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September 1, 2015

Wrist Device Translates Sign Language

Sep. 1, 2015 — A smart device that translates sign language while being worn on the wrist could bridge the communications gap between the deaf and those who don’t know sign language, says a biomedical engineering ... read more

Forget Cash: Plastic Is the New Sign of Criminal Activity

Aug. 31, 2015 — The ERAD Prepaid Card Reader is a small, handheld device that uses wireless connectivity to allow law enforcement officers in the field to check the balance of ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Researchers have found that molecular machines can be easily manipulated using very small mechanical energy, taking advantage of the property that they aggregate on the surface of ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — A group in Japan has developed tissue adhesive porous films that promote angiogenesis without using growth factors. This new technology may contribute to medical cost reduction making expensive ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — A suppression of strange quark production relative to up and down quark production had previously been noted; for the first time, the result has been verified when a single pair is ... read more

Skimming Uranium from the Sea

Aug. 31, 2015 — Researchers have developed a new, protein-based system that can mine certain types of uranium from sea water with exceedingly high affinity and ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — Extremely water-repellant surfaces were fabricated that can withstand pressures that are 10 times greater than the average pressure a surface would experience resting in a room. The surfaces resist ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — They're going to build a new road right outside your living room window. The authorities have sent you a 'noise map', but what you really need is to hear what the traffic noise will ... read more

Aug. 31, 2015 — The world shipbuilding industry is facing drastically stricter requirements for emissions starting this year, and by 2020 emissions will need to be cut even more. Currently, as many as 60 per cent of ... read more

Discarded Electronics Mismanaged Within Europe Equals About 10 Times the Volume of E-Waste Exported

Aug. 30, 2015 — Mismanagement of discarded electronics within Europe involves a volume 10 times that of e-waste shipped to foreign shores in undocumented exports, according to a comprehensive two-year investigation ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — Building better batteries means understanding the chemistry of acids and bases. Now, scientists found that when a strong acid is mixed with water, the negatively and positively charged parts create ... read more

Surface Plasmons Move at Nearly the Speed of Light and Travel Farther Than Expected, Possibly Leading to Faster Electronic Circuits

Aug. 28, 2015 — Light waves trapped on a metal's surface travel farther than expected. While the distance might seem quite small, it is far enough to possibly be useful in ultra-fast electronic ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — Good news for those interested in accurately modeling combustion engines, scientists can now discriminate between previously unidentified radicals found in the early stages of the combustion process ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — Even large objects obey quantum physics, meaning they are never quite at rest. Researchers have developed a way to detect -- and manipulate -- this underlying quantum ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — A new solar fuel generation system, or artificial leaf, safely creates fuel from sunlight and water with record-setting efficiency and ... read more

Better Signs Could Help Reduce Friction Between Motorists, Bicyclists

Aug. 28, 2015 — A survey shows 'Bicycles May Use Full Lane' signs are better at communicating bicyclists' right to use the ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — Researchers have developed the first nano/micro-textured highly slippery surfaces able to outperform lotus leaf-inspired liquid repellent coatings, particularly in situations where the water is in ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — In all organisms, water's pH has a profound effect. Because the interaction of carbon dioxide and water explains the natural acidity of water and all accompanying reactions, it is considered a ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — With detection limits down to the zeptomolar range (about 600 molecules in a sample), a new technology can analyze the metabolic composition of individual microbial cells, as well as detect the ... read more

Aug. 28, 2015 — Turning carbon dioxide from certain power plants into a more valuable chemical would reduce emissions while creating a revenue return. Scientists have now derived a metal-free catalyst that does the ... read more

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