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Nano, Photonic Research Gets Boost From New 3-D Visualization Technology

August 14, 2012 5:17 am | Comments

For the first time X-ray scientists have combined high-resolution imaging with 3-D viewing of the surface layer of material using X-ray vision in a way that does not damage the sample. This new technique expands the range of X-ray research possible for biology and many aspects of nanotechnology, particularly nanofilms, photonics, and micro- and nano-electronics.

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NIST's Speedy Ions Could Add Zip to Quantum Computers

August 14, 2012 5:09 am | Comments

Take that, sports cars! Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can accelerate their beryllium ions from zero to 100 miles per hour and stop them in just a few microseconds. What's more, the ions come to a complete stop and hardly feel the effects of the ride. And they're not just good for submicroscopic racing—NIST physicists think their zippy ions may be useful in future quantum computers.

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Test Flight Over Peru Ruins Could Revolutionize Archaeological Mapping

August 14, 2012 4:40 am | by The SUAVe -- for Semi-autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle -- system developed by Vanderbilt and Aurora Flight Services should dramatically reduce the time it takes to map archaeological sites. | Comments

Archaeological sites that currently take years to map will be completed in minutes if tests underway in Peru of a new system being developed at Vanderbilt University go well. The Aurora Flight Sciences unmanned aerial vehicle will be integrated into a larger system that combines the flying device that can fit into a backpack with a software system that can discern an optimal flight pattern and transform the resulting data into three-dimensional maps.

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NTU Scientist Invents Pocket Living Room TV

August 14, 2012 4:38 am | Comments

Leaving your TV show midway because you had to leave your home will no longer happen as you can now ‘pull’ the programme on your TV screen onto your tablet and continue watching it seamlessly. You can also watch the same TV show or movie together with your family and friends, no matter which part of the world they are in.

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Wireless Power For The Price Of A Penny

August 14, 2012 4:35 am | Comments

The newspaper-style printing of electronic equipment has led to a cost-effective device that could change the way we interact with everyday objects. For a price of just one penny per unit the device, known as a rectenna, which was presented on Friday, August 10th, in IOP Publishing's journal Nanotechnology , can be placed onto objects such as price tags, logos and signage so that we can read product information on our smartphones with one simple swipe.

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The Impact of LabVIEW System Design Software on Digital Development

August 13, 2012 12:04 pm | Comments

The long predicted trend heralding the convergence of design and test speaks to the integration of two historically separate functions within the overall flow of system design. The clear benefits of integrating these functions, namely increased time to market and better overall quality, are achieved by including test definition and implementation coincident with design creation.

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iQmetrix XQ Interactive Retail Solution at Philadelphia Airport

August 13, 2012 11:52 am | Comments

iQmetrix , a leading provider of retail management solutions, announced that APW Brands , an airport-based retailer of consumer electronics and wireless accessories, has selected XQ Interactive Retail and RQ Retail Management System to deliver great experiences in its stores. The Philadelphia International Airport location is the first in a series of stores to be outfitted with interactive digital displays that bring elements of online and mobile shopping experiences into the physical store through a suite of applications.

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This Simple Touchscreen Device Might Be Grandpa's Next Computer - Or Ours

August 13, 2012 6:39 am | Comments

Do your parents or grandparents really need a full-blown computer? One startup thinks the answer might be no. Seattle-based Pure Devices has launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of a new tabletop touchscreen device that streams data and applications from the cloud to a simplified user interface.

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Researchers Use Bioimpedance As A Biometric, Let Health Monitor Devices Know Who You Are

August 13, 2012 6:36 am | Comments

Wouldn't it be great if fitness and medical gadgets automatically knew who was wearing them? Researchers from Dartmouth have come up with a new way to provide health monitors just such an ability using a tiny electric current and a bioimpedance sensor. You see, each person's body provides a different amount of opposition to electrical current, so bioimpedance can be a unique biometric identifier.

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Will Microsoft’s Police Surveillance System Violate Your Privacy?

August 13, 2012 6:33 am | Comments

The Microsoft-powered police surveillance system being installed in New York City is an impressive bit of innovation: It connects a wide variety of technology already in use by the New York Police Department in a way that gives police a powerful new tool in preventing and solving crime. The system, dubbed the Domain Awareness System (DAS), sounds like science fiction: Part Minority Report, part 1984.

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Can Alcohol Make Tech Companies More Creative?

August 13, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

Silicon Valley believes in neither inhibition, nor prohibition. Openness is encouraged, drunkenness is often cast upon blind eyes. And yet some still frown on the idea that alcohol is anything other than an evil liquid, sent by the forces of darkness to make man incoherent. I have scientific evidence that this might not be the case.

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iPhone 5 -- What Would An Apple Wallet Mean For Banks?

August 13, 2012 6:27 am | Comments

When Apple introduced Passbook at its developers conference in June, it looked like one more step on the way to making the iPhone an electronic wallet. Andy Schmidt, a research director at CEB TowerGroup’s commercial banking and payments practice, called it “a potentially disruptive mobile wallet waiting for payment capabilities.

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Burn After Calling: Disposable Phone Numbers

August 13, 2012 6:25 am | Comments

There's always a pause after someone asks, "Can I have your number?" Someone's silently wondering if complying will mean trouble. What if you didn't have to worry about about that?  Enter the Burner App . For $1.99 per use, iPhone owners can get a disposable, short-term phone number to use for business, pleasure or any combination of the two.

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Google, PayPal, VeriFone and US Carriers Band Together to Form Mobile Payments Committee

August 10, 2012 9:30 am | Comments

There's little doubt that mobile payments hold a ton of potential for the future of commerce, but without proper direction (and willingness for adoption), the technology remains little more than an impractical curiosity for the majority of consumers. In an effort to define a way forward for the mobile payment industry, a large number of heavy hitters have banded together under the umbrella of the Electronic Transactions Association to form the Mobile Payments Committee.

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How Next-gen Solar Tech Can Break Through In A Tough Market

August 10, 2012 9:26 am | Comments

Here’s five ways that next-generation solar technologies can survive and even thrive in the difficult solar manufacturing market. The past 18 months will be remembered as a time when solar manufacturers delivered ugly earnings reports and even witnessed some of their smaller peers face bankruptcy.

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