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IBM Cools 3-D Computer Chips With Water - In IBM's labs, miniscule rivers of water are cooling computer chips that have circuits and components stacked on top of each other, a design that promises to extend Moore's Law into the next decade and significantly reduce the energy consumed by data centers. June 9, 2008

Star Trek-style 3-D Displays Make Their Debut - Star Trek's holodeck is a famous science fiction concept. Crewmembers could walk through the garden of their childhood home, re-enact famous historical events or watch full, 3-D performances of famous plays. June 6, 2008

'Cyborg Engineering' For Coronary Bypass Grafts - A team of London scientists have taken a major step in making the use of artificial veins and arteries in coronary bypass grafts a reality. June 5, 2008

Micro-robots Dance On Something Smaller Than A Pin's Head - Microscopic robots crafted to maneuver separately without any obvious guidance are now assembling into self-organized structures after years of continuing research led by a Duke University computer scientist. June 4, 2008

New Metamaterial Proves To Be A 'Perfect' Absorber Of Light - A team of scientists from Boston College and Duke University has developed a highly-engineered metamaterial capable of absorbing all of the light that strikes it - to a scientific standard of perfection - they report in a recent edition of Physical Review Letters. June 3, 2008

Plastic Lasers Of The Future - Imperial researchers have come one step closer to finding the 'holy grail' in the field of plastic semiconductors by demonstrating a class of material that could make electrically-driven plastic laser diodes a reality. May 28, 2008

New Image-recognition Software Could Let Computers 'See' Like Humans Do - It takes surprisingly few pixels of information to be able to identify the subject of an image, a team led by an MIT researcher has found. May 27, 2008

Glowing Films Reveal Traces Of Explosives - New spray-on films developed by UC San Diego chemists will be the basis of portable devices that can quickly reveal trace amounts of nitrogen-based explosives. May 26, 2008

New Video Game Lets Visually Impaired Share The Fun - A new computer game developed by MIT and Singaporean students makes it possible for visually impaired people to play the game on a level field with their sighted friends. May 20, 2008

Alternative To Silicon Chip Invented By Student - Even before Weixiao Huang received his doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his new transistor captured the attention of some of the biggest American and Japanese automobile companies. May 15, 2008

Scientists Make Artificial Mouth - For years scientists have tried to build an electronic tongue, a robotic tasting device that could have profound applications in improving food quality and safety. May 8, 2008

Bionic Eyes Implants Give Partial Vision to Blind Patients - Exciting breakthroughs promise partial vision to blind, though much research work remains. May 1, 2008

'Sticky Nanotubes' Hold Key To Future Technologies - Researchers at Purdue University are the first to precisely measure the forces required to peel tiny nanotubes off of other materials, opening up the possibility of creating standards for nano-manufacturing and harnessing a gecko's ability to walk up walls. April 30, 2008

Next Step In Robot Development Is Child's Play - Teaching robots to understand enough about the real world to allow them act independently has proved to be much more difficult than first thought. April 28, 2008

Graphene Used To Create World's Smallest Transistor - Researchers have used the world's thinnest material to create the world's smallest transistor, one atom thick and ten atoms wide. April 21, 2008

Engineers Develop Systems For Recognizing Emotion - Emotions are an intrinsic part of communications. But machines don’t have, perceive or react to them, which makes us – their handlers – hot under the collar. But thanks to building blocks developed by European researchers, machines that ‘feel’ may no longer be confined to science fiction. April 17, 2008

Getting Wired For Terahertz Computing - University of Utah engineers took an early step toward building superfast computers that run on far-infrared light instead of electricity. April 16, 2008

New State Of Matter: 'Superinsulator' Created - Superinsulation may sound like a marketing gimmick for a drafty attic or winter coat. But it is actually a newly discovered fundamental state of matter created by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with several European institutions. April 10, 2008

MIT Develops Advanced Humanlike Robot - Scientist continue to push the boundaries of artificial intelligence, deploying robots and computer AIs into increasingly complex and varied situations. April 8, 2008

Computer Recognizes Attractiveness In Women - "Beauty," goes the old saying, "is in the eye of the beholder." But does the beholder have to be human? April 7, 2008

Can A Laser Scanner Drive A Car By Itself? - Can a computer steer a car through a city without a driver’s help? The ‘Spirit of Berlin’, a vehicle developed jointly by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems IAIS in Sankt Augustin and their colleagues at the Freie Universität Berlin, proves that it is possible. April 3, 2008

