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OCTOBER 29, 2014
 
IN THIS ISSUE
  VIDEO  
  Projecting a robot’s intentions  
  NEWS  
  Scientists rank thousands of substances according to potential exposure level  
  NEWS  
  Imaging electrons moving at 80,000 m/sec in a semiconductor  
  NEWS  
  Nano ruffles in brain matter  
  NEWS  
  Study: Cinematic experience governed by contextual clues, not screen size  

Everyone should have a Halo above their head

Halo is a ceiling mounted molecular filtration system that continuously evaluates the laboratory air quality for fugitive contaminants, captures them, and recirculates clean air back to the room.


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With phased-array radar, electrical engineers aim to make car travel safer

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Electrical engineers from the Univ. of California, San Diego have developed hardware for a new generation of automotive radar systems designed to keep drivers, and the pedestrians around them they may not see, safe. Their project is part of an initiative led by Toyota Technical Center that won a 2014 R&D 100 Award for its “Automotive Phased Array Radar.”


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Vacuum System Simulations

This free webinar, now available on demand:
• discusses the theory underlying the Molecular Flow interface in COMSOL
• shows models of various vacuum flow processes
• also discusses approaches to modeling other types of rarefied gas flows.


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VIDEO

Projecting a robot’s intentions

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Inside Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to decided where to go. As the robot considers its options, its “thoughts” are projected on the ground in the form of different colored dots and lines. This new visualization system, called “measurable virtual reality”, combines projectors with motion-capture technology and animation software to project a robot’s intentions in real time.


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NEWS

Scientists rank thousands of substances according to potential exposure level

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An overwhelming number of chemicals from household and industrial products are in the environment, and hundreds are in our bodies. But for most of them, scientists have yet to determine whether they cause health problems. Now they’ve taken the first step toward doing that by estimating which substances people are exposed to the most.


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Imaging electrons moving at 80,000 m/sec in a semiconductor

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Researchers in Japan have directly observed and recorded electron flow at 80,000 m/sec in a semiconductor. They did so by combining a new laser pulse light source and a photoemission electron microscope to develop an ultra high-speed microscope that enabled visualization of electrons on a 20 nm and 200 femtosec scale.


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Nano ruffles in brain matter

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An accumulation of amyloid-beta proteins deposits called plaques is known to cause Alzheimer’s disease. One aspect of this illness that has not received much attention is which role the structure of the brain environment plays. Researchers have discovered that macromolecules like astrocytes provide well-defined physical cues in the form of ruffles that have a crucial role in promoting healthy interactions between cells in the hippocampus.


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NEWS

Study: Cinematic experience governed by contextual clues, not screen size

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If the surroundings are designed to be sufficiently stimulating, even a simple computer screen is enough to generate an intense cinematic experience. After observing some 300 study subjects, researchers in Germany have concluded that the angle of viewing does not play a vital role in the cinematic experience. Instead, the presence of so-called contextual visual cues plays a greater role in actually drawing viewers into a movie.


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ARTICLE

Building the Next Generation of Raman

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Given today’s widespread use of Raman spectroscopy, it can be hard to believe Raman was a highly specialized analytical technique for most of its history. The technique’s potential was recognized from the beginning: When Raman scattering was first observed in 1928, it was widely believed to be one of the most important scientific discoveries of the 20th century to date.


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Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics to Improve ROI

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As a laboratory technician or director, knowing the current status of your instrument or sample runs is critical for your laboratory’s operations and productivity. Through the rapid increase in machine-to-machine connectivity, real-time instrument monitoring services designed to offer visibility and remote control of these instruments has become an enabler in cost savings, efficiency gains, revenue opportunities and competitive advantage.


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PRODUCT

Liquid Dispersion Unit

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The new Mastersizer 3000 Hydro SV small volume liquid dispersion unit is a simple, easy to use wet dispersion accessory that extends smarter particle sizing to small volume measurement by making it possible to both develop and apply wet dispersion using just 6 mL of sample.


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Smart Camera Support Software

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Microscan has announced the launch of Visionscape I-PAK VH, a software solution that brings the capabilities of the company’s latest Vision HAWK Smart Cameras to a simple, adaptable machine vision inspection interface.


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