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Using Minecraft to unboggle the robot mind

June 9, 2015 1:36 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

Researchers from Brown University are developing a new algorithm to help robots better plan their actions in complex environments...

IAI unveils early warning long-range radar

June 9, 2015 1:31 pm | by Israel Aerospace Industries | News | Comments

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a unique, highly advanced family of modular Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars...

New electric propulsion system improves safety of light aircraft

June 9, 2015 1:16 pm | by Carlos III University of Madrid | News | Comments

Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the AXTER Aerospace firm have developed an electric propulsion system to install in small gasoline-powered planes for extra power and range in emergency situations...


Futuristic components on silicon chips, fabricated successfully

June 9, 2015 1:12 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A team of IBM researchers in Zurich, Switzerland with support from colleagues in Yorktown Heights, New York has developed a relatively simple, robust and versatile process for growing crystals made from compound semiconductor materials that will allow them be integrated onto silicon wafers...

Bioenergy across the Americas

June 9, 2015 12:56 pm | by Allison Mills, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Researchers across the Americas look to forests for power, transportation fuel and heat. More than 80 of those researchers from Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay and the US met...

Ultrasensitive nanomechanical biosensor developed

June 9, 2015 12:20 pm | by Moscow Institute of Physics & Technology | News | Comments

Two young researchers working at the MIPT Laboratory of Nanooptics and Plasmonics, Dmitry Fedyanin and Yury Stebunov, have developed an ultracompact highly sensitive nanomechanical sensor for analyzing the chemical composition of substances and detecting biological objects...

Improving energy storage with a cue from nature

June 9, 2015 12:16 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Materials melt faster when the lines of heat spread through the cold material like the branches of a tree - and the melting rate can be steadily increased by allowing the tree architecture to freely evolve over time, researchers have discovered...

The Snowden Effect - a cloud with “country codes”

June 9, 2015 12:06 pm | by Phil Gilchrist, General Manager of Optics and CTO of Data and Devices, TE Connectivity | Blogs | Comments

Whatever one thinks about the rights and wrongs of Edward Snowden’s release of US intelligence gathering techniques, there’s no denying that he’s had an impact on where our data is stored and how it will be accessed in the future...


Parachute fails to inflate during NASA test off Kauai

June 9, 2015 10:07 am | by Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press | News | Comments

A parachute failed during a NASA test of new technology for landing larger spacecraft - and eventually astronauts - on Mars, the agency said Monday...

Google releases more details on self-driving car accidents

June 9, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is disclosing more details about the 12 accidents involving its self-driving cars so far as part of a commitment to provide monthly updates about the safety and performance of the vehicles...

NTSB: Collision avoidance systems should be standard in cars

June 9, 2015 9:53 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers should immediately include as standard equipment in all new cars and commercial trucks systems that automatically brake or warn drivers to avoid rear-end collisions, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a report released Monday...

Injectable electronics holds promise for treatment of neuro-degenerative diseases

June 9, 2015 9:46 am | by Harvard University | News | Comments

It's a notion that might be pulled from the pages of science-fiction novel -- electronic devices that can be injected directly into the brain, or other body parts, and treat everything from neurodegenerative disorders to paralysis...

Researchers find strong constraint on delivery of optical signals to computers

June 9, 2015 9:40 am | by James Urton, Stanford University | News | Comments

Optics, a form of data transmission that utilizes beams of light, has the promise to outperform the beams of electrons that drive your computer or smartphone...


Engineers develop a computer that operates on water droplets

June 9, 2015 9:36 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford University | News | Comments

Computers and water typically don't mix, but in Manu Prakash's lab, the two are one and the same...

Ultrasensitive magnetoplasmonic sensors

June 9, 2015 9:32 am | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

Systems allowing label-free molecular-level detection are expected to have enormous impact on biochemical sciences...

Nation's first operational satellite in deep space reaches final orbit

June 9, 2015 9:27 am | by NOAA Headquarters | News | Comments

More than 100 days after it launched, NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has reached its orbit position about one million miles from Earth...

Engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert US to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050

June 9, 2015 9:18 am | News | Comments

One potential way to combat ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices involves converting the world's entire energy infrastructure to run on clean, renewable energy...

ONR-sponsored technology to lighten Marines’ loads

June 9, 2015 9:11 am | by Warren Duffie, Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

Modern-day warfighters face heavy—literally—odds on the battlefield, as they often carry more than 100 pounds of gear, including body armor, weapons and night-vision technology...

U.S. begins flight testing advanced missile defense interceptor

June 9, 2015 9:06 am | by Raytheon | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted the first flight test of the Raytheon Company Standard Missile-3 Block IIA...

Robotics team wins $2M in DARPA's disaster-response test

June 8, 2015 12:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The robots drove, walked through rubble, climbed stairs, turned valves and sometimes fell, amid cheers and groans from a crowd of thousands at the Fairplex in Pomona, California...

US Army mulls merging drone training after scathing audit

June 8, 2015 11:58 am | by Brendan McGarry, Defense Tech | News | Comments

The U.S. Army is mulling consolidating its drone training programs after a scathing federal review, according to the service’s top officer...

US Air Force develops electromagnetic pulse weapon

June 8, 2015 11:53 am | by Sputnik | News | Comments

The US military has been developing next generation weapons for years, and in that effort, it’s made some impressive advances...

New composite material as CO2 sensor

June 8, 2015 11:48 am | by ETH Zurich | News | Comments

Material scientists at ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam have developed a new type of sensor that can measure carbon dioxide (CO2)...

New microscope with machine-learning software technique could speed identification of deadly bacteria

June 8, 2015 11:33 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A new way of rapidly identifying bacteria, which requires a slight modification to a simple microscope, may change the way doctors approach treatment for patients who develop potentially deadly infections and may also help the food industry screen against contamination with harmful pathogens, according to researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea...

14 robots having a worse Monday than you

June 8, 2015 10:22 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Monday morning got you feeling a little...less than human? Did you have trouble getting out the door this morning? Was your ride to work the worst? Was opening the door and climbing the stairs just too much to deal with? If you said yes to any one of these...

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