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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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Snakes and Snake-like Robots Show How Sidewinders Conquer Sandy Slopes

The amazing ability of sidewinder snakes to quickly climb sandy slopes was once something biologists only vaguely understood and roboticists only dreamed of replicating. By studying the snakes in a unique bed of inclined sand and using a snake-like robot to test ideas spawned by observing the real animals, both biologists and roboticists have now gained long-sought insights.

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Drivers, Don’t Trade in Your Smartphone for Google Glass … Yet

Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new University of Central Florida study has concluded -- but there is a twist. In the study texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles after a traffic incident.

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Talking to Your Car Is Often Distracting

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Two new AAA-University of Utah studies show that despite public belief to the contrary, hands-free, voice-controlled automobile infotainment systems can distract drivers, although it is possible to design them to be safer. Apple's Siri and Chevrolet's MyLink were most distracting, while Toyota's Entune was least distracting.

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Researchers Create Software for Google Glass That Provides Captions for Hard-of-Hearing Users

A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech is converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display.

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