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Desktop Supercomputer

A prototype of what may be the next generation of personal computers has been developed by researchers at the University of Maryland. The system is capable of computing speeds 100 times faster than current desktops and is based on parallel processing on a single chip, an approach that allows the computer to perform...

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Techs of the Week

A portfolio of technologies applies mid-infrared spectroscopy to the analysis of fluids, including blood, serum, and other biological fluids. Tests are non-destructive and the techniques require no reagents or other chemicals. The spectroscopic signatures obtained from the samples can be used to aid the diagnosis of disease,...

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NASA News

NASA recently tested the first nanotechnology- based electronic device to fly in space. The test showed that the Nano ChemSensor Unit could monitor trace gases inside a spaceship. This technology could lead to smaller, more capable environmental monitors and smoke detectors in future crew habitats.

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Free CAD/CAE Webinar

You've got one day left to sign up for NASA Tech Briefs' FREE webinar, Virtual Testing at the CAD Stage with Simulation Software, sponsored by Noran Engineering. The live event takes place tomorrow, June 27, at 2:00 PM EST.

In order to successfully compete in the global marketplace, your product design process needs...

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Coming Attractions

This monthly review lets you "meet" the new advertisers appearing in NTB and its supplements. Here's a sneak peek at the products, services, and offers available from July's first-time advertisers.

Accuratus Ceramic Corp. (Phillipsburg, NJ) offers Accuflect™ light-reflecting ceramic for high-energy flashlamp-driven...

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Glaucoma Treatment

A nanoparticle made at the University of Central Florida shows promise as a drug delivery device for treating glaucoma, an eye disease that can cause blindness and affects millions of people worldwide. The nanoparticle can safely get past the blood-brain barrier making it an effective, non-toxic tool for drug delivery,...

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Technology Business Briefs

Fluorescent Nanodiamonds

Glowing nanodiamonds can be tracked as they move through the body and can reveal the inner workings of cells. Firing a high-energy electron beam through diamonds 100 nanometers wide produces permanent defects in their crystal structure that makes them glow under laser light. These...

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Heat Stress Risk

Purdue University researchers project a 200 to 500 percent increase in the number of dangerously hot days in the Mediterranean by the end of the 21st century if the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions continues. The study found that France would be subjected to the largest increase of high-temperature extremes. The study...

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Guessing Robots

Engineers at Purdue University are developing robots able to make "educated guesses" about what lies ahead as they traverse unfamiliar surroundings, reducing the amount of time it takes to successfully navigate those environments. The method uses a new software algorithm that lets a robot create partial maps as it travels through...

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Self-Healing Material

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed the next generation of self-healing material that mimics human skin by healing itself time after time. The new materials rely on embedded, three-dimensional microvascular networks that emulate biological circulatory systems.

Said Nancy...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A technology is sought to indicate that a product packed into a rigid metal container has not been tampered with and/or degraded over time. The solution must incorporate a method of communicating this information to the packager, retailer, or consumer. The container may be subjected to a thermal treatment for some canned...

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Crops "Talk" to Farmers

A University of Colorado at Boulder invention optioned to AgriHouse, a Colorado-based company, may soon enable corn and potato crops to "talk" to farmers about when they need water and how much they need. A tiny sensor clips on to plant leaves and charts their thickness, a key measure of water deficiency and accompanying...

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NASA Tech Briefs Free Webinar

On June 27, 2007, NASA Tech Briefs will present a FREE webinar on "Virtual Testing at the CAD Stage with Simulation Software," sponsored by Noran Engineering.

In order to successfully compete in the global marketplace, your product design process needs to be the best in its class, delivering innovative...

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Hot CAD/CAE Products

Dassault Systemes (Paris, France) offers Version 5 Release 17 of its DELMIA Robotics software that defines and simulates flexible manufacturing devices such as multi-wrist robotic arms. The software offers tooling definition, workcell layout, robot programming, and workcell simulation capabilities. Engineers can plan,...

