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UN: Nations Hide Rise in Private Digital Snooping

July 16, 2014 2:33 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens' digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday. Stepping into a fierce debate over digital privacy rights, the U.N. office says it has strong evidence of a growing complicity...

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What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die?

July 16, 2014 2:30 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Gmail and other online accounts? A group of influential lawyers says yes, unless you specify otherwise in a will. The Uniform Law Commission, whose members are appointed by state governments to help standardize state laws...

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UAE Plans First Arab Spaceship to Mars in 7 Years

July 16, 2014 2:24 pm | by Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Having scaled the heights of Earth with the world's tallest tower, the United Arab Emirates is now aiming for the stars, or just a little bit closer, with an ambitions trip to Mars. The energy-rich country on the eastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula announced plans Wednesday...

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Want to Innovate? Become A "Now-Ist"

July 16, 2014 1:48 pm | by TED | News | Comments

“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly...

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Flashes of Light on the Superconductor

July 15, 2014 7:09 pm | by International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) | News | Comments

A study just published used a technique based on applying short flashes of light to observe and analyze the features of a superconductor at high critical temperature, a material with major prospects for technological applications...         

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Bluetooth 4.1 Module Helps Engineers Add Low-Energy Connectivity

July 15, 2014 6:49 pm | by Kurt Gasparro, Video Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This year at the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL, editor-in-chief, David Mantey sat down with Microchip’s Dave Richkas to discuss their latest products and technologies. One of the products announced from the show includes Microchip’s first ...

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Novartis to Use Google Technology for Eye Care

July 15, 2014 6:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drug developer Novartis will team with technology giant Google to develop a "smart" contact lens that could improve some eye conditions or help diabetics manage their disease. Terms of the agreement between the companies were not detailed in a statement released Tuesday by Novartis...

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Photos of the Day: Drones Highlight International Air Show

July 15, 2014 6:40 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner...     

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The Next Big Thing in Aviation Is Small

July 15, 2014 6:34 pm | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The next big thing in aviation may be really small. With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner. What's got aviation geeks salivating at Farnborough...

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Apple, IBM Team up in Mobile Devices, Applications

July 15, 2014 6:29 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries...

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Photos of the Day: All Aboard the GOES-R Satellite

July 15, 2014 6:23 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft...                                 

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NOAA’s GOES-R Satellite Magnetometer Ready for Spacecraft Integration

July 15, 2014 6:01 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft. The Magnetometer will monitor magnetic field variations around the Earth and enable forecasters...

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3D Nanostructure Could Benefit Nanoelectronics, Gas Storage

July 15, 2014 5:48 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

A three-dimensional porous nanostructure would have a balance of strength, toughness and ability to transfer heat that could benefit nanoelectronics, gas storage and composite materials that perform multiple functions, according to engineers at Rice University...

Nanophotonics Experts Create Powerful Molecular Sensor

July 15, 2014 5:43 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Nanophotonics experts at Rice University have created a unique sensor that amplifies the optical signature of molecules by about 100 billion times. Newly published tests found the device could accurately identify the composition and structure of individual molecules containing fewer than 20 atoms...

New Materials for Future Green Tech Devices

July 15, 2014 5:35 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

From your hot car to your warm laptop, every machine and device in your life wastes a lot of energy through the loss of heat. But thermoelectric devices, which convert heat to electricity and vice versa, can harness that wasted heat, and possibly provide the green tech energy efficiency that's needed for a sustainable future...

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