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Sensor Networks Protect Containers, Navigate Robots - Computer scientist engineers here are using wireless sensor networks that employ software agents that so far have been able to navigate a robot safely through a simulated fire and spot a simulated fire by seeking out heat. January 1, 2007

IBM Slows Light: Announces Major Milestone For Optical Computing - IBM has announced that its researchers have built a device capable of delaying the flow of light on a silicon chip, which could lead the further development of using light instead of electricity to transfer data. December 31, 2006

Memory chip breakthrough For Electronic Devices - A team of scientists has announced a breakthrough in computer memory technology that heralded more sophisticated and reliable MP3 players, digital cameras and other devices. December 30, 2006

Robotic Crawler Detects Wear In Power Lines - To your left runs a high-voltage power cable that is worn, but still physically sound. To your right runs a cable that looks identical, but damaged insulation means the cable is vulnerable to a short. Can you tell the difference? December 29, 2006

New Battlefield Robots "Listen" For Enemy Fire - Unmanned vehicles seem to be all the rage these days with the US military. The United States military is currently working on a centralized control unit that makes it easier for operators to manage multiple vehicles at once. December 28, 2006

NIST Laser-based Method Cleans Up Grubby Nanotubes - Before carbon nanotubes can fulfill their promise as ultrastrong fibers, electrical wires in molecular devices, or hydrogen storage components for fuel cells, better methods are needed for purifying raw nanotube materials. December 27, 2006

Ultrastrong Carbon-nanotube Muscles - Artificial muscles made from carbon nanotubes are 100 times stronger than human muscles. December 23, 2006

Making Nanoelectronics For Displays - A new way to print devices made of diverse materials could prove to be an invaluable tool in making nanoscale electronics and optics. December 22, 2006

Flexible Electronics Advance Boosts Performance, Manufacturing - Flexible electronics made with organic, or carbon-based, transistors could enable technologies such as low-cost sensors on product packaging and ''electronic paper'' displays as thin and floppy as a placemat. December 21, 2006

Computer Scientists Uncover Online Auction Fraud - Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are using data mining techniques to identify perpetrators of fraud among online auction users as well as their otherwise unknown accomplices. December 20, 2006

Researchers Demonstrate Direct Brain Control Of Humanoid Robot - University of Washington researchers can control the movement of a humanoid robot with signals from a human brain. December 19, 2006

New Solar Cells Top 40% Efficiency - Solar cell technology has always shown promise as a source of renewable energy but relatively low efficiency levels and high costs have kept it out of the mainstream energy market. December 18, 2006

Catching The Wave - Researchers Measure Very Short Laser Pulses - Scientists have perfected a technique for very accurately measuring and controlling the electromagnetic waves within some of the shortest laser pulses ever made. December 17, 2006

Washing Machines Can Be More User-friendly - The design of a washing machine looks more or less the same as it did 50 years ago: a white box with an opening in the middle some 60 cm from the floor. December 16, 2006

Researchers Grow Their Longest Carbon Nanotube Ever - A nanospace race has raged to successfully grow a nanotube array suitable for many uses. And today a UC research team, in conjunction with First Nano, is ahead - by a thousandth of a hair. December 15, 2006

Study Shows It's Feasible to Read Data Stored As Nuclear Spins - A University of Utah physicist took a step toward developing a superfast computer based on the weird reality of quantum physics by showing it is feasible to read data stored in the form of the magnetic "spins" of phosphorus atoms. December 14, 2006

Researcher's 3-D Digital Storage System Could Hold A Library On One Disc - Imagine taking the entire collection of historical documents at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and storing it on a single DVD. December 13, 2006

A Sensor Detection System - By integrating readily available generic sensors with a more sophisticated sensor, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a detection system that promises to make it easier to catch perpetrators trying to infiltrate prohibited areas. December 12, 2006

Mechanical Motion Used To 'Spin' Atoms In A Gas - For the first time, mechanical motion has been used to make atoms in a gas “spin,” scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology report. December 11, 2006

Breakthrough In Magnetic Devices Could Make Computers More Powerful - Scientists have created novel 'spintronic' devices that could point the way for the next generation of more powerful and permanent data storage chips in computers. December 10, 2006

Scientists Learning To Create Nanomaterials Based On Micro-algae Patterns - Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a technique to study how unicellular micro-algae, known as diatoms, create their complex cell walls. December 9, 2006

