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New airport system facilitates smoother take-offs and landings

September 19, 2012 9:23 am | News | Comments

For airline passengers who dread bumpy rides to mountainous destinations, help may be on the way. A new turbulence avoidance system, developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, has for the first time been approved for use at a U.S. airport and can be adapted for additional airports in rugged settings across the United States and overseas.

New technology for at-home diagnoses of ear infections

September 19, 2012 5:11 am | News | Comments

A new pediatric medical devices being developed by Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University could make life easier for parents who have rushed to the doctor with a child screaming from an ear infection. Soon, parents may be able to skip the doctor's visit and receive a diagnosis without leaving home by using Remotoscope, a clip-on attachment and software app that turns an iPhone into an otoscope.

Accelrys to streamline lab-to-market with process and compliance suite

September 18, 2012 4:35 am | News | Comments

Designed to improve the way businesses manage the scientific innovation lifecycle, the new Accelrys Process Management and Compliance Suite unifies Accelrys Inc.’s lifecycle management software offerings, covering the ground between product development and process execution. It is geared to help companies bring products to market faster and at a lower cost, while meeting critical quality and regulatory compliance objectives.


New 'ATM' takes old phones and gives back green

September 17, 2012 10:09 am | News | Comments

Developed by a company in San Diego, a new automated system that lets consumers trade in cell phones and mobile devices for reimbursement or recycling relies artificial intelliigence and sophisticated machine vision diagnostics. The building blocks for the ecoATM have existed for many years, but none, until now, have been applied to the particular problem of consumer recycling.

The first mammalian “cell phone”

September 17, 2012 5:38 am | by Peter Rüegg | News | Comments

Researchers from in Zurich have literally created a “cell phone” from reprogrammed mammalian cells. Using suitable signal molecules and “devices” constructed from biological components, including genes and proteins, the researchers have achieved a synthetic two-way communication system inside a biological cell that also responds to concentration differences in the signal molecules.

NASA awards Tahoe RF SBIR Phase II contract

September 17, 2012 4:59 am | News | Comments

The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has awarded a SBIR Phase II program to Tahoe RF Semiconductor Inc. for developing a miniaturized Radiation Hardened Beam-Steerable GPS Receiver Front End for NASA spacecrafts.

Radiation-enabled computer chip for low-cost security imaging systems

September 13, 2012 3:39 am | News | Comments

A professor from Tel Aviv University is reconfiguring existing complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) chips designed for computers and turning them into high-frequency circuits. The ultimate goal of this project is to produce chips with radiation capabilities that are able to see through packaging and clothing to produce an image of what may be hidden beneath.

Quantum physics at a distance

September 6, 2012 6:57 am | News | Comments

Physicists at the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences have achieved quantum teleportation over a record distance of 143 km. The experiment is a major step towards satellite-based quantum communication.


Low-noise, chip-based optical wavelength converter demonstrated

September 6, 2012 5:52 am | News | Comments

Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology have demonstrated a low-noise device for changing the wavelength of light using nanofabricated waveguides created on a silicon-based platform using standard planar fabrication technology.

'Magic carpet' could help prevent falls

September 4, 2012 4:10 am | News | Comments

A "magic carpet" which can immediately detect when someone has fallen and can help to predict mobility problems has been demonstrated by University of Manchester scientists. Plastic optical fibers, laid on the underlay of a carpet, can bend when anyone treads on it and map, in real time, their walking patterns.

Nanoresonators might improve cell phone performance

August 30, 2012 12:56 pm | by Emil Venere | News | Comments

Because of the proliferation of mobile wireless devices, there is not enough radio spectrum to account for everybody's needs. To counter the problem, industry is trying to build systems that operate with more sharply defined channels so that more of them can fit within the available bandwidth. At Purdue University, the recent invention of nanoelectromechanical resonators may provide the solution.

New record in quantum communications

August 30, 2012 4:44 am | News | Comments

Researchers from the Australian National University have taken a quantum leap towards developing the next generation of super-fast networks needed to drive future computers. The team has developed a technique that allows for quantum information to travel at higher bandwidth using a beam of light and the phenomenon called entanglement.

Building ultralow power wireless networks

August 29, 2012 4:16 am | News | Comments

Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have received funding from the National Science Foundation to create distortion-tolerant communications for wireless networks that use very little power. The research will improve wireless sensors deployed in remote areas where these systems must rely on batteries or energy-harvesting devices for power.


