DARPA making second TERN drone with goal of Predator scale airpower and recon on every ship

DARPA gave contractor Northrop Grumman just under US$18 million to build the second of its Tactically Exploited Reconnaissance Node UAV. What DARPA wants out of the project is an unmanned drone that can launch from a ship, deliver weapons, and return, using the kind of space devoted to helicopters rather than needing an aircraft carrier. …

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Artificial pancreas likely to be available by 2018

The artificial pancreas — a device which monitors blood glucose in patients with type 1 diabetes and then automatically adjusts levels of insulin entering the body — is likely to be available by 2018, conclude authors of a paper in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes). Issues such as …

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Eight of the top 12 smartphone makers are from China and world number three Huawei claims it will pass Apple in 2018 and Samsung by 2021

The smartphone market is maturing Samsung and Apple, are each forecast to show a slight decline in smartphone shipments this year. Three companies are expected to drop out of the top 12 ranking this year as compared to 2015—Japan-based Sony, U.S.-based Microsoft, and China-based Coolpad. These three companies saw their 1Q16 sales of smartphones drop …

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Modified stem cells used for overall 11.4 improvement in motor function of stroke patients – People in wheelchairs are walking

People disabled by a stroke demonstrated substantial recovery long after the event when modified adult stem cells were injected into their brains. Injecting modified, human, adult stem cells directly into the brains of chronic stroke patients proved not only safe but effective in restoring motor function, according to the findings of a small clinical trial …

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A planet 1,200 light-years away is a good prospect for a habitable world

A distant planet known as Kepler-62f could be habitable, a team of astronomers reports. The planet, which is about 1,200 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Lyra, is approximately 40 percent larger than Earth. At that size, Kepler-62f is within the range of planets that are likely to be rocky and possibly …

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World’s smallest and least expensive anti-tamper/counterfeit detection technology

DARPA awarded a $12.3 million contract to Northrop Grumman Corporation and its partners for the agency’s SHIELD (Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense) program in 2015. SHIELD aims to stop counterfeit electronic parts from entering the supply chain by implementing an authentication solution consisting of a miniaturized chip called a dielet, under development by …

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Quantum dot solids could usher in a post-silicon era in electronics

Just as the single-crystal silicon wafer forever changed the nature of communication 60 years ago, a group of Cornell researchers is hoping its work with quantum dot solids – crystals made out of crystals – can help usher in a new era in electronics. The team, led by Tobias Hanrath, associate professor in the Robert …

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Nanofabrication of a silicon chip with all quantum info processor

Prof. Hong Tang has devised a process of nanofabrication to create a silicon chip that contains all the components needed for a quantum information processor “We can make a lot of these nanodevices easily by copying our design hundreds or thousands of times, without much additional effort or cost,” said Carsten Schuck, post-doctoral researcher and …

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Rex Computing to deliver 25 times the energy efficiency for computers and target exaflop by 2020

REX Computing is developing a new, hyper-efficient processor architecture targeting the requirements for the supercomputers of today, and all the computers of tomorrow. Rex Computing will be sampling its first chips in the middle of 2016 and will move to full production silicon in mid-2017 using TSMC’s 28 nanometer process. By 2020, Rex want to …

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Terabytes of Flash memory are affordable now and much faster 3D Xpoint memory in Terabyte sizes should be affordable in the next few years

Samsung PM1633a is a 16TB (Terabyte) SSD (Solid state flash drive, formatted capacity, 15.36TB). It was announced at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit. The massive increase in density is thanks to the 48-layer 3D TLC NAND that Samsung announced earlier this week. Based on the company’s own statistics, each of its new 3D NAND chips …

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Futuristic brain probe allows for wireless control of neurons

A study showed that scientists can wirelessly determine the path a mouse walks with a press of a button. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, created a remote controlled, next-generation tissue implant that allows neuroscientists to inject drugs and shine lights on neurons deep inside the …

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