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U.S. startup challenges Japan to giant robot battle

November 17, 2015 1:41 pm | by Terrence Cha, Associated Press | Comments

They've been popularized in movies, television and video games, but giant fighting robots still haven't left the realm of science fiction. That will soon change.


Google antsy as California slow on self-driving car rules

November 17, 2015 1:37 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

The tech titan wants the freedom to give the public access to self-driving prototypes it has been testing on public roads since the summer. Before granting that permission, California regulators want Google to prove these cars of the future already drive as safely as people.


Researchers develop flexo-electric nanomaterial

November 17, 2015 1:32 pm | by Univ. of Twente | Comments

Researchers at the University of Twente's MESA+ research institute, together with researchers from several other knowledge institutions, have developed a 'flexo-electric' nanomaterial. The material has built-in mechanical tension that changes shape when you apply electrical voltage, or that generates electricity if you change its shape.


Electrons always find a (quantum) way

November 17, 2015 9:53 am | by Univ. of Basel | Comments

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time how electrons are transported from a superconductor through a quantum dot into a metal with normal conductivity. This transport process through a quantum dot had already been calculated theoretically in the nineties, but scientists have now succeeded in proving the theory with measurements.


Measuring a Galaxy’s Heartbeat

November 17, 2015 9:40 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have detected the galaxy’s heartbeat, a series of thousands of stellar pulses. The new measurements provide scientists with a new way for determining a galaxy’s age.


Accelerating fusion research through the cutting edge supercomputer

November 17, 2015 9:35 am | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | Comments

For the first time in the world, using the newly installed "Plasma Simulator" we have simulated deuterium plasma turbulence in the Large Helical Device (LHD). From this result, we have clarified that the energy confinement in a deuterium plasma is improved in comparison to a hydrogen plasma.


Team refrigerates liquids with a laser for the first time

November 17, 2015 9:21 am | by Univ. of Washington | Comments

In a study to be published the week of Nov. 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team used an infrared laser to cool water by about 36 degrees Fahrenheit -- a major breakthrough in the field.


Research boosts graphene revolution

November 17, 2015 9:08 am | by Univ. of Exeter | Comments

Pioneering new research could pave the way for miniaturized optical circuits and increased internet speeds, by helping accelerate the 'graphene revolution'.


Augmented Reality: Figuring Out Where the Law Fits

November 16, 2015 3:57 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

With recent advances in technology, AR is increasingly bleeding into human physical reality. No longer is it a whimsical fancy of science fiction. As companies continue funneling money into AR pursuits, policymakers and technologists need to work together in order to facilitate a smooth transition into an AR-laden world.


Bats use weighty wings to land upside down

November 16, 2015 2:18 pm | by Brown University | Comments

Compared to birds and insects, bats have heavy wings for their body size. Those comparatively cumbersome flappers might seem a detriment to maneuverability, but new research shows that bats' extra wing mass makes possible a quintessential bit of aerobatics: the ability to land upside down.


Rice makes light-driven nanosubmarine

November 16, 2015 2:13 pm | by Rice University | Comments

Though they're not quite ready for boarding a lá "Fantastic Voyage," nanoscale submarines created at Rice University are proving themselves seaworthy. Each of the single-molecule, 244-atom submersibles built in the Rice lab of chemist James Tour has a motor powered by ultraviolet light. With each full revolution, the motor's tail-like propeller moves the sub forward 18 nanometers.


'Shrinking bull’s-eye' algorithm speeds up complex modeling from days to hours

November 16, 2015 2:10 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new algorithm that vastly reduces the computation of virtually any computational model. The algorithm may be thought of as a shrinking bull’s-eye that, over several runs of a model, and in combination with some relevant data points, incrementally narrows in on its target: a probability distribution of values for each unknown parameter.


Quantum computer coding in silicon now possible

November 16, 2015 2:07 pm | by University of New South Wales | Comments

A team of Australian engineers has proven -- with the highest score ever obtained -- that a quantum version of computer code can be written, and manipulated, using two quantum bits in a silicon microchip.


Computer Learns to Read Human Micro-Expressions

November 16, 2015 1:11 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A suspect sits in a police interrogation room. The cops are positive their suspect is lying, but he isn’t breaking under pressure. Hope is not lost- the officers have another tool in their arsenal. Embedded in their video camera array is a micro-expression analysis system capable of picking up the slightest facial cues.


Light-driven nanosubmarines

November 16, 2015 8:09 am | by Mike Williams, Rice Univ. | Comments

Though they’re not quite ready for boarding a lá “Fantastic Voyage,” nanoscale submarines created at Rice Univ. are proving themselves seaworthy. Each of the single-molecule, 244-atom submersibles built in the Rice lab of chemist James Tour has a motor powered by ultraviolet light.



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