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3D holograms that can be touched with bare hands have been developed by researchers from the University of Tokyo. Called the Airborne Ultrasound Tactile Display, the hologram projector uses an ultrasound phenomenon called acoustic radiation pressure to create a pressure sensation on a user's hands, which are tracked with two Nintendo Wiimotes. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news168797748.html)
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Sony has announced two new Readers -- the Reader Pocket Edition and the Reader Touch Edition -- that will come out at the end of the month and cost less or the same as the older, more established Kindle. (Source: http://hothardware.com/News/Sony-Takes-Aim-At-Amazons-Kindle/)
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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO, have demonstrated multiple computing operations on quantum bits--a crucial step toward building a practical quantum computer. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/23137/)
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Stephen Kurtin has succeeded in creating eyeglasses, called TruFocals, with a mechanically adjustable focus, freeing wearers from the limitations of bifocals, trifocals and progressive lenses. (Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/science/04prof.html?ref=science)
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A programmable technique for twisting and curving DNA into shapes, using strands of DNA that self-assemble into rigid bundles, has been developed by researchers at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard University.The researchers built several structures, including a 12-toothed gear and a wire-frame ball. The goal is to eventually build a machine that could, say, deliver a tiny amount of a drug to a precise spot in the body.(Science/AAAS) (Sou... More
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(University of California - Riverside) The Casimir force is typified by the small attractive force that acts between two close parallel uncharged conducting plates. Now, to study this force, two physicists at the University of California, Riverside have received funding of $1.6 million for two years from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The physicists will conduct experimental and theoretical research on ways to manipulate th... More
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(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Raising prospects for building a practical quantum computer, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have demonstrated sustained, reliable information processing operations on electrically charged atoms (ions). The new work, described in the Aug. 6 issue of Science Express, overcomes significant hurdles in scaling up ion-trapping technology from small demonstrations t... More
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(Technische Universitaet Muenchen) Scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen and Harvard University have thrown the lid off a new toolbox for building nanoscale structures out of DNA, with complex twisting and curving shapes. In the Aug. 7 issue of the journal Science, they report a series of experiments in which they folded DNA, origami-like, into 3-D objects including a beach ball-shaped wireframe capsule just 50 nanometers in diameter.... More
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(Rice University) Rice University physicists have written the next chapter in an innovative approach for studying the forces that shape proteins. Featured on the cover of today's issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, the new research illustrates the value of studying proteins with a new method that uses the tools of nanotechnology.
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(DOE/US Department of Energy) To accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a new 21st-century energy economy, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the delivery of $377 million in funding for 46 new multi-million-dollar Energy Frontier Research Centers located at universities, national laboratories, nonprofit organizations, and private firms. The centers will help lay the scientific groundwork for fundamental advances in solar ener... More
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(University of Copenhagen) A new method for nanoscale imaging of vesicle-fusion -- vesicles are biological nanosized containers -- could add to our understanding of diseases of the nervous system and viral infections. This could be useful in developing a cure for neurological diseases and mental disorders. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen are behind the new data, which have recently been published in the prestigious scientific journal... More
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Human brain cells harbor astonishing genomic variability, due to mobile elements -- pieces of DNA that insert extra copies of themselves throughout the genome using a "copy and paste" mechanism -- according to scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.The findings could help explain brain development and individuality, as well as lead to a better understanding of neurological disease. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news168697506.h... More
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(University of California - Los Angeles) The newly launched UCLA on-campus technology incubator at the California NanoSystems Institute has opened lab space to MediSens Wireless, a start-up company that develops and manufactures personal body monitoring systems for medical and health applications. The incubator program was established in March to nurture early-stage research and accelerate the commercial translation of technologies developed at U... More
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DARPA is asking for a device that can use adult stem cells to regenerate and repair injured body parts, including nerves, bone and skin, using the same (or better) structural and mechanical properties of human tissue. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/newman/gfx/news/mica2.jpg)
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The first professional scientific organization based entirely in virtual worlds, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics (MICA), has been formed by scientists from the California Institute of Technology, Princeton, Drexel University, and MIT. In addition to getting people together in a free and convenient way, virtual worlds can offer new possibilities for multi-dimensional data visualization. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news16860... More
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The first artificial cellular organelle, a small microfluidics chip that mimics some of the cell's Golgi apparatus actions, has been created by researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.The digital device allows the researchers to control the movement of a single microscopic droplet while they add enzymes and sugars, split droplets apart, and slowly build a molecule chain like heparin, which is widely used to prevent blood from clotting in m... More
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Touchable holography, augmented reality for ordinary toys, hyper-realistic virtual reality, 3D teleconferencing, and scratchable input are among the interesting ideas are being showcased this week at siggraph 2009. (Source: http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/editors/23940/)
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THE birth of the first live mice created from mouse skin cells by the Chinese Academy of Sciences has confirmed the potential of converting pluripotent stem cells (iPS) into all tissues of the body, a property that could prove valuable for people undergoing reconstructive surgery. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327193.700-fertile-mice-created-from-skin-cells.html)
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The Nikon COOLPIX S1000pj is the world's first camera to feature a built-in projector. (Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2351202,00.asp)
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Today's software developers work in social networks in which everyone is closely linked to everyone else, says social scientist Viktor Mayer-Schonberger of the National University of Singapore."The over-abundance of connections through which information travels reduces diversity and keeps radical ideas from taking hold," he suggests. (Source: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327195.600-cosy-social-networks-are-stifling-innovation.html)
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Today's LED lamps are essentially as energy efficient as compact fluorescents in the amount of energy needed to create, recycle and provide light, a life-cycle cost study by the Siemens Corporate Technology Centre for Eco Innovations has found. (Source: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/04/leds-as-energy-efficient-as-compact-fluorescents/)
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(University of Washington) University of Washington researchers have found a way to measure exactly how much electrical current is carried by tiny bubbles and channels that form inside nanoscale solar cells, paving the way for development of more efficient materials.
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Weizmann Institute researchers have developed an advanced DNA computer capable of representing basic rules and facts and answering queries, using fluorescent molecules in some strands to light up in a combination of colors that represent answers. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news168510956.html)
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University of Washington researchers have illuminated brain tumors by injecting 33-nanometer fluorescent nanoparticles with an attached fluorescent molecule into the bloodstream, safely crossing the blood-brain barrier.The nanoparticles improved the contrast in both MRI and optical imaging, which is used during surgery. Nano-imaging could also help with early cancer detection. Current imaging techniques have a maximum resolution of 1 millimeter. N... More
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Japan has launched a five-year project of putting "people-assisting robots" into widespread practical use, such as Cyberdyne's HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) exoskeletons, designed to give mobility to the injured and disabled. (Source: http://www.physorg.com/news168507367.html)
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