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$25m 'green light' for UK's first Compound Semiconductor Research Foundation

March 25, 2015 12:47 pm | by Cardiff University | Comments

A $25.8m (£17.3m) award that will put Cardiff University at the cutting edge of semiconductor technology has been announced by UK Government. Funding unveiled today (25 March) by Universities Minister Greg Clark MP will underpin ...

CeBIT: Panoramas for your tablet

March 25, 2015 12:43 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | Comments

Panoramic video thrusts viewers right into the middle of the action. "Even a 180-degree panorama leaves you really feeling part of the action," says an enthusiastic Christian Weissig from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institut HHI in Berlin....

Robots on reins could be the 'eyes' of firefighters

March 25, 2015 12:40 pm | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | Comments

Firefighters moving through smoke-filled buildings could save vital seconds and find it easier to identify objects and obstacles, thanks to revolutionary reins that enable robots to act like guide dogs. The small mobile robot - equipped with tactile sensors ...

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Power vest supports the back without restricting freedom of movement

March 25, 2015 12:36 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | Comments

In Germany, back pain is a national complaint, with nearly ten percent of all lost working days attributable to lower back problems, according to the 2014 Health Report published by the Techniker Krankenkasse. The study found that occupation had a significant impact ...

Carbon nanotube fibers make superior links to brain

March 25, 2015 12:32 pm | by Rice University | Comments

Carbon nanotube fibers invented at Rice University may provide the best way to communicate directly with the brain. The fibers have proven superior to metal electrodes for deep brain stimulation and to read signals from a neuronal network....

Does your password pass muster?

March 25, 2015 12:27 pm | by Concordia University | Comments

"Create a password" is a prompt familiar to anyone who's tried to buy a book from Amazon or register for a Google account. Equally familiar is that red / yellow / green bar that rates the new password's strength. But when those meters give the go-ahead ...

Sensor cable monitors fences of all kinds and can even detect low-level drone fly-bys

March 25, 2015 12:25 pm | by Saarland University | Comments

Fenced-in areas, such as airports, nuclear power stations, industrial sites, or private plots of land, can now be monitored thanks to novel sensor technology that has been developed by a team of experimental physicists, led by Professor Uwe Hartmann at Saarland University....

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New locomotives ensure energy-efficient transport

March 25, 2015 12:03 pm | by U.S. Army | Comments

The swift, efficient movement of freight and equipment is essential to the Army's mission, whether by air, land, or sea. Fort Campbell's railroad operations are a key part of this mission to remain a premier power projection platform capable of deploying troops in 36 hours....

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Gene editing technology investigator honored for groundbreaking research

March 25, 2015 9:39 am | by American Association of Anatomists | Comments

The newest gene editing tool - called CRISPR-Cas9 - is leading to new research possibilities in cell biology and neuroscience. This includes the ability to make transgenic animal models more quickly, which helps researchers better study diseases that affect thousands ...

NASA-funded mission studies the Sun in soft X-rays

March 25, 2015 9:36 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays. Different wavelengths can have different effects at Earth and, what's more ...

Safety sensors and switches sales revenues estimated to cross $3 billion mark by 2020

March 25, 2015 9:27 am | by IndustryARC | Comments

Safety sensors and systems as part of different equipment play a vital role to ensure safety of employees and workers in factories and production units across industry verticals. These products act as a bridge between human and machine interaction....

Snake robots learn to turn by following the lead of real sidewinders

March 25, 2015 9:03 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

March 24, 2015 Atlanta, GA Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University who develop snake-like robots have picked up a few tricks from real sidewinder rattlesnakes on how to make rapid and even sharp turns with their undulating, modular device.

Tiny bio-robot is a germ suited-up with graphene quantum dots

March 25, 2015 9:01 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

As nanotechnology makes possible a world of machines too tiny to see, researchers are finding ways to combine living organisms with nonliving machinery to solve a variety of problems. Like other first-generation bio-robots, the new nanobot engineered at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a...

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UW scientists build a nanolaser using a single atomic sheet

March 24, 2015 11:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Washington scientists have built a new nanometer-sized laser -- using the thinnest semiconductor available today -- that is energy efficient, easy to build and compatible with existing electronics. Lasers play essential roles in countless technologies....

Building shape inspires new material discovery

March 24, 2015 11:51 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists inspired by the radical shape of a Canberra building have created a new type of material which enables scientists to put a perfect bend in light. The creation of a so-called topological insulator could transform the telecommunications industry's drive....

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