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X-Ray Weapon 'Stuff of Comic Books'

June 21, 2013 10:03 am | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | Comments

The portable X-ray weapon that two upstate New York men are accused of trying to build to secretly sicken Muslims and enemies of Israel isn't feasible, radiation researchers say, calling it "the stuff of comic books." Authorities say they built a remote-control switch they planned to attach to a van-mounted, industrial X-ray machine to secretly radiate people who would get sick or die days later.

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Trophallactic Strategy for Multiple UAVs Flying in Formation

June 21, 2013 9:56 am | by DUAN Haibin, Science China Press | Comments

The autonomous flying of multiple UAVs in formation is an important research area in the aerospace field. Professor DUAN Haibin and his group members from the Science and Technology in Aircraft Control Laboratory, Beihang University set out to tackle this problem.

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Obama Relying on Untested Oversight Board on NSA

June 20, 2013 10:36 am | by Stephen Braun, Associated Press | Comments

The obscure oversight board that President Barack Obama wants to scrutinize the National Security Agency's secret surveillance system is little known for good reason. The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has operated fitfully during its eight years of low-profile existence, stymied by congressional infighting and, at times, censorship by government lawyers.

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Dish Calls It Quits on Sprint Bid, Will Focus on Clearwire Deal

June 20, 2013 10:32 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Dish has all but officially thrown in the towel on its $25.5 billion bid for Sprint. In a statement released late yesterday, the satellite-TV provider said that Sprint’s decision to prematurely terminate Dish’s due diligence process and accept SoftBank’s revised acquisition bid of $21.6 billion has made it “impractical” for Dish to submit a new offer to Sprint.

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LA to Give Every student an iPad; $30M Order

June 20, 2013 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Los Angeles' school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks.        

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Report: Microsoft Considered Buying Nokia

June 20, 2013 10:28 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Nokia was mentioned as a potential target for a buyout. Microsoft was reportedly very close to an agreement to buy the Finnish OEM, according to a report published in the Wall Street Journal. Nokia and Microsoft are of course already close, as Nokia's flagship Lumia phones are built around Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating system.

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App Finds Almost Half of Other Apps Access Private Data

June 20, 2013 10:16 am | by Ioana Patringenaru, University of California - San Diego | Comments

Almost half of the mobile apps running on Apple's iOS operating system access the unique identifier of the devices where they're downloaded, computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have found.       

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Wireless Lifeline for People with Diabetes

June 20, 2013 9:27 am | by Cambridge Consultants | Comments

Product development firm Cambridge Consultants has announced that it is working with the Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, UK on groundbreaking research to create an artificial pancreas. 

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3D Magnetic Field Measurement

June 19, 2013 10:27 am | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Magnetic field sensors are a contact- and wear-free means of measuring the position of machine parts and products. A new generation of Hall sensors is now making the process even more precise and free of interference.     

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Stuntwoman Sues News Corp. over Alleged Phone Hack

June 19, 2013 10:08 am | by Linda Deutsch, AP Special Correspondent | Comments

A woman who worked as a stunt double for Angelina Jolie sued Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in Los Angeles on Tuesday, claiming she's a victim of a phone hacking scheme to obtain information about the actress.                          

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Dish Passes on Making New Offer for Sprint

June 19, 2013 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Dish Network Corp. says a number of factors have made it impracticable for it to submit another offer to buy Sprint Nextel Corp. in time to beat a deadline set by the phone company. Sprint had given Dish until Tuesday to make its best and final offer.

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Sound Waves Precisely Position Nanowires

June 19, 2013 10:01 am | by A'ndrea Elyse Messer, Penn State | Comments

The smaller components become, the more difficult it is to create patterns in an economical and reproducible way, according to an interdisciplinary team of Penn State researchers who, using sound waves, can place nanowires in repeatable patterns for potential use in a variety of sensors, optoelectronics and nanoscale circuits.

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A Microphone that Listens with Light

June 19, 2013 9:58 am | by SINTEF | Comments

A sensor developed in Norway gives microphones hyper-acute hearing and a sense of direction. The microphone is packed full of microelectronics. What makes it really special, however, is an optical position sensor that is no more than a millimetre in diameter.

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Sprint Sues to Stop Dish Clearwire Buyout

June 18, 2013 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sprint is suing to stop Dish Network's buyout of wireless data network operator Clearwire. The nation's third-largest cellphone carrier said the proposed deal violates the rights of Sprint and other Clearwire shareholders.        

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Photos of the Day: Connecting with Drones

June 18, 2013 10:26 am | by NASA | Comments

Tests of a prototype radio were preceded by a number of flights of the S-3 in which NASA researchers sought to characterize the way radio frequencies behave at the specific bandwidths assigned to civil UAS operations – something that had not been done before.

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