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The Internet can control your body

June 10, 2013 9:39 am | by Stephanie Carmichael, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

The Internet really can do anything. Like telekinesis, for instance. It’s got that covered, too. A new open API called BodyRemote uses connected devices like computers and even iPhones to control someone’s body from across the great space of the Internet anywhere in the world. But to do good — promise!

Securing the cloud

June 10, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Homomorphic encryption is one of the most exciting new research topics in cryptography, which promises to make cloud computing perfectly secure. With it, a Web user would send encrypted data to a server in the cloud, which would process it without decrypting it and send back a still-encrypted result. Sometimes, however, the server needs to know something about the data it’s handling. Otherwise, some computational tasks become prohibit...

AC temperature controller features easy-to-use software and data retrieval capabilities

June 7, 2013 1:22 pm | Oven Industries, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Oven Industries announces the new 5R1-1400 AC Temperature Controller with the integrated potentiometers or via a PC through the TTL level UART Communication port. This compact design measuring two and one half inches square can deliver up to 15 AMPS of load current from a zero voltage switched, low-noise, solid-state relay.


Detecting disease with a smartphone accessory

June 4, 2013 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers have created a new smartphone-based system, consisting of a plug-in optical accessory and disposable microfluidic chips, for in-the-field detection of the herpes virus that causes Kaposi's. "The accessory provides an ultraportable way to determine whether or not viral DNA is present in a sample," says mechanical engineer David Erickson

Angela Belcher wins $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize

June 4, 2013 10:55 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

MIT professor Angela Belcher, one of the world’s leading nanotechnology experts, has been named the recipient of this year’s $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, which honors an outstanding inventor dedicated to improving the world through technological invention. “It feels fantastic,” says Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT and a faculty member at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. “There’s been so many great ...

A path to compact, robust sources for ultrashort laser pulses

June 4, 2013 10:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Laser researchers in Munich are challenging a basic assumption of engineering: "You can't have it all." They have shown that for certain kinds of laser applications in biomedical imaging, material processing, and communications, a new approach could deliver the desired capabilities with no problematic tradeoffs...

3-D printing goes from sci-fi fantasy to reality

June 4, 2013 9:04 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA AP National Writer | News | Comments

Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3-D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear.

3-D printing goes from sci-fi fantasy to reality

June 3, 2013 10:14 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Invisalign, a San Jose company, uses 3-D printing to make each mouthful of customized, transparent braces. Mackenzies Chocolates, a confectioner in Santa Cruz, uses a 3-D printer to pump out chocolate molds. And earlier this year, Cornell University researchers used a 3-D printer, along with injections of a special collagen gel, to create a human-shaped ear.


Appropriate Technology Health Care Solution Could Save 72,000 Lives a Year

June 3, 2013 4:58 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | Blogs | Comments

We need more medical solutions that serve the majority of humanity instead of just the rich. Some medical research is innately costly and therefore require large costs to pay back the investment. But too little concern is shown for solutions … Continue reading →

Promising drug prevents cancer cells from shutting down immune system

May 31, 2013 3:03 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

An investigational drug that targets the immune system’s ability to fight cancer is showing promising results in Yale Cancer Center (YCC) patients with a variety of advanced or metastatic forms of the disease. Updated data from this Phase 1 clinical trial are being formally presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago. Yale Cancer Center is one of the lead trial sites. The abstract was made p...

Hip-hip-Hadoop: Data mining for science

May 30, 2013 11:25 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The model of distributed calculations, where a problem is broken down into distinct parts that can be solved individually on a computer and then recombined, has been around for decades. Divide-and-conquer techniques allow scientists to predict complex phenomenon from tornado formation to the qualities of nanomaterials to tomorrow's weather forecast.

System-on-module enables faster, lower-risk, and smarter embedded systems development

May 30, 2013 10:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

EnSilica has launched the eSi-ZM1, a small form factor System-on-Module designed to facilitate faster, lower risk development of smarter embedded systems that demand real-time hardware performance, all without sacrificing differentiation, integration or flexibility.

