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The Myth of the Digital Native

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NYIT-led study debunks myth that digital natives are more proficient than teachers in technology use. In fact, students need better skills and guidance in how to use technology to help solve problems and improve their critical thinking skills in the classroom.

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Adaptive Zoom Riflescope Prototype Has Push-Button Magnification

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a prototype Rapid Adaptive Zoom for Assault Rifles (RAZAR). At the push of a button, RAZAR can toggle between high and low magnifications, enabling users to zoom in without having to remove their eyes from their targets or their hands from their rifles. The RAZAR prototype uses a patented active optical zoom system, called “adaptive zoom.” Adaptive zoom changes the focal lengths of two or more lenses by varying the curvature of the lenses’ surfaces to provide optical zoom without changing their overall positions relative to one another, allowing the user to view either a wide-angle image or zoom in on an area of interest with a compact, low-power system.

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Brookhaven Lab Launches Computational Science Initiative

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Building on its capabilities in computational science and data management, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory is embarking upon a major new Computational Science Initiative (CSI). This program will leverage computational science expertise and investments across multiple programs at the Laboratory-including the flagship facilities that attract thousands of scientific users each year-further establishing Brookhaven as a leader in tackling the "big data" challenges at the frontiers of scientific discovery.

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Evening the Odds

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Wake Forest University faculty finds technology to help blind student see math clearly and pursue degree.

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New Book Documents Power of Smart Cameras

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A professor of computer science and computer engineering at the University of Arkansas has published a new textbook about distributed, embedded smart cameras.

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First Responders Identify Gaps, See Results, and Begin Process for Solutions

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When first responders from around the nation recently gathered in Washington D.C., they saw firsthand the technologies that the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed based on issues they had previously identified. This highlighted the importance of their participation in the First Responder Resource Group (FRRG) 2014 Annual Meeting to identify high-priority capability gaps to prepare them for future success.

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ORNL Research Reveals Unique Capabilities of 3-D Printing

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Researchers have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes.

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Beyond LEDs: Brighter, New Energy -Saving Flat Panel Lights Based on Carbon Nanotubes

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Scientists from Tohoku University in Japan have developed a new type of energy-efficient flat light source based on carbon nanotubes with very low power consumption of around 0.1 Watt for every hour’s operation--about a hundred times lower than that of an LED.

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Dissolvable Silicon Circuits and Sensors

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Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and their advances suggest a new era of devices that range from green consumer electronics to ‘electroceutical’ therapies, to biomedical sensor systems that do their work and then disappear. The work will be presented at the AVS 61st International Symposium.

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