New Breed Of Cognitive Robot Is A Lot Like A Puppy - Designers of artificial cognitive systems have tended to adopt one of two approaches to building robots that can think for themselves: classical rule-based artificial intelligence or artificial neural networks. April 2, 2008

Engineers Make First 'Active Matrix' Display Using Nanowires - Engineers have created the first "active matrix" display using a new class of transparent transistors and circuits, a step toward realizing applications such as e-paper, flexible color monitors and "heads-up" displays in car windshields. April 1, 2008

New 3-D Camera Will Have 12,616 Lenses - The camera you own has one main lens and produces a flat, two-dimensional photograph, whether you hold it in your hand or view it on your computer screen. On the other hand, a camera with two lenses can take more interesting 3-D photos. March 24, 2008

Robot Fetches Objects With Just A Point And A Click - Robots are fluent in their native language of 1 and 0 absolutes but struggle to grasp the nuances and imprecise nature of human language. March 21, 2008

Tiny Sensor Developed To Detect Homemade Bombs - A team of chemists and physicists at the University of California, San Diego has developed a tiny, inexpensive sensor chip capable of detecting trace amounts of hydrogen peroxide, a chemical used in the most common form of homemade explosives. March 20, 2008

High-speed WLAN Network Tested - With the aid of multiple antenna technology, ETH Zurich researchers have succeeded in quadrupling the existing transmission rate of conventional networks from 54 megabytes per second (Mbps) to 216 Mbps. March 19, 2008

Sensors For Bat-inspired Spy Plane Under Development - A six-inch robotic spy plane modeled after a bat would gather data from sights, sounds and smells in urban combat zones and transmit information back to a soldier in real time. March 14, 2008

Controlling Most Atoms Now Possible - Stopping and cooling most of the atoms of the periodic table is now possible using a pair of techniques developed by physicist Mark Raizen at The University of Texas at Austin. March 10, 2008

First Humanoid Robot To Develop Language? - iCub, a one metre-high baby robot which will be used to study how a robot could quickly pick up language skills, will be available next year. March 6, 2008

Magnetic Levitation Gives Computer Users Sense Of Touch - Computers, long used as tools to design and manipulate three-dimensional objects, may soon provide people with a way to sense the texture of those objects or feel how they fit together, thanks to a haptic, or touch-based, interface developed at Carnegie Mellon University. March 5, 2008

IBM Demos Ultra-Speedy "Green" Optical-Line - IBM is looking to combine both its proficiency for power and its environmental interests in a new effort. IBM demoed an ultra-fast optical connection earlier this week which it feels will revolutionize the world of supercomputing and IT centers, as well as eventually trickling down to the consumer. March 3, 2008

Nokia Shows Off Nanotech Morph Concept Phone - Cambridge and Nokia introduce new stretchable and flexible mobile phone concept. February 28, 2008

Wizkid Robot Changes Human-Machine Interaction - There's a kid waiting to meet you at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Like any kid, it will amuse you, it will ask you lots of questions, and it might even bother you a little bit. February 21, 2008

Laser Beam Believed To Set Record For Intensity - If you could hold a giant magnifying glass in space and focus all the sunlight shining toward Earth onto one grain of sand, that concentrated ray would approach the intensity of a new laser beam made in a University of Michigan laboratory. February 19, 2008

Robot Rat To Lead The Way In Touch Technology - A new initiative, bringing together nine research groups from seven countries, including teams of robotics and brain researchers from Europe, the USA and Israel, has recently been set up with the aim of imitating nature. February 18, 2008

Organic Solar Cells: Electricity From A Thin Film - Teams of researchers all over the world are working on the development of organic solar cells. Organic solar cells have good prospects for the future: They can be laid onto thin films, which makes them cheap to produce. February 11, 2008

Knee Brace Generates Electricity From Walking - A new energy-capturing knee brace can generate enough electricity from walking to operate a portable GPS locator, a cell phone, a motorized prosthetic joint or an implanted neurotransmitter, research involving the University of Michigan shows. February 8, 2008

Particle Accelerator May Reveal Shape Of Alternate Dimensions - When the world's most powerful particle accelerator starts up later this year, exotic new particles may offer a glimpse of the existence and shapes of extra dimensions. February 5, 2008

New Adhesive Mimics Gecko Toe Hairs - A new anti-sliding adhesive developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, may be the closest man-made material yet to mimic the remarkable gecko toe hairs that allow the tiny lizard to scamper along vertical surfaces and ceilings. January 31, 2008

