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Rocket-powered Mechanical Arm Could Revolutionize Prosthetics - Combine a mechanical arm with a miniature rocket motor: The result is a prosthetic device that is the closest thing yet to a bionic arm. August 23, 2007

Humorous 'Bot' Recognizes Jokes - University of Cincinnati researchers Julia Taylor and Larry Mazlack recently unveiled a "bot" - more accurately a software program - that recognizes jokes. August 20, 2007

University Of Illinois To Get World's Fastest Public Supercomputer - The UIUC campus will one day become the home of IBM's Blue Water... likely to be the world's fastest supercomputer. August 17, 2007

Beyond Batteries: Storing Power In A Sheet Of Paper - Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new energy storage device that easily could be mistaken for a simple sheet of black paper. August 15, 2007

Computers Expose The Physics Of NASCAR - Computer scientists at the University of Washington have developed software that is incorporated in new technology allowing television audiences to instantaneously see how air flows around speeding cars. August 14, 2007

New Way To Levitate Objects Discovered - St. Andrews scientists have discovered a new way of levitating tiny objects - paving the way for future applications in nanotechnology. August 9, 2007

Engineers Are Building Robotic Fin For Submarines - Inspired by the efficient swimming motion of the bluegill sunfish, MIT researchers are building a mechanical fin that could one day propel robotic submarines. August 1, 2007

Satellite Multimedia For Mobile Phones - ESA’s Telecommunications Department is supporting the development of technology needed for satellite systems to broadcast digital multimedia content such as video, television programmes, radio, and data to mobile telephones and vehicle-borne receivers. July 30, 2007

Bird Sized Airplane To Fly Like A Swift - RoboSwift is a micro airplane fitted with shape shifting wings, inspired by the common swift, one of nature's most efficient flyers. July 25, 2007

New Tool To Measure Speeding Nuclei Is A Fast-beam First - An international collaboration at the Michigan State University National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) has demonstrated a new technique for studying particles traveling at one-third the speed of light. July 24, 2007

Scientists Solve Checkers - Game over. Computer scientists at the University of Alberta have solved checkers, the popular board game with a history that dates back to 3,000 B.C. July 23, 2007

A Walking Robot Goes Mountaineering - The human gait is a marvel of coordination. All aspects of movement control - from the angle of the knee joints to the momentum of the hip up to the balance point of the torso - need to be meticulously adjusted. July 18, 2007

Robotic Arm Inspired By Elephants - Robot arms are expensive to build and dangerous to operate. If a robot system malfunctions, people can be injured. This is not the case of ISELLA, a bionic robot arm that ... July 12, 2007

Coaching Computer Canines In Clambering - The mutts are metal, the size of toy poodles, with four pointy feet ending in little balls. They need to learn how to make their way on those little feet across a treacherous terrain of broken rocks. July 9, 2007

New Invisible Nano-fibers Conduct Electricity, Repel Dirt - Tiny plastic fibers could be the key to some diverse technologies in the future - including self-cleaning surfaces, transparent electronics, and biomedical tools that manipulate strands of DNA. July 3, 2007

Maryland Professor Creates Desktop Supercomputer Prototype - A prototype of what may be the next generation of personal computers has been developed by researchers in the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering. Capable of computing speeds 100 times faster than current desktops... July 2, 2007

New Nano-method May Help Compress Computer Memory - A team of chemists at Brown University have devised a simple way to synthesize iron-platinum nanorods and nanowires while controlling both size and composition. June 26, 2007

Wireless Power A Reality - The mess of electrical cables that recharge our laptops, mobile phones and PDAs could soon disappear altogether - at least according to a team of US physicists, who have shown how power can be transmitted without wires using special "resonant" antennas. June 22, 2007

New Quantum Key System Combines Speed, Distance - Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a prototype high-speed quantum key distribution (QKD) system, based on a new detector system that achieves dramatically lower noise levels than similar systems. June 19, 2007

Rescue Robot Tests To Offer Responders High-tech Help - National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) engineers are organizing the fourth in a series of Response Robot Evaluation Exercises for urban search and rescue (US&R) responders to be held on June 18-22, 2007, at Texas A&M's "Disaster City" training facility in College Station, Texas. June 13, 2007

