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Agilent Technologies Announces Enhancements to Automate Verizon IMS VoIP Compliance Test Plan

May 14, 2013 4:21 pm | by Agilent Technologies Inc. | Comments

Agilent N5973A software is used in conjunction with the Agilent PXT wireless communications test set and the 8960 wireless communications test set. The new N5973A-4FP scripts provide full automation for voice-over-LTE functional tests such as call setup and teardown, call waiting and handovers to eHRPD.

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NY Attorney General Seeks Help for Cell Thefts

May 14, 2013 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

New York state's attorney general asked smartphone makers on Monday to do more to protect consumers from violent street crimes known as "Apple picking," or cellphone thefts. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he sent letters to top executives at Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung Electronics seeking information about security efforts and asking them to work with his office to find ways to reduce theft.

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Improving Communication During Disasters

May 14, 2013 9:46 am | by SINTEF | Comments

A small armband which can be attached to the injured. An information board containing a complete visual record of events. This is technology helping to improve communications during major national disasters.               

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Micromachining: Inclinations Sounded Out

May 14, 2013 9:36 am | by A*STAR - Institute of Microelectronics | Comments

Echolocation is a powerful technique that uses sound or ultrasound waves to locate objects and surfaces. Ships and submarines, for example, use it to avoid collisions, and dolphins and microbats use it to locate prey.

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NRL Shatters Endurance Record for Small Electric UAV

May 14, 2013 9:28 am | by U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory flew their fuel cell powered Ion Tiger UAV for 48 hours and 1 minute on April 16-18 by using liquid hydrogen fuel in a new, NRL-developed, cryogenic fuel storage tank and delivery system.

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World's First Handheld Sound Camera Ready for Market

May 13, 2013 11:05 am | by Professor Seok-Hyung Bae, The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

Most car drivers have had the experience of hearing a buzzing, squeaky, or rattling sound while driving but not being able to figure out where the noise is coming from. The problem could be simple, requiring a quick fix, or could be serious enough to bring a car to a mechanic

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Graphene Joins the Race to Redefine the Ampere

May 13, 2013 10:31 am | by David Lewis, National Physical Laboratory | Comments

A new joint innovation by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the University of Cambridge could pave the way for redefining the ampere in terms of fundamental constants of physics. The world's first graphene single-electron pump (SEP), described in a paper in Nature Nanotechnology, provides the speed of electron flow needed to create a new standard for electrical current based on electron charge.

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New Technique to Improve Quality Control of Lithium-Ion Batteries

May 13, 2013 10:13 am | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

The electrodes, called anodes and cathodes, are the building blocks of powerful battery arrays like those used in electric and hybrid vehicles. They are copper on one side and coated with a black compound to store lithium on the other. Lithium ions travel from the anode to the cathode while the battery is being charged and in the reverse direction when discharging energy.

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Bloodless Bank Heist Impressed Cybercrime Experts

May 13, 2013 9:42 am | by COLLEEN LONG, MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press | Comments

A bloodless bank heist that netted more than $45 million has left even cybercrime experts impressed by the technical sophistication, if not the virtue, of the con artists who pulled off a remarkable internationally organized attack. "It was pretty ingenious," Pace University computer science professor Darren Hayes said Friday.

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Panasonic Reports Big Loss but Forecasts Profit

May 10, 2013 10:47 am | by MALCOLM FOSTER, Associated Press | Comments

Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic Corp. on Friday reported a near-record net loss of 754 billion yen ($7.5 billion) for the fiscal year through March due to restructuring costs and slumping sales, but predicted a return to the black this year as it prunes unprofitable businesses.

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UK Budget Airline to Test Ash Cloud Detector

May 10, 2013 10:46 am | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | Comments

A U.K. budget airline will create an artificial volcanic ash cloud over Europe this summer to test ash detection technology. The experiment aims to avoid the kind of chaos that paralyzed air traffic during eruptions three years ago. Thursday's announcement was made by easyJet, which acquired a ton of ash collected...

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Global Network of Hackers Steal $45M from ATMs

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

The sophistication of a global network of thieves who drained cash machines around the globe of an astonishing $45 million in mere hours sent ripples through the security world, not merely for the size of the operation and ease with which it was carried out, but also for the threat that more such thefts may be in store.

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Flawed Diamonds Promise Sensory Perfection

May 10, 2013 10:31 am | by Paul Preuss, Berkeley Lab | Comments

From brain to heart to stomach, the bodies of humans and animals generate weak magnetic fields that a supersensitive detector could use to pinpoint illnesses, trace drugs – and maybe even read minds. Sensors no bigger than a thumbnail could map gas deposits underground, analyze chemicals, and pinpoint explosives that hide from other probes.

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Engineers Fine-Tune the Sensitivity of Nano-Chemical Sensor

May 9, 2013 10:30 am | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

The sensors, made of an insulating base coated with a graphene sheet--a single-atom-thick layer of carbon--are already so sensitive that they can detect an individual molecule of gas. But manipulating the chemical properties of the insulating layer, without altering the graphene layer, may yet improve their ability to detect the most minute concentrations of various gases.

Scientists Develop Device for Portable, Ultra-Precise Clocks and Quantum Sensors

May 9, 2013 10:25 am | by Universities of Strathclyde | Comments

In a joint project between the Universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow, Imperial College London and the National Physical Laboratory, researchers have developed a portable way to produce ultracold atoms for quantum technology and quantum information processing.

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