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businessPregnant Women can pee on an Ikea ad for half price on cribs

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The magazine Ikea ad, running in Sweden, encourages the reader to pee on it. If she does so, and is pregnant, the ad reveals previously invisible text offering a discounted price on a crib—using similar technology that pregnancy tests use …

carsResolution of self driving car sensors improved 1,000-fold to detect objects through fog

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The MIT Camera Culture group present a new approach to time-of-flight imaging that increases its depth resolution 1,000-fold. That’s the type of resolution that could make self-driving cars practical. The new approach could also enable accurate distance measurements through fog, …

futureRoadmap for Future Ocean Floor Mapping

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About 71% of the Earth is covered by the World Ocean for which the bottom topography (bathymetry) is far less known than the surfaces of Mercury, Venus, Mars, and several planets’ moons, including our own. Mapping through ocean water deeper …

appUltrasound on a chip using an array of sensors will make ultrasound 50 times lower cost in 2018

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A regular ultrasound machine costs over $100,000 but a new ultrasound on a chip device attached to smartphone will be $2000 in 2018. It will be portable and will eventually make ultrasound as common as blood pressure cuffs in hospitals, …

lasersPlasmons in an Open Box Create Miniature Laser for fantastic sensors

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Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed the first miniature laser in which the light is guided along the floor of an open metallic trench. The laser could act as a nanoscale device to sense …

nanomagnetsQuantum stabilized nanomagnet levitation

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Quantum physicists in Oriol Romero-Isart’s research group in Innsbruck show in two current publications that, despite Earnshaw’s theorem, nanomagnets can be stably levitated in an external static magnetic field owing to quantum mechanical principles. The quantum angular momentum of electrons, …

carsBetter 24 by 7 all conditions vision for self driving cars

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Startup AdaSky is creating a far infrared thermal camera called Viper for self driving cars. Viper is a breakthrough, complete-sensing solution to enable 24/7 driving, combining a far infrared thermal camera with advanced machine vision algorithms that lets autonomous vehicles …

darpaDARPA’s Dormant but Always-Alert Sensors

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DARPA has new sensor that use virtually zero stand-by power. Then ovel sensors could improve situational awareness for warfighters, add smarts to Internet of Things. A research team at Northeastern University, led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Matteo …

oceanBillionaire Paul Allen funds sensors to measure three times deeper in the ocean

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Every day, 3800 robotic floats bob up and down, tracking temperatures in the world’s oceans, which sop up an estimated 90% of the heat from global warming. In the course of a decade, the international Argo array has provided one …

brainAntennas 100 times smaller than today could enable tiny brain implants and other breakthroughs

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Engineers have figured out how to make antennas for wireless communication 100 times smaller than their current size, an advance that could lead to tiny brain implants, micro–medical devices, or phones you can wear on your finger. The brain implants …