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Ozobot was selected for a Kids at Play Interactive (KAPi) Award for the Best Robot.

World's Smallest Programmable Robot wins KAPi Award

January 5, 2015 12:40 pm | by Evollve | News | Comments

Who's that tiny dancer in the aisles of the Consumer Electronics Show? It's Ozobot, the world's smallest programmable robot with an intuitive color-based language. Ozobot's capacity for fun and learning is designed to bridge the physical and digital divide, and the “smart game piece” glides seamlessly from paper to digital tablet. Playing with the robot introduces kids and young adults to simple coding basics...

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Engineers check out the Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE-3) following the complete inflation system test under vacuum conditions in the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel at NASA’s Langley Research Center. When Orbital Sciences resumes sending supplies

Preparing for Extreme Challenges, NASA Explores Inflatable Spacecraft

January 5, 2015 12:20 pm | by Brock Vergakis, Associated Press | News | Comments

Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem, and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help to solve it. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the Red Planet is just one of many challenges the agency faces as it eyes an ambitious goal of sending humans into deep space. NASA has been developing an inflatable heat shield that looks a lot like a super-sized stacking ring of doughnuts.

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Artist impression of the central region of NGC 1266. The jets from the central black hole are creating turbulence in the surrounding molecular gas, suppressing star formation in an otherwise ideal environment to form new stars. Courtesy of B. Saxton (NRAO

Perfect Storm Quenching Star Formation around Supermassive Black Hole

January 5, 2015 11:49 am | by National Radio Astronomy Observatory | News | Comments

High-energy jets powered by supermassive black holes can blast away a galaxy’s star-forming fuel, resulting in so-called "red and dead" galaxies: those brimming with ancient red stars yet containing little or no hydrogen gas to create new ones. However, astronomers using ALMA have discovered that black holes don’t have to be nearly so powerful to shut down star formation. They have detected a “perfect storm” of turbulence ...

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Besides being a fundamental breakthrough, this discovery opens up the possibility of making devices which take the benefits of both light and matter.

Half-Light, Half-Matter Quantum Particles a Step toward Practical Quantum Computing Platforms

January 5, 2015 11:36 am | by City College of New York | News | Comments

Prospects of developing computing and communication technologies based on quantum properties of light and matter may have taken a major step forward. In a pioneering study, researchers were able to discover half-light, half-matter particles in atomically thin semiconductors consisting of a 2-D layer of molybdenum and sulfur atoms arranged similar to graphene.

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The prototype robotic turtle. Courtesy of NUS

Next-gen Thinking Biomimetic Robots Perform Surveillance, Energy Harvesting

January 2, 2015 4:26 pm | by National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Researchers are closer to creating underwater robotic creatures with a brain of their own — besides behaving like the real thing. In the near future, it would not be too tall an order for the National University of Singapore (NUS) team to produce a swarm of autonomous tiny robotic sea turtles and fishes, for example, to perform hazardous missions, such as detecting nuclear wastes underwater or other tasks too dangerous for humans.

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A leading cause of skin and wound infections once confined largely to hospitals and nursing homes, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is now cropping up in schools, farms and locker rooms, infecting otherwise healthy people. Researchers

Algorithm Predicts Superbugs' Countermoves

January 2, 2015 4:24 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

With drug-resistant bacteria on the rise, even common infections that were easily controlled for decades — such as pneumonia — are proving trickier to treat with standard antibiotics. New drugs are desperately needed, but so are ways to maximize the effective lifespan of these drugs. Researchers used software they developed to predict a constantly-evolving infectious bacterium's countermoves to one of these new drugs ahead of time...

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Close-up: Acorn Worm Larvae -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Acorn Worm Larvae

January 2, 2015 2:24 pm | News | Comments

This 10x photo of the larval stage of the acorn worm Balanoglossus misakiensis, dorsal view, shows cell borders, muscles and apical eye spots. It won 19th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by Dr. Sabrina Kaul of theUniversity of Vienna, Austria, using confocal microscopy.