CSIRO Demonstrates World's Fastest Wireless Link - The CSIRO ICT Centre announced that it has achieved over six gigabits per second over a point to point wireless connection with the highest efficiency (2.4bits/s/Hz) ever achieved for such a system. December 8, 2006

The Power Of One: A Simpler, Cheaper Method For Cell Fusion - It's not easy to make one plus one equal one. But biological engineer Chang Lu has done just that with a new and cheaper method to electrically fuse cells - a vital technology for studying stem cells ... December 7, 2006

High-tech Running Shoes Raise Privacy Concerns, Researchers Say - This holiday season, gift-givers may unwittingly give their favorite athlete a workout accessory that can double as a tracking device. December 6, 2006

Cyborgs May Become The Reality Of Tomorrow - Psychologist Doctor Frank E. Pollick thinks that people will accept machines when they begin to grow up side by side with them. Today, one cannot predict how this adaptation will proceed. December 5, 2006

Robotic Surgery Technology Gives Doctors Sense Of Touch - By substituting mechanical instruments for human fingers, robotic tools give surgeons a new way to perform medical procedures with great precision in small spaces. December 4, 2006

Researchers Discover New Possibilities For Magnetic Storage - Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Metals Research in Stuttgart have discovered a new mechanism with which it is possible to use weak magnetic fields to reverse tiny magnetic structures, called vortex cores, quickly and with no losses. December 3, 2006

New Wide-angle Lens Produces Pictures Without Distortion - South Korean researchers have designed and built an inexpensive optical lens that collects light from a large area and produces a virtually distortion-free wide-angle image. December 2, 2006

Novel Audio Telescope Heeds Call Of The Wild ... Birds - Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Intelligent Automation, Inc. (Rockville, Md.) and the University of Missouri-Columbia have modified a NIST-designed microphone array to make an "audio telescope" that could help airports more efficiently... December 1, 2006

Brilliant Growth Without Gold - Silicon nanowires can help to further reduce the size of microchips. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics in Halle have for the first time developed single crystal silicon nanowires that fulfil the key criteria to this end. November 30, 2006

On The Cutting Edge: Carbon Nanotube Cutlery - Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado at Boulder have designed a carbon nanotube knife that, in theory, would work like a tight-wire cheese slicer. November 29, 2006

Researchers Make World's Smallest Piano Wire - Researchers from Delft University of Technology and FOM Foundation (Netherlands) have successfully made and 'tuned' the world's smallest piano wire. November 28, 2006

Virtual Reality Lets Amputees 'Control' Missing Limbs - Academics from the School of Computer Science and School of Psychological Sciences have developed a virtual reality system, which gives the illusion that a person's amputated limb is still there. November 27, 2006

DESY's FLASH Illuminates The Nano-world - Using the unique soft X-ray free-electron laser FLASH at DESY in Hamburg, Germany, an international team of scientists achieved a world first by taking a high-resolution diffraction image of a non-crystalline sample with a single extremely short and intense laser shot. November 26, 2006

Researchers Shine Light On Atomic Transistor - Researchers from TU Delft and the FOM Foundation (Netherlands) have successfully measured transport through a single atom in a transistor. This research offers new insights into the behaviour of so-called dopant atoms in silicon. November 25, 2006

Scientists Try To Make Robots More Human - George the robot is playing hide-and-seek with scientist Alan Schultz. George whirrs and hides behind a post until he's found. Then a bit later, he hunts for and finds Schultz hiding. November 24, 2006

Samsung Develops World’s Slimmest Mobile LCD Screen - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world’s largest provider of thin-film transistor, liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels announced that it has developed the thinnest reported LCD panel, one no thicker than a credit card at 0.82mm, which is 0.07mm thinner than the panel previously reported to be the world’s slimmest. November 23, 2006

Agile New Plastics Change Shape With Heat - Researchers at MIT and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centers have invented a class of materials so remarkable for their agility in changing shape as they react to heat, they might be described as acrobatic plastics. November 22, 2006

Listening To Gunshots May Save Lives And Wildlands - From the crack of a supersonic bullet, Montana State University electrical engineering professor Rob Maher is exploring how sound can be used for everything from saving soldiers from snipers to saving wilderness from noise pollution. November 21, 2006

