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University of Utah Engineers Unlock Potential for Faster Computing

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University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material – a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor – that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform lightning-fast calculations but don’t overheat. This new “topological insulator” behaves like an insulator on the inside but conducts electricity on the outside.

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New RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

A research team has developed a new search algorithm that improves a robot’s ability to find and navigate to tagged objects. The team has implemented their system in a PR2 robot, allowing it to travel through a home and correctly locate different types of tagged household objects, including a medication bottle, TV remote, phone and hair brush.

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Reflected Smartphone Transmissions Enable Gesture Control

University of Washington engineers have developed a new form of low-power wireless sensing technology that lets users "train" their smartphones to recognize and respond to specific hand gestures near the phone.

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Wireless Sensor Transmits Tumor Pressure

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed a novel sensor that can wirelessly relay pressure readings from inside a tumor.

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Nuclear Spins Control Current in Plastic LED

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University of Utah physicists read “spins” in hydrogen nuclei and used the data to control current in a cheap, plastic LED – at room temperature and without strong magnetic fields. The study in Friday’s issue of Science brings physics a step closer to practical "spintronic" devices: superfast computers, more compact data storage and plastic or organic LEDs, more efficient than those used today in display screens for cell phones, computers and televisions.

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Germanium Tin Could Mean Better and Cheaper Infrared Cameras in Smartphones

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University of Arkansas researchers have fabricated a new semiconductor material that can be used to build better and less expensive infrared cameras for smartphone and automobiles.

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Humans of New York: An Illustration of How IT is Affecting Leadership

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Making Quantum Dots Glow Brighter

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Researchers have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending on their size. Quantum dots, which are so small they start to exhibit atom-like quantum properties, have a wide range of potential applications, from sensors, light-emitting diodes, and solar cells, to fluorescent tags for biomedical imaging and qubits in quantum computing.

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New Study Out of Villanova University Finds Release of Violent Video Games May Actually Reduce Real-World Violence

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Astrophysicist Available To Discuss #SolarFlares @unhresearch

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