A Week in Review: 11/3/13 – 11/9/13

November 7, 2013

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Use Inkblots To Improve Security of Online Passwords
GOTCHA Scheme Could Foil Growing Problem of Automated Brute Force Attacks

Snap to Attention: Pitt, Air Force researchers identify polymers that react and move to light
Microvehicles and other devices that can change shape or move with no power source other than a beam of light may be possible through research led by the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. The researchers are investigating polymers that “snap” when triggered by light, thereby converting light energy into mechanical work and potentially eliminating the need for traditional machine components such as switches and power sources.

November 8, 2013

Stanford researchers surprised to find how neural circuits zero in on the specific information needed for decisions
Using brain recordings and a computer model, an interdisciplinary team confounds the conventional wisdom about how the brain sorts out relevant versus irrelevant sensory inputs in making choices.

A Week in Review: 8/18/13 – 8/24/13

August 19, 2013

Stevens Research Honored in Highlights 2012 Issue of Nanotechnology Journal
Innovation in energy storage technology could drastically cut charge-time for mobile devices

August 20, 2013

‘Groovy’ hologram creates strange state of light at visible and invisible wavelengths
Nanostructured device controls the intensity, phase, and polarization of light for wide applications in optics

August 21, 2013

Playing video games can boost brain power
Certain types of video games can help to train the brain to become more agile and improve strategic thinking, according to scientists from Queen Mary University of London and University College of London (UCL).