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Robot walker for elderly people in public spaces

June 2, 2015 2:07 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Elderly people with walking difficulties are often intimidated by busy public places. This led an EU research project to develop a robot walker to guide them around shopping centers, museums and other public buildings, thus enhancing their autonomy...

Saving money & the environment with 3D printing

June 2, 2015 1:56 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A Northwestern University team has confirmed a new way to help the airline industry save dollars while also saving the environment...

Scientists discover how to make batteries from trees

June 2, 2015 1:38 pm | by KTH, Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A method for making elastic high-capacity batteries from wood pulp was unveiled by researchers in Sweden and the US...

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Innovations will sustain Silicon’s $20 billion share of the power electronics market

June 2, 2015 1:18 pm | by Lux Research | News | Comments

Driven by technology innovations, silicon-based power electronics will continue their domination of the fastest-growing and largest markets...

FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

June 2, 2015 10:06 am | by Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan & Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Evolving technology can record higher-quality video from long distances, even at night, and can capture certain identifying information from cellphones using a device known as a "cell-site simulator" — or Stingray, to use one of the product's brand names...

NASA tests aircraft wing coatings that slough bug guts

June 2, 2015 9:57 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Bug guts create drag, and drag increases fuel consumption. But aircraft of the future could be made more fuel-efficient with non-stick coatings NASA recently tested on Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 757...

A new tool measures the distance between phonon collisions

June 2, 2015 9:23 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Today's computer chips pack billions of tiny transistors onto a plate of silicon within the width of a fingernail...

Air Force working on new hypersonic air vehicle

June 2, 2015 8:58 am | by Kris Osborn, Defense Tech | News | Comments

Scientists with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Pentagon’s research arm are working to build a new hypersonic air vehicle that can travel at speeds up to Mach 5 while carrying guidance systems and other materials...

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Software reads kids' expressions to measure pain levels

June 1, 2015 1:26 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Accurately assessing pain in children in a clinical setting can be difficult. A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has demonstrated the validity of a new method for measuring pediatric pain levels using novel facial pattern recognition software...

China plans to launch dark matter exploration satellite

June 1, 2015 12:31 pm | by European Southern Observatory | News | Comments

Scientists at Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites (SECM) are planning to develop a satellite with the widest observation spectrum known, to study dark matter and other energy particles in space...

FCC head unveils proposal to narrow 'Digital Divide'

June 1, 2015 12:15 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access...

Revolutionary technology to improve bedside tumor diagnosis in patients

June 1, 2015 12:03 pm | by University of Leicester | News | Comments

Researchers from the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham are developing a revolutionary mini gamma ray camera that will improve the diagnosis of tumours and lymph nodes from patients' bedsides...

New sensing tech could help detect diseases, fraudulent art, chemical weapons

June 1, 2015 11:53 am | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

From airport security detecting explosives to art historians authenticating paintings, society's thirst for powerful sensors is growing...

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Google’s internet drone crashes in New Mexico during test flight

June 1, 2015 11:40 am | by Aerospace Technology | News | Comments

A Google prototype solar-powered drone has crashed during its test flight in New Mexico...

Russian rocket failure was due to vibrations

June 1, 2015 9:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian space officials say this month's launch failure of a Proton rocket was due to excessive vibrations in the engine of the rocket's third stage...

Astronomers make 3D movies of plasma tubes

June 1, 2015 9:43 am | by University of Sydney | News | Comments

By creatively using a radio telescope to see in 3D, astronomers have detected the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth...

Novel X-ray lens sharpens view into the nano world

June 1, 2015 9:35 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY | News | Comments

A team led by DESY scientists has designed, fabricated and successfully tested a novel X-ray lens that produces sharper and brighter images of the nano world...

Engineers win grant to make smart clothes for personalized cooling and heating

June 1, 2015 9:08 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Imagine a fabric that will keep your body at a comfortable temperature--regardless of how hot or cold it actually is...

Engineers aren't (just) nerds

June 1, 2015 9:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Engineers have a bit of a bad reputation as curmudgeonly, paper-pushing nerds. But they're not all paper-pushing nerds...

Insect mating behavior has lessons for drones

June 1, 2015 8:56 am | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

Can understanding such insect behavior be useful for robotics research? Yes, according to two entomologists whose research using computer simulations shows that such insect behavior has implications for airborne robots (drones) that ply the sky searching for signature odors...

Marketing: Sometimes it actually is rocket science

May 29, 2015 3:13 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Behind many of these advertisements lies an exact science — based on rocket science, in fact — powered by MIT “programmatic marketing” startup DataXu...

Researchers explore ways to develop prosthetic hands capable of providing sensory feedback

May 29, 2015 2:19 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Researchers are exploring new approaches to designing prosthetic hands capable of providing sensory feedback...

Coating on condensers could make power plants more efficient

May 29, 2015 2:12 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Most of the world’s electricity-producing power plants — whether powered by coal, natural gas, or nuclear fission — make electricity by generating steam that turns a turbine...

Apple buys maker of futuristic augmented-reality software

May 29, 2015 12:00 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has bought a company that makes augmented-reality software, which adds information or images to real-world scenes when viewed through a special headset or even a smartphone camera...

New digital TV standard in the US improves radioelectric spectrum

May 29, 2015 10:07 am | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

The Signal Processing and Radiocommunications group of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has developed, in collaboration with other groups, a new technique for using TV channels on the UHF band, which significantly improves the use of the radioelectric spectrum. This system has been chosen as the technology for the new digital standard in North America...

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