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+ - Periscope Turns Any iPhone User Into a Live Broadcaster->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Not all that long ago, to call yourself a broadcaster you needed the blessing of station executives and pretty smile. But communications technology is advancing quickly. So much so, that anybody with an internet connection can now share their perspective with the world. Twitter and Facebook brought this idea into the mainstream with text, photos and emails and now new players are arriving to take things in almost-scary new directions. Launched today, the Periscope live video app can turn anybody with an iPhone into a citizen journalist, whether they be streaming the scene of an disaster-zone or coming at you live from the breakfast table."
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+ - Robobug: Scientists Clad Bacterium With Graphene to Make a Working Cytobot->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "By cladding a living cell with graphene quantum dots, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) claim to have created a nanoscale biomicrorobot (or cytobot) that responds electrically to changes in its environment. This work promises to lay the foundations for future generations of bio-derived nanobots, biomicrorobotic-mechanisms, and micromechanical actuation for a wide range of applications."
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+ - Plasmonic Nanostructure Recording Could Produce Storage Breakthrough->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The use of optical sound-on-film recording on early movie films revolutionized the motion picture industry and remained the standard method of audio recording in that medium for more than 80 years. Now researchers from the University of Illinois have emulated that feat in miniature by claiming to have recorded the world's first optically encoded audio onto a plasmonic film substrate. The size of human hair, this substrate has a capacity over five-and-a-half thousand times greater than conventional analog magnetic recording media."
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+ - First-Ever Quantum Device That Detects and Corrects its Own Errors ->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Before the dream of quantum computing is realized, a number of inherent problems must first be solved. One of these is the ability to maintain a stable memory system that overcomes the intrinsic instability of the basic unit of information in quantum computing – the quantum bit or "qubit". To address this problem, Physicists working at the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) claim to have created breakthrough circuitry that continuously self-checks for inaccuracies to consistently maintain the error-free status of the quantum memory."
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+ - ATRIAS Bipedal Robot Can Take a Beating and Keep Walking->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The great tradition of designing robots inspired by the many beautiful forms of locomotion seen in the animal kingdom likely predates robotics itself, arguably stretching all the way back to Michelangelo's time. Standing on the shoulders of such giants is ATRIAS, a series of human-sized bipedal robots that remind us of other two-legged creatures like the ostrich or emu."
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+ - Full-Duplex Radio Integrated Circuit Could Double Radio Frequency Data Capacity->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Full-duplex radio communication usually involves transmitters and receivers operating at different frequencies. Simultaneous transmission and reception on the same frequency is the Holy Grail for researchers, but has proved difficult to achieve. Those that have been built have proven complex and bulky, but to be commercially useful in the ever-shrinking world of communications technology, miniaturization is key. To this end, engineers at Columbia University (CU) claim to have created a world-first, full-duplex radio transceiver, all on one miniature integrated circuit."
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+ - Future Soldiers May Be Wearing Fish-Inspired Body Armor-> 1

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "On most fish, their hard, overlapping scales provide considerable protection against pokes and cuts. Because those independently-moving scales are each attached to a flexible underlying skin, however, the fish are still able to easily twist and turn their bodies. Scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and MIT are now attempting to copy that structure, to develop flexible-yet-effective armor for humans."
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+ - World's Most Powerful Laser Diode Arrays Deployed->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS) under construction in the Czech Republic is designed to generate a peak power of more than 1 quadrillion watts (1 petawatt, 1015 watts). The key component to this instrument – the laser "pump" – will be a set of solid-state laser diode arrays recently constructed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). At peak power, this electronic assemblage develops a staggering 3.2 million watts of power and are the most powerful laser diode arrays ever built."
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+ - Silk-Derived Material Could Boost Battery Performance->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Next-generation lithium-ion batteries may hold more charge for a greater number of cycles thanks to a new material derived from natural silk. Scientists at the Beijing Institute of Technology found that not only does their regenerated silk fibroin material work for over 10,000 cycles but it also stores five times more lithium than graphite, which is the most common choice for the anode (negative electrode) in lithium-ion batteries."
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+ - Heart-on-a-Chip Beats a Steady Rhythm->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The growing number of biological structures being grown on chips in various laboratories around the world is rapidly replicating the entire gamut of major human organs. Now one of the most important of all – a viable functioning heart – has been added to that list by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) who have taken adult stem cells and grown a lattice of pulsing human heart tissue on a silicon device."
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+ - Senolytics: A New Class of Drugs With the Potential to Slow the Aging Process->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "It's a cruel irony that when we're young we want to be older, but when we're older we want to be younger. While few would advocate research into ways to make kids grow up faster, there are plenty of efforts underway looking to forestall the rigors of age. The latest cause for hope in this area comes in the form of a new class of drugs called senolytics, which have been shown to dramatically slow the aging process in animal models."
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+ - Engine Running on Frozen Carbon Dioxide May Power Mission to Mars->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Future missions to Mars may well be powered by carbon dioxide fueled engines, thanks to a recent prototype developed by Northumbria and Edinburgh Universities. Exploiting a phenomenon known as the Leidenfrost effect, researchers hope that their engine could be powered by the vast amount of dry-ice deposits found on the red planet, thereby reducing the need to transport fuel on interplanetary missions."
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+ - PrintDisplay: DIY Displays and Touchscreens Anyone Can Print->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "For years now, we've been promised miraculous new flexible touchscreen displays, but the deployment of such technology in big consumer products, like say the LG G Flex, hasn't started any revolutions just yet. That could soon change thanks to a team of computer scientists from Germany's Saarland University who have developed a technique that could allow anyone to literally print their own custom displays, including touchscreens."
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