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Bioengineer receives $2.9 million grant to improve brain implants

June 19, 2014 8:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Less than two years ago, a brain-computer interface designed at the University of Pittsburgh allowed Jan Scheuermann to control a robotic arm solely with her thoughts. Using the arm to bring a chocolate bar to her mouth and taking a bite was a sweet victory for Scheuermann, who has quadriplegia....

Probing Fukushima with cosmic rays should speed cleanup

June 19, 2014 8:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Los Alamos technique called muon tomography can safely peer inside the cores of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors and create high-resolution images of the damaged nuclear material inside without ever breaching the cores themselves. The initiative, scheduled for development in partnership with Toshiba Corporation ...

Making smartphones smarter with see-through sensors

June 19, 2014 8:17 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Your smartphone's display glass could soon be more than just a pretty face, thanks to new technology developed by researchers from Montreal and the New York-based company Corning Incorporated. The team has created the first laser-written light-guiding systems that are efficient enough to be developed for commercial use....

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New manufacturing methods needed for 'soft' machines, robots

June 19, 2014 8:14 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers have developed a technique that might be used to produce "soft machines" made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices and consumer electronics. Such an elastic technology could make possible robots that have sensory skin....

Portable brain-mapping device allows UT Arlington researchers to 'see' where memory fails

June 19, 2014 8:10 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UT Arlington researchers have successfully used a portable brain-mapping device to show limited prefrontal cortex activity among student veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder when they were asked to recall information from simple memorization tasks....

Breathalyzer test may detect deadliest cancer

June 19, 2014 8:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lung cancer causes more deaths in the U.S. than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast, and pancreatic). The reason for the striking mortality rate is simple: poor detection. Lung cancer attacks without leaving any fingerprints, quietly afflicting its victims and metastasizing uncontrollably – to the point of no return....

Two low-cost, car battery-sized Canadian space telescopes launched today

June 19, 2014 8:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Two nanosatellites were launched from Yasny, Russia, at 15:11:11 Eastern Daylight Time today by Anthony Moffat, of the University of Montreal and the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec, and the Canadian research and technology team he leads....

YouTube to launch music service amid indie dispute

June 19, 2014 7:59 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

YouTube will launch a new subscription music service, the company acknowledged Tuesday after being dragged into a public dispute over royalties that will result in the blockade of some independent artists' music videos. The Google Inc.-owned video site said in a statement that it is "adding subscription-based features for music on YouTube"....

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Cheese! Small businesses get sales off Instagram

June 19, 2014 7:57 am | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer | Comments

A picture is worth thousands of dollars for Limelight Extensions. Phones start ringing at the Farmington Hills, Michigan, salon each time co-owner Miranda Jade Plater posts pictures on photo-sharing app Instagram. Would-be customers call to book appointments....

A closer look at Amazon's new Fire smartphone

June 19, 2014 7:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon has introduced a new smartphone that will be closely tied to the products and services it sells, while adding such touches as the ability to render images in 3-D. It was announced Wednesday and will start shipping next month. Here are some details on the new Fire phone....

New push to get girls into computer sciences

June 19, 2014 7:49 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

Diana Navarro loves to code, and she's not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she's an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is - more than ever - a man's world. "We live in a culture where we're dissuaded to do things that are technical," Navarro said....

Obama: Climate change deniers ignoring science

June 19, 2014 7:44 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama said denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese, as he issued a call to action on global warming to Saturday's graduates of the University of California, Irvine. Obama issued the call to the tens of thousands gathered at Angel Stadium....

Synthetic Aperture Sonar to help Navy hunt sea mines

June 19, 2014 2:19 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Since World War II, sea mines have damaged or sunk four times more U.S. Navy ships than all other means of attack combined, according to a Navy report on mine warfare. New sonar research being performed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) could improve the ...

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MakerBot supports White House Maker Faire & Day of Making

June 18, 2014 4:57 pm | by Makerbot | Comments

MakerBot, a leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, is proud to be a part of the #NationofMakers and the Day of Making in conjunction with the White House Maker Faire.  As part of the Day of Making on June 18, MakerBot is celebrating its unique programs that bring innovation and Making to the forefront....

Hyundai's hydrogen fuel cell car hits the road

June 18, 2014 4:15 pm | by Reuters | Comments

South Korean auto-maker Hyundai says it has launched a new era of clean, hydrogen-fueled motoring in the US. In a high-profile ceremony, the company's first hydrogen fuel-cell car customer received the keys to his new Hyundai Tucson, but there are still challenges to be met before the technology becomes mainstream....

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