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Smart Fabric Woven With Silver Thread Triggers Alarm When Disrupted
2012-09-11 13:25:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online German researchers have developed a new woven fabric with an embedded microcontroller that triggers an alarm when broken by potential thieves. The smart fabric can also locate the point of penetration and could be a cheap alternative to other anti-theft systems in certain situations. Erik Simon at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin managed the project that involves a fine lattice of conductive...

Mini-camera That Has Maxi-brainpower
2012-08-23 14:18:26

Torrential rapids, plunging mud holes and soaring hurdles: in the outdoor competitions at the Olympic Games, athletes pushed themselves to the limit. But it´s hard to depict this in pictures alone. This is why researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS created an intelligent camera that instantly delivers additional metadata, such as acceleration, temperature or heart rate. The new INCA can be seen at the IBC trade show in Amsterdam from September 7 - 11 (Hall 8,...

2012-07-17 12:08:15

Melbourne researchers are now simulating in 3D, the motion of the complete human rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold, on Australia´s fastest supercomputer, paving the way for new drug development. Rhinovirus infection is linked to about 70 per cent of all asthma exacerbations with more than 50 per cent of these patients requiring hospitalization. Furthermore, over 35 per cent of patients with acute chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are hospitalized each...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.