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Scanning Robot Helps Put Insect Collections Online

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A robot capable of scanning a tray of insect specimens in a few minutes will help make the virtual images and tagging information available online, according to South Dakota State University entomologist Paul Johnson, director of the Severin-McDaniel Insect Research Collection. The InvertNet Project, led by the University of Illinois in Champaign, involves 23 universities and two natural history museums.

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Streamlining Thin Film Processing for Electrodes, Display Screens

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Energy storage devices and computer screens may seem worlds apart, but they’re not. When associate professor Qi Hua Fan of the South Dakota State University electrical engineering and computer science department set out to make a less expensive supercapacitor for storing renewable energy, he developed a new plasma technology that will streamline the production of display screens.

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Researchers Study Impact of Power Prosthetic Failures on Amputees

Powered lower limb prosthetics hold promise for improving the mobility of amputees, but errors in the technology may also cause some users to stumble or fall. New research examines what happens when these technologies fail, with the goal of developing more robust powered prostheses.

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'Cloaking' Device Uses Ordinary Lenses to Hide Objects Across Continuous Range of Angles

Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways--some simple and some involving new technologies--to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration.

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Spiraling Light, Nanoparticles and Insights Into Life’s Structure

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As hands come in left and right versions that are mirror images of each other, so do the amino acids and sugars within us. But unlike hands, only the left-oriented amino acids and the right-oriented sugars ever make into life as we know it.

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A 3-D, Talking Map for the Blind (and Everyone Else)

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In partnership with Touch Graphics Inc., developers at the University at Buffalo’s Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDeA Center) have built and tested a new kind of interactive wayfinder: 3-D maps that vocalize building information and directions when touched.

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Georgia Tech Professor Proposes Alternative to ‘Turing Test’

A Georgia Tech professor is offering an alternative to the celebrated “Turing Test” to determine whether a machine or computer program exhibits human-level intelligence.

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Turtle Mike Technology Bridges Communications Systems

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Recent two-week field tests in Nebraska of the Hybrid Public Safety Microphone—or Turtle Mike—allowed law enforcement, medical, fire and rescue and public works personnel to test a merge of land mobile radio (LMR) and broadband systems to enable first responders to communicate with each other. Funded by S&T’s First Responders Group (FRG) at the request of DHS’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Turtle Mike bridges these normally stand-alone systems and offers a platform that links different systems together.

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Electron-Beam Technology a Better Way to Sanitize Ebola Waste?

Dr. Suresh D. Pillai said electron beam technology could be much safer and more cost effective to sanitize ebola virus contaminated equipment and wastewater.

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