Researchers Discover Security Flaw In Microchips - Researchers have discovered a fundamental flaw in microprocessor technology that could allow hackers to obtain computer users' secret information. November 20, 2006

MIT Research Team Develops Model For Wireless Power - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have created a system that is theoretically able to power electronic devices wirelessly. November 19, 2006

Robot Discovers Itself, Adapts To Injury - Nothing can possibly go wrong ... go wrong ... go wrong ... The truth behind the old joke is that most robots are programmed with a fairly rigid "model" of what they and the world around them are like. November 18, 2006

Wireless Energy Could Power Consumer, Industrial Electronics - Recharging your laptop computer, your cell phone and a variety of other gadgets may one day be as convenient as surfing the web - wirelessly. November 17, 2006

Device May Aid Development Of 'Lab On A Chip' - Using material similar to bathtub caulk, University of Utah engineers invented a tiny, inexpensive "micropump" that could be used to move chemicals, blood or other samples through a card-sized medical laboratory known as a lab-on-a-chip. November 16, 2006

Scientists Capture Nanoscale Images With X-ray Laser - LLNL scientists for the first time have validated the idea of using extremely short and intense X-ray pulses to capture images of objects such as proteins before the X-rays destroy the sample. November 15, 2006

Stanford Robot Learns To Grasp Everyday Chores - Stanford scientists plan to make a robot capable of performing everyday tasks, such as unloading the dishwasher. November 14, 2006

'Nanorust' Cleans Arsenic From Drinking Water - The discovery of unexpected magnetic interactions between ultrasmall specks of rust is leading scientists at Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology to develop a revolutionary, low-cost technology for cleaning arsenic from drinking water. November 13, 2006

New Techniques Pave Way For Carbon Nanotubes In Electronic Devices - Many of the vaunted applications of carbon nanotubes require the ability to attach these super-tiny cylinders to electrically conductive surfaces, but to date researchers have only been successful in creating high-resistance interfaces ... November 12, 2006

Forensic Statisticians Hunting For Hidden Messages - Two Iowa State mathematicians have developed software that will detect secret files in seemingly innocent digital images. Jennifer Davidson and Cliff Bergman, both professors in the math department, are fine-tuning the artificial neural net (ANN). November 11, 2006

Mars Group Launches High-flying Fundraiser - Those who cannot afford the million-dollar price tag attached to space tourism will be happy to learn that at least their names - and their logos - will be able to travel into space for a much smaller fee. November 10, 2006

Aeronautics Engineers Design Silent, Eco-friendly Plane - MIT and Cambridge University researchers unveiled the conceptual design for a silent, environmentally friendly passenger plane at a press conference Monday, Nov. 6, at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. November 9, 2006

Researchers Create Artificial Retina From Silicon - Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University have made a breakthrough in the field of vision. November 8, 2006

Engineers Develop Revolutionary Nanotech Water Desalination Membrane - Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science today announced they have developed a new reverse osmosis (RO) membrane that promises to reduce the cost of seawater desalination and wastewater sreclamation. November 7, 2006

Engineers Building First Space Supercomputer - HAL may soon be getting some company. But unlike the famous computer companion in Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the first space-based supercomputer - so described because it will be by far the most powerful computer in space - is already nearing reality. November 6, 2006

Beetle Feet Stick To Their Promises - Mushroom-shaped microhairs are the secret of a new adhesive material which scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany, have developed. November 5, 2006

Buckyballs With A Surprise - Carbon cages filled with metal molecules could improve MRI diagnostics and make high-efficiency solar cells. November 4, 2006

Samsung Develops 16-Chip Stack Package Memory - Samsung Electronics announced that it has developed the industry’s first process to enable production of a 16-chip multi-chip package (MCP) of memory. November 3, 2006

New Research House To Guide Future Home Development - The University of Nottingham is helping to battle climate change on the home front - with the construction of a new experimental house on campus that will cut 'greenhouse gas' emissions by 60 per cent. November 2, 2006

Engineers Probe Spiders' Polymer Art - A team of MIT engineers has identified two key physical processes that lend spider silk its unrivaled strength and durability, bringing closer to reality the long-sought goal of spinning artificial spider silk. November 1, 2006

Researchers Improving Plastics Made From Corn And Soy Proteinsvv - David Grewell picked up the little plastic model of a molecule he keeps in his office. He scrunched the model's folding pieces into a ball. October 31, 2006

