Researchers create underwater Jelly fish robot that does not need batteries or electricity

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech have created an undersea vehicle inspired by the common jellyfish that runs on renewable energy and could be used in ocean dives for rescue and surveillance missions. The robotic jellyfish, dubbed RoboJelly, feeds off hydrogen and oxygen gases found in water. “We’ve created an …

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DOE Sunshot Vision and Halotechnics Solar Thermal Storage

The US Dept of Energy SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the total installed cost of solar energy systems by 75%. (to 6 cents per kwh). This can be accomplished by reducing solar technology costs, reducing grid integration costs, and accelerating solar deployment nationwide. Sunshot Vision Study provides an in-depth assessment of the potential for solar …

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Graphyne May Be Better than Graphene

Sheets of single-layer carbon with a variety of bonding patterns may have properties similar to the wonder material graphene, according to new computer simulations. Super-strong, highly conducting graphene is the hottest ticket in physics, but new computer simulations suggest that materials called graphynes could be just as impressive. Graphynes are one-atom-thick sheets of carbon that …

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Ericsson Networked City Index

Networked Society City Index – Triple-bottom-line effects of accelerated ICT maturity in cities worldwide (16 pages) The past 25 years have brought a digital age, massive computing power, highspeed data access and mobile communication. More recently, we have seen the emergence of the cloud, bringing communication and information technologies together in a new, emerging ICT …

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New system allows robots to continuously map their environment

Robots could one day navigate through constantly changing surroundings with virtually no input from humans, thanks to a system that allows them to build and continuously update a three-dimensional map of their environment using a low-cost camera such as Microsoft’s Kinect The system, being developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory …

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Imec announces world-first 300mm-fab compatible directed self-assembly process line

At next week’s SPIE Advanced Lithography conference (San Jose, CA), imec announces the successful implementation of the world first 300mm fab-compatible Directed Self-Assembly (DSA) process line all-under-one-roof in imec’s 300mm cleanroom fab. The upgrade of an academic lab-scale DSA process flow to a fab-compatible flow was realized in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin, AZ …

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DARPA Working with Innovega for virtual reality contact lens and eyeware combination

Innovega iOptiks are contact lenses that enhance normal vision by allowing a wearer to view virtual and augmented reality images without the need for bulky apparatus. Instead of oversized virtual reality helmets, digital images are projected onto tiny full-color displays that are very near the eye. Innovega Demonstrates Megapixel Contact Lens Eyewear Over the past …

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There is less than one year of time available for effective intervening a nuclear Iran

Ehud Barak said Israel was focussed on the prospect of a nuclear Iran and what “should and could be done about it on time.” “It’s true that it won’t take three years, probably three quarters before no one can do anything practically about it because the Iranians are gradually, deliberately entering into what I call …

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DARPA funds autonomous robotic manipulation

DARPA’s four-year, multi-track Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program aims to develop software and hardware that enables a robot to autonomously manipulate, grasp, and perform complicated tasks with humans providing only high-level supervision. The ARM robot will be able to adapt to unstructured, dynamic environments. Over the course of the program in the Software Track, funded …

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Synthetic Universal Flu Nasal Spray Vaccine shows success in Mice

University of Adelaide researcher Dr Darren Miller and colleagues have successfully trialled a synthetic universal flu vaccine in mice. Dr Miller and colleagues used specific peptides delivered to the noses of mice. The peptides trigger an immune response to a tiny region of the flu virus that is present in all influenza A and B …

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