Organic Materials Are Poised As Never Before To Transform the world of circuit and display technology. Major electronics firms such as Philips and Pioneer, and smaller companies such as Cambridge Display Technology, Universal Display, and Uniax, are betting that the future holds tremendous opportunity for the low cost and sometimes surprisingly high performance offered by organic electronic and optoelectronic devices. Using organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs), organic full-color displays may eventually replace liquid-crystal displays (LCDs) for use with laptop and even desktop computers. Such displays can be deposited on flexible plastic foils [Fig. 1], eliminating the fragile and heavy glass substrates used in LCDs, and can emit bright light without the pronounced directionality inherent in LCD viewing, all with efficiencies higher than can be obtained with incandescent light bulbs. Organic electronics are already entering the commercial world. Multicolor automobile stereo displays … [Read more...] about The dawn of organic electronics
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Editor’s Picks Can We Trust Robots? Do We Want Robot Warriors to Decide Who Lives or Dies? Can You Program Ethics Into a Self-Driving Car? Inside the glistening red cave of the patient’s abdomen, surgeon Michael Stifelman carefully guides two robotic arms to tie knots in a piece of thread. He manipulates a third arm to drive a suturing needle through the fleshy mass of the patient’s kidney, stitching together the hole where a tumor used to be. The final arm holds the endoscope that streams visuals to … [Read more...] about Would You Trust a Robot Surgeon to Operate on You?
Microsoft on Tuesday announced a new Windows 10 upgrade policy -- weeks after losing a US$10,000 case in a small claims court.The owner of TG Travel Group in Sausalito, California, last month won a final judgment after she alleged that her computer was upgraded to the new operating system without prior authorization, according to court documents.The case was a high-profile example of customer dissatisfaction with the Windows 10 upgrade process. Many felt Windows 10 had been thrust upon them without their consent, and they complained that the uninstall process was nearly impossible to execute. "The new experience has clearer options to upgrade now, choose a time or decline the free offer," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group.If the red X is selected, it will dismiss the dialog box, and the company will notify the device again in a few days, he said.Microsoft will continue to recommend Windows 10 installation until the free upgrade period expires … [Read more...] about Microsoft Makes It Easier to Say No to Windows 10
Modeling LEFT: Calculated shear stress (SS). RIGHT: Soft tis-sue is subtracted using image processing. Images represent a 0.62 mm x 0.91 mm x 0.62 mm volume. In these images gray scale represents the poly-L-lactic acid fiber-mesh scaffold of 30 micrometre diameter, green color marks individual cells, yellow is soft tissue and red is calcification. The "cool" color map represents the fluid-induced surface SS for physiologically-relevant stress levels of > 0.1 g/cm s^2. Source: TECHNOLOGY A team of researchers from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, NJ in collaboration with their colleagues from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman, OK have demonstrated a novel image-based simulation approach consisting of Bone Tissue Engineering (BTE) experiments, micro-Computed Tomography (?CT) sample scanning, "Virtual Histology" image segmentation, and Lattice Boltzmann Method (LBM) fluid dynamics which results in realistic simulations of BTE scaffolds cultured in flow … [Read more...] about Image-Based Modeling
Data Analysis Robots Go Head-to-head 250 Miles above EarthVideo game developer and commercial spaceflight supporter Richard Garriott sits with astronauts (from left) Leland Melvin, John Grunsfeld, Jeff Hoffman and Greg Chamitoff. Courtesy of William LitantOn January 23, 2012, high school students from across the country assembled in a lecture hall at MIT, patiently awaiting a call from NASA. For four months, these students worked in teams as part of MIT’s Zero Robotics Challenge, a competition in which high school students program small robots to fly aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The robots, named SPHERES, were originally conceived and built by students in MIT’s Space Systems Laboratory. These robots — roughly the size and shape of a basketball — run on compressed gas, and can be programmed to spin, revolve, hover and navigate through the air. In 2006, astronauts brought several of them aboard the ISS; a few years later, astronaut Greg Chamitoff … [Read more...] about Robots Go Head-to-head 250 Miles above Earth
The Linux Foundation on Monday introduced the Community Data License Agreement, a new framework for sharing large sets of data required for research, collaborative learning and other purposes.CDLAs will allow both individuals and groups to share data sets in the same way they share open source software code, the foundation said."As systems require data to learn and evolve, no one organization can build, maintain and source all data required," noted Mike Dolan, VP of strategic programs at The Linux Foundation."Data communities are forming around artificial intelligence and machine learning use cases, autonomous systems, and connected civil infrastructure," he told LinuxInsider. "The CDLA license agreements enable sharing data openly, embodying best practices learned over decades of sharing source code."The agreement could help foster an increase in data sharing across a variety of industries, supporting collaboration in climate modeling, automotive safety, energy consumption, building … [Read more...] about Linux Foundation Launches Open Data Licensing Agreements