MIT Demonstrates Wireless Power Transfer - Imagine a future in which wireless power transfer is feasible: cell phones, household robots, mp3 players, laptop computers and other portable electronics capable of charging themselves without ever being plugged in, freeing us from that final, ubiquitous power wire. June 12, 2007

New Method For Making Improved Radiation Detectors - Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, with funding from DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration, have devised ways to improve the performance of radiation detectors ... June 6, 2007

Superconductor Discovery Solves 20-year-old Mystery - A team of University of British Columbia researchers has contributed to the greatest advancement in superconductor research in a decade by "growing" the purest samples of superconductors to date. June 4, 2007

IBM Unleashes 4.7 GHz POWER6 Microprocessor - IBM claims to be launching the world's fastest chip for UNIX servers. IBM just launched the dual-core 64-bit POWER6 processor running at 4.7 GHz, which doubles the speed of the previous generation POWER5 ... May 25, 2007

Scientists Put 'Spin' In Silicon - Electrical engineers from the University of Delaware and Cambridge NanoTech have demonstrated for the first time how the spin properties of electrons in silicon can be measured and controlled. May 21, 2007

Scientists Create Prosthesis Of The Future - Researchers at Arizona State University's Polytechnic campus and the Military Amputee Research Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are teaming up to create the next generation of powered prosthetic devices based on lightweight energy storing springs. May 16, 2007

Fastest Industrial Robot On The Market - Researchers from CNRS and the Spanish foundation Fatronik have designed a manipulator-type robot that is twice as fast as all existing robots. May 10, 2007

A Step Toward Fusion Energy - A project by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers has come one step closer to making fusion energy possible. May 7, 2007

Artificial 'Snot' Enhances Electronic Nose - Researchers at The University of Warwick and Leicester University have used an artificial snot (nasal mucus) to significantly enhance the performance of electronic noses. May 3, 2007

New Technology For Manufacturing Flexible Solar Cells - The University of Delaware's Institute of Energy Conversion has developed new technology for the manufacture of flexible solar cells, which could reduce the costs associated with the use of photovoltaic energy while at the same time expanding possible applications. April 30, 2007

Engineers Create 'Optical Cloaking' Design For Invisibility - Researchers using nanotechnology have taken a step toward creating an "optical cloaking" device that could render objects invisible by guiding light around anything placed inside this "cloak." April 23, 2007

Flexible Super Computer On-A-Chip? - A revolutionary processor package that changes its architecture to adapt to the demands of different computing tasks more than met design expectations in recent trials. April 18, 2007

Futuristic Robot Adapts To People, New Places - In the futuristic cartoon series "The Jetsons," a robotic maid named Rosie whizzed around the Jetsons' home doing household chores-cleaning, cooking dinner and washing dishes. Such a vision of robotic housekeeping is likely decades away from becoming reality. April 13, 2007

Plastic, Air- And Light-driven Device More Precise Than Human Hand - Engineers at the Johns Hopkins Urology Robotics Lab report the invention of a motor without metal or electricity that can safely power remote-controlled robotic medical devices used for cancer biopsies and therapies guided by magnetic resonance imaging. April 9, 2007

The Most Realistic Virtual Reality Room In The World - You're high above the desert peaks. Your aircraft are approaching their targets. Information from instruments, cameras and radar is before your eyes. And with the help of 100 million pixels of bright and vivid virtual reality you're in control of a swarm of U.S. Air Force unmanned aerial vehicles. April 6, 2007

Nanotubes Could Improve Thermal Management In Electronics - As the electronics industry continues to churn out smaller and slimmer portable devices, manufacturers have been challenged to find new ways to combat the persistent problem of thermal management. April 2, 2007

Scientists Create Autonomous Robots - Wei-Min Shen of the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute recently reported to NASA significant progress in developing "SuperBot," identical modular units that plug into each other to create robots that can stand, crawl, wiggle and even roll. March 27, 2007

Flexible Battery Power - A paper-like, polymer based rechargeable battery has been made by Japanese scientists. March 26, 2007

Scientists Test Cool Vests For Soldiers - Scientists at the University of Portsmouth are testing new high-tech thermal vests to be used by soldiers in Iraq to help them cope with the heat of battle. March 21, 2007

Creation Of A Magnetic Field In A Turbulent Fluid - Understanding the origin and behavior of the magnetic fields of planets and stars is the goal of research being carried out by many teams from all over the world. March 19, 2007