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A gecko foot. Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed a gripping system based on the way gecko feet are able to stick to surfaces. Just as a gecko's foot has tiny adhesive hairs, the JPL devices have small structures that work in si

Gecko Grippers Get a Microgravity Test Flight

January 2, 2015 2:16 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

There are no garbage trucks equipped to leave the atmosphere and pick up debris floating around the Earth. But what if we could send a robot to do the job? Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are working on adhesive gripping tools that could grapple objects, such as orbital debris or defunct satellites, that would otherwise be hard to handle.

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The FBI is recruiting new cyber special agents, along with computer scientists, digital forensic examiners, and cyber-skilled interns.

FBI Seeking Tech Experts to Become Cyber Special Agents

January 2, 2015 12:22 pm | by FBI | News | Comments

Since its earliest days, the FBI has looked for recruits with specialized skills to fill its special agent ranks. Today, the most sought-after candidates possess a uniquely 21st century quality: cyber expertise. To keep pace with the evolving threat, the Bureau is appealing to experienced and certified cyber experts to consider joining the FBI to apply their well-honed tradecraft as cyber special agents.

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A new approach to atomic timekeeping may enable more stable and accurate portable atomic clocks. Courtesy of Christine Daniloff/MIT

Atomic Timekeeping: Enabling more Accurate Portable Clocks

January 2, 2015 11:54 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT | News | Comments

What time is it? The answer, no matter what your initial reference may be, will always trace back to the atomic clock. The international standard for time is set by atomic clocks — room-sized apparatuses that keep time by measuring natural vibration of atoms in a vacuum. Researchers have come up with a new approach to atomic timekeeping that may enable more stable and accurate portable atomic clocks, potentially the size of a Rubik’s cube.

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House cricket's tongue -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

House Cricket's Tongue

December 24, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

This 25x photo of a house cricket's tongue won 11th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Stefano Barone of Cremona, Italy, using Rheinberg illumination.

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The first OpenPOWER Summit will bring together an ecosystem of hardware and software developers, customers, academics, government agencies, industry luminaries, press and analysts to build OpenPOWER momentum.

First OpenPOWER Summit Announced

December 24, 2014 11:33 am | by OpenPOWER Foundation | News | Comments

The OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community dedicated to accelerating data center innovation for POWER platforms, has announced its first OpenPOWER Summit will be held March 17 to 19, 2015, at the San Jose Convention Center. It will be hosted within the GPU Technology Conference, which has thousands of technology sector attendees, including developers, researchers, government agencies and industry luminaries.

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Rice University graduate student Sidong Lei displays a three-pixel prototype made with atomically thin layers of CIS. The new material developed at Rice shows promise for two-dimensional electronics. Courtesy of Jeff Fitlow/Rice University

Ultrathin, Transparent and Flexible, 2-D Materials could lead to Thinnest-ever Imaging Devices

December 24, 2014 11:26 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

An atomically thin material may lead to the thinnest-ever imaging platform. Synthetic two-dimensional materials based on metal chalcogenide compounds could be the basis for super-thin devices, according to Rice University researchers. Although one such material, copper indium selenide, shows extraordinary promise.

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David Mazieres, an associate professor of computer science at Stanford, is leading an effort to get COWL through the process of standardization, which takes about a year. The goal is to have the first public draft of the standard ready by January.

New Security System Extends Firefox and Chrome to make Internet Safer

December 24, 2014 10:19 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford | News | Comments

Computer scientists have extended two popular browsers to empower developers to deliver creative new services while also make surfing safer. The team added a security system called COWL, or Confinement with Origin Web Labels, to Firefox and Chrome to manage how data is shared. It prevents malicious computer code from leaking sensitive information and, at the same time, allows Web applications to display content drawn from multiple sources.

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Two-dimensional slice showing, for scale parameter q=1  fm-1, the Minkowski space-time evolution at y=z=0 of the shear stress π^ςς=τ4πςς, for η¯=1/(4π)

Exact Solution to Model Big Bang, Quark Gluon Plasma Published

December 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Kent State University | News | Comments

Unlike in mathematics, it is rare to have exact solutions to physics problems. The first exact solution that describes a system expanding at relativistic velocities radially and longitudinally has been presented by researchers. It applies to a wide array of physics contexts and will help to better model galactic structure, supernova explosions and high-energy particle collisions, such as those studied at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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