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Articles tagged with: researchers

Texas Researchers Hack Drones…

University of Texas at Austin did what many countries failed to do, they hijacked an American drone by spoofing its GPS signals. The news comes as the United States Federal Aviation Authority prepares to integrate drones into the country’s national airspace system. It was actually mandated by FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2012, Which was signed in to law by President Obama earlier this February.

Research Breakthrough: Time Cloak Is Created

A group of physicists have recently created a time cloak that is able to hide an event from time itself. One of the researchers had a breakthrough, at Cornell University. The researcher, Moti Friedman led the pack.

The cloak works in part of a duality between space and time in electromagnetic theory, and although the explanation is rather long winded, I am going to try to give the basics in a digestible format.

Tiny Camera That Could Revolutionize Surgery

A microscopic ‘pinhead’ camera has been developed that costs pennies to make and could have a host of applications, from surgery to robotics.

The device is small enough to fit on the head of a pin and contains no lenses or moving parts. It is created from pieces of silicon doped to make them sensitive to light at different angles.

City Life Affects Schizophrenia Prevalence And Anxiety

Researchers have discovered that two areas of the brain are directly affected by city living– and lead to a greater risk of anxiety and mood disorders. It was found that the risk for anxiety disorders is 21% greater for those who live in the city.

The same group of city folk also saw a 39% increase in mood disorders. Individuals who are born and raised in the city are also twice as likely to get Schizophrenia at some point in their lives.

‘McDonalds’ Virus On The Loose, Not Stomach Related

Researchers at SophosLabs have recently detected a malicious e-mail that has been spammed all over the globe, offering computer users of a coupon for a free McDonalds product.

The “From” address designates [email protected] and the author is “Your McDonalds.” The author’s ‘name’ should be the first clue of legitimacy but if that doesn’t warn you, the strange English should drop a few clues, along with the inappropriately placed exclamation marks.

U.S. Invests In Smart Grid Tech + Security

According to eWeek, The United States government has recently came forth with a series of initiatives to implement information technology to the national power grid to make it “smarter”, more efficient, and secure. The council of National Science Technology outlined plans to create a smart grid innovation hub, in a report released yesterday called “Building the 21st Century Grid.”

The innovation hub will be composed of federal researchers, companies, and utility executives and will support research, development, and deployments of smart grid technology.

Anti-Cancer Medicine Found Within Frog Skin

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, have been awarded the commendation at the Medical Futures Innovation Awards in London. The team discovered a medicinal extract from frog skin that can be used to cure cancer tumors.

The skin contains two specific proteins known as peptides, that inhibit the branching of blood vessels, which would stop the supply of nutrients and oxygen to cancerous tumors.

Hybrid Tractors Reduce Fuel Consumption By 50%

Heavy duty machinery, such as tractors have been used for mining and agriculture for a very long time. When these heavy duty machines are used, not only do they use up a lot of fuel and produce byproduct carbon emissions, but they are used for hours on end- usually to get some type of job done.

Fortunately, researchers at Aalto University in Finland have taken the success of hybrid technology from cars and implanted that knowledge to build hybrid machines. The heavy duty hybrids use both combustion and electric engines, cutting fuel consumption in half.

Georgia Tech Leads 5 Year Homeland Security Program

Georgia Tech Research Institute will lead a five-year Homeland Open Security Technology program that will cost $10M. The program is geared towards finding new ways to handle the country’s cyber security, as we had just mentioned yesterday, President Obama is taking this initiative very seriously. The researchers in the program seek to convince opponents of the program, that open solutions are safe.

The program will seek to discover and collaborate in open source software and practices, thereby producing a ‘measurable impact’ for cyber security systems.

Foldable Touchscreen Display By Samsung

Earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011, Samsung showed us an amazing AMOLED 4.5-inch and 19-inch transparent display. Although neither is set to enter the market in the near future, the innovation inspired further research. A new prototype foldable display has been created at Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology.

The technology contains two panels with a closing radius of only 1mm allowing them to be very close to each other when they are closed and do not appear creased when opened. Beginners luck?