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Ivory Coast Techies Elect New 'Web Mayor'

May 28, 2013 9:28 am | by ROBBIE COREY-BOULET, Associated Press | Comments

A 22-year-old who lives with his parents is the new mayor of Ivory Coast's largest city, at least according to the West African nation's active community of self-described Internet geeks. Abidjan's budding network of bloggers, strategists, designers and Web entrepreneurs organized a separate vote for "Web Mayor," in late April days after Ivorians went to the polls for local elections.

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With High-Tech Guns, Users Could Disable Remotely

May 24, 2013 10:42 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved — and disable it remotely. The technology, but not an actual gun, was demonstrated Tuesday at a wireless technology conference in Las Vegas and was shown to The Associated Press in advance. It comes at a time when lawmakers around the U.S. are considering contentious smart gun laws...

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Detection of the Cosmic Gamma Ray Horizon

May 24, 2013 10:38 am | by University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center | Comments

How much light has been emitted by all galaxies since the cosmos began? After all, almost every photon (particle of light) from ultraviolet to far infrared wavelengths ever radiated by all galaxies that ever existed throughout cosmic history is still speeding through the Universe today. If we could carefully measure the number and energy (wavelength) of all those photons—not only at the present time, but also back in time...

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Stitching Defects into World’s Thinnest Semiconductor

May 24, 2013 9:53 am | by Columbia University | Comments

In pioneering new research at Columbia University, scientists have grown high-quality crystals of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), the world's thinnest semiconductor, and studied how these crystals stitch together at the atomic scale to form continuous sheets.

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Google to Add Galapagos Islands to Street View

May 24, 2013 9:36 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | Comments

Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Soon it will take only the click of a mouse or finger swipe on a tablet to explore some of the Galapagos Islands' most remote areas, surrounding waters and unique creatures.

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Cradle Turns Smartphone into Handheld Biosensor

May 23, 2013 4:48 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor | Comments

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone that uses the phone’s built-in camera and processing power as a biosensor to detect toxins, proteins, bacteria, viruses and other molecules. Having such sensitive biosensing capabilities in the field could enable on-the-spot tracking of groundwater contamination, combine the phone’s GPS data...

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Navy's Unmanned Ocean Recon Craft Makes 1st Flight

May 23, 2013 10:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An unmanned jet built for U.S. Navy high-altitude maritime surveillance missions has made its first flight. Northrop Grumman Corp. says the MQ-4C Triton took off from Palmdale, Calif., Wednesday and completed a 90-minute flight. The aircraft is designed to fly missions lasting up to 24 hours at altitudes greater than 10 miles, allowing coverage out 2,000 nautical miles.

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Innovation Could Bring Flexible Solar Cells, Transistors, Displays

May 23, 2013 10:19 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

Researchers have created a new type of transparent electrode that might find uses in solar cells, flexible displays for computers and consumer electronics and future "optoelectronic" circuits for sensors and information processing. The electrode is made of silver nanowires covered with a material called graphene, an extremely thin layer of carbon. The hybrid material shows promise as a possible replacement...

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Whirlpools on the Nanoscale Could Multiply Magnetic Memory

May 23, 2013 10:00 am | by Paul Preuss, Berkeley Lab | Comments

“We spent 15 percent of home energy on gadgets in 2009, and we’re buying more gadgets all the time,” says Peter Fischer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Fischer lets you know right away that while it’s scientific curiosity that inspires his research at the Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS), he intends it to help solve pressing problems.

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First Look: New Xbox Elegant, but Much Unknown

May 23, 2013 9:48 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | Comments

After four years of development, Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One entertainment console and touted it as an all-in-one solution for playing games, watching TV and doing everything in between. Microsoft wants the Xbox One to be central to your living room, so it packed the new Xbox with such features as the ability to change TV channels through voice commands.

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Twitter Adds Security Measure to Logins

May 23, 2013 9:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday that users will be able to enroll in a login verification program. For those who sign up, Twitter will send a six-digit code using a text message each time they sign in to Twitter.com. Besides their username and password, users will have to enter the code as well to log in.

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Littelfuse Hosts Speed2Design TechTalks at NASA

May 22, 2013 4:48 pm | by Littelfuse, Inc. | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. has created a NASA Exploration & Discovery Experience for the engineering community as part of its 2013 Speed2Design promotion. Winning design engineers will get an opportunity to go behind the scenes to spend time with NASA engineers at two premiere NASA facilities. Littelfuse will host Speed2Design TechTalk events at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif...

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Aeroflex Releases the TETRA Enhanced Data Service Option for the 3920 Radio Test Set

May 22, 2013 4:18 pm | by Aeroflex Incorporated | Comments

Aeroflex Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp. [NYSE:ARX], has announced the release of the TETRA Enhanced Data Service (TEDS) option for the 3920 Digital and Analog Radio Test Set. This operation enables the technician or engineer to use the 3920 for verifying the operation of TEDS mobile stations and base stations.

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GS1 and Open Mobile Alliance team up to bring intelligent bar code scanning to mobile devices

May 22, 2013 4:07 pm | by GS1 and Open Mobile Alliance (OMA | Comments

GS1 and Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) are collaborating to enable bar code scanning features built directly into mobile devices. This will make it easier for application developers to allow their apps to scan and link to trusted content.

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Focus on Chinese Broadband Home at HGI's Shenzhen Meeting

May 22, 2013 4:01 pm | by HGI | Comments

An open forum addressing the latest broadband home-services trends and Smart Home requirements will be hosted in Shenzhen on June 18 by HGI, the leading global organisation for publishing requirements for the digital Smart Home. This event, part of HGI’s regular quarterly meeting, will feature presentations from two of China’s leading service providers and will take place from June 18-21 at the Westin Hotel, Shenzhen.

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