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Preservation for the (digital) ages

17 October 2017 - 9:43am
Researchers working with classicists and computer scientists have developed a method to preserve digital humanities databases. The preservation strategy allows scholars to re-launch a database application in a variety of environments -- from individual computers, to virtual machines, to future web servers -- without compromising its interactive features.
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New techniques boost performance of non-volatile memory systems

17 October 2017 - 8:00am
Computer engineering researchers have developed new software and hardware designs that should limit programming errors and improve system performance in devices that use non-volatile memory technologies.
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DISTRO: Researchers create digital objects from incomplete 3D data

13 October 2017 - 6:17am
Depth sensors, such as those of the Microsoft Kinect, are very powerful, but unfortunately they do not work equally well on all materials, which leads to noisy data or even missing measurements.
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Virtual humans work better than current ways to identify post-traumatic stress in soldiers

12 October 2017 - 6:10am
Researchers find that soldiers are more likely to open up about post-traumatic stress when interviewed by a virtual interviewer, reports a new study. Virtual interviewers can combine the rapport-building skills of human interviewers with feelings safety provided by anonymous surveys to help soldiers to reveal more about their mental health symptoms.
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Engineers invent breakthrough millimeter-wave circulator IC

6 October 2017 - 5:59am
Researchers continue to break new ground in developing magnet-free non-reciprocal components in modern semiconductor processes. They have built the first magnet-free non-reciprocal circulator on a silicon chip that operates at millimeter-wave frequencies, enabling circulators to be built in conventional semiconductor chips and operate at millimeter-wave frequencies, enabling full-duplex or two-way wireless.
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New technology uses mouth gestures to interact in virtual reality

5 October 2017 - 11:42am
Researchers have developed a new technology that allows users to interact in a virtual reality environment using only mouth gestures.
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Teleoperating robots with virtual reality: Making it easier for factory workers to telecommute

4 October 2017 - 11:27am
Many manufacturing jobs require a physical presence to operate machinery. But what if such jobs could be done remotely? Researchers have now presented a virtual-reality (VR) system that lets you teleoperate a robot using an Oculus Rift headset.
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Visualizing life in silico

3 October 2017 - 11:45am
Programming a molecular biology experiment can be similar to playing Sudoku; both are simple if you're working with only a few molecules or a small grid, but explode in complexity as they grow. Now, researchers have made it far easier for molecular biologists to make complex biological models.
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Tablets can teach kids to solve physical puzzles

20 September 2017 - 7:00am
Researchers replicated a previous study to confirm that 4- to 6-year-old children can transfer learning of a puzzle from a touchscreen device to the physical version. This contradicts most previous research and suggests that different types of screen learning media could have different effects on whether children can transfer learned skills to the physical world.
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Revolutionary approach brings 3D sound into the living room

24 August 2017 - 6:36am
Computer vision and sound experts have demonstrated ‘Media Device Orchestration’ – an innovative home audio concept which enables users to enjoy immersive audio experiences by using all available devices in a typical living room.
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Use of brain-computer interface, virtual avatar could help people with gait disabilities

23 August 2017 - 9:13am
Researchers have shown for the first time that the use of a brain-computer interface augmented with a virtual walking avatar can control gait, suggesting the protocol may help patients recover the ability to walk after stroke, some spinal cord injuries and certain other gait disabilities.
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When fish swim in the holodeck

21 August 2017 - 8:36am
Standard behavior experiments to investigate behavior in popular lab animals only incompletely mimic natural conditions. The understanding of behavior and brain function is thus limited. Virtual Reality helps in generating a more natural experimental environment but requires immobilization of the animal, disrupting sensorimotor experience and causing altered neuronal and behavioral responses. Researchers have now developed a VR system for freely moving animals to overcome most of these limitations.
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Telemedicine as effective as in-person care for Parkinson's disease

16 August 2017 - 1:06pm
Telemedicine can successfully deliver quality care, new findings from a nationwide program that links neurologists with patients with Parkinson's disease in their homes via video conferencing shows. The study points to a new way to improve care for people who suffer from the disease, but may have not have access to a neurologist.
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Smarter robot vacuum cleaners for automated office cleaning

15 August 2017 - 6:58am
Can you really use Outlook to make sure your office floor gets vacuumed? Absolutely! Engineers are developing an intelligent cleaning concept for smart offices. A robot vacuum cleaner automatically takes care of upcoming cleaning jobs that have been scheduled in Outlook.
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The importance of influencers on social media

10 August 2017 - 7:48am
Tracking the Twitter updates of a random sample of 300,000 active users over the course of a month reveals that this particular corner of social media and social networking is not quite as equitable and democratic as popular perception might have us believe. Indeed, the research reveals that there is a two-step flow of information through which a minority of users accounts for the majority of influence.
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An app for the perfect selfie

2 August 2017 - 7:30am
Computer scientists have developed a smartphone app that helps people learn the art of taking great selfies. Inside the app is an algorithm that directs the user where to position the camera allowing them to take the best shot possible.
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Somersaulting simulation for jumping bots

26 July 2017 - 3:43pm
Engineers have been developing new technologies to enable robots and humans to move faster and jump higher. Soft, elastic materials store energy in these devices, which, if released carefully, enable elegant dynamic motions. A pair of new computational methods takes first steps towards automating the design of the dynamic mechanisms behind these movements.
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'Magic Bench' lets users see, hear and feel animated characters

26 July 2017 - 7:29am
Sit on Disney Research's Magic Bench and you may have an elephant hand you a glowing orb. Or you might get rained on. Or a tiny donkey might saunter by and kick the bench. It's a combined augmented and mixed reality experience, but not the type that involves wearing a head-mounted display or using a handheld device. Instead, the surroundings are instrumented rather than the individual, allowing people to share the 'magical' experience as a group.
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Virtual laboratory: Fast, flexible and exact

18 July 2017 - 5:52am
During the forming process, sheet metal materials are often stressed to their limits. Computer simulations are used to test how far it is possible to go in production. However, the simulation is only ever as exact as the data on which it is based. Scientists have now developed a virtual test laboratory that allows them to examine different load states for metal materials and determine precise mechanical data.
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Ways in which cells feel their surroundings

18 July 2017 - 5:45am
Researchers used computer modeling to show how cells can feel their way through their surroundings, for example, when a tumor cell invades a new tissue or organ.
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