TECHNOLOGY - 3-D images, with only one photon per pixel
Lidar rangefinders, which are common tools in surveying and in autonomous-vehicle control, among other applications, gauge depth by emitting short bursts of laser light and measuring the time it takes for reflected photons to arrive back and be detected

TECHNOLOGY - A virtual factory you can feel
Industrial processes have been mechanized, electrified and digitized. In the next step they become intelligent. However, the lines between virtual and real worlds become only slowly blurred. At EuroMold in Frankfurt researchers will demonstrate leadoff Industry 4.0 applications with a miniature factory from 3 to 6 December .. ...

TECHNOLOGY - Architects of nanoworld behind the screens
New types of building blocks for electronics will be the future, that is clear. Molecules can already be given the functionality of a transistor. But compared to the huge complexity of current chips, with eight or nine ‘highways’ above each other, connecting all elements is still impossible. Silicon research and industry has shown an immense effort, and progress is being made

TECHNOLOGY - As appetite for content grows, AT&T navigates video convergence
More and more, AT&T Inc. is becoming a creator of content, not just a conduit .

TECHNOLOGY - Droids dance, dogs nuzzle, humanoids speak at Madrid robot museum
A white robotic beagle sits wagging its tail and nuzzling anyone who pets it, while six pint-sized robots, flashing blue, pump their fists as they dance to the pop hit "Gangnam Style"

TECHNOLOGY - Enhancing the efficiency of complex computations
Planning a trip from Berlin to Hamburg, simulating air flows around a new passenger airplane, or friendships on Facebook – many computer applications model relationships between objects by graphs (networks) in the sense of discrete mathematics. An important method to manage complex computations on steadily growing networks is graph partitioning. The KIT computer scientists Professor Peter Sanders and Dr. Christian Schulz have now released the Kar ...

TECHNOLOGY - How computers changed chess
For his precocity, newly crowned World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen was named "The Mozart of chess". For his tenacity and comfort with long games he was dubbed "The Nadal of chess". More prosaically, the BBC called him "The Justin Bieber of chess"

TECHNOLOGY - Rare earths and our insatiable appetite for digital memory
This week a dozen protesters travelled from Malaysia to Australia to protest outside the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Lynas Corporation, an Australian rare earth mining company, for the third year running

TECHNOLOGY - Students update classic animation technique
( —Computer Graphics students at Victoria University have created an alternative to an animation technique used by studios such as Disney and Pixar

TECHNOLOGY - Troy Wolverton: A gift guide for tech lovers
FOR THE LIVING ROOM: If your loved ones are looking for an easy way to watch Internet content on their big-screen TVs, Google's Chromecast ($35) is an inexpensive choice. Owners use their smartphones, tablets or computers as a remote control to tune in Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora and other online content .. ...

TECHNOLOGY - Visualize this: Automated UV laser microsurgery simplifies microscopy and neurophysiology experiments in live animals
(Medical Xpress)—Although in vivo microscopy is a vital tool for monitoring cellular and neurophysiological processes, preparing live animals for microsurgery has traditionally had several significant limitations – namely, it takes time, requires a great deal of skill, and places constraints on what can be experimentally accomplished. Recently, however, scientists at Stanford University devised a largely automated protocol