Category: Tech SCI News

Robot guided by MRI performs brain surgery

Surgeons and robotics experts at the University of Calgary have developed neuroArm, a robot which is capable of performing brain surgery within the powerful magnet of an MRI. Being able to work within such a powerful magnetic field is a first for robots. Most brain surgeries are performed with their assistance, but so far no […]

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New energy-efficient chips can be powered by body heat

Texas Instruments has designed a proof-of-concept chip that uses a tenth of the power of modern-day chips. This is a huge innovation that could lead to far better battery life for anything that uses a chip and is powered by batteries including phones, medical devices, and sensors. The jump in efficiency was attained by reducing […]

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VirtuSphere takes virtual reality to the next level

The name says it all – the VirtuSphere is a giant… well… sphere that lets the user move around freely in a virtual reality world. Visuals are projected via a motion-tracking headset worn by the player. He can then run, jump, roll, or crawl around the virtual world in any direction. VirtuSphere works sort of […]

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New laptop fan cools with no moving parts

The nice folks over at Thorn Micro Technologies have developed an awesome new laptop fan – the RSD5. It is a solid state fan (no moving parts!) that uses an electrical current to generate airflow. More airflow, in fact, than standard mechanical fans. While typical mechanical fans generate a breeze of 0.7 – 1.7 meters […]

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Researchers develop mind-reading machine that knows what you are looking at

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a way to extract visual stimuli from brain signals. A new computational model was created that uses functional MRI (fMRI) data to see what’s going on in an individual’s visual cortex – the part of their brain that processes visual stimuli. So far, fMRI studies have […]

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New infrared solar panels work even at night

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have developed a flexible solar panel able to collect infrared energy instead of the usual photonic energy. The panel uses an array of nano-sized antennas that are able to harvest 80% of the available energy (most modern solar panels can only harvest close to 20%). The possibilities are endless with […]

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Researchers create world’s fastest internet connection

French researchers announced recently that they have been able to transfer data optically at a speed of 16.4Tbps (that’s terabits per second, or about 17 billion kilobits per second). Yes, that’s over 11 million times faster than today’s DSL connections. At these rates they were able to transfer 2.05TB or about 100 HD movies every […]

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Wiperless windshield created, powered by nanotech

Italian car designer Leonardo Fioravanti (of Pininfarina fame) has developed a prototype car with a windshield that doesn’t need wipers. It can brush away water and dirt all by itself. The car, dubbed Hidra, uses a special aerodynamic design along with four sophisticated surface treatments to the windshield to keep the driver’s view clear. The […]

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Absolut Quartet – rubber ball-powered, music-making contraption

The Absolut Quartet has to be one of the coolest toys we’ve played with on the ‘net in a long time. First, let’s dive into what the thing actually is. The Absolut Quartet is “a multi-instrumental music-making machine combining art and technology to create the equivalent of a classic human quartet. With a twist. It […]

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