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Mechanical energy harvester replaces small batteries

MicroGen has developed a “piezo-MEMS” (piezoelectric microelectromechanical systems) device that gathers ambient vibrations and converts them into electrical energy. Vibration causes...


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Lab reveals it has operated quantum internet for over two years

A quantum internet capable of sending perfectly secure messages has been running at Los Alamos National Labs for the last two and a half years, MIT Technology Review reports. One of the ...


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First fully 3D-printed gun test-fired

Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson has test-fired the world’s first fully 3D-printed gun — “the Liberator.” The CAD file is downloadable* at DEFCAD, operated by Defense Distribute...


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RFID chips built into your money and documents?

North Dakota State University. researchers have developed a new way of embedding traceable chips within “smart” paper — raising the possibility of banks and governments guarding against cou...


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Scientists create artificial skin that emulates human touch

    U.S. and Chinese Scientists used zinc oxide vertical nanowires to generate sensitivity. According to experts, the artificial skin is "smarter and similar to human skin." It also offer...


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Discovery yields supertough, strong nanofibers

University of Nebraska-Lincoln materials engineers have developed a structural nanofiber that is both strong and tough, a discovery that could transform everything from airplanes and bridges to b...


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Speed of light may not be constant

Two European Physical Journal D papers challenge established wisdom about the nature of vacuum. In one paper, Marcel Urban from the University of Paris-Sud and colleagues identified a...


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Solar plane

  (Image: J. Revillard/Solar Impuse) A solar-powered aircraft has this week been plying the skies around Moffett Field in San Francisco, California, as its inventors rehearse for their next amb...


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More antibiotics may not be better

Finish the course of pills: that's what all doctors say when they prescribe antibiotics, and for now, you should heed them. But new research suggests that might not always work as well as they a...


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New keyboard for touchscreens speeds up thumb-typing

A new keyboard called KALQ that enables faster thumb-typing on touchscreen devices has been created by a research team at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the University of St Andrews, ...


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Implantable Electronics Disappear in the Body

    Imagine pain-relieving electronics devices that go into your body, work, and then disappear completely when they’re done. This week scientists showed off adva...


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Training the brain to improve on new tasks

A brain-training task that increases the number of items an individual can remember over a short period of time may boost performance in other problem-solving tasks by enhancing communication betwee...


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Acute short-live stress is good

UC Berkeley researchers have uncovered exactly how acute stress — short-lived, not chronic — primes the brain for improved performance. In studies on rats, Daniela Kaufer, associate ...


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Future ‘microrockets’ and ‘micromotors’

An advance in micromotor technology is opening the door to broad new medical and industrial uses for these tiny An advance in micromotor technology is opening the door to broad new medical and ...


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Smart Clothes You’ll Be Wearing Soon

Motion-detecting pants, a proximity sensing shirt, a heart-sensing bra, biosensor underwear, and a “thought helmet” are among everyday objects that are becoming networked.   ...


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10 Emerging Technologies That Will Change the World

Technology Review’s editors have identified ten emerging technologies that they predict will have a tremendous influence in the near future: Wireless Sensor Networks, Injectable Tissue Engineering...


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10 Audacious Ideas to Save the Planet

Solar power from space, super-hairy plants to reflect enough near-infrared energy back into space to cool regional temperatures by two degrees Fahrenheit, and turning the carbon dioxide fr...


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Bandage developed which detects infections in children

  The dressing contains a fluorescent dye that is activated in the presence of infection-causing bacteria.       Currently, the results of tests to determine whether a wound...


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Biological transistor enables computing within living cells

Stanford University bioengineers have taken computing beyond mechanics and electronics into the living realm of biology by creating the “transcriptor” — a biological transistor made from DN...


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Lightest solid material

Scientists have developed a solid material so light it can be balanced atop the petals of a flower. Researchers from Zhejiang university in Hangzhou, China, showed off their newly developed graphe...


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Amazingly realistic digital screen characters are finally here

Meet Zoe: a digital talking head. She can express a range of human emotions on demand with “unprecedented realism” and could herald a new era of human-computer interaction, according to resea...


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Watch out, germs !

When you travel, watch out for these objects - they carry lots of germs !! Remote controls are never cleaned !! Handrails in supermarkets, airports, trains and bus stations - how many people hol...


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Endoscope as thin as hair?

A high-resolution endoscope as thin as a human hair Engineers at Stanford University have developed a prototype single-fiber endoscope that is as thin as a human hair, with a resolution fou...


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No passwords, just rings ?

Google wants to replace all your passwords with a ring March 13, 2013 As part of research into doing away with typed passwords, Google has built rings that not only adorn a finger but a...


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The next generation of vertical flight

he DARPA Tactical Technology Office is soliciting proposals on the design, development and demonstration of a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) experimental aircraft (X-Plane) with exceptional per...


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ET3 Beijing to NY in 2 hours !

Breathlessly billed as "Space Travel on Earth," a transportation concept from Evacuated Tube Transport Technologies, or ET3, would reportedly be able to whisk passengers from New York to L.A. in ...


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Battery 10 times capacity

Batteries continue to be the bane of mobile devices, but research done at Northwestern University could change that, with longer-lasting batteries that charge in minutes, not hours. The new science ...


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Magnesium Ion Battery

  IBM   Magnesium Ion Some researchers are looking beyond lithium. The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) is funding high-risk, high-reward ...


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Lithium Air Battery

    Sakti3   Lithium Air One materials scientist told me that lithium air is the "grand slam home run" of energy density. Lithium-air batteries differ from lithium-ion...


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Quantum computing?

Quantum devices will revolutionise computing, enabling huge calculations to be completed that classical computers simply cannot do.   We're now one step closer to quan...


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