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High-tech 'Smart Care' apartment aims to improve health care for seniors

May 1, 2015 9:58 am | by University of Texas at Arlington | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model "Smart Care" apartment next month that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to ...

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Tesla CEO plugs into new market with home battery system

May 1, 2015 9:35 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Business Writers | Comments

Never lacking daring ideas, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk is determined to jolt the electricity market. The CEO of electric car maker Tesla Motors hopes to park hundreds of millions of large, solar panel-connected batteries in homes and ...

Engineering a better solar cell

April 30, 2015 4:18 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

One of the fastest-growing areas of solar energy research is with materials called perovskites. These promising light harvesters could revolutionize the solar and electronics industries because they show potential to convert sunlight into electricity more ...

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Rehab robot HARMONY introduced by UT Austin engineers

April 30, 2015 4:14 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a first-of-its kind, two-armed, robotic rehabilitation exoskeleton that could provide a new method of high-quality, data-driven therapy to patients suffering ...

UH-led team successfully observes the solar eclipse over the Arctic

April 30, 2015 4:12 pm | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | Comments

The international Solar Wind Sherpas team, led by Dr. Shadia Habbal of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Institute for Astronomy, braved Arctic weather to successfully observe the total solar eclipse of March 20 from Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen ...

Japanese premier to tout bullet train in California visit

April 30, 2015 4:07 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is starting a three-day visit to California with plans to check out some of the region's tech innovations, lend support to expanded commercial ties and even promote a Japanese-made bullet train during a meeting with the state's governor.

A BRAIN Initiative first: New tool can switch behavior 'on' and 'off'

April 30, 2015 3:59 pm | by University of North Carolina Health Care | Comments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have perfected a noninvasive "chemogenetic" technique that allows them to switch off a specific behavior in mice - such as voracious eating....

Inspired by humans, a robot takes a walk in the grass

April 30, 2015 2:31 pm | by Oregon State University | Comments

In a rolling, outdoor field, full of lumps, bumps and uneven terrain, researchers at Oregon State University last week successfully field-tested for the first time the locomotion abilities of a two-legged robot with technology that they ...

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Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Clinic collaborate with Microsoft on reality technology

April 30, 2015 2:05 pm | by Case Western Reserve University | Comments

Case Western Reserve University Radiology Professor Mark Griswold knew his world had changed the moment he first used a prototype of Microsoft's HoloLens headset. Two months later, one of the university's medical students illustrated exactly why.

First miniature synchrotron now in commercial operation

April 30, 2015 2:02 pm | by Lyncean Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Lyncean Technologies, Inc. today announced the commercial operation of a Compact Light Source (CLS), the world's first miniature synchrotron X-ray source employing state-of-the-art laser and electron beam technology.

ST Engineering and NTU Singapore launch lab for advanced robotics and autonomous systems

April 30, 2015 1:59 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | Comments

The ST Engineering-NTU Corporate Laboratory was officially launched today by Guest-of-Honour Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also the Chairman of the National Research Foundation (NRF)....

Touch sensors on bat wings guide flight

April 30, 2015 1:53 pm | by Cell Press | Comments

Bats are masters of flight in the night sky, capable of steep nosedives and sharp turns that put our best aircraft to shame. Although the role of echolocation in bats' impressive midair maneuvering has been extensively studied, the contribution of ...

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Power Sources & Conditioning Devices

April 30, 2015 1:48 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Power is the backbone of the electronics industry, with limitless applications as well as devices used to supply and/or manipulate the power. Here is just a small sampling of some component types that are eligible: power supplies/SMPS, converters ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Microwave & RF

April 30, 2015 1:42 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Whether it’s smart phones/portable devices, electronic warfare, wireless networking or near-field communications (NFC), some of the most exciting advancements in the industry involve over-the-air communications. This category recognizes ...

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Big Data reveals classical music creation secrets

April 30, 2015 11:03 am | by Springer | Comments

A team of scientists has shed light on the dynamics of the creation, collaboration and dissemination processes involved in classical music works and styles. Their study focuses on analysing networks of composers contemporary to CD publications, using ...

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