Rapid Method For Judging Nanotube Purity Developed - Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a sensitive new method for rapidly assessing the quality of carbon nanotubes. March 14, 2007

Better Gas Sensors: Made From Microscopic Creatures - The three-dimensional shells of tiny ocean creatures could provide the foundation for novel electronic devices, including gas sensors able to detect pollution faster and more efficiently than conventional devices. March 12, 2007

Sensor Networks Protect Containers, Navigate Robots - Agent 007 is a mighty versatile fellow, but he would have to take backseat to agents being trained at Washington University in St. Louis. March 8, 2007

Frozen Lightning: NIST's New Nanoelectronic Switch - Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a prototype nanoscale electronic switch that works like lightning - except for the speed. March 6, 2007

Scientists Find Why Conductance Of Nanowires Vary - A Georgia Tech physics group has discovered how and why the electrical conductance of metal nanowires changes as their length varies. March 1, 2007

Researchers Create New Super-thin Laser Mirror - Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have created a new high-performance mirror that could dramatically improve the design and efficiency of the next generation of devices relying upon laser optics, including high-definition DVD players, computer circuits and laser printers. February 26, 2007

New Analog Circuits Could Impact Consumer Electronics - Advances in digital electronic circuits have prompted the boost in functions and ever- smaller size of such popular consumer goods as digital cameras, MP3 players and digital televisions. But the same cannot be said of the older analog circuits in the same devices ... February 21, 2007

System Detects Hazardous, Toxic Material In Concealed Packaging - Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are developing the next generation of screening devices that will identify hazardous and toxic materials even if concealed by clothing and packaging materials. February 20, 2007

'Optics On A Chip' May Revolutionize Telecom, Computing - In work that could lead to completely new devices, systems and applications in computing and telecommunications, MIT researchers are bringing the long-sought goal of "optics on a chip" one step closer to market. February 19, 2007

Disposable Sensor Uses DNA To Detect Hazardous Uranium Ions - Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a simple, disposable sensor for detecting hazardous uranium ions, with sensitivity that rivals the performance of much more sophisticated laboratory instruments. February 16, 2007

Nanoengineered Concrete Could Cut Carbon Dioxide Emissions - While government leaders argue about the practicality of reducing world emissions of carbon dioxide, scientists and engineers are seeking ways to make it happen. February 15, 2007

Robotic Therapy Helps Restore Hand Use After Stroke - A robotic therapy device may help people regain strength and normal use of affected hands long after a stroke, according to a University of California, Irvine study. February 14, 2007

Robotic Exoskeleton Replaces Muscle Work - A robotic exoskeleton controlled by the wearer's own nervous system could help users regain limb function, which is encouraging news for people with partial nervous system impairment, say University of Michigan researchers. February 12, 2007

Nanocomposite Research Yields Strong And Stretchy Fibers - Creating artificial substances that are both stretchy and strong has long been an elusive engineering goal. Inspired by spider silk, a naturally occurring strong and stretchy substance, MIT researchers have now devised a way to produce a material that begins to mimic this combination of desirable properties. February 8, 2007

Mighty Nanofibers Could Mean Stronger, Lighter Materials - Bigger may be better, but tinier is stronger. So say scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, who have shown that tiny polymer nanofibers become much stronger when their diameters shrink below a certain size. February 5, 2007

Biomimetic Technologies Project Will Create First Soft-bodied Robots - While robots have moved from the realm of science fiction to a myriad of real-life uses, the potential of the "hard-bodied" robots of the 21st century remains limited by their stiff construction and lack of flexibility. January 31, 2007

Chemists Report The Creation Of Large-Scale Molecular Memory - Researchers create memory circuit the size of a human white blood cell. January 30, 2007

Computer Scientists Unravel 'Language Of Surgery' - Borrowing ideas from speech recognition research, Johns Hopkins computer scientists are building mathematical models to represent the safest and most effective ways to perform surgery, including tasks such as suturing, dissecting and joining tissue. January 24, 2007

Improved Nanodots Could Be Key To Future Data Storage - The massive global challenge of storing digital data - storage needs reportedly double every year - may be met with a tiny yet powerful solution: magnetic particles just a few billionths of a meter across. January 23, 2007

