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Object Recognition for Robots

July 24, 2015 9:13 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

John Leonard’s group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile autonomous robots map their environments and determine their locations...

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Cell Phone Notifications May Be Driving You to Distraction

July 24, 2015 9:09 am | by Florida State University | News | Comments

Whether you are alerted to an incoming phone call or text by a trendy ringtone, an alarm bell or a quiet vibration, just receiving a notification on your cell phone can cause enough of a distraction to impair your ability to focus on a given task...

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More Efficient Process to Produce Graphene Developed by Ben-Gurion University Researchers

July 24, 2015 9:04 am | by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev | News | Comments

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and University of Western Australia researchers have developed a new process to develop few-layer graphene for use in energy storage and other material applications that is faster, potentially scalable and surmounts some of the current graphene...

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Tiny Mechanical Wrist Gives New Dexterity to Needlescopic Surgery

July 24, 2015 9:01 am | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

With the flick of a tiny mechanical wrist, a team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University's Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory hope to give needlescopic surgery a whole new degree of dexterity. Needlescopic surgery...

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Compact DIN Rail Mounting Enclosures

July 24, 2015 4:22 am | by Hitaltech USA | Product Releases | Comments

Hitaltech is able to offer standard, off the shelf DIN Rail mounting, wall mounting and panel mountable plastic enclosures produced by our manufacturing partner Italtronic...

Did NASA Just Discover a Second Earth? The Discovery of Kepler-452b Suggests Yes.

July 23, 2015 3:15 pm | by Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, @SarahG_WDD | Blogs | Comments

NASA has been on a stellar (heh) roll lately. Excitingly, the agency’s Kepler mission has recently confirmed the discovery of a planet and star that closely resemble our very own Earth and sun—our “older, bigger cousin,” according to scientists...

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General Purpose VNA Calibration Kits

July 23, 2015 3:04 pm | by Pasternack | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack, a leading manufacturer and supplier of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has expanded their portfolio of general purpose VNA calibration kits with new 50 and 75 Ohm versions...

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It's Space Week at Camp Google

July 23, 2015 2:56 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Camp Google was created with the help of engineers over at Google, along with organizations like Khan Academy and even some content creators like National Geographic Kids, NASA and National Park Service. The idea was to create smart, engaging content ... 

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Test Adapter for 0.5mm Pitch LGA20

July 23, 2015 12:39 pm | by Ironwood Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics' PB-LGA20A-Z-01 Socket Probe Adapter which allows high-speed testing of LGA device while accessing the signals using testers via header pins...

Web App Helps Researchers Explore Cancer Genetics

July 23, 2015 11:55 am | by Brown University | News | Comments

Brown University computer scientists have developed a new interactive tool to help researchers and clinicians explore the genetic underpinnings of cancer. The tool -- dubbed MAGI, for Mutation Annotation and Genome Interpretation...

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The Benefits and Challenges of Building Connectivity into Cars

July 23, 2015 11:52 am | by Karen Bachman, Director, Wireless Group, QNX Software Systems | Blogs | Comments

After years of fits and starts, the adoption of cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity in cars is finally becoming mainstream. Television ads to the contrary, this connectivity isn’t simply a tool to entertain kids in the backseat. It is, in fact, the key to transforming how people use and interact...

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Photo of the Day: Comet PanSTARRS, Moon, and Venus

July 23, 2015 10:54 am | by NASA | News | Comments

It is the object to the left of the big tree that's generating much recent excitement. If you look closely, there you can see Comet PanSTARRS, complete with two tails. During July, this comet has increased markedly in brightness and has just passed its closest approach to Earth...

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IoT Technology Lowers Energy Costs, Raises the Bar for Smart Cities

July 23, 2015 9:57 am | by Mobeen Khan, AVP, Industrial IoT Solutions | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly expanding. We live in a world where cars have built-in Wi-Fi and people can control their home security systems remotely. The number of connected things is growing like never before. The progress of networks, devices, and apps...

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Finalists Announced for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards

July 23, 2015 9:45 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

R&D Magazine today announced the Finalists for the 53rd annual R&D 100 Awards, which honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. This year’s Winners will be presented with their honors at the annual black-tie awards dinner on November 13...

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Qualcomm to Cut 15 Percent of Workforce

July 23, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Qualcomm says it will cut jobs, update its board and review its business structure as part of an effort to improve its performance. The announcement comes as the wireless technology company reported a massive drop in its third-quarter revenue and profit and gave ... 

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