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Hubble to Begin Searching Beyond Pluto

June 18, 2014 11:23 am | by NASA | Comments

After careful consideration and analysis, the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee has recommended using Hubble to search for an object the Pluto-bound NASA New Horizons mission could visit after its flyby of Pluto in July 2015...

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Obama to Join Inventors at White House Maker Faire

June 18, 2014 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Entrepreneurs, students and inventors are heading to the White House to show off their innovations at the White House's first "Maker Faire." The White House says more than 100 "makers" from 25 states will join President Barack Obama on Wednesday...

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Keynote Enhances HP-UFT Mobile Testing Capabilities with Object Level Scripting

June 18, 2014 10:40 am | by Keynote | Comments

In their ongoing quest to help mobile testers perform their jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible, Keynote now offers native object level scripting for users of HP UFT. Specifically, they have added a script recorder to our HP UFT add-in...

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Move Over, Silicon, There’s a New Circuit in Town

June 17, 2014 6:58 pm | by University of South California | Comments

When it comes to electronics, silicon will now have to share the spotlight. Researchers have overcome a major issue in carbon nanotube technology by developing a flexible, energy-efficient hybrid circuit combining carbon nanotube thin film transistors...

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App Watch: Facebook's Slingshot for Fleeting Posts

June 17, 2014 6:52 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook is taking another stab at ephemeral mobile messaging with an app called Slingshot. The app is designed to appeal to fans of Snapchat and other messaging apps that let people send self-destructing messages to friends. Slingshot draws...

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Amazon Is about to Jump into Smartphones

June 17, 2014 6:47 pm | by Mae Anderson & Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press | Comments

Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones. The corporate juggernaut that started out with books and soon moved into music, video, cloud computing and Kindle e-readers...

Report: Chinese Phone Comes Preloaded with Spyware

June 17, 2014 6:41 pm | by Raphael Satter & Frank Jordans, Associated Press | Comments

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm said Tuesday. G Data Software said it found malicious code hidden deep in the propriety software...

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UK Says Cyber-Spies Monitor Facebook, Google Use

June 17, 2014 6:37 pm | by Jill Lawless, Associated Press | Comments

The U.K.'s electronic spy agency is legally allowed to track the online activities of millions of Britons who use U.S.-based platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, Britain's top counterterrorism official has said. In a witness statement...

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Photos of the Day: 15 MW Test Rig Drive Unit Weighs 400 Tons

June 17, 2014 10:27 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Comments

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist ... yet ...       

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Testing the World’s Largest Wind Turbines

June 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Comments

With a total weight of two million pounds, and blades as long as 400 feet, a single 15 mega-watt wind turbine would be able to power nearly 3,900 homes. Unfortunately, they don’t exist ... yet ...       

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Strange Physics Turns off Laser

June 17, 2014 10:07 am | by Princeton University, Engineering School | Comments

Inspired by anomalies that arise in certain mathematical equations, researchers have demonstrated a laser system that paradoxically turns off when more power is added rather than becoming continuously brighter. The finding could lead to new ways to manipulate...

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Stylr App Is Wal-Mart Tech Lab's Latest Buy

June 17, 2014 9:56 am | by Anne D'innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s innovation lab is diving deeper into mobile apps with another acquisition. The latest purchase for @WalmartLabs is Stylr, a mobile app that allows shoppers to find clothes in nearby stores. Terms of the deal were not disclosed..

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Sensor in Eye Could Track Pressure Changes, Monitor for Glaucoma

June 16, 2014 8:48 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

Your eye could someday house its own high-tech information center, tracking important changes and letting you know when it’s time to see an eye doctor. Engineers have designed a low-power sensor that could be placed permanently in a person’s eye...

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Fuel Cells for Increased Airplane Efficiency

June 16, 2014 8:43 pm | by Washington State University | Comments

Researchers have developed the first fuel cell that can directly convert fuels, such as jet fuel or gasoline, to electricity, providing a dramatically more energy-efficient way to create electric power for planes or cars. The researchers have made coin-sized fuel cells...  

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A Faster Path to Optical Circuits

June 16, 2014 8:36 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

Just as electronic circuits work with electrical charges, optical circuits process pulses of light, which gives them a distinct advantage in terms of speed. Optical technologies are therefore the object of intense research, aiming to develop novel optical devices...

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