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TV and the internet: a marriage made in entertainment heaven

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Dec. 18, 2012 — If you have bought a new television lately, the chances are it is a lot smarter than your old one. Smart TVs, also known as connected or hybrid televisions, featuring integrated internet connectivity, currently account for around a third of TV sales in Europe. They are the end point in a huge and rapidly expanding value chain driven by the intensifying convergence of television and the internet.

Just as accessing the internet solely from a desktop PC is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, so too is broadcast TV in the traditional sense -- along with the complaint that 'there's nothing on television!' With connected TVs, channels become interactive, content can be shared, rated and commented among friends...

A mathematical formula to decipher the geometry of surfaces like that of cauliflower

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Scientists at the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) have taken part in a research project that describes, for the first time, that laws that govern the development of certain complex natural patterns, such as those found on the surface of cauliflower. (Credit: Image courtesy of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Oficina de Información Científica)

Dec. 18, 2012 — Scientists at the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M) have taken part in a...

Cream of the crop: Sandwich chips combining the best of two technologies

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Wafer with "sandwich chips". (Credit: FBH/Immerz)

Dec. 18, 2012 — Two Leibniz institutes broke new technological ground and successfully combined their -- up to now separate -- technology worlds. Due to their high performance the novel chips developed within the HiTeK project promises to open up new applications.

Wolfgang Heinrich and Bernd Tillack are convinced of holding the key to faster and more powerful terahertz chips. The two scientists and their...

Woman with quadriplegia feeds herself chocolate using mind-controlled robot arm

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Jan Scheuermann, who has quadriplegia, brings a chocolate bar to her mouth using a robot arm she is guiding with her thoughts. Researcher Elke Brown, M.D., watches in the background. Click the photo to download it in high resolution. (Credit: UPMC)

Dec. 17, 2012 — Reaching out to "high five" someone, grasping and moving objects of different shapes and sizes, feeding herself dark chocolate. For Jan Scheuermann and a team of researchers from the University of...

Extending Einstein's ideas: New kind of quantum entanglement demonstrated

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Dec. 14, 2012 — Physicists at the University of Calgary and at the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo have published new research in Nature Physics which builds on the original ideas of Einstein and adds a new ingredient: a third entangled particle.

Quantum entanglement is one of the central principles of quantum physics, which is the science of sub-atomic particles. Multiple particles, such as photons, are connected with each other even when they are very far apart and...