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High-temperasture superconductor films pave the way for next-gen electronic devices

June 3, 2015 1:14 pm | by Tohoku University | News | Comments

A research group at Tohoku University has succeeded in fabricating an atomically thin, high-temperature superconductor film with a superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of up to 60 K (-213°C)...

Recovering a rare metal from LCDs to avoid depleting key resource

June 3, 2015 12:53 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Life without bright screens on our smart phones and TVs is hard to imagine. But in 20 years, one of the essential components of the liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs, that make many of our gadgets possible could disappear...

Added power for airplane galleys

June 3, 2015 12:30 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

The galleys inside airliners voraciously consume power - a vital yet limited resource in a plane. Additional power units may soon come to the rescue...

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Scientists generate electricity from rice fields

June 3, 2015 11:49 am | by Agence France-Presse | News | Comments

Dutch scientists have developed a revolutionary system that could one day help isolated villages around the world steadily generate electricity from mundane water-logged plants such as rice growing in paddy fields...

Will a robot steal your job in the future?

June 3, 2015 10:19 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

For every one time I use a self-checkout, I hear ten evil robots laughing off in the distance. And every time I hear DING DING DING HELP IS ON THE WAY, I lose it. No, my case of water does not fit in your plastic bag that barely holds a cereal box...

3D printing goes high speed and high volume

June 3, 2015 10:12 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

The world's first additive manufacturing (3D printing) machine that can make plastic parts as fast and as cheaply as traditional manufacturing is to be built by the University of Sheffield...

Giant atom smasher back in business after 2-year upgrade

June 3, 2015 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists successfully restarted experiments at the world's biggest particle collider Wednesday, after a two-year shutdown and upgrade that allows it to smash together atoms with almost double the energy used in its first run...

Airbus says 3 of 4 engines failed on crashed A400M

June 3, 2015 10:04 am | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

Airbus said Wednesday that three of the four engines on an A400M military plane failed before it crashed near Seville, Spain last month, killing four people...

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Airbus to launch new cyber sensor to fight advanced persistent threats

June 3, 2015 9:59 am | by US Air Force | News | Comments

Airbus Defence and Space is set to present a new cyber sensor for combating advanced persistent threats (APT) at the upcoming Infosecurity Europe exhibition in London, UK...

Helping robots handle uncertainty

June 3, 2015 9:53 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Decentralized partially observable Markov decision processes are a way to model autonomous robots’ behavior in circumstances where neither their communication with each other nor their judgments about the outside world are perfect...

Apple's Siri has new role in new 'smart' home systems

June 3, 2015 9:00 am | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The first "smart" home gadgets that can be controlled by Apple's voice-activated digital assistant are going on sale this week, just days after rival tech giant Google announced it's building its own software for Internet-connected home appliances and other gadgets...

Robot swarms use collective cognition to perform tasks

June 2, 2015 2:12 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | News | Comments

Scientists have created underwater robot swarms that function like schools of fish, exchanging information to monitor the environment, searching, maintaining, exploring and harvesting resources in underwater habitats...

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...

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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...

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...

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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