Nanowire Computing Made Practical - Researchers have made efficient nanowire logic circuits that could be mass produced, slashing the size of transistors. October 30, 2006

Another Step Toward Fusion Energy - Unraveling one of most grandiose and heady problems in physics - the creation of controlled fusion energy - is still decades away. October 29, 2006

Pint-sized Car Engine Promises High Efficiency - MIT researchers are developing a half-sized gasoline engine that performs like its full-sized cousin but offers fuel efficiency approaching that of today's hybrid engine system - at a far lower cost. October 28, 2006

IBM Researchers Develop Next-generation Chip-cooling Technologies - IBM researchers presented an innovative approach for improving the cooling of computer chips, an increasingly urgent need given the large amount of heat released by today's more powerful processors and the additional energy required for removing that heat. October 27, 2006

Ultraviolet Light Reveals Secrets Of Nanoscale Electronic Materials - An international team of scientists has used a novel technique to measure, for the first time, the precise conditions at which certain ultrathin materials spontaneously become electrically polarized. October 26, 2006

Scientists Present Method For Entangling Macroscopic Objects - Building upon recent studies on optomechanical entanglement with lasers and mirrors, a group of scientists has developed a theoretical model using entanglement swapping in order to entangle two micromechanical oscillators. October 25, 2006

Ultra-Colorful TV - Will lasers provide a cheaper alternative to large projection and plasma displays? October 24, 2006

Samsung Develops First 50nm DRAM Chip - Samsung Electronics announced today that it has developed the industry’s first 50-nm DDR2 DRAM chip, which will increase production efficiency from the 60nm level by 55 percent. October 23, 2006

Robotic Chair Falls Apart, Reassembles Itself Autonomousl - A seemingly simple, sturdy, wood-veneer chair has become an online video hit. With its "brain" in its seat, the chair collapses into a disheveled, disconnected heap; its legs then slowly find each corner of the base ... October 22, 2006

First Demonstration Of A Working Invisibility Cloak - A team led by scientists at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering has demonstrated the first working "invisibility cloak." October 21, 2006

Portable 'Lab On A Chip' Could Speed Blood Tests - Testing soldiers to see if they have been exposed to biological or chemical weapons could soon be much faster and easier ... October 20, 2006

Robots Go Solar: New System Could Drastically Reduce Herbicide Use - A solar-powered robot with 20/20 vision, on a search-and-destroy quest for weeds, will soon be moving up and down the crop rows at the experimental fields at the University of Illinois. October 19, 2006

Team Uses Laser Pulses To Control Quantum Processes - A research team at the National Research Council Canada (Ottawa) has developed a new quantum technology which uses laser pulses to control quantum processes. October 18, 2006

Fossilized Liquid Assembly: Nanomaterials Research Tool - From a butterfly’s iridescent wing to a gecko’s sticky foot, nature derives extraordinary properties from ordinary materials like wax and keratin. Its secret is hierarchical topology: macroscale structures assembled from microscale components of varying sizes. October 17, 2006

Small Device Controls Light, Advances Optical Interconnects Technology - An electrical engineer at the University of Texas at Austin has made a laser light blink while passing through a miniaturized silicon chip, a major step toward developing commercially viable optical interconnects for high performance computers and other devices. October 16, 2006

Breakthrough May Help Industry Create More Powerful Computer Chips - A University of Central Florida research team has made a substantial inroad toward establishing extreme ultraviolet light (EUV) as a primary power source for manufacturing the next generation of computer chips. October 15, 2006

A Boost For Solar Cells With Photon Fusion - An innovative process that converts low-energy longwave photons into higher-energy shortwave photons has been developed by a team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz and at the Sony Materials Science Laboratory in Stuttgart. October 14, 2006

New Motor First To Be Powered By Living Bacteria - A new motor designed by scientists from Japan offers the best of both worlds: the living and the non-living. October 13, 2006

The First Invisibility Shield - Invisibility is a staple of science fiction, from H.G. Wells to Romulans. Now scientists see a way to make objects disappear. October 12, 2006

Samsung Starts Selling World's First 10 Megapixel Camera Phone - Samsung Electronics on Tuesday started selling the world's first 10 megapixel mobile phone (model: SCH-B600) in South Korean market. October 11, 2006

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