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U.S. Businessman Held in Chinese Blogging Crackdown

August 26, 2013 9:18 am | by LOUISE WATT, Associated Press | Comments

Police have detained a Chinese-American venture capitalist on suspicion of visiting a prostitute in Beijing as authorities crack down on bloggers who have posted sensitive material on China's already heavily restricted Internet. Charles Xue, who has over 12 million followers on the Twitter-like Sina Weibo, was detained on Friday evening in a Beijing neighborhood along with a woman.


Researchers Offer Explanation for Strange Magnetic Behavior at Semiconductor Interfaces

August 26, 2013 9:09 am | by Pam Frost Gorder, Ohio State University | Comments

Alone, neither lanthanum aluminate nor strontium titanate exhibit any particularly notable properties. But when they are layered together, they become not only conductive, but also magnetic. In the current online edition of Nature Physics, researchers at The Ohio State University report the first-ever theoretical explanation to be offered for this phenomenon since it was discovered in 2004.


Slovenian Railways Uses IBM Cloud to Build Smarter Railroad System

August 23, 2013 4:00 pm | by IBM | Comments

IBM [NYSE: IBM] has announced that Slovenian Railways has adopted IBM’s cloud solution to improve business operations and customer service for the Central European railway. Adopting a new cloud-based centralized IT system will give the company a more holistic view across all of its freight, passenger and logistics operations so it can more effectively maintain and manage the railway traffic across its network.


UCLA Researchers Invent Portable Device for Common Kidney Tests

August 23, 2013 9:29 am | by Bill Kisliuk, University of California - Los Angeles | Comments

A lightweight and field-portable device invented at UCLA that conducts kidney tests and transmits data through a smartphone attachment may significantly reduce the need for frequent office visits by people with diabetes and others with chronic kidney ailments.


NSA Reveals More Secrets after Court Order

August 22, 2013 10:16 am | by KIMBERLY DOZIER, Associated Press STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration has given up more of its surveillance secrets, acknowledging that it was ordered to stop scooping up thousands of Internet communications from Americans with no connection to terrorism — a practice it says was an unintended consequence when it gathered bundles of Internet traffic connected to terror suspects.


'Boyfriend Tracker' App Raises Stir in Brazil

August 22, 2013 10:02 am | by JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press | Comments

Brazilians were outraged when they learned their country was a top target of the U.S. National Security Agency's overseas spying operation, with data from billions of calls and emails swept up in Washington's top secret surveillance program. Yet when it comes to the cloak and dagger effort of catching philandering lovers, all high-tech weapons appear to be fair game.


Lab-Made Complexes are 'Sun Sponges'

August 22, 2013 9:57 am | by Diana Lutz, Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

A ring of protein and pigments, half synthetic and half natural, can be used to quickly prototype light-harvesting antennas that absorb more sunlight than fully natural ones. In diagrams it looks like a confection of self-curling ribbon with bits of bling hung off the ribbon here and there. In fact it is a carefully designed ring of proteins with attached pigments that self-assembles into a structure that soaks up sunlight.


DfR Solutions and Dassault Systèmes Announce Strategic Alliance

August 21, 2013 4:35 pm | by DfR Solutions | Comments

DfR Solutions announced a strategic alliance with Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software will integrate with Abaqus Finite Element Analysis (FEA)...


Integrated Solution from Spirent Addresses Industry’s Challenge of Ensuring VoLTE Voice Quality and Call Performance

August 21, 2013 4:08 pm | by Spirent Communications | Comments

Spirent Communications announced the integration of its field-based Nomad HD solution with its CS8 Mobile Device Tester and 8100 Mobile Device Test System to assess VoLTE call performance and voice quality in the lab. Now carriers and mobile device suppliers can apply the same voice quality measurement system in live networks...


Skyriver Adds New Broadband Coverage to Meet Demand for Business Broadband

August 21, 2013 4:01 pm | by Skydriver | Comments

Skyriver has launched new service areas for Southern California businesses. The newly added coverage includes parts of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, plus the eastern portion of Orange County. Since its inception in 2000, Skyriver has delivered broadband service engineered for reliability and performance...


Wi-Fi Connectivity Will Allow Robonaut to Move

August 21, 2013 9:55 am | by Digi International | Comments

NASA’s Robonaut currently exists on the ISS as a torso, bolted to a pedestal, and is connected to the station with wires for power and control. The robot will be upgraded soon with legs and batteries that will allow it to move freely through the station.But that free movement will only be possible if all of the wires are gone – including the ones used for control and monitoring.


Facebook Aims to Get More People Online

August 21, 2013 9:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Facebook wants to get more of the world's 7 billion people online through a partnership with Samsung, Nokia and other large mobile technology companies. Facebook announced a partnership called on Wednesday. The company says its goal is to "make Internet access available to the two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected."


Redesign for Sudden Autopilot Disconnection Needed, Say Flight Safety Experts

August 21, 2013 9:45 am | by Human Factors and Ergonomics | Comments

Flight safety experts studying recent high-profile plane crashes found sudden autopilot disconnection to be a design flaw that creates unnecessary emergencies by surprising pilots during critical, high-workload episodes. Eric E. Geiselman, along with coauthors Christopher M. Johnson, David R. Buck, and Timothy Patrick, have combined expertise as pilots, crew resource management instructors, and human factors researchers.


NASA Accepts Next Gen Satellite after Successful Orbit Testing

August 21, 2013 9:43 am | by Dewayne Washington, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

The TDRS fleet provides communications support to an array of science missions, as well as several launch vehicles. The network has provided critical real-time communication with NASA’s human spaceflights since early in the Space Shuttle Program. TDRS network operations continue to provide support for International Space Station activities.


Manning Faces Sentencing for WikiLeaks Disclosures

August 21, 2013 9:37 am | by DAVID DISHNEAU, Associated Press PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press | Comments

More than three years after his arrest in Iraq, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is set to learn the price he'll pay for leaking an unprecedented volume of classified information to a once-obscure, anti-secrecy website. Manning's sentencing Wednesday in a military courtroom at Fort Meade, near Baltimore, caps a 12-week trial and a much longer legal battle over the former intelligence analyst's intentions when he reached out to WikiLeaks.



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