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Intel researchers demonstrated on Thursday an iPod speaker wirelessly powered by magnetic fields produced from a coil a meter away. The technology could be incorporated into Intel products, such as laptops or other portable devices, for wireless battery charging. (Kate Greene) (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/22906/)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on June 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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SoundSense, which picks up sounds and tries to classify them into "voice," "music," or "ambient noise" categories, is a step in building a system that can learn user behavior on the go, say its Dartmouth College developers. The software could allow for giving users feedback on their daily activities for health, time-management, and life-logging applications.(Dartmouth College) (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/communications/22907/)
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GridFTP allows Department of Energy researchers to transfer data between facilities at 200 megabytes per second, providing a reliable, high-performance communications infrastructure to facilitate large-scale, collaborative science endeavors. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news164554181.html)
KurzweilAI.net news made popular on June 22 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Easy-to-use ways to launch denial-of- service attacks to mobilize a cyber-army against Iranian sites by simply clicking a link could backfire. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/external/idg/2009/06/18/18idg-twitter-plays-key-role-in-dos-attacks-in-iran-33328.html)
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Google Voice (will soon give users a single number that is forwarded to different combinations of devices according to who is calling and what time it is), a possible Google device that would switch to the cheapest provider, and "super Wi-Fi" "white space" mobile devices using the now-available analog TV spectrum are among the coming innovations in smarter call management. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17338-innovation-smarter-p... More
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(Carnegie Mellon University) Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, a chemistry professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will receive the 2009 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 22 at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Matyjaszewski, the second Carnegie Mellon professor to receive the award, will be recognized in the academic category for the development of an e... More
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(University of Georgia) University of Georgia researchers have developed a successful way to grow molecular wire brushes that conduct electrical charges, a first step in developing biological fuel cells that could power pacemakers, cochlear implants and prosthetic limbs. The journal Chemical Science calls the technique "a significant breakthrough for nanotechnology."
Eurekalert.org news made popular on June 19 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(University of California - Los Angeles) Tremendous growth in the development of nanomaterials with enhanced performance characteristics which are being used for commercial and medical applications prompts UCLA researchers along with colleagues in academia and industry take a proactive role in examining the nano-bio interface to identify potential risks of engineered nanomaterials and explore methods for safer designs for use in drug delivery ther... More
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Inspired by the behavior of the human eye, Boston College computer scientists have developed a technique that lets computers see objects as fleeting as a butterfly or tropical fish with nearly double the accuracy and 10 times the speed of earlier methods. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news164509831.html)
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Rapid prototyping might one day allow kidney, liver and muscle tissues to be constructed in the laboratory from a patient's own cells with close-to-natural detail ready for transplantation. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news164525294.html)
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Apple releases a new iPhone at 7 a.m. today with faster speed and more features, and new iPhone operating-system software this week that adds more than 100 new features and works on the 3G S and older models. (Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=akV8wtfAoptM)
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Collecta draws information streams from blogs using Wordpress, news services, social aggregation sites, Flickr, and Twitter to provide what it claims is the first truly real-time search engine. (Source: http://www.businessweek.com/the_thread/techbeat/archives/2009/06/collecta_launch.html?chan=technology_technology+index+page_top+stories)
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Computer scientists at Microsoft have simplified a model that creates recipes for self-assembling nanomaterials. Particle packing: Algorithms designed by Microsoft researchers predict what the forces between a group of particles must be in order for them to self-assemble into a particular structure, such as a closely packed cube. (Salvatore Torquato) (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/22899/)
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An "ethical governor" that aims to ensure that robot attack aircraft behave ethically in combat has been developed by robotics engineer Ron Arkin at the Georgia Institute of Technology. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17332-plan-to-teach-military-robots-the-rules-of-war.html)
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(University of Toronto) New research by a team of University of Toronto scientists could lead to substantial advancements in the performance of a variety of electronic devices including digital cameras.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on June 18 2009 by Thoughtbot
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Key news at the Semantic Technology Conference in San Jose: Wolfram Alpha rep Russel Foltz Smith said they will offer an API to their engine that will allow companies with natural-language front ends to call their engine and get rich data from across the web. Ask.com announced they are crawling the web gathering Q&A pairs and parsing them for quality, and now have 300 million specific questions and answers available on line, in a beta feature. M... More
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A network of artificial cells that work together to act as a rectifier (AC to DC converter) has been built by researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.(Nature)Like real cells, the protocells are droplets of watery fluid enclosed in an oily membrane, but they can fuse together, forming unidirectional electronic circuits. The droplet networks could be used as an interface between electronic implants and ... More
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The U.S Air Force is planning to build a new breed of more-selective military drones (less collateral damage), with swarms of bird-size bots shadowing targets, new unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) capable of launching mini-missiles at multiple targets at once, microscopic drones with smaller weapons that can hunt in swarms, and tiny, biologically inspired micro air vehicles (MAVs) that can flap through alleys and inside buildings. (Source: http:... More
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Twice the power, half the battery drain of last year's GPU -- that's a claim that nVidia makes about its new 200M series laptop GPUs, announcing five graphics processors to be incorporated in devices from gamer machines to all-purpose laptops capable of running an HD movie. (Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/15/AR2009061501460.html)
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The U.S. State Department called on Twitter last weekend to put off a scheduled shutdown for maintenance -- an indication of the vital role social networking now plays in international crises. CNN broadcasted images posted on Facebook and Twitter, explaining on-air that it was using "creativity" to cover a big event under government restrictions. (Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hJV3PeXNYF8-HXBgHkLBl94HkCHgD98SFEUG0)
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(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Electronic devices of the future could be smaller, faster, more powerful and consume less energy because of a discovery by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on June 17 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(University of Oregon) University of Oregon physicists have successfully landed a one-two punch on a tiny glass sphere, refrigerating it in liquid helium and then dosing its perimeter with a laser beam, to bring its naturally occurring mechanical vibrations to a near standstill.
Eurekalert.org news made popular on June 17 2009 by Thoughtbot
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(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) NIST researchers have discovered that a reduction in mechanical strain at the boundaries of crystal grains can significantly improve the performance of high-temperature superconductors.
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(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Biophysicists at JILA have made gold more precious than ever -- at least as a research tool -- by creating nonstick gold surfaces and laser-safe gold nanoposts to aid in trapping and fixing individual biomolecules for study.
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(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) New studies by scientists at NIST show that changing the shape of cobalt nanoparticles from spherical to cubic can fundamentally change their behavior.
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