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New Form of Crystalline Order Holds Promise for Thermoelectric Applications

November 17, 2014 11:08 am | by Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) now reports that it has discovered an entirely new form of crystalline order that simultaneously exhibits both crystal and polycrystalline properties, which they describe as "interlaced crystals" ... 

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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence for the First Time

November 17, 2014 10:53 am | by Queen Mary, University of London | News | Comments

The researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and the system created completely new variants on those tricks ...

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NASA Commercial Crew Partners Continue System Advancements

November 14, 2014 4:22 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's industry partners continue to complete development milestones under agreements with the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The work performed by Blue Origin, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corporation and SpaceX during partnership and contract initiatives are leading a new generation of safe, reliable...

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NASA Opens Registration for 2015 Exploration Rover Challenge

November 14, 2014 4:22 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has opened team registration for the 2015 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge. Organized by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, the event will be held April 16-18, 2015, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, also in Huntsville.

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STEM Student of the Week: Christina Muratore

November 14, 2014 2:26 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Editor's Note: Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Christina Muratore, Business Process Improvement Analyst II for Horizon...

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Advanced E-Voting System Selected for Australian State Election

November 14, 2014 2:22 pm | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

A new, advanced electronic voting system developed by the University of Surrey and the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), in collaboration with the Universities of Melbourne and Luxembourg is to be used in Australia's Victorian State election, which opens on Monday.

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Illinois Students Claim Top Prize at HackGT2014

November 14, 2014 10:21 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

<p> A group of four University of Illinois students claimed top prize at the HackGT2014, a hackathon held at Georgia Tech and sponsored by Tech Square Labs. The group of Kevin Jasieniecki, Keegan McClelland, Kevin Scheer and Nathan Dolph was one of three teams from Illinois that finished...

Wireless Solution Allows for Retail Transaction Upgrade

November 14, 2014 10:14 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Powa Technologies launched PowaTag providing access to a new way to transact with the connected consumer via mobile while keeping implementation costs low. A solution which enables shoppers to complete transactions anytime, anywhere in two taps with their smartphone.  

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Alignment Stages Designed for Precision Alignment Applications

November 14, 2014 10:04 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Optimal Engineering Systems’ (OES) (Van Nuys, CA) low profile, XYθ (theta) stages are designed for high precision alignment applications. The stages move in an XY-plane and rotate around the center of the XY-plane. The terms alignment table, or XY-rotation stage are often used interchangeably with XY-theta stage. Features include:

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Can This Wearable Help on the Battlefield?

November 14, 2014 9:58 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Wearable devices can count the steps you take and the calories you burn. But can they help soldiers in the field? Or prevent someone from having a heart attack? Researchers at Sentient Science and the University at Buffalo say yes.

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These Flying Atom Planes Are Stronger Than Graphene

November 14, 2014 9:50 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Blogs | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re showing off the world’s smallest reed switch, flying atom planes that are stronger than graphene, and doing karate with the Atlas robot. The world’s smallest reed switch: HSI Sensing has spent over a DECADE developing...

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How Does Net Neutrality Affect Wireless Network Management?

November 14, 2014 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Open Technology Institute (OTI) Thursday announced new research that it says proves net neutrality will not hinder the management of wireless networks. OTI claims the study, which was conducted by CTC Technology and Energy, "demonstrates the fallacy of wireless 

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The Key to Preventing Space Collisions

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Half a million objects, including debris, satellites, and the International Space Station, orbit the planet in the thermosphere, the largest layer of Earth's atmosphere. To predict the orbits--and potential collisions--of all this stuff, scientists must forecast the weather in the thermosphere.  

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Mission to Discover Hundreds of Black Holes Could Unlock Secrets of the Universe

November 14, 2014 9:31 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A team of Cardiff University researchers have made a breakthrough in helping scientists discover hundreds of black holes throughout the universe. When two detectors are switched on in the US next year, the Cardiff team hope their research will help scientists...

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Cats Teach Robots How to Land on Their Feet

November 14, 2014 9:23 am | by Georgia Tech College of Computing | News | Comments

A cat always lands on its feet. At least, that’s how the adage goes. Karen Liu hopes that in the future, this will be true of robots as well. To understand the way feline or human behavior during falls might be applied to robot landings, Liu, an associate professor...

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