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New e-book reader to use AT&T network

July 22, 2009

AT&T plans to announce Wednesday that it will support an electronic book reading device due early next year from Plastic Logic.

Its target market will be professionals to display business documents in nearly full size. Barnes & Noble Inc. will also supply digital versions of books for the device.

IBM researchers develop new technique for integrating ‘III-V’ materials onto silicon wafers

A breakthrough that may allow for an extension to Moore's Law
June 10, 2015

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A team of IBM researchers in Zurich, Switzerland with support from colleagues in Yorktown Heights, New York has developed a relatively simple, robust and versatile process for growing crystals made from compound semiconductor materials. The new method will allow the materials to be integrated onto silicon wafers — an important step toward making future computer chips that will allow integrated circuits to continue shrinking in size and cost,… read more

Laser light to detect potential diseases via breath samples

February 19, 2008

University of Colorado scientists have found that laser light can detect molecules in a person’s breath that may be markers for diseases like asthma or cancer, using optical frequency comb spectroscopy to distinguish molecules.

University of Colorado at Boulder News Release

Beating the sub-wavelength limit

October 31, 2005

Physicists in Spain and Germany have proposed a technique for sending cold atoms through an array of slits that are much narrower than the de Broglie wavelength of the atoms. The phenomenon, which relies on “surface matter waves”, could be used to make atomic circuits.

Tracking how mobile apps track you

May 22, 2011

Last week, a U.S. Senate subcommittee questioned Apple and Google on their handling of personal data. This week, Facebook joined Google and Apple on the hot seat.

A major initiative designed to improve consumer privacy on the Web — the proposed “Do Not Track” bill — could be hard to apply to mobile devices, regulators said. The bill would allow consumers to opt out of having… read more

Smart coating for military vehicles being developed

December 26, 2002

The New Jersey Institute of Technology has received a U.S. Army contract to develop a nanotech-based smart coating that would enable military vehicles, if corroded or scratched, to detect and heal themselves. The vehicles could also change color on the battlefield, creating instant camouflage and rendering tanks, helicopters and military trucks virtually invisible.

The coatings could also reduce the sensitivity of explosives and thus make them safer for soldiers… read more

Talking paperclip inspires less irksome virtual assistant

July 30, 2009

CALO (Cognitive Assistant that Learns and Organizes) — a project that involved over 60 universities and research organisations and is the largest ever non-classified AI project — ends this Friday and has produced a virtual assistant that can sort, prioritize, and summarize email; automatically schedule meetings; and prepare briefing notes before them.

Transparent, stretchable conductors using nano-accordion structure

Could this material be used as an interface for your future cell phone?
June 26, 2015

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created stretchable, transparent conductors that work because of the structures' "nano-accordion" design. The material is shown here, rolled up to highlight its flexibility. (credit: Abhijeet Bagal)

Researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) have created stretchable, transparent conductors based on a “nano-accordion” design inspired by springs.

Why is this important?

Imagine a material that is a flexible, stretchable, and transparent. So it could be attached to human or robot skin (or woven into clothing) for use as a wearable, stretchable, touch-sensitive smartphone display, for example, or used as a… read more

Physicists Demonstrate Qubit-Qutrit Entanglement

February 27, 2008

An international team of physicists entangled a qubit with its 3D equivalent, the “qutrit,” demonstrating a new way to handle higher-dimensional quantum information carriers.

Qubit-qutrit entanglement could lead to advantages in quantum computing, such as increased security and more efficient quantum gates, and enable novel tests of quantum mechanics. A qutrit is the quantum information analogue of the classical trit and carries more information: it exists in superpositions of… read more

Neuroscientists break code for visual recognition

November 13, 2005

Neuroscientists in the McGovern Institute at MIT have been able to decipher a part of the code involved in recognizing visual objects.

In a fraction of a second, visual input about an object runs from the retina through increasingly higher levels of the visual stream, continuously reformatting the information until it reaches the highest purely visual level, the inferotemporal (IT) cortex. The IT cortex identifies and categorizes the object… read more

Repetitive error correction in a quantum processor

May 27, 2011

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A more efficient algorithm for error correction in quantum computers has been demonstrated experimentally by physicists at the Institute for Experimental Physics of the University of Innsbruck and the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IQOQI).

The physicists demonstrated the mechanism by storing three calcium ions in an ion trap. All three particles were used as… read more

Cal Tech announces Turing Tournament

January 16, 2003

Cal Tech has announced the “Turing Tournament,” designed to “find the best computer programs to mimic human behavior … and the best computer programs to detect the difference between machine and human behavior.”

Two types of submissions will be accepted: an emulator, which generates a dataset that mimics human behavior, and a detector, which detects the difference between datasets generated by human and machine behavior.

“The… read more

Touchable Hologram Becomes Reality (w/ Video)

August 7, 2009

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.

I Need a Virtual Break. No, Really.

March 3, 2008

The movement to unplug from the Internet in “secular Sabbaths” appears to be gaining traction everywhere.

Breakthrough for quantum measurement

November 23, 2005

Two teams of physicists have measured the capacitance of a Josephson junction for the first time. The methods could be used to measure the state of quantum bits in a quantum computer without disturbing the state.

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