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Researchers Use Mobile Sensors to Collect Swath of Health Data at NIBIB-Funded MD2K Center

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The Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge—or MD2K—for tools to gather and interpret health data generated by wearable sensors. MD2K, headquartered at the University of Memphis, is a consortium of 12 universities and university medical centers—with 20 investigators whose research spans computing, engineering, and statistics and biomedical research.

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New App Turns Smartphones Into Worldwide Seismic Network

MyShake Android app crowdsources ground shaking from smartphone accelerometers.

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Telemedicine Program Launched in Syria is Successful Model for ICU Services in Unstable Regions

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Life-saving medical treatment can be readily deployed using modern cost-free social media applications in regions devastated by war, according to clinicians who launched the Syria Tele-ICU program in December 2012. In a report published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society journal Annals of the American Thoracic Society, the researchers detail their experience in providing critical care services using telemedicine to civilians in an active war zone.

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“Haptic Glasses” Could Make Car Navigation Safer, Less Distracting

Human factors/ergonomics researchers have developed an alternative navigation system that uses haptic (touch) communication instead of voice that, along with a visual display, shows promise to address the issue of cognitive overload in the car.

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FSU Researcher Uses Technology to Tell Civil Rights Icon’s Story

Sixty years ago, the murder of an African-American teenager helped galvanize the civil rights movement in America. Today, the history of that iconic event is being shared through a location-based smartphone application.

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Mobile Communication Keeps Couples Who Live Close to One Another Even Closer

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Texting can make the heart grow fonder. That is just one of the findings of the latest research from Catalina Toma, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Results show that even couples who live close to one another rely heavily on mobile media to manage their dating relationships. And that can be a good thing, Toma says.

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‘Electrospray’ System Could Revolutionize Manufacturing; NSF Grant Recipient to Explore 3D Printing Technique

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Paul Chiarot, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Binghamton University, recently received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious program for early-career researchers, and he aims to redefine 3D printing at a very fine scale. His “electrospray” technique puts tiny particles into a solvent and applies them to a surface, creating electronics in a process not unlike an inkjet printer. “The normal way we make things is we put material everywhere and then etch away what we don’t want,” Chiarot says. “You might end up etching away 90 or even 95 percent of the material. If you’re printing, you can just put the material where you want it to be.”

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Scripps Florida Researchers Develop ‘LIGHTSABR’—A Cheap, Portable Drug-Discovery System

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Scientists at the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have developed a device that can do the functional equivalent of high-throughput compound screening on an ultra-miniaturized scale.

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Smart Cities Better Defined by New Research

Researchers at the University of Birmingham have identified a handful of key elements that define ‘smart cities’– cities like Singapore and Copenhagen, which are both at the top of their game in using technology to enable their citizens to enjoy a better quality of life, but in different ways.

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Iowa State Challenges Students to Turn Back Cyber Attacks, Keep Lights on, Water Running

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Teams of students will work eight straight hours to protect a simulated city's power and water utilities from cyber attackers. It’s all part of the country’s first Cyber-Physical System Cyber Defense Competition at Iowa State University on Saturday, Feb. 13.

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Working with Local Law Enforcement to Share Data

Datacasting project is part of the ongoing efforts to ensure first responders have the tools, technologies, and knowledge they need to save lives and protect property while staying safe.

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Cockroach Inspires Robot That Squeezes Through Cracks

Creepy bugs can run quickly even when flattened to one-half height.

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Simulation Center AV & Design: B-Line Medical Now Offers Turnkey Audiovisual Services

B-Line Medical®, an industry leader in video-driven healthcare education and outcome improvement, is excited introduce new turnkey audiovisual services.

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The Future of Gaming: Create Your Own Character in Just Four Minutes

Want to see the future of gaming? Look in the mirror.

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Online Shopping Might Not Be as Green as We Thought

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A study by researchers in the Delaware Center for Transportation provides insight into the impacts of home shopping on vehicle operations and greenhouse gas emissions.

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'Pushback' Against Constant Connectivity Also Reflected in Images, Study Follow-Up Finds

People expressing the wish to resist constant online connectivity — dubbed "pushback" by University of Washington Information School researchers — is manifested as powerfully in images as in text, further study has found.

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Blended Retail Key to Attracting Today’s Shoppers

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Lithium Battery Catalyst Found to Harm Key Soil Microorganism

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The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium. A study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota is an early signal that the growing use of the new nanoscale materials used in the rechargeable batteries that power portable electronics and electric and hybrid vehicles may have untold environmental consequences.

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A New-Generation Exoskeleton Helps the Paralyzed to Walk

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Until recently, being paralyzed from the waist down meant using a wheelchair to get around. And although daily life is more accessible to wheelchair users, they still face physical and social limitations. But UC Berkeley’s Robotics and Human Engineering Laboratory has been working to change that.