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posted in May 2005

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'Skin' could refine robots' sense of touch
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5/30/2005   Post a comment
Robots have mastered picking and placing, welding, and similar tasks that can be precalibrated, but they cannot perform tasks that requite a sense of touch, such as "feeling" when a bolt's threads mesh before screwing it in.
Brain wave sensor system taps Bluetooth marshaled for mind readers
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5/30/2005   Post a comment
NeuroSky Inc. wants to get into your head. By fusing brain wave recognition algorithms with a sensor chip and dry electrode, NeuroSky hopes to simplify cell phone-based applications that today require error-prone human input, as well as revolutionize applications from gaming to medical diagnostics and therapy.
Memory marquee
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5/23/2005   Post a comment
With SRAM, DRAM and flash high-stepping down the road map for both standalone and embedded designs, any competing memory chip technology faces an uphill battle. Nevertheless, other types of memory — in various stages of development — are rumbling offstage.
Metamaterials yield left-handed complement for optics
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5/23/2005   Post a comment
Metamaterials that are able to reverse basic optical properties of conventional lenses and microwave antennas are being explored as a superior optical medium.
Tweak to inductive loading shrinks antenna
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
Independent tests appear to support an inventor's claim that his skunk-works antenna design can shrink antenna size by up to 70 percent while maintaining equivalent sensitivity and increasing bandwidth.
Self-replicating robots are demonstrated at Cornell
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5/16/2005   Post a comment
Robots at Cornell University are making copies of themselves without human intervention.
Nanowires look promising for plastic circuits
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5/9/2005   Post a comment
Silicon nanowires could combine the best features of carbon nanotubes and amorphous silicon to overcome the liabilities of the circuit technologies being explored for large-area flexible substrates, research at Harvard University suggests.
Precise placement of nanotubes demonstrated
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5/2/2005   Post a comment
Growing carbon nanotubes on silicon chips could enable nanoscale transistors, but only if designers can specify exactly where the tiny devices grow.


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