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When you picture the Milky Way galaxy, you probably imagine a relatively flat disc. Well, you may have to get that image out of your head -- astrophysicists have determined that the galaxy has at least four "ripples," making it look more like a piece of corrugated cardboard than a gentle circle. T...

March 16th 2015 at 2:12am 0 Comments
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While we've seen supercomputers break records before, rarely have we seen the barrier smashed quite so thoroughly as by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Sequoia supercomputer. Researchers at both LLNL and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have used planet-scale calculations on the Blue Gen...

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There comes a time in every young supercomputer's life when he or she must leave the house. Having taken the world of game shows by storm and made appearances at places like Sloan-Kettering, Citigroup and the Cleveland Clinic, Watson's ready to go to college. The advance three-year schooling will...

January 30th 2013 at 8:39pm 0 Comments
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Apple is facing a new patent infringement lawsuit in the US over Siri that was filed on behalf of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The lawsuit is off to a bumpy start as the judge assigned to the case recused himself over a conflict of interest, according to CNET. When he stepped down, Distr...

October 25th 2012 at 2:45pm 0 Comments
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It may still be years away from any sort of practical use, but a team of researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed some so-called "liquid pistons" that they say could shake up everything from cameras to medical devices. Those pistons consist of some droplets of "nanoparticle...

January 13th 2011 at 10:11am 0 Comments
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Terrific-looking LED-backlit HD displays were all over CES this year, and it sounds like they're only going to get better -- scientists from Renssalaer Polytechnic Insitute and Samsung have developed a new polarization-matched LED that cranks out 18 percent more light while being 22 percent more eff...

January 14th 2009 at 5:16am 0 Comments
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Terrific-looking LED-backlit HD displays were all over CES this year, and it sounds like they're only going to get better -- scientists from Renessalaer Polytechnic Insitute and Samsung have developed a new polarization-matched LED that cranks out 18 percent more light while being 22 percent more ef...

January 13th 2009 at 8:23pm 0 Comments
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Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute believe they've built an AI smart enough to pass an avatar version of the Turing test -- convince a human that it is human while conversing in a virtual environment like Second Life. The bot is named "Rascals," which stands for Rensselaer Advanced Syn...

March 14th 2008 at 7:04am 0 Comments
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Researchers at a US laboratory claim to have created the darkest material ever; a carbon nanotube which is one atom thick and rolled into a cylinder. For an object to be completely black, it must absorb all the colors of light over every angle and wavelength while reflecting none back, and scientis...

January 17th 2008 at 10:32am 0 Comments
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Nah, the researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute won't be crowned the first to develop a flexible (or paper-based, for that matter) battery, but their minuscule prototype "is an integrated device, not a combination of pieces" as others typically are. The battery uses "paper infused with an...

August 14th 2007 at 12:43pm 0 Comments