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Chameleon-like Artificial 'Skin' Shifts Color on Demand

March 12, 2015 10:42 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Borrowing a trick from nature, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change color -- on demand -- by simply applying a minute amount of force. This new ... 

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Teaching Programming to Preschoolers with Interactive Robots

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a system that enables young children to program interactive robots by affixing stickers to laminated sheets of paper ...

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Photos of the Day: Programming a Robot with Stickers

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Not only could the system introduce children to programming principles, but it could also serve as a research tool, to help determine which computational concepts children can grasp at what ages, and how interactive robots can best be integrated into educational curricula ...

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DARPA “Brandeis” Program Aims to Ensure Online Privacy Through Technology

March 12, 2015 10:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA announced plans to research and develop tools for online privacy, one of the most vexing problems facing the connected world as devices and data proliferate beyond a capacity to be managed responsibly. Named for former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who while a student at Harvard law school co-developed the concept of a “right to privacy” ...

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China Sells Apple Watch Lookalikes

March 12, 2015 10:05 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A month before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch hits the market, China's thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies ...

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Google Adds Ammunition to its Technological Artillery

March 12, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term that Google uses to describe secretly installed programs that can change a browser's settings without a user's permission ...

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Stanford Launches Smartphone App to Study Heart Health

March 11, 2015 3:39 pm | News | Comments

A free iPhone app allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own hearts, and uses a new software framework developed by Apple ...

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Low Profile, LEK Series, Board-to-Board, LED Connectors

March 11, 2015 2:40 pm | by JST Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

The new LEK Series connectors recently introduced by JST Corporation, Waukegan, Illinois, provide a space saving and low profile connection for LED lighting and reliable contact construction for high density applications. Any misalignment between the horizontal connections between the PCBs is absorbed by the LEK plug and receptacle. The spring contact in the ... 

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Dialog Semiconductor’s Bluetooth Smart Development Kits

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Dialog Semiconductor | News | Comments

Dialog Semiconductor announces a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation. Digi-Key has Dialog’s SmartBond Basic and Pro development kits in stock for immediate delivery. The kits offer engineers the fastest and easiest route to developing intelligent connected devices, particularly where small size and low power consumption are critical, such as in battery-powered wearables and other IoT applications ...

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Keysight Technologies to Feature New IntegraVision Power Analyzer at APEC 2015 EXPO

March 11, 2015 12:18 pm | by Keysight Technologies | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies [NYSE: KEYS] will demonstrate the new PA2201A IntegraVision Power Analyzer and other power test products at APEC 2015 EXPO, Booth 432, Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 16 - 18 ...

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2-30 GHz GaAs Wideband Gain Block

March 11, 2015 11:58 am | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGA3503-SM, 2 to 30GHz Gain Block from TriQuint (Qorvo). The TGA3503-SM offers 19dBm of output P1dB with a corresponding small signal gain of up to 10dB. Output third order intercept is >25dBm. Wideband performance of the TGA3503-SM supports multiple ... 

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Hackaball Inspires Kids’ Creativity & Imagination

March 11, 2015 10:45 am | by EditorMeghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

I keep telling my daughter how jealous I am of all her generation’s toys. From the Parrot Rolling Spider Minidrone to LEGO Mindstorms, toys from my generation look pathetic, to say the least ...

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Alarming Old & Young Drivers

March 11, 2015 10:39 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

An in-car alarm that sounds when sensors on the vehicle detect an imminent crash could cut crash rates from 1 in 5 to 1 in 10 for drivers over the of 60 suffering tiredness on long journeys, according to a study published in the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics ...

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Mid-IR Frequency Combs Enable High-Res Spectroscopy for Sensitive Gas Sensing

March 11, 2015 10:32 am | by Bart Kuyken, Ghent University | News | Comments

A frequency comb source is a light source with a spectrum containing thousands of laser lines. The development of these sources has been revolutionary for fundamental science. It has allowed the construction of a link between the optical part of the electromagnetic spectrum and the radio frequency part. As such, it has allowed researchers to determine optical frequencies with an unprecedented precision ...

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MIT Spinout’s Electric-Propulsion System Improves Maneuverability of Small Satellites

March 11, 2015 10:24 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Small satellites are becoming increasingly popular tools for Earth-imaging, communications, and other applications. But they have major control issues: Once in space, they can’t accurately point cameras or change orbit, and they usually crash and burn within a few months ...

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