New Experimental Website Converts Photos Into 3D Models - An artist might spend weeks fretting over questions of depth, scale and perspective in a landscape painting, but once it is done, what's left is a two-dimensional image with a fixed point of view. January 30, 2008

New Technology Sharpens X-ray Vision - Researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and the EPFL in Switzerland have developed a novel method for producing dark-field x-ray images at wavelengths used in typical medical and industrial imaging equipment. January 24, 2008

Math Models Snowflakes In Extraordinary Detail - Three-dimensional snowflakes can now be grown in a computer using a program developed by mathematicians at UC Davis and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. January 22, 2008

Bionic Eyes With Electronic Circuits - Movie characters from the Terminator to the Bionic Woman use bionic eyes to zoom in on far-off scenes, have useful facts pop into their field of view, or create virtual crosshairs. January 21, 2008

Ambient Intelligence: Snowboarding To The New Frontier - Think how many lives could be saved if emergency services were alerted the moment a pedestrian is run over. Think how much more fun snowboarding could be if you could emote your feelings electronically to ski-buddies. January 18, 2008

Body Heat To Power Cell Phones? - Energy now lost as heat during the production of electricity could be harnessed through the use of silicon nanowires synthesized via a technique developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) at Berkeley. January 14, 2008

Fuel Cell That Uses Bacteria To Generate Electricity - Researchers at the Biodesign Institute are using the tiniest organisms on the planet 'bacteria' as a viable option to make electricity. January 8, 2008

Ultra High Speed Internet On The Horizon - The ultra-high data speeds possible on optical fibre networks will only come into their own when the fibres reach the last mile into everyone’s home. January 3, 2008

Sandwich Technique Eases 3D Optical Chip Fabrication - Complex three-dimensional (3D) integrated circuits involving both optical and electronic elements are now easier to make, thanks to a “wafer bonding” technique developed by a European research consortium. December 28, 2007

Explosives On A Chip - Tiny copper structures with pores at both the nanometer and micron size scales could play a key role in the next generation of detonators used to improve the reliability, reduce the size and lower the cost of certain military munitions. December 26, 2007

Nano Bible: Entire Old Testament Written On A Pinhead - In a nanotechnology breakthrough, scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have printed the entire Old Testament onto a silicone chip smaller than a pinhead (less than 1/1000th of an inch). December 24, 2007

The Quest For A New Class Of Superconductors - Fifty years after the Nobel-prize winning explanation of how superconductors work, a research team from Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of Edinburgh and Cambridge University are suggesting another mechanism for the still-mysterious phenomenon. December 21, 2007

Light Speed Communications For Supercomputers - The performance of tomorrow’s supercomputers will be dictated by their ability to exchange large volumes of data instantly between the hundreds of thousands of processors of which they are built. December 18, 2007

Biometrics: Unlocking Doors With Your Eyes - It is not science fiction to think that our eyes could very soon be the key to unlocking our homes, accessing our bank accounts and logging on to our computers, according to Queensland University of Technology researcher Sammy Phang. December 17, 2007

Car Prototype Generates Electricity, and Cash - The price of oil nearly reached $100 a barrel recently, but a new University of Delaware prototype vehicle demonstrates how the cost of the black stuff could become a concern of the past. December 10, 2007

World's Fastest Memory - GDDR5 Memory at 6 Gb/s - Samsung Electronics announced that it has developed the world's fastest memory, a GDDR5 (series five, graphics double-data-rate memory) chip that can transfer data at six gigabits per second, which is more than four times faster than that of memories in state-of-the-art game consoles today. December 7, 2007

New Fuel Cell Cleans Up Pollution And Produces Electricity - Scientists in Pennsylvania are reporting development of a fuel cell that uses pollution from coal and metal mines to generate electricity, solving a serious environmental problem while providing a new source of energy. December 5, 2007

Intelligent Software Helps Build Perfect Robotic Hand - Scientists in Portsmouth and Shanghai are working on intelligent software that will take them a step closer to building the perfect robotic hand. December 4, 2007

Researchers Create Robot Driven by Moth's Brain - In a notion taken from science fiction afficionados, University of Arizona researchers presented a robot that moves by using the brain impulses of a moth at the 37th annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego. November 20, 2007

'Electronic Nose' Could Detect Hazards - A tiny "electronic nose" that MIT researchers have engineered with a novel inkjet printing method could be used to detect hazards including carbon monoxide, harmful industrial solvents and explosives. November 14, 2007

