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Next Generation Digital Maps Are Laser Sharp - Restoring habitat for spawning species of fish, such as Atlantic salmon, starts with a geological inventory of suitable rivers and streams, and the watershed systems that support them. February 25, 2009

'Cyber Soccer Players' Cloned - A team of IT scientists from the Carlos III University in Madrid (UC3M) has managed to programme clones that imitate the actions of humans playing football on a computer, according to a new article. February 23, 2009

New Plasma Transistor Could Create Sharper Displays - By integrating a solid-state electron emitter and a microcavity plasma device, researchers at the University of Illinois have created a plasma transistor that could be used to make lighter, less expensive and higher resolution flat-panel displays. February 18, 2009

Babies & Robots: Infant Power Mobility On Display - Children with mobility issues, like cerebral palsy and spina bifida, can’t explore the world like other babies, because they can’t crawl or walk. February 17, 2009

Violent Computer Games Have Role In Fire Safety - The software code underlying violent computer games can be used to train people in fire safety, new academic research has found. February 16, 2009

How Do You Build A Synthetic Brain? - Nanocarbon modeling may be the next step toward emulating human brain function. That’s the focus of USC electrical engineering professor Alice Parker’s “synthetic cortex” study funded by the National Science Foundation. February 13, 2009

High Pressure Yields Novel Single-element Boron 'Compound' - Scientists have found the first case of an ionic crystal consisting of just one chemical element - boron. This is the densest and hardest known phase of this element. February 4, 2009

Robots To Clean Your Kitchen And Play A Game Of Hockey? - Alexander Stoytchev and his three graduate students recently presented one of their robot's long and shiny arms to a visitor. January 30, 2009

New Wireless Standard Promises Ultra-Fast Media Applicat - Rapid transfer of a high-definition movie from a PC to a cell phone - plus a host of other media and data possibilities - is approaching reality. January 29, 2009

Safely Fixed Hip Prostheses - Artificial hip joints are firmly anchored to the patient’s damaged bone by screws. But which parts of the bone will safely hold the screws in place? January 28, 2009

New Way To Produce Hydrogen Discovered - Scientists at Penn State University and the Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered a way to produce hydrogen by exposing selected clusters of aluminum atoms to water. January 26, 2009

New Musical Instrument Drums Up YouTube Hit - A video of a new musical instrument created by a Queen’s University Belfast student has attracted over one million hits on the internet. January 22, 2009

Flat Fixtures For EUV Exposure - Exposing silicon wafers to light during chip manufacture requires special fixtures called chucks. Novel electrostatic chucks made of glass ceramics are incredibly flat. January 20, 2009

Next Generation Cloaking Device Demonstrated - A device that can bestow invisibility to an object by "cloaking" it from visual light is closer to reality. January 19, 2009

More Chip Cores Can Mean Slower Supercomputing - The worldwide attempt to increase the speed of supercomputers merely by increasing the number of processor cores on individual chips unexpectedly worsens performance for many complex applications, Sandia simulations have found. January 16, 2009

New Power Line De-icing System Developed - Dartmouth engineering professor and entrepreneur Victor Petrenko-along with his colleagues at Dartmouth and at Ice Engineering LLC in Lebanon, N.H.- have invented a way to cheaply and effectively keep ice off power lines. January 12, 2009

‘Tetris’ May Help Reduce Flashbacks To Traumatic Eventse - Playing ‘Tetris’ after traumatic events could reduce the flashbacks experienced in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), preliminary research by Oxford University psychologists suggests. January 9, 2009

Making Digital Maps More Current And Accurate - European researchers have designed an innovative new system to help keep motorists on the right track by constantly updating their digital maps and fixing anomalies and errors. January 5, 2009

Crystallographers Use Computers To Find New Superconductor - Calculations by researchers led by Artem Oganov at the Laboratory of Crystallography predict that germanium hydride will be superconducting at relatively high temperatures, but will be easier to process than the high-temperature superconductors known up to now. January 2, 2009

Breakthrough In Production Of Double-walled Carbon Nanotubes - In recent years, the possible applications for double-walled carbon nanotubes have excited scientists and engineers, particularly those working on developing renewable energy technologies. December 31, 2008

