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Turbo-jet Robot Hunts Typhoons
04/19/12 — National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan—An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) design team led by Wei-Hsiang Lai, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and director of advanced propulsion and power system research center at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has innovated first turbo-jet robot aircraft named Sky Fortress-III anticipating to assist in typhoon…

Cyborg Cabaret Explores Human-Robot Relations
04/18/12 — Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburg—Humans and robots will share the stage of the North Side’s New Hazlett Theater at 8 p.m., Friday, April 27, for the Cyborg Cabaret, a variety show designed to make the audience laugh hard and think harder about how technology is changing society. The interdisciplinary show will feature…

Robotics Team to Compete at World Tourney in St. Louis
04/12/12 — A group of Powell High School students will go where no Powell Panthers have gone before: the world robotics competition in St. Louis. Out of 2,188 active robotics teams that competed this year, PHS is one of only 128 to qualify for the world championship. “We are certainly off to…

IEEE Spectrum: Developments to Watch For in 2012
04/06/12 — When the world’s pre-eminent electronic engineering magazine makes predictions about the near-term future of our industry, it’s worth paying attention. And that’s particularly true when the magazine’s predictions are based on comments from a panel of experts. Their forecasts included the continuation of some trends we’ve already seen, such as…

Polymer Researchers Develop New Technique for Shaping Thin Gel Sheets
03/15/12 —   Ryan Hayward, Christian Santangelo and colleagues describe their new method of halftone gel lithography for photo-patterning polymer gel sheets in the current issue of Science. They say the technique, among other applications, may someday help biomedical researchers to direct cells cultured in a laboratory to grow into the correct shape…

Researchers Fabricate Light-Modifying Nano Particles Using DNA
03/15/12 —   In the human body genetic information is encoded in double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid building blocks, the so-called DNA. Using artificial DNA molecules, an international team of scientists headed by the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) has produced nanostructured materials that can be used to modify visible light by…

New Femtosecond Laser Technique May Advance Metamaterials
03/09/12 —   Researchers in applied physics have cleared an important hurdle in the development of advanced materials, called metamaterials, that bend light in unusual ways. Working at a scale applicable to infrared light, the Harvard team has used extremely short and powerful laser pulses to create three-dimensional patterns of tiny silver…

Georgia Tech Pioneers New Ways of Teaching Service Robots
03/09/12 —   Simon the Robot, created in the lab of Andrea Thomaz (School of Interactive Computing), learns a new task from a participant in a study seeking to determine the best questions a robot learner can ask to facilitate smooth human-robot interaction. Within a decade, personal robots could become as common…

Australian Scientists Develop Atom-Sized Transistor
02/20/12 —   In a remarkable feat of engineering, University of New South Wales physicists have created a working transistor consisting of a single atom placed precisely in a silicon crystal. The tiny electronic device, described today in a paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, uses as its active component an individual…

Using New Mass-Production Technique, Robotic Insects Spring to Life
02/17/12 —   A new technique, inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami, will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet. Devised by engineers at Harvard, the ingenious layering and folding process enables the rapid fabrication of not just microrobots, but a broad range of electromechanical devices.…

Unraveling a Butterfly’s Aerial Antics Could Help Builders of Bug-Size Flying Robots
02/14/12 —   To improve the next generation of insect-size flying machines, Johns Hopkins engineers have been aiming high-speed video cameras at some of the prettiest bugs on the planet. By figuring out how butterflies flutter among flowers with amazing grace and agility, the researchers hope to help small airborne robots mimic…

Scientists Unveil Magnetic Storage Breakthrough
02/09/12 —   An international team of scientists has demonstrated a revolutionary new way of magnetic recording which will allow information to be processed hundreds of times faster than by current hard-drive technology. The researchers found they could record information using only heat – a previously unimaginable scenario. They believe this discovery will not…

Terahertz Polarizer Nears Perfection
02/01/12 —   Researchers at Rice University are using carbon nanotubes as the critical component of a robust terahertz polarizer that could accelerate the development of new security and communication devices, sensors, and non-invasive medical imaging systems, as well as fundamental studies of low-dimensional condensed matter systems. The polarizer developed by the Rice lab…

Future Robots Could Have Complex Electronic Circuits Embedded into Their Casings
01/25/12 —   The integration of electronics with materials opens up a world of possibilities, the surface of which is just being scratched. Professor Arokia Nathan has joined the University to take up a new Chair in Engineering, where he will be exploring the application of research that allows us to glimpse…

T-Ray Technology Could Lead to Powerful Sensors for Robotic Medical Devices
01/24/12 —   Scientists who have developed a new way to create a type of radiation known as Terahertz (THz) or T-rays - the technology behind full-body security scanners - say their new, stronger and more efficient continuous wave T-rays could be used to make better medical scanning gadgets and may one…

IBM scientists create the world’s smallest magnetic memory bit using only 12 atoms
01/13/12 —   Punctuating 30 years of nanotechnology research, scientists from IBM Research have successfully demonstrated the ability to store information in as few as 12 magnetic atoms. This is significantly less than today’s disk drives, which use about one million atoms to store a single bit of information. The ability to…

Implanted Biofuel Cell Converts Bug’s Chemistry into Electricity
01/09/12 —   An insect's internal chemicals can be converted to electricity, potentially providing power for sensors, recording devices or to control the bug itself, a group of researchers at Case Western Reserve University report. The finding is yet another in a growing list from universities across the country that could bring…

Researchers Develop Permanent DNA-Based Data-Storage Device
01/06/12 —   In an effort to make data storage more cost-effective, a group of researchers from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have created a DNA-based memory device that is "write-once-read-many-times" (WORM), and that uses ultraviolet (UV) light to make it possible to…




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