Atomic-level Microscopy 100 Times Faster - Using an existing technique in a novel way, Cornell physicist Keith Schwab and colleagues at Cornell and Boston University have made the scanning tunneling microscope (STM) - which can image individual atoms on a surface - at least 100 times faster. November 12, 2007

Engineers Teach Nature to 'Grow' Computer Components - Computers don't grow on trees, but with a little prodding from engineers, nature can produce computer components. November 6, 2007

First Fully-functional Radio From A Single Carbon Nanotube Created - A team of researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California at Berkeley have created the first fully functional radio from a single carbon nanotube, which makes it by several orders of magnitude the smallest radio ever made. November 1, 2007

'Nanospikes' Add To Solar, Biomedical, Microelectronics Applications - New technology in development at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science could lead to more successful hip and bone replacement surgeries, make better use of solar power and even prevent your computer from overheating. October 24, 2007

New Wireless Bridge Sensors Powered By Passing Traffic - Clarkson University researchers have developed technology that uses the vibrations caused by passing traffic to power wireless bridge monitoring sensors. October 23, 2007

'Watermarks' Can Identify Pirated Internet Videos - For centuries, watermarks have protected written documents from forgery. Now their digital brothers are to prevent videos from being released in the Internet before their television premieres. Electronic watermarks are used to locate leaks. October 12, 2007

New Prosthetic Devices Will Convert Brain Signals Into Action - MIT researchers have developed a new algorithm to help create prosthetic devices that convert brain signals into action in patients who have been paralyzed or had limbs amputated. October 9, 2007

Researchers Shed Light On Light-emitting Nanodevice - An interdisciplinary team of Cornell nanotechnology researchers has unraveled some of the fundamental physics of a material that holds promise for light-emitting, flexible semiconductors. October 5, 2007

NIST Debuts Superconducting Quantum Computing Cable - Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have transferred information between two “artificial atoms” by way of electronic vibrations on a microfabricated aluminum cable, demonstrating a new component for potential ultra-powerful quantum computers of the future. September 27, 2007

Making Bicycles That Balance Better - For nearly 150 years, scientists have been puzzled by the bicycle. How on earth is it possible that a moving bicycle can, all by itself, be so stable? September 26, 2007

Portable Atomic Emission Detector Under Development - Brad Jones, a professor of chemistry at Wake Forest University, is leading a team of researchers at four institutions to develop the first handheld, field instrument capable of detecting and identifying radioactive particles at the site of potential contamination. September 24, 2007

Better Displays On Laptop Computers, Cell Phones Coming Soon - UCLA chemists working at the nanoscale have developed a new, inexpensive means of forcing luminescent polymers to give off polarized light and of confining that light to produce polymer-based lasers. September 21, 2007

Nuclear Physicists Examine Oxygen's Limits - Physicists at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at Michigan State University have made a unique measurement of an exotic oxygen nucleus, leading scientists one step closer to deciphering the behavior of the element at its limits of existence. September 20, 2007

Researchers Extend Life of Hot Temperature Electronic Chip - NASA researchers have designed and built a new circuit chip that can take the heat like never before. September 14, 2007

Getting There Faster With Virtual Reality - Is the navigation system too complex? Does it distract the driver’s attention from the traffic? To test electronic assistants, their developers have to build numerous prototypes – an expensive and time-consuming business. September 12, 2007

Safer Car Controls - The number of electronic components in cars is growing rapidly. To ensure that vehicle electronics will work properly in future despite the overabundance of software and its increasing complexity, researchers are remodeling it and making it even safer. September 11, 2007

Internet Map Looks Like A Digital Dandelion - What looks like the head of a digital dandelion is a map of the Internet generated by new algorithms from computer scientists at UC San Diego. This map features Internet nodes – the red dots – and linkages – the green lines. September 5, 2007

Pressure Sensors In The Eye - Sensors can monitor production processes, unmask tiny cracks in aircraft hulls, and determine the amount of laundry in a washing machine. In future, they will also be used in the human body and raise the alarm in the event of high pressure in the eye, bladder or brain. September 4, 2007

Video Games As Disaster-training Tools - Peanut butter and jelly. Wine and cheese. Dinner and a movie. Some things just naturally go together. But national security and video games? August 30, 2007

Could Physicists Make A Time Machine? - Technion researchers have developed a theoretical model of a time machine that, in the distant future, could possibly enable future generations to travel into the past. August 24, 2007

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