Space Technology To Soothe Roadster Ride - Space missions are highly complex operations, not only because the satellites or space probes are unique pieces of top-notch intricate high-tech, but also because it is so challenging to get them to their assigned position in space without damage. December 30, 2008

New Type Of Laser Discovered - A Princeton-led team of researchers has discovered an entirely new mechanism for making common electronic materials emit laser beams. December 25, 2008

Health Monitoring With Your Cell Phone - Cell phones have already revolutionized the way people around the world communicate and do business. Thanks to advances being made at UCLA, they are about to do the same thing for medicine. December 24, 2008

How A Quantum Computer Would Work - Quantum physics is both mysterious and difficult to grasp. Barry Sanders, director of the U of C’s Institute for Quantum Information Science, is hoping to change that. December 19, 2008

Engineers Developing Energy-harvesting Radios - If changing the batteries in the remote control or smoke detector seems like a chore, imagine having to change hundreds of batteries in sensors scattered across a busy bridge. December 18, 2008

Plastic Made To Conduct Electricity - Plastic that conducts electricity and metal that weighs no more than a feather? It sounds like an upside-down world. December 11, 2008

Robotics Integrated With Human Body In Near Future? - Spanish researchers have carried out a study looking into the potential future impact of robots on society. December 9, 2008

Toys Made Of Liquid Wood - Most plastics are based on petroleum. A bio-plastic that consists of one hundred percent renewable raw materials would help to conserve this resource. December 8, 2008

An Ace For Visually-impaired Students In Computer Science - Many computing luminaries, such as Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, have an early experience in common - an engaging experience in middle school or high school that sparked an excitement for learning everything they could about computers. December 3, 2008

Spinning Into The Future Of Data Storage - Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have improved their understanding of the inner workings of our computers and MP3 players, thanks to an exciting new field of research called organic spintronics. December 1, 2008

'Barcode Chip' For Cheap, Fast Blood Tests Developed - A new barcode chip developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) promises to revolutionize diagnostic medical testing. November 27, 2008

Web Crawler Archives Historical Data For Easy Searching - The Internet contains vast amounts of information, much of it unorganized. But what you see online at any given moment is just a snapshot of the Web as a whole - many pages change rapidly or disappear completely, and the old data gets lost forever. November 26, 2008

Quantum Computing Spins Closer - The promise of quantum computing is that it will dramatically outshine traditional computers in tackling certain key problems: searching large databases, factoring large numbers, creating uncrackable codes and simulating the atomic structure of materials. November 25, 2008

Breakthrough Technique Unlocks Secret Of Plasmas - University of British Columbia researchers have developed a technique that brings scientists a big step closer to unlocking the secrets of the most abundant form of matter in the universe. November 24, 2008

Billions Of Particles Of Anti-matter Created In Laboratory - Take a gold sample the size of the head of a push pin, shoot a laser through it, and suddenly more than 100 billion particles of anti-matter appear. November 19, 2008

Researchers Broadcast Live Surgery Using Internet2 - Imagine a scenario where doctors from different hospitals can collaborate on a surgery without having to actually be in the operating room. What if doctors in remote locations could receive immediate expert support from top specialists in hospitals around the world? November 18, 2008

Robots: Brain Activity Linked To Time, Space - Humanoid robots have been used to show that that functional hierarchy in the brain is linked to time as well as space. November 10, 2008

Computer That Reacts To Thought A Lifeline For Brain Injured - People who have suffered traumatic brain injuries and who are unable to speak or move are being given the first chance to communicate using just the power of thought - and a laptop loaded with sophisticated algorithms. November 7, 2008

Fluid Transducer: Electricity From Gas And Water - A large number of technical systems work with air or water. Air compression systems and water pipes are just two examples. November 4, 2008

'Digital Dark Age' May Doom Some Data - What stands a better chance of surviving 50 years from now, a framed photograph or a 10-megabyte digital photo file on your computer’s hard drive? October 30, 2008

