:05 pm | by The Optical Society | Comments

A pair of light waves - one zipping clockwise the other counterclockwise around a microscopic track - may hold the key to creating the world's smallest gyroscope: one a fraction of the width of a human hair. By bringing this essential technology down to an entirely new scale, a team ...

3D print technology provides 'robohand' to 7-year-old girl

April 1, 2015 2:02 pm | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | Comments

Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought much about putting a prosthetic limb where her missing left hand had once been. Not until the little girl learned she could design her own, strap it on easily and then jump on her bike and pedal away at speeds previously only imagined.

Soft, energy-efficient robotic wings

March 31, 2015 2:58 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Dielectric elastomers are novel materials for making actuators or motors with soft and lightweight properties that can undergo large active deformations with high-energy conversion efficiencies. This has made dielectric elastomers popular for creating devices such ...

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Electrical engineer to build more efficient integrated circuits for better hearing aids

March 31, 2015 2:54 pm | by University of Texas at Arlington | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering researcher is developing a more efficient, low-power integrated circuit for directional hearing aids that will lead to a better quality of life for hearing impaired people. Sungyong Jung, an associate professor ...

US to pledge up to 28 percent emission cut in global treaty

March 31, 2015 2:51 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The United States pledged Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as its contribution to a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change. The Obama administration's contribution to the treaty, which world leaders expect to ...

Microsoft makes cheaper version of Surface Pro 3 tablet

March 31, 2015 2:47 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writers | Comments

Google is releasing its cheapest Chromebook laptops yet, two versions priced at $149 aimed at undercutting Microsoft's Windows franchise and gaining ground in even more classrooms. Various PC manufacturers have been working with Google to design lightweight ...

High-tech method allows rapid imaging of functions in living brain

March 30, 2015 5:05 pm | by Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

Researchers studying cancer and other invasive diseases rely on high-resolution imaging to see tumors and other activity deep within the body's tissues. Using a new high-speed, high-resolution imaging method, Lihong Wang, PhD, and his team at ...

Roll up your screen and stow it away?

March 30, 2015 5:02 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

From smartphones and tablets to computer monitors and interactive TV screens, electronic displays are everywhere. As the demand for instant, constant communication grows, so too does the urgency for more convenient portable devices ...

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Stop blaming the moon, says UCLA scientist

March 30, 2015 5:00 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

"It must be a full moon" is a common refrain when things appear more hectic than usual. The moon is even blamed when things get crazy at hospital emergency rooms or birth wards. "Some nurses ascribe the apparent chaos to the moon, but dozens ...

Carnegie Mellon researchers create 'Wikipedia' for neurons

March 30, 2015 4:56 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

The decades worth of data that has been collected about the billions of neurons in the brain is astounding. To help scientists make sense of this "brain big data," researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have used data mining to create http://www.neuroelectro.org....

Reality substitution on track to replace traditional virtual reality

March 30, 2015 4:54 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

Until recently, virtual reality's widespread use, both commercially and in scientific research, has been hampered by the need to develop custom virtual worlds using labor-intensive 3D animation. Researchers and engineers from EPFL's Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience ...

Crowdsourced tool for depression

March 30, 2015 2:42 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Northwestern University have developed a new peer-to-peer networking tool that enables sufferers of anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic techniques. In a study involving 166 subjects who had ...

Goodbye, range anxiety? Electric vehicles may be more useful than previously thought

March 30, 2015 2:40 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

In the first study of its kind, scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantitatively show that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed. Many drivers and much ...

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Comet dust: Planet Mercury's 'invisible paint'

March 30, 2015 2:38 pm | by Brown University | Comments

A team of scientists has a new explanation for the planet Mercury's dark, barely reflective surface. In a paper published in Nature Geoscience, the researchers suggest that a steady dusting of carbon from passing comets has slowly painted Mercury black over billions of years.

'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolution

March 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by University of New South Wales | Comments

A UNSW Australia collaboration that uses previously top-secret technology to zoom through the human body down to the level of a single cell could be a game-changer for medicine, an international research conference in the United States has been told....

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