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Facing the Challenge

The recently released results of the Face Recognition Grand Challenge (FRGC), sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), indicate that the best face-recognition algorithms perform more accurately than most humans. The FRGC was open to researchers and developers in industry, academia, and research...

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Crowd or Mob?

What are the patterns of human behavior and movement in crowded cities that turn agitated crowds into anti-social mobs? This question, as well as the ability to configure civic areas as defensible spaces, are addressed by an immersive 3D computational model under development by Paul M. Torrens, a geographer at Arizona State...

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Test & Measurement Webinar

You've got one day left to sign up for NASA Tech Briefs' FREE webinar, Benefits of PXI Express for Next-Generation Testing, sponsored by Geotest-Marvin Test Systems, tomorrow, June 20, at 2:00 pm EST.

Learn the capabilities, benefits, and features of PXI Express as a platform for next-generation test systems and...

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Nano 50 Winners Announced

Nanotech Briefs® magazine has announced the winners of the third annual Nano 50™ Awards, which recognize the top 50 technologies, products, and innovators that have significantly impacted -- or are expected to impact -- the state of the art in nanotechnology. The winners of the Nano 50 awards are the "best of...

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Techs of the Week

A surface contamination detection system enables accurate, automated, in-line inspection of metallic and composite panels prior to bonding, coating, painting, or welding. The technology is transferable to any application where surface contamination of metal or composite panels is undesirable, necessitating the need for...

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Virtual Patient

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are using a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a physics-based virtual model that can simulate a patientís breathing in real time. When used in conjunction with existing 3D models, adding the fourth dimension of time could improve the...

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Current Attractions

In August of 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the U.S. Gulf Coast and became one of the largest natural disasters in the history of the United States. It resulted in more than 1,800 deaths and more than $150 billion in damages. Katrina's storm surge measured up to 30 feet along the Mississippi coast, with winds at 127 miles per...

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Technology Business Briefs

This technology dislodges and removes microscopic particles from substrates quickly and efficiently, which is necessary for the manufacture of electronics and all forms of work at the microscopic scale. Click here for more info.

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Wireless Power Transfer

A team from MIT has demonstrated wireless power transfer, which would enable cell phones, MP3 players, laptops, and other portable electronics to charge themselves without being plugged in. Some of these devices may not even need their batteries to operate.

The team was able to light a 60W light bulb from a power...

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Peptide Reference Material

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued its first-ever reference material designed to improve the performance and reliability of experiments to measure the masses and concentrations of peptides in biomolecular samples. The new reference material is expected to be an important tool in the...

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Donor Algorithm

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an algorithm that could significantly boost the efficiency of kidney exchanges, a mechanism for matching live donors with unrelated recipients.

The algorithm makes it possible to create matches for three- and four-way exchanges -- that is, three or four...

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Tech Needs of the Week

A method is needed that allows for the visual detection of the presence of pathogenic bacteria or microbes on human hands. The method must be safe and preferably performed in one action. The solution must be small in size and possibly disposable. Click here to respond to this Tech Need.

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Biocomputers

Researchers at Harvard University and Princeton University have made a crucial step toward building biological computers, tiny implantable devices that can monitor the activities and characteristics of human cells. The information provided by these devices -- constructed entirely of DNA, RNA, and proteins -- could eventually...

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Cancer Research Prize

A group of New York investors will award $1 million a year to the person with the best idea in cancer research, and will share the idea worldwide. The Gotham Prize encourages novel thinking in cancer research and will be selected by a panel of scientists from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, and the Cancer...

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Current Attractions

Each month, NTB highlights tech briefs related to a particular area of technology in a special section called Technology Focus. Here are some of the technologies featured in the June issue focus on Test & Measurement.

Multi-Antenna Radar System for Doppler Rain Measurements

A team at NASA's Jet Propulsion...

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