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Gates talks Microsoft Personal Agent, Philanthropy in Reddit AMA

February 2, 2015 2:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Articles | Comments

Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA on Jan. 29 to talk about philanthropy, drinking water made from recycled human feces, and artificial intelligence in a question-and-answer spanning 14,569 comments. In one notable post Gates said that he was working with Microsoft ...                             

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App Lets Anyone See for the Blind

February 2, 2015 1:05 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or answers a question with which the user may need help ...                                

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HotSpot Episode 99: Gestured-Controlled Dinosaurs

February 2, 2015 11:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, controlling dinosaurs with hand gestures; a smart motorcycle helmet with augmented intelligence; a cloud-connected scooter that allows users to customize their ride; and a smart mattress that helps consumers fall asleep faster, and wake up at the right moments ...                  

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Photo of the Day: XMM-Newton and Hubble View of Jupiter's Ghost

February 2, 2015 10:08 am | by Phys.org | News | Comments

Names of astronomical objects are often ambiguous, especially when the historical designation of a certain class of celestial body preceded their physical understanding and was based on their appearance in the sky. A notoriously abstruse case of nomenclature is that ...

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Researchers Revamp Common “Data Structure” to Work With Multicore Chips

February 2, 2015 9:57 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Every undergraduate computer-science major takes a course on data structures, which describes different ways of organizing data in a computer’s memory. Every data structure has its own advantages: Some are good for fast retrieval, some for efficient search, some for quick ... 

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Smart Devices That Track Hand-Washing in Hospitals

February 2, 2015 9:32 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

General Sensing — co-founded by MIT Media Lab alumni Jonathan Gips SM ’06 and Philip Liang SM ’06 — is using smart devices to monitor hand hygiene among hospital staff and ensure compliance with WHO guidelines ...                                     

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AT&T, Verizon Spend Billions In Airwave Auction

February 2, 2015 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction.The additional airwaves, or spectrum, will allow wireless companies to offer more ...                              

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The Biggest Shake-Up to the Telecommunications Industry

February 2, 2015 8:43 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather ...          

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The Quest for Efficiency in Thermoelectric Nanowires

February 2, 2015 7:35 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Efficiency is big in the tiny world of thermoelectric nanowires. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say better materials and manufacturing techniques for the nanowires could allow carmakers to harvest power from the heat wasted by exhaust systems or lead to more ...                     

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Semtech's SC72x Load Switch

January 31, 2015 7:39 pm | by Semtech | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation has announced the SC724/5/8/9 2A load switch platform in a tiny 0.76 x 0.76 mm, 4 bump chip scale package (CSP) with industry leading on-resistance (Ron) of just 36 mohms. The SC724/5/8/9 switches offer a 2A, 1.1V to 3.6V power rail with controlled turn-on ...

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Aerospace Engineering Students' Startup Idea: Controlled Drones for Filmmaking

January 30, 2015 5:40 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

<p> Three Aerospace Engineering at Illinois seniors have applied their penchant for entrepreneurship to develop FreeSkies, a startup company aimed at using drones in filmmaking. Working in AE Associate Prof. Tim Bretl&rsquo;s laboratory, Jay Mulakala, Ankur Mehta, and Andrew Putch...

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New Light-Converting Materials Point to Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Power

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by RJ Taylor, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applications Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs ...                 

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Photos of the Day: Crystal Perovskites for New LED Applications

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by RJ Taylor, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been thoroughly studied in their purest form: as perfect single crystals ...                       

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Kevlar Used to Make Batteries Tougher

January 30, 2015 9:39 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We usually picture Kevlar as the synthetic fiber used for ballistic vests, combat helmets, and other applications for personal armor. But the same material famed for its ability to stop bullets could also prevent batteries from catching fire and exploding. One of the reasons the batteries caught fire in the Boeing 787 ... 

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Wireless Minute: Bluewire Bluetooth Headset Can Record Your Calls

January 30, 2015 9:28 am | by Amber Ziegenfus, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Wireless Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, the Bluewire Bluetooth 4.0 headset designed to record up to 1,000 hours’ worth of calls. The device can record both sides of a user’s conversation, is wireless charging-enabled, and includes a built-in flashlight and “find my phone” feature. The headset ... 

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