Applied Scientists Create Wrinkled Skin On Polymers - Applied scientists demonstrated a new method for developing wrinkled hard skins on the surface areas of polymers using a focused ion beam. January 22, 2007

Philips Demonstrates LED Fabric Technology - At CES 2007 Philips discreetly demonstrated its light-emitting fabrics, called Lumalive, that allow everyday garments or soft furnishings to light up with colorful patterns or animated displays. January 21, 2007

One Mystery Of High-Tc Superconductivity Resolved - Research published online in the journal Science this week by Tonica Valla, a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, appears to resolve one mystery in the 20-year study of high-temperature (high Tc) superconductors ... January 20, 2007

Automated System Installs Pavement Markers - On rainy nights in Georgia and across the nation, drivers greatly benefit from small, reflective markers that make roadway lanes more visible. A new automated system for installing the markers is expected to improve safety for workers and drivers. January 19, 2007

Physicists Discover Structures Of Gold Nanoclusters - Using different experimental techniques, two separate and independent research groups in collaboration with a team from the Center for Computational Materials Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have unveiled the size-dependent evolution of structural and electronic structural motifs of gold nanoclusters ... January 18, 2007

Seagate Announces World's Fastest Hard Drive - Seagate claims that its newest 2.5-inch 15K-RPM hard drive is the fastest in the world. January 17, 2007

Hybrid Nano-structures - A team of researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has created hybrid structures that combine the best properties of carbon nanotubes and metal nanowires. January 16, 2007

Self-cleaning Underwear Needs No Washing For Weeks - Self-cleaning fabrics could revolutionize the sport apparel industry. January 15, 2007

Fuel Cells, Stabilizing Electrocatalysts - Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for accelerating chemical reactions in fuel cells for electric vehicles. In reactions during the stop-and-go driving of an electric car, however, the platinum dissolves, which reduces its efficiency as a catalyst. January 14, 2007

Research Continues For Deep Space Travel Propulsion - Graduate students and faculty researchers at The University of Alabama in Huntsville are investigating propulsion concepts that could eventually revolutionize deep space travel. January 13, 2007

Ingestible Thermometer - From the football turf to high above the Earth, heat exhaustion can be life-threatening. Now the same type of "thermometer pill" that astronaut John Glenn swallowed as part of space shuttle medical experiments is also helping athletes to beat the heat. January 12, 2007

ASUS Unveils External Graphics Card - ASUS introduces the world's first external graphics card for notebook users. January 11, 2007

World's Fastest Transistor Approaches Goal Of Terahertz Device - Scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have again broken their own speed record for the world’s fastest transistor. January 10, 2007

LG Launches World's First Dual-format Blu-ray and HD DVD Player - LG Electronics announced what could become the first of many similar products - a hybrid Blu-ray and HD-DVD all-in-one player. January 9, 2007

Butterfly Wings Are Templates For Photonic Structures - By replicating the complex micron- and nanometer-scale photonic structures that help give butterfly wings their color, researchers have demonstrated a new technique that uses biotemplates for fabricating nanoscale structures that could serve as optical waveguides ... January 8, 2007

New Transistor Technology May Power Next Microelectronic Devices - MIT engineers have demonstrated a technology that could introduce an important new phase of the microelectronics revolution that has already brought us iPods, laptops and much more. January 7, 2007

Samsung Unveils World's First "True" Double-Sided LCD - Samsung's new LCD can display independent images on either front or back. January 6, 2007

Cheaper LEDs From Breakthrough In ZnO Nanowire Research - Engineers at UC San Diego have synthesized a long-sought semiconducting material that may pave the way for an inexpensive new kind of light emitting diode (LED) that could compete with today's widely used gallium nitride LEDs. January 5, 2007

LaunchPoint Technologies Magnetic Space Launch Device Aims High - Researchers are continually looking for new ways to deliver satellites and other objects into orbit for significantly lower costs. January 4, 2007

Water Acts As A 'Light Switch' On Photonic Circuits - Using water to “write” light, scientists have designed a photonic circuit inside a photonic crystal that combines several optical elements. January 3, 2007

How Plastic Solar Cells Turn Sunlight Into Electricity - A new analytical technique that uses infrared spectroscopy to study light-sensitive organic materials could lead to the development of cheaper, more efficient solar cells. January 2, 2007

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