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Elsevier announces the winner of the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Elsevier) Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the editors of the leading international journal Chemical Physics Letters are pleased to announce the winner of the 5th Ahmed Zewail Prize in Molecular Sciences. The award goes to Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas from the University of Cambridge, UK for his outstanding contributions to the fundamental understanding of the structures of solids and development and application of the concept ...

Patents for humanity: Special edition of Technology and Innovation Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:00:00 AM

Disney Research develops hybrid fluid transmission enabling light and swift robotic arms Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Disney Research) Engineers routinely face tradeoffs as they design robotic limbs -- weight vs. speed, ease of control vs. fluidity. A new hybrid fluid transmission developed at Disney Research Pittsburgh promises to eliminate some of those tradeoffs, making possible robot arms that are light enough to move swiftly and gracefully, yet with precise control.

Ion adsorption matter in biology Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Springer) Biological membranes are mainly composed of lipid bilayers. Gaining a better understanding of adsorption of solution ions onto lipid membranes helps clarify functional processes in biological cells. A new study, published in EPJ E, provides a quantitative description of the equilibria between lipid membranes and surrounding solution ions. In addition to shedding some light on biological processes, these results could also have implications for, among other things, the future development of medical ...

New tech aims to improve communication between dogs and humans Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(North Carolina State University) Researchers have developed a suite of technologies that can be used to enhance communication between dogs and humans, which has applications in everything from search and rescue to service dogs to training our pets.

Dazzlingly sharp images on curved screens Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) Projecting images on curved screens poses a dilemma. The sharper the image, the darker it is. A novel optical approach brings brightness and sharpness together for the first time on screens of any curvature -- and additionally allows about 10,000-times faster projection rates. Researchers will be presenting their technology Nov. 4-6 at Vision 2014 in Stuttgart.

Fraunhofer develops economical process for micro energy harvesting Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) The trend toward energy self-sufficient probes and ever smaller mobile electronics systems continues unabated. They are used, for example, to monitor the status of the engines on airplanes, or for medical implants. They gather the energy they need for this from their immediate environment -- from vibrations, for instance. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a process for the economical production of piezoelectric materials.

Line camera makes magnetic field lines visible in 3-D and real time Thursday October 30th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft) Fraunhofer scientists have developed a high-resolution magnetic line camera to measure magnetic fields in real time. Field lines in magnetic systems such as generators or motors, which are invisible to the human eye, can be made visible using this camera. It is especially suitable for industrial applications, for example in quality assurance during the manufacture of magnets. A prototype will be on display for the first time at electronica 2014 in Munich from Nov. 11-14 (Hall A4 / Booth ...

'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing Wednesday October 29th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(University of California - San Diego) What does it take to fabricate electronic and medical devices tinier than a fraction of a human hair? Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of lithography in which nanoscale robots swim over the surface of light-sensitive material to create complex surface patterns that form the sensors and electronics components on nanoscale devices. Their research was published recently in the journal Nature Communications.

Griffith scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds Wednesday October 29th, 2014 04:00:00 AM
(Griffith University) Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory on parallel universes.In a paper published in the journal Physical Review X, Professor Howard Wiseman and Dr. Michael Hall from Griffith's Centre for Quantum Dynamics, and Dr. Dirk-Andre Deckert from the University of California, propose that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact. They show that such an interaction could explain everything that is bizarre about quantum ...

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