Stanford scientists develop high-efficiency zinc-air battery

May 30, 2013 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Stanford University scientists have developed an advanced zinc-air battery with higher catalytic activity and durability than similar batteries made with costly platinum and iridium catalysts. The results, published in the May 7 online edition of the journal Nature Communications...


Research in the News: Yale scientists peer into a cell in real time

May 30, 2013 8:01 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

A dream of scientists has been to visualize details of structures within our cells in real time, a breakthrough that would greatly aid in the study of their function.  However, even the best of current microscopes can take minutes to recreate images of the internal machinery of cells at a usable resolution....

Ivory Coast techies elect new 'Web Mayor'

May 29, 2013 3:09 pm | by ROBBIE COREY-BOULET, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 22-year-old who lives with his parents is the new mayor of Ivory Coast's largest city, at least according to the West African nation's active community of self-described Internet geeks. Abidjan's budding network of bloggers, strategists, designers and Web entrepreneurs organized a separate vote for "Web Mayor," in late April days after Ivorians went to the polls for local elections.

State of the display market

May 28, 2013 4:04 pm | by Editors | Articles | Comments

We rely heavily on display technologies to interface with our appliances, personal communications devices, our cars, and industrial equipment. We’re also demanding more from displays such as smaller size, higher resolution, interactivity, and even the ability to bend.

Pushbutton switch available with RGB LED color options

May 28, 2013 1:58 pm | E-Switch | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch announces an RGB color option for the ULP series LED illuminated pushbutton switch. You can order this switch with either SPDT or DPDT circuit options and either momentary or latching options. It offers multiple cap options including square sculptured, square flat, rectangular flat, panel mount, or large sculptured, all with LED color options that now include RGB.

SKorea idles 2 nuke plants after cable tests faked

May 28, 2013 10:29 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

South Korea has idled two nuclear power plants after finding that test results for crucial control cables were falsified in a new blow to an industry mired in a graft scandal and safety lapses. South Korea's trade and energy ministry said Tuesday a company contracted to conduct tests fabricated the results for cables...

Reinventing invention

May 28, 2013 8:41 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

An expandable table. A collapsible CNC router. Motorized wheels whose diameter can enlarge and contract depending on the terrain. These are a few of the examples of "transformable design" now on display from the course, "Mechanical Invention Through Computation" led by visiting designer, engineer and inventor Chuck Hoberman. The seminar, co-taught with MIT profes...

Cradle turns smartphone into handheld biosensor

May 23, 2013 3:26 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Researchers and physicians in the field could soon run on-the-spot tests for environmental toxins, medical diagnostics, food safety and more with their smartphones. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone that uses the phone’s built-in camera and processing power as a biosensor...

Doctors save Ohio boy by 'printing' an airway tube

May 23, 2013 2:01 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day. It's the latest advance from the booming field of regenerative medicine, making body parts in the lab.

NYU researchers took bribes from Chinese group

May 23, 2013 12:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Three New York University researchers from China divulged results from a U.S.-funded study to Chinese competitors in exchange for tuition, rent and other expenses, federal prosecutors said Monday. Zhu Yudong, a U.S.-educated NYU professor, and Yang Xing, a lab engineer, were released on bail after appearing in court...

Rice University students engineer electricity-generating shoes

May 23, 2013 12:49 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

A group of Rice University mechanical engineering students are getting a charge out of having the coolest new shoes on campus. As their capstone project that is required for graduation, four seniors created a way to extract and store energy with every step.

Pressure sensors ensure optimal operations of safety trailers used on remote sites

May 23, 2013 12:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies (AST) pressure sensors are serving as components in a remote monitoring system that ensures optimal operations of safety trailers used on remote sites as emergency first aid stations. Mining, construction, oil fields and other industrial sites are often located miles away from medical facilities.

Yale Cancer Center goes to Washington

May 23, 2013 11:38 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

A delegation from Yale Cancer Center (YCC) went to Capitol Hill on May 16 to stress the life-saving urgency of continuing to fund National Institutes of Health cancer other biomedical research during these difficult budget times....

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