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Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids

April 20, 2015 12:25 pm | by University of Strathclyde | Comments

An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionise modern-day hearing aid systems. Ground-breaking research by the University of Strathclyde, and the MRC/CSO Institute ...

Technology can transfer human emotions to your palm through air

April 20, 2015 12:23 pm | by University of Sussex | Comments

Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a University of Sussex-led study has shown. Sussex scientist Dr Marianna Obrist, Lecturer at the Department of Informatics ...

An efficient method of producing metallic nanoparticles

April 20, 2015 12:20 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a new, cost-efficient method of producing various types of metallic nanoparticles. Nanoparticles can be used in applications such as conductive and magnetic inks, medical diagnostics and drug dosing, tailoring the ...

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VTT accelerates commercialization of foam forming technology

April 20, 2015 12:17 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Comments

Foam forming technology offers companies major cost saving possibilities in paper and paperboard manufacturing. It also expands the use of natural fibres in the production of recyclable and lightweight products. Some products can even be lightened by 15-25%....

Developing a robotic therapist for children

April 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Carlos III University of Madrid | Comments

In collaboration with other national institutions, researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid are designing a new therapeutic tool for motor rehabilitation for children. In this project, an interactive social therapist robot, which is totally autonomous ...

Researchers develop acoustically driven controls for smartphones

April 20, 2015 12:11 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

As people find ever more inventive uses for smartphones, touchscreens sometimes fall short as control surfaces. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed an inexpensive alternative - a toolbox of physical knobs, sliders and other mechanisms ...

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Quantum model reveals surface structure of water

April 20, 2015 12:08 pm | by National Physical Laboratory | Comments

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute in collaboration with IBM and the University of Edinburgh, has used a new quantum model to reveal the molecular structure of water's liquid surface. The liquid-vapour interface of water ...

Advances in molecular electronics: Lights on -- molecule on

April 20, 2015 12:05 pm | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | Comments

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Konstanz are working on storing and processing information on the level of single molecules to create the smallest possible components that will combine autonomously to form a circuit....

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3-D shape database improves fit of clothing, equipment

April 20, 2015 12:03 pm | by U.S. Army | Comments

A new database at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is a perfect fit for America's Soldiers. The ANSUR II 3-D Shape Database uses three-dimensional shapes and contour data to improve the fit of clothing and equipment for warfighters.

Stanford, Harvard researchers to share $500K medical prize

April 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Two scientists whose work on modern research technologies is expected to speed the pace of medical discoveries will share one of the richest prizes in medicine and science next month, officials at a New York hospital said Monday. The $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Biomedicine and Biomedical Research ...

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Astronomers probe inner region of young star and its planets

April 20, 2015 11:06 am | by University of Arizona | Comments

Astronomers have probed deeper than before into a planetary system 130 light-years from Earth. The observations mark the first results of a new exoplanet survey called LEECH (LBT Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt), and are published today in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics....

A common nerve protein elevated in aggressive neuroblastomas

April 20, 2015 10:03 am | by Georgetown University Medical Center | Comments

A protein produced by nerve cells appears to be elevated in the blood of those with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma. The finding, presented today at the American Association for Cancer Research 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, could potentially lead to a prognostic test for ...

Researchers establish theoretical framework for graphene physics

April 20, 2015 9:52 am | by National University of Singapore | Comments

Since the discovery of graphene about a decade ago, scientists have been studying ways to engineer electronic band gaps in the material to produce semiconductors which can create new electronic devices. A team of researchers from Yale-NUS College, the ...

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Disney Research enables dialogue replacement for automated video redubbing

April 20, 2015 9:42 am | by Disney Research | Comments

A badly dubbed foreign film makes a viewer yearn for subtitles; even subtle discrepancies between words spoken and facial motion are easy to detect. That's less likely with a method developed by Disney Research that analyzes an actor's ...

A cold cosmic mystery solved

April 20, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | Comments

In 2004, astronomers examining a map of the radiation leftover from the Big Bang (the cosmic microwave background, or CMB) discovered the Cold Spot, a larger-than-expected unusually cold area of the sky. The physics surrounding the Big Bang theory predicts warmer ...

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