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Why Astronomers Want to Put a Kibosh on the iRobot Lawn Mower

April 23, 2015 2:10 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

iRobot, maker of the Roomba, the vacuum cleaning robot, is battling astronomers due to their newly proposed product, the robotic lawn mower. Now let me make it clear, iRobot isn't the first to make (or attempt to make) a robotic lawn mower, but according to a recent FCC ... 

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Photos of the Day: Autonomous, Swarming UAVs Fly Into the Future

April 23, 2015 11:33 am | by David Smalley, Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced today recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — part of the Low-Cost UAV ... 

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Drexel Materials Scientists Putting a New Spin on Computing Memory

April 23, 2015 10:49 am | by Drexel University | News | Comments

Ever since computers have been small enough to be fixtures on desks and laps, their central processing has functioned something like an atomic Etch A Sketch, with electromagnetic fields pushing data bits into place to encode data. Unfortunately, the same drawbacks ... 

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Cloud Security Reaches Silicon

April 23, 2015 10:23 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the last 10 years, computer security researchers have shown that malicious hackers don’t need to see your data in order to steal your data. From the pattern in which your computer accesses its memory banks, adversaries can infer a shocking amount about ... 

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Google Officially Launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 9:55 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program designed to explore the opportunity to provide fast, easy-to-use wireless connectivity and communication to everyone. In Google's official blog, they state, "Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work ... 

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Power Triple Lock Connectors for Home Appliances

April 23, 2015 8:45 am | by TE Connectivity | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) introduces new wire-to-board headers as part of its Power Triple Lock connector product line; thereby expanding the family of connectors targeting appliances into a growing number of HVAC, automation and control, and automotive designs. The connectors’ combined attributes of higher-current ratings, connection reliability assurance options and higher ... 

The First 3D-Printed, Battery Powered Rocket

April 22, 2015 2:22 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jason Lomberg, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A month ago, we discussed the world’s first 3D-printed jet engine from Australia’s Monash University. Not to be outdone, a Lockheed Martin-funded startup has created a rocket that is not only 3D-printed but which uses batteries instead of traditional fuel....

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Google's Wireless Service Rumored to Launch Soon

April 22, 2015 1:31 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief | @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Apparently Google, the tech giant that is dabbling in what seems like everything these days, is taking a dip into yet another market. The wireless service market. There has been no confirmation from Google yet, but a hidden app, called Project Fi, was found ... 

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Smaller and Cheaper Particle Accelerators?

April 22, 2015 10:17 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Traditionally, particle accelerators have relied on electric fields generated by radio waves to drive electrons and other particles close to the speed of light. But in radio-frequency machines there is an upper limit on the electric field before the walls of the accelerator ... 

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ASU Engineer is Pulling CO2 Out of Thin Air

April 22, 2015 10:17 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

It’s the massive buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere that makes it increasingly likely we will see warming temperatures, longer droughts and rising sea levels – all posing challenges to the habitability of much of the planet. At the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions at Arizona State ... 

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High Power Amplifier Boasts Dual Directional Coupler and Power Metering

April 22, 2015 9:46 am | by Empower RF Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Empower RF Systems is once again conducting live demonstrations of broadband, high power amplifiers with compelling performance, industry leading small size, and user interface / functionality that dares to challenge legacy products offered in the market. This is an extraordinary design which includes an integrated (internal) dual ... 

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Charged Holes in Graphene Increase Energy Storage Capacity

April 22, 2015 9:29 am | by University of California, San Diego | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have discovered a method to increase the amount of electric charge that can be stored in graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon. The research, published recently online in the journal Nano Letters, may provide a better ... 

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Photo of the Day: Top 5 Smart Wireless Device Developments for 2015

April 22, 2015 9:24 am | by Larry Corby, Janine E. Mooney | News | Comments

Leading technology analyst house, Juniper Research unveils the top 5 developments that will impact the smart wireless devices sector this year. Apple Watch: Apple’s long-anticipated smartwatch launch is a game changer. Not because it offers radical new features and ... 

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PCB Connector Ideal for Space-Constrained RF Applications

April 21, 2015 2:59 pm | by Amphenol RF | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol RF introduces its ultra-miniature AMMC printed circuit board connector ideal for space-constrained RF applications with 50 Ohm impedance requirements. These connectors are fully compatible with the Hirose W.FL and ... 

Revisiting the STEM Workforce

April 21, 2015 12:11 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Does the United States have a "glut" or "shortage" of STEM workers? It's a question that has long permeated policy conversations about the U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. But is this the right question to ask? Revisiting the STEM Workforce, a new report by the ... 

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