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Super Realistic Bionic Hand

July 19, 2007

Touch Bionics’ i-Limb is supposedly the world’s most advanced bionic hand.

Super Robots Gear Up for Space

February 22, 2007

Superbots — robots made up of identical modular units that plug into one another to create robots that can stand, crawl, wiggle, and roll — are being developed mainly to carry out multiple complex tasks, such as assembly, inspection, maintenance, habitat construction, surface landing, and exploration in space and on planet surfaces.

Super Searches

November 5, 2004

IBM Almaden Research Center has developed a next-generation search technology, called WebFountain, that lets users ask specific questions in complete sentences — something today’s search engines have trouble handling.

WebFountain can whittle down billions of pages of unstructured data from the entire Web in real time, rapidly retrieving and analyzing only the most relevant pages. Geared for corporate applications, WebFountain spots online trends as they emerge, identifies patterns –… read more

Super secure data encryption gets faster

April 20, 2010

Researchers at the Cambridge Lab of Toshiba Research Europe have demonstrated the continuous operation of a quantum key distribution (QKD) system with a speed greater than one megabit/sec over a 50 km fiber optic network.

The system could be used by hospitals, banks, or anyone transmitting sensitive data.

The technology will work without user interference, and allows sensitive information to be distributed using “one-time pad” encryption — a… read more

Super slow-motion camera can follow firing neurons

October 29, 2009

A camera sensor able to film action at 1 million frames per second to detect one-microsecond neuron signals has been developed by Delft University of Technology researchers.

The device uses an array of single-photon detectors, each connected to a stopwatch with 100-picosecond accuracy.

Super Soaker Inventor Aims to Cut Solar Costs in Half

January 10, 2008

Lonnie Johnson, a nuclear engineer who holds more than 100 patents, says he can achieve a conversion efficiency rate that tops 60 percent with a new solid-state heat engine. It represents a breakthrough new way to turn heat into power.

The Johnson Thermoelectric Energy Conversion System has no moving parts. It’s similar to a fuel cell: it circulates hydrogen between two membrane-electrode assemblies. Unlike a fuel cell, however, it… read more

Super Soldiers

July 24, 2003

New materials and technologies could boost the mobility and safety of U.S. troops.

Scientists at DuPont are developing ways to manipulate light so soldiers could appear to disappear. EIC Laboratories is working on “electrochromic camouflage” — a chameleon fabric that would change colors instantly to blend in with its surroundings.

The new Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT is creating new materials and devices molecule by molecule with… read more

Super Water Kills Bugs Dead

May 16, 2005

A new miracle liquid proves deadly to viruses, bacteria and fungi, but harmless to humans and animals. It might even wipe out antibiotic-resistant superbugs — and you can drink it.

Super Water Kills Bugs Dead

May 17, 2005

A California company has figured out how to use two simple materials — water and salt — to create a solution that wipes out single-celled organisms, and which appears to speed healing of burns, wounds and diabetic ulcers.

‘Super Wi-Fi’ blankets first county in US

January 27, 2012

Super Wi-Fi logo

New Hanover County, North Carolina, recently rolled out “Super Wi-Fi,” operating in the “white spaces” between 50–700Mhz, where previously only television stations were allowed to transmit, reports Technology Review’s Mim’s Bits blog.

This could mean high-speed wireless connections for the county’s residents, and also the potential to connect to Wi-Fi towers that are miles distant (not possible with conventional Wi-Fi).

However,… read more

Super-black carbon nanotubes make spacecraft instruments more sensitive

July 23, 2013

Australia’s Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication applied a catalyst layer using atomic layer deposition to this occulter mask (credit: NASA)

A team led by John Hagopian, an optics engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has demonstrated that it can grow a uniform layer of carbon nanotubes through the use of another emerging technology called atomic layer deposition or ALD.

The super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft optical instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size.

“The significance of this is that we… read more

Super-bright, fast X-ray free-electron lasers can now image single layer of proteins

Scientists to image the missing 25 percent of known proteins
February 17, 2014


A new method for determining a protein’s shape just one protein molecule thick, using X-ray free-electron lasers (XFEL), significantly increases the number and type of proteins that researchers can study.

In biology, a protein’s shape is key to understanding how it causes disease or toxicity. Researchers who use X-rays to take snapshots of proteins need a billion copies of the same protein stacked and packed into a neat crystal.… read more

Super-Charging Lithium Batteries

January 4, 2008

Stanford University materials scientists have unveiled a silicon nanowire electrode that could more than triple lithium batteries’ energy storage capacity and improve their safety.

Existing lithium batteries can enable battery-powered electrical vehicles to travel hundreds of miles on a charge, but major automakers need to demonstrate that the batteries are safe and durable enough for mass marketing.

Super-Cheap Supercomputing?

April 3, 2003

Star Bridge Systems claims to have created a reconfigurable “hypercomputer” that performs like a supercomputer but sits on a desktop, uses very little electricity, needs no special cooling systems and costs as little as $175,000.

The secret is the use of field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chips that can be reprogrammed on the fly to handle different tasks and the development of a special programming language.

News tip: Walter… read more

Super-dense data stores cool down

September 18, 2009

A material that could allow super-dense (125 gigabytes per square inch) “millipede”-style data storage systems to work at room temperature (and thus be a viable commercial product) has been developed by researchers at Pohang University of Science and Technology in Kyungbuk, Korea.

The system uses a “baroplastic” — a hard polymer that becomes soft when placed under pressure — and the tip of an atomic force microscope (AFM) to… read more

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