New Projectors Will Enable Large Displays and More Usefulness from Small Computers and Smartphones

Light Blue Optics : Holographic Displays Light Blue Optics (LBO) holographic laser projection technology creates very bright, high-resolution images that remain in focus at all distances from the pico projector. This novel display technology will enable a new generation of highly efficient, low-cost miniature projection systems with applications across a range of high-volume markets. Light …

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Japanese scientists create transgenic monkeys

UPDATE: MIT Technology Review has coverage and the above pictures of the glow in the dark monkeys. The Nature journal abstract is here Eight pages of supplemental information is here Japanese scientists have created the world’s first transgenic primates, breeding monkeys with a gene that made the animals’ skin glow a fluorescent green. This can …

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Technology Roundup

1. Unity Semiconductor, a Silicon Valley start‐up that will serve the semiconductor data storage memory market as a designer, developer and manufacturer of non‐volatile memory (NVM) ICs, has announced a breakthrough technology called CMOx, which is based on the use of conductive metal oxides in the semiconductor process that allows for ionic motion. Unity said …

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Inertial Electrostatic Confinement (IEC/Bussard) Fusion

A–Plasma Wiffleball 8 Testing Funded The Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake intends to procure on sole-sourced basis, a Cost Plus Fixed Fee contract for research, analysis, development, and testing to validate the basic physics of the plasma fusion (polywell) concept as well as requirements to provide the Navy with data for potential …

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Simpler Optical Invisibility Developed

Purdue University researchers have a simpler method for optical invisibility using a “tapered optical waveguide” design instead of metamaterials. The research team used their specially tapered waveguide to cloak an area 100 times larger than the wavelengths of light shined by a laser into the device, an unprecedented achievement. Previous experiments with metamaterials have been …

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DNA Wrapped Carbon Nanotubes for Tissue Replacement

Tough and soft: Highly porous, spongelike materials self-assemble by calcium ion condensation of DNA-wrapped carbon nanotubes (SWNTs-DNA; see picture, IL=ionic liquid). The toughness, modulus, and swellability of the electrically conductive sponges can be tuned by controlling the density and strength of interfiber junctions. The sponges have compliances similar to the softest natural tissue, while robust …

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Nanoscale Reversible Mass Transport for Archiving Computer Memory that Can Last One Billion Years

Nanoscale reversible mass transport computer memory has been demonstrated by Zettl Research Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and University of California at Berkeley. In separate but related research in Japan, Daisuke Takagi at NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Atsugi, Japan, decided to replace the metal nanoparticles (the seeds for growing carbon nanotubes) with a densely …

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International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2009

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2009) in Kobe, Japan, is presenting many interesting robots. [H/T Sander Olson] A rapid pole climbing robot from the University of Pennsylvania. Robot-Assisted Rapid Prototyping for Ice Structures Video of ice sculpting robot at this link McGill University researchers are currently developing experimental robotic systems for building …

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Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology is Indistinguishable from Magic: Beyond Invisibility Illusion Optics

Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology propose to use transformation optics [advanced metamaterials] to generate a general illusion such that an arbitrary object appears to be like some other object of our choice. This is achieved by using a remote device that transforms the scattered light outside a virtual boundary into …

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Making Square Centimeters of Graphene on Copper and Graphene Transistor Progress

1. Large-Area Synthesis of High-Quality and Uniform Graphene Films on Copper Foils. Graphene films of the order of centimeters were grown on copper substrates by chemical vapor deposition using methane. The films are predominantly single-layer graphene with a small percentage, 3. MIT has an overview of current graphene research. Anticipated Uses for Graphene Electronics “Graphene …

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E-books with Larger Screens and Soon Brighter Color

A prototype in-plane electrophoretic display consisting of 1,000 pixels. Credit: Philips MIT TEchnology Review reports A new approach developed by Philips now offers fresh hope for color e-paper displays that are so bright and clear that even traditional liquid crystal displays (LCDs) will pale in comparison. The new approach has the potential to create color …

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