Robotic Technology Takes Inspiration From Service Dogs - Service dogs, invaluable companions providing assistance to physically impaired individuals, are an elite and desired breed. October 29, 2008

Microscopic Structure Of Quantum Gases Made Visible - Scientists at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz have, for the first time, succeeded in rendering the spatial distribution of individual atoms in a Bose-Einstein condensate visible. October 23, 2008

Machines Edge Closer To Imitating Human Communication - At a major artificial intelligence competition at the University of Reading on 12 October, machines have come close to imitating human communication. October 14, 2008

Scientists Engineer Superconducting Thin Films - One major goal on the path toward making useful superconducting devices has been engineering materials that act as superconductors at the nanoscale - the realm of billionths of a meter. October 10, 2008

Pterodactyl-inspired Robot To Master Air, Ground And Sea - Scientists have reached back in time 115 million years to one of the most successful flying creatures in Earth’s history, the pterodactyl, to conjure a robotic spy plane with next-generation capabilities. October 7, 2008

World's Biggest Computing Grid Launched - The world’s largest computing grid is ready to tackle mankind’s biggest data challenge from the earth’s most powerful accelerator. October 6, 2008

Engineers Mass-produce Smell Receptors - MIT biological engineers have found a way to mass-produce smell receptors in the laboratory, an advance that paves the way for "artificial noses" to be created and used in a variety of settings. October 2, 2008

Engineers Aim To Solve 'Burning' Computer Problem - If you've balanced a laptop computer on your lap lately, you probably noticed a burning sensation. That's because ever-increasing processing speeds are creating more and more heat, which has to go somewhere - in this case, into your lap. October 1, 2008

Liquid Camera Lens Controls Light With Sound - New miniature image-capturing technology powered by water, sound, and surface tension could lead to smarter and lighter cameras in everything from cell phones and automobiles to autonomous robots and miniature spy planes. September 25, 2008

Voice-commanded Robot Wheelchair Finds Its Own Way - MIT researchers are developing a new kind of autonomous wheelchair that can learn all about the locations in a given building, and then take its occupant to a given place in response to a verbal command. September 23, 2008

Smart Desks Make Sci-fi A Reality In The Classroom - Schools are set for a Star Trek make-over thanks to the development of the world's first interactive classroom by experts at Durham University. September 22, 2008

Future Nanoelectronics May Face Obstacles - Combining ordinary electronics with light has been a potential way to create minimal computer circuits with super fast information transfer. September 10, 2008

MIT Probe Could Aid Quantum Computing - MIT researchers may have found a way to overcome a key barrier to the advent of super-fast quantum computers, which could be powerful tools for applications such as code breaking. September 5, 2008

'Autonomous' Helicopters Teach Themselves To Fly - Stanford computer scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that enables robotic helicopters to teach themselves to fly difficult stunts by watching other helicopters perform the same maneuvers. September 4, 2008

Model Helps Computers Sort Data More Like Humans - Humans have a natural tendency to find order in sets of information, a skill that has proven difficult to replicate in computers. September 2, 2008

Hollywood Hair Will Be Captured At Last - University of California, San Diego today announced a new method for accurately capturing the shape and appearance of a person’s hairstyle. August 25, 2008

Sign Language Over Cell Phones Comes To United States - A group at the University of Washington has developed software that for the first time enables deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans to use sign language over a mobile phone. August 22, 2008

Light Metals Against Bombs And Grenades - A cheap and simple structure made of aluminium can mean the difference between life and death the day the bombs go off. August 19, 2008

Robot With A Biological Brain - A multidisciplinary team at the University of Reading has developed a robot which is controlled by a biological brain formed from cultured neurons. August 15, 2008

Computer Simulates Thermal Stress - A new simulation method has made it possible to predict in record time when and where heavily stressed engine components are likely to fail. August 14, 2008

Fingerprints Provide Clues To More Than Just Identity - Fingerprints can reveal critical evidence, as well as an identity, with the use of a new technology developed at Purdue University that detects trace amounts of explosives, drugs or other materials left behind in the prints. August 11, 2008

