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Study reveals potential breakthrough in hearing technology

November 18, 2013 1:01 pm | by Ohio State University | News | Comments

Computer engineers and hearing scientists at The Ohio State University have made a potential breakthrough in solving a 50-year-old problem in hearing technology: how to help the hearing-impaired understand speech in the midst of background noise. They describe how they used the latest developments in neural networks...  

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Spanish scientists are designing a robot for inspecting tunnels

November 18, 2013 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Currently, maintenance and safety inspection of tunnels used for vehicular traffic is carried out by direct in situ observation. This process, which is slow and requires intensive labor, requires that traffic be stopped on entire streets or sections of the underground passageways, resulting in an inconvenience for users.

Single-atom bit forms smallest memory in the world

November 18, 2013 12:47 pm | by Helmholtz Association | News | Comments

One atom equals one bit: According to this design principle, we would like to construct magnetic data memories in the future. Presently, a compound of several million atoms is needed to stabilize a magnetic bit in a way that hard disk data are secure for several years.

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Columbia engineers make world's smallest FM radio transmitter

November 18, 2013 12:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers, led by Mechanical Engineering Professor James Hone and Electrical Engineering Professor Kenneth Shepard, has taken advantage of graphene's special properties—its mechanical strength and electrical conduction—and created a nano-mechanical system that can create FM signals...

Software coupling aims to streamline simulation process

November 18, 2013 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Motor Design Limited (MDL) has partnered with CD-adapco to create a link between MDL’s Motor-CAD and CD-adapco’s STAR-CCM+ software.  The collaboration aims to improve the accuracy of a fast analytical approach while simplifying the modeling process of the CFD computation. This will

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2 for 1 in solar power

November 18, 2013 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Solar cells offer the opportunity to harvest abundant, renewable energy. Although the highest energy light occurs in the ultraviolet and visible spectrum, most solar energy is in the infrared. There is a trade-off in harvesting this light, so that solar cells are efficient in the infrared but waste much of the energy...

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Process control meters can store up to five user-adjustable calibration presets

November 18, 2013 11:43 am | Extech Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Extech Instruments announced that its versatile PRC Series of four new precision meters – the PRC10, PRC15, PRC20 and PRC30 – enable plant and electrical technicians to test and calibrate a wide variety of process control equipment....

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Scientists invent self-healing battery electrode

November 18, 2013 11:42 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers have made the first battery electrode that heals itself, opening a new and potentially commercially viable path for making the next generation of lithium ion batteries for electric cars, cell phones and other devices. The secret is a stretchy polymer that coats the electrode, binds it together and spontaneously heals tiny cracks...

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New hologram technology created with tiny nanoantennas

November 18, 2013 11:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers have created tiny holograms using a "metasurface" capable of the ultra-efficient control of light, representing a potential new technology for advanced sensors, high-resolution displays and information processing. The metasurface could make possible "planar photonics" devices and optical switches small enough to...

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New approach advances wireless power transfer for vehicles

November 18, 2013 11:29 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new technology and techniques for transmitting power wirelessly from a stationary source to a mobile receiver – moving engineers closer to their goal of creating highway “stations” that can recharge electric vehicles wirelessly as the vehicles drive by.

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UC research brings a future of mind-reading robots ever closer

November 18, 2013 11:25 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Research on brain-computer interface will be presented at the International Human-Centered Robotics Symposium, and UC's work to pioneer a human-centered robotics curriculum will be discussed. If you think with the release of every new i-device the world is getting closer to thought-controlled smart tech and robotic personal assistants, you might be right.  

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Accidental discovery dramatically improves electrical conductivity

November 18, 2013 11:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the performance of devices like computer chips.

NASA launching robotic explorer to Mars

November 18, 2013 11:14 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA's newest Martian explorer is on its launch pad in Florida, ready to soar. The Maven spacecraft was scheduled to blast off aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket Monday afternoon. NASA is sending Maven to Mars to study its upper atmosphere. Scientists want to know why Mars went from being warm and wet...

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South Africa cemeteries to microchip tombstones

November 18, 2013 10:56 am | by CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid a rash of tombstone thefts from cemeteries in Johannesburg, a company will be offering relatives of the deceased a high-tech solution: microchips that can be inserted into the memorial that will sound an alarm and send a text message to their cell phones if it is disturbed.

Chicago man gets prison in NY cyberattacks case

November 18, 2013 10:46 am | by TOM HAYS, Associated Press | News | Comments

An unrepentant self-described "hacktivist" was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and government contractors. Before hearing his sentence, Jeremy Hammond told a Manhattan federal judge that his goal was to expose injustices....

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