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'Seeing' bodies with sound (no sight required)

March 7, 2014 10:09 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

People born unable to see are readily capable of learning to perceive the shape of the human body through soundscapes that translate images into sound. With a little training, soundscapes representing the outlines and silhouettes of bodies cause the brain's visual cortex—and specifically an area dedicated in normally sighted people to processing body shapes—to light up with activity.

Withdrawing money at cash machines with 'Google Glass'

March 7, 2014 9:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Taking photos with a wink, checking one's calendar with a glance of the right eye, reading text messages— the multinational cooperation Google wants to make it possible with Google Glass. But what IT experts celebrate as a new milestone makes privacy groups skeptical. So far, few people have access to the prototype to test how it can be used in daily life.

Computational tool offers new insight into key biological processes

March 7, 2014 9:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a computational tool designed to guide future research on biochemical pathways by identifying which components in a biological system are related to specific biochemical processes, including those processes responsible for gene expression, cell signaling, stress response, and metabolism.

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Collecting digital user data without invading privacy

March 7, 2014 9:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The statistical evaluation of digital user data is of vital importance for analyzing trends. But it can also undermine the privacy. Computer scientists from Saarbrücken have now developed a novel cryptographic method that makes it possible to collect data and protect the privacy of the user at the same time. They present their approach for the first time at the computer expo CeBIT in Hannover at the Saarland University research booth.

IUPUI researchers use computers to "see" neurons to better understand brain function

March 7, 2014 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A study conducted by local high school students and faculty from the Department of Computer and Information Science in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis reveals new information about the motor circuits of the brain that may one day help those developing therapies to treat conditions such as stroke, schizophrenia, spinal cord injury or Alzheimer's disease.

Squeezing light into metals

March 7, 2014 9:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using an inexpensive inkjet printer, University of Utah electrical engineers produced microscopic structures that use light in metals to carry information. This new technique, which controls electrical conductivity within such microstructures, could be used to rapidly fabricate superfast components in electronic devices, make wireless technology faster or print magnetic materials.

Tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2014

March 7, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This release focuses on 1) Lighter, stronger engines. 2) The science of security: Safeguarding cyberspace. 3) Climate Change Science Institute annual report now available. 4) Collaborative innovation in biomedicine. 5) New superhydrophobic glass.

Colored diamonds are a superconductor’s best friend

March 7, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Flawed but colorful diamonds are among the most sensitive detectors of magnetic fields known today, allowing physicists to explore the minuscule magnetic fields in metals, exotic materials and even human tissue. Dmitry Budker and colleagues have now shown that these diamond sensors can measure the tiny magnetic fields in high-temperature superconductors, providing a new tool to probe these much ballyhooed but poorly understood materials.

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Up-converted radio

March 7, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ever worry about losing your mobile-phone reception? The same problem hampers cosmologists looking at the early universe, a glimpse embodied in the cosmic microwave background. All three of these efforts depend on discriminating weak radio signals from a noisy environment. A new approach to this problem provides a clean, all-optical detection of  radiowaves featuring noise mitigation a thousand times better than existing methods.

Photos of the Day: The AT Black Knight Transformer

March 7, 2014 8:55 am | News | Comments

The AT Black Knight Transformer is the world’s first roadable, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. It has the ability to transform from a VTOL helicopter to an off-road vehicle. The Black Knight was designed as a rapid-response evac vehicle for wounded soldiers or cargo transport.

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Preschoolers outsmart college students at figuring out gizmos

March 7, 2014 8:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figuring out how unusual gadgets work because they’re more flexible and less biased than adults in their ideas about cause and effect. The findings suggest that technology and innovation can benefit from the exploratory learning and probabilistic reasoning skills that come naturally to young children, many of whom are learning to use smartphones even before they can tie their shoelaces..

Blink your eyes or wag your tongue to operate this PC

March 7, 2014 8:39 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

It's small, subtle, and appears to be a lot less distracting than other wearable tech seen today. It can be controlled by the blink of an eye or a twitch of the nose. The “Earclip-type Wearable PC,” hopefully a tentative name, is being developed and tested by Japanese engineers....

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Virtual reality startups look back to the future

March 7, 2014 2:10 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Thirty years after the first wave of virtual reality, new startups are determined to take it mainstream.It’s been almost 30 years since the computer scientist Jaron Lanier formed VPL Research, the first company to sell the high-tech goggles and gloves that once defined humanity’s concept....

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Self-monitoring AC-DC converter with auxiliary DC input delivers portability, high reliability for outdoor industrial systems

March 6, 2014 4:22 pm | Bear Power Supplies | Product Releases | Comments

BEAR Power Supplies (Phelps, NY) introduced a self-monitoring AC/DC converter for outdoor industrial applications. An auxiliary 24 VDC input provides back-up power to the universal AC input, and facilitates operation in remote areas

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Snap-action switch includes electrical life of 100,000 cycles typically

March 6, 2014 3:47 pm | Cit Relay & Switch | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch (Minneapolis, MN) SM3 Series snap-action switch offers choice a of single pole single throw or a single pole double throw circuit. This UL/CUL recognized switch is available in 0.110" quick connect, solder lug, PC terminal and right angle PC termination.

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