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Printed Electronics
X-rays Reveal Molecular Arrangements for Better Printable Electronics
Apr 25, 2012 16:00 PM E
By employing powerful X-rays that can see down to the molecular level of organic materials used in printable electronics, researchers are now able to determine why some materials perform better than others. Their findings, published in the journal Nature Materials, could lead to cheaper, more efficient printable electronic devices.
Rapid Tsunami Warning by Means of GPS
Apr 25, 2012 11:19 AM E
For submarine earthquakes that can generate tsunamis, the warning time for nearby coastal areas is very short. Using high-precision analysis of GPS data from the Fukushima earthquake of 11 March 2011, scientists at the German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ showed that, in principle, the earthquake magnitude and the spatial distribution can be ...
Microfluidic Mount Devised to Monitor a Denatured Protein as It Folds
In Protein Folding, Internal Friction May Play a More Significant Role than Previously Thought
Apr 25, 2012 10:45 AM E
An international team of researchers has reported a new understanding of a little-known process that happens in virtually every cell of our bodies.
The LSST Camera
World's Largest Digital Camera Project Passes Critical Milestone
Apr 25, 2012 10:19 AM E
A 3.2 billion-pixel digital camera designed by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is now one step closer to reality. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope camera, which will capture the widest, fastest and deepest view of the night sky ever observed, has received "Critical Decision 1" approval by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to move into the next stage of the project.
Telescope
NASA's Webb Telescope Flight Backplane Section Completed
Apr 25, 2012 10:09 AM E
The center section of the backplane structure that will fly on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has been completed, marking an important milestone in the telescope's hardware development. The backplane will support the telescope's beryllium mirrors, instruments, thermal control systems and other hardware throughout its mission.
Cars
Vibrating Steering Wheel Guides Drivers while Keeping Their Eyes on the Road
Apr 25, 2012 09:32 AM E
A vibrating steering wheel is an effective way to keep a driver's eyes safely on the road by providing an additional means to convey directions from a car's navigation system, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and AT&T Labs have shown. The study, one of the first to evaluate combinations of audio, visual and haptic feedback for ro...
Antarctica
International Team Installs First of 3 Telescopes in Antarctica
Apr 25, 2012 08:00 AM E
A team of scientists representing several international institutions, including Texas A&M University, has succeeded in installing the first of three Antarctic Survey Telescopes (AST3-1) at the Chinese Kunlun Station at Dome Argus, the highest point of the Antarctic Plateau.
Camera
Still in the Frame, the Camera Defies Smartphone Onslaught
Apr 25, 2012 05:45 AM E
While most attention in the gadget world is on the breakneck pace of innovation in mobile phones, tablets and computers, another device has resolutely refused to die: the camera.
Geoff Blewitt, University of Nevada, Reno
Reno GPS Technology Used for NASA Quake Monitoring Test
Apr 24, 2012 16:04 PM E
GPS technology developed and implemented at the University of Nevada, Reno will be the centerpiece of a major test this year by NASA to pinpoint the location and magnitude of strong earthquakes along the West Coast of the United States. The project was announced by NASA today.
Microsoft
Facebook Pays Microsoft $550 Million for AOL Patents
Apr 24, 2012 12:05 PM E
Facebook will pay Microsoft Corp $550 million for hundreds of patents that originated with AOL, beefing up its intellectual property arsenal.
Google
Google to Launch Online Storage Service for Consumers: Source
Apr 24, 2012 10:51 AM E
Google Inc is preparing to roll out a service to let consumers store photos and other content online, a source familiar with the matter said, pushing into a market now dominated by the likes of Dropbox and Box.
Fewer Complications, Better Outcomes with Robot-assisted Prostate Cancer Surgery
Apr 24, 2012 10:38 AM E
Robot-assisted surgery is now both more common and far more successful than radical "open" surgery to treat prostate cancer in the United States, according to a new Henry Ford Hospital study published in the current issue of the medical journal European Urology.
Computational Adaptive Optics
Computing the Best High-resolution 3-D Tissue Images
Apr 24, 2012 08:27 AM E
Real-time, 3-D microscopic tissue imaging could be a revolution for medical fields such as cancer diagnosis, minimally invasive surgery and ophthalmology. University of Illinois researchers have developed a technique to computationally correct for aberrations in optical tomography, bringing the future of medical imaging into focus.
Granny Nav
"Granny Nav" to Guide Elderly Drivers on the Road
Apr 24, 2012 06:08 AM E
Older drivers may now be able to stay on the road for longer thanks to new technology being developed by scientists that uses pictures of mail boxes or pubs as visual turning cues.
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