Silicon Camera Next Step To Artificial Retina - Digital cameras have transformed the world of photography. Now new technology inspired by the human eye could push the photographic image farther forward by producing improved images with a wider field of view. August 8, 2008

Military Use Of Robots Increases - War casualties are typically kept behind tightly closed doors, but one company keeps the mangled pieces of its first casualty on display. August 6, 2008

Flexible Electronics With Nanonet Circuits - Researchers have overcome a major obstacle in producing transistors from networks of carbon nanotubes, a technology that could make it possible to print circuits on plastic sheets for applications including flexible displays and an electronic skin to cover an entire aircraft to monitor crack formation. July 30, 2008

Feeling Robots Learn To Read Human Emotions - A robot with empathy sounds like the stuff of sci-fi movies, but with the aid of neural networks European researchers are developing robots in tune with our emotions. July 29, 2008

Human Visual System Could Make Powerful Computer - Since the idea of using DNA to create faster, smaller, and more powerful computers originated in 1994, scientists have been scrambling to develop successful ways to use genetic code for computation. July 25, 2008

Micro Air Vehicle Dragonfly Takes Flight - Engineers have made a new tiny DelFly Micro air vehicle. This successor to the DelFly I and II weighs barely 3 grams, and with its flapping wings is very similar to a dragonfly. July 24, 2008

Software Helps Developers Get Started With PIV Cards - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed two demonstration software packages that show how Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards can be used with Windows and Linux systems to perform logon, digital signing and verification, and other services. July 22, 2008

Solar Cooling Becomes A New Air-conditioning System - Scientists from the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) have developed an environmentally friendly cooling technology that does not harm the ozone layer. July 21, 2008

Virtual World Is Sign Of Future For Scientists, Engineers - Purdue University is operating a virtual environment that enables scientists and engineers to interpret raw data collected with powerful instruments called dynamic atomic force microscopes. July 17, 2008

New Generation Of Home Robots Have Gentle Touch - Who doesn’t long for household help at times? Service robots will soon be able to relieve us of heavy, dirty, monotonous or irksome tasks. July 15, 2008

Do We Think That Machines Can Think? - When our PC goes on strike again we tend to curse it as if it was a human. The question of why and under what circumstances we attribute human-like properties to machines and how such processes manifest on a cortical level was investigated in a project led by Dr. Sören Krach and Prof. Tilo Kircher from the RWTH Aachen University. July 10, 2008

Why Do Great Master Violins Sound So Sweet? - The advantage of using medical equipment to study classical musical instruments has been proven by a Dutch researcher from the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). July 4, 2008

Chip-cooling Technology Achieves 'Dramatic' 1,000-watt Capacity - Researchers at Purdue University have developed a technology that uses "microjets" to deposit liquid into tiny channels and remove five times more heat than other experimental high-performance chip-cooling methods for computers and electronics. July 3, 2008

Accidental Discovery Could Enable Development Of Faster Computers - Physicists at UC Riverside have made an accidental discovery in the lab that has potential to change how information in computers can be transported or stored. July 2, 2008

Super-sensitive Explosives Detector - Using a laser and a device that converts reflected light into sound, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can detect explosives at distances exceeding 20 yards. June 30, 2008

Tiny Refrigerator Taking Shape To Cool Future Computers - Researchers at Purdue University are developing a miniature refrigeration system small enough to fit inside laptops and personal computers, a cooling technology that would boost performance while shrinking the size of computers. June 25, 2008

Tartalo The Robot Is Knocking On Your Door - A research team from the University of the Basque Country, led by Basilio Sierra, is devising a robot that can get around by itself. June 20, 2008

World-record Supercomputer Mimics Human Sight Brain Mechanisms - Less than a week after Los Alamos National Laboratory's Roadrunner supercomputer began operating at world-record petaflop-per-second data-processing speeds, Los Alamos researchers are already using the computer to mimic extremely complex neurological processes. June 16, 2008

Mini-helicopters With Fuel Cells - In the future, an unmanned helicopter will search for people trapped in fallen buildings or investigate contaminated terrain. The mini-helicopter will be powered by a very light fuel cell that weighs only 30 grams and has an output of 12 watts. June 12, 2008

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