Magnetic vortex reveals key to spintronic speed limit

August 28, 2012 12:08 pm | News | Comments

Spintronic devices use electron spin, a subtle quantum characteristic, to write and read information. But to mobilize this emerging technology, scientists must understand exactly how to manipulate spin as a reliable carrier of computer code. Now, scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have precisely measured a key parameter of electron interactions called non-adiabatic spin torque that is essential to the future development of spintronic devices.

Stanford researchers discover the 'anternet'

August 27, 2012 4:27 am | News | Comments

A collaboration between a Stanford University ant biologist and a computer scientist has revealed that the behavior of harvester ant as they forage for food mirrors the protocols that control traffic on the Internet.

How to feed data-hungry mobile devices

August 23, 2012 6:13 am | News | Comments

Researchers from Rice University unveiled a new multi-antenna technology that could help wireless providers keep pace with the voracious demands of data-hungry smartphones and tablets. The technology aims to dramatically increase network capacity by allowing cell towers to simultaneously beam signals to more than a dozen customers on the same frequency.

Shelley, Stanford's robotic racecar, hits the track

August 14, 2012 8:37 am | by Bjorn Carey | News | Comments

Only a few decals and antennas set Stanford University’s white Audi TTS apart from any other Audi coupe. But Shelly, as the car is known, doesn’t have a driver when it’s circling Thunderhill Raceway in California at 120 mph. Controlled by sophisticated software, it posts lap times that rival those of professional drivers.

Emergency communications technology progresses to field test

August 9, 2012 9:20 am | by Diane Stirling | News | Comments

New technology under development by Syracuse University, Virginia Tech, and the Rochester Institute of Technology is designed to help public emergency response communication devices remain in contact with each other even if cell towers and Internet networks go down during a natural or manmade disaster. The system, Intelligent Deployable Augmented Wireless Gateway (iDAWG), will soon be tested in the field.

Caught on camera: Quantum mechanics in action

August 8, 2012 5:59 am | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have captured images of quantum entanglement on camera for the first time. Making use of a 201 by 201 pixel array, the highly sensitive camera observed the full field of the quantum light at the same time, allowing the team to see up to 2,500 different entangled dimensions or states.

New phenomenon in nanodisk magnetic vortices

August 8, 2012 3:48 am | News | Comments

New findings from a team of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Japanese scientists suggest that the road to magnetic vortex RAM might be more difficult to navigate than previously supposed, but there might be unexpected rewards as well. A study at the Advanced Light Source revealed that contrary to suppositions, the formation of magnetic vortices in ferromagnetic nanodisks is an asymmetric phenomenon.

Virtual nanoscopy: Like 'Google Earth' for cell biologists

August 7, 2012 4:23 am | News | Comments

Electron microscopy reveals cellular structures in high detail, but only tiny portions of a cell can be seen at a time. A team of scientists has tackled this problem by developing new tools for stitching together thousands of electron microscopy images into single, high-resolution images of biological tissues—a "Google Earth" for cell biologists. A newly enhanced viewer is available for public use.

Major step taken towards “unbreakable” message exchange

August 3, 2012 8:42 am | News | Comments

Quantum key distribution is not a new phenomenon and has been in commercial use for several years to secure communication networks. Recently, however, single particles of light, also known as photons, have been produced and implemented into a wireless QKD link, transmitting 40 cm through the air.

Upgrading the Internet for the mobile age

August 2, 2012 10:23 am | News | Comments

When it comes to delivering data to users, the Web still works brilliantly. But for other functions such as allowing users to move between wireless networks or companies to shift traffic among servers, engineers are forced to implement increasingly cumbersome tweaks. A team of Princeton University researchers has released a plan to cut through that tangle and provide a simple solution to many of the problems involved with the Internet's growing pains.

Fatal 2007 bridge collapse spurs affordable, instant warnings

August 2, 2012 10:20 am | News | Comments

On August 1, 2007, without warning, the roadway suddenly disappeared beneath drivers on Minneapolis' I-35W Bridge, killing 13. In the five years since, advances in wireless sensor technology are making warning systems to prevent such tragedies affordable and practical. Both startups and federally initiatives are close to releasing systems that will be suitable for commercial use.

Bio-inspired nanoantennas amplify light emission

July 30, 2012 4:00 am | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers in France have succeeded in producing a nanoantenna from short strands of DNA, two gold nanoparticles, and a small fluorescent molecule that captures and emits light. This work could in the longer term lead to the development of more efficient light-emitting diodes, more compact solar cells or even be used in quantum cryptography.

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