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Old-School Pipetting Updated with New-Age Technology

July 31, 2014 9:41 am | by Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research | Comments

A team of Whitehead Institute researchers is bringing new levels of efficiency and accuracy to one of the most essential albeit tedious tasks of bench science: pipetting. And, in an effort to aid the scientific community at large, the group has established an open source system...

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Britain to Test Driverless Cars Next Year

July 31, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

British officials says driverless cars will be tested on roads in as many as three cities in a trial program to begin in January. Officials said Wednesday the tests will last up to three years. Sensors and cameras will guide the cars...

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Review: 3Doodler Is Fun but Quirky '3D Pen'

July 31, 2014 9:27 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

3-D printing is all the rage. You can hit a button on your computer, which sends a file to a printer, which produces a small 3-D object out of plastic. It's a cool technology, but it's not exactly a hands-on way to make things. Enter the 3Doodler: the pen that turns you into the 3-D printer...

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Photo of the Day: Can Your Thermally Conductive Epoxy Do This?

July 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Master Bond | Comments

Master Bond’s Supreme 10AOHT-LO features high peel and shear strengths, superior electrical insulation properties and a thermal conductivity of 9-10 BTU/in/ft²/hr/°F. It has a service temperature range of 4K to +400°F. This one part system is resistant to impact, thermal shock, vibration...

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Amazon to Invest $2B to Expand in India

July 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion...

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Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app...

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Photos of the Day: Next-Generation Microshutter Array

July 30, 2014 1:10 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope...                  

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Revolutionary Microshutter Technology Hurdles Significant Challenges

July 30, 2014 1:04 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope. The team has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays...

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Vision-Correcting Display Makes Reading Glasses So Yesterday

July 30, 2014 12:59 am | by University of California - Berkeley | Comments

What if computer screens had glasses instead of the people staring at the monitors? That concept is not too far afield from technology being developed by UC Berkeley computer and vision scientists. The researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment...

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Optimum Inertia for Snowman-Like Nanorobot

July 30, 2014 12:52 am | by Springer | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia makes self-propulsion a major challenge...

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New Gadget Helps the Vision Impaired to Read Graphs

July 30, 2014 12:46 am | by Curtin University | Comments

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment...

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Escaping Email: Inspired Vision or Hallucination?

July 30, 2014 12:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email.The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect at work...

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Tektronix Adds Support for Automated APCO P25 Transmitter Compliance Testing

July 29, 2014 6:54 pm | by Tektronix | Comments

Tektronix announced a cost-effective compliance transmitter test solution for the Project 25 Common Air Interface Phase 1 and Phase 2 standard. The new software gives RF test engineers and safety agencies the convenience of push-button measurements with automated pass/fail reporting...

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Photo of the Day: 5 Next-Generation Technologies for PNT

July 29, 2014 11:05 am | by DARPA | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

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Beyond GPS: DARPA's PNT Portfolio

July 29, 2014 11:01 am | by DARPA | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

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