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Tracking School Children With RFID Tags? It’s All About the Benjamins

September 10, 2012 5:51 am | Comments

Student body ID cards with RFID-embedded chips. Image: Northside Independent School District Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates Radio Frequency Identification Device chips to monitor livestock , a Texas school district just begun implanting the devices on student identification cards to monitor pupils’ movements on campus, and to track them as they come and go from school.

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Energy Efficient Designs Made Simple with the Rich Enablement of Kinetis L Series Microcontrollers

September 7, 2012 11:06 am | Comments

element14 , the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts and a part of global electronics distributor Premier Farnell [LON:PFL], announced today that it is co-sponsoring two free 1-hour webinar s with Freescale Semiconductor entitled, “ Energy efficient designs made simple with the rich enablement of Kinetis L series microcontrollers” on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 12 noon CDT and on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 12 noon CDT.

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This Amazing Startup Turns Your iPad Into A Robot

September 7, 2012 6:03 am | Comments

Most startups today are building some kind of app or software—like the next big-time photo-sharing app. Double Robotics is the rare startup that's actually building a solid piece of hardware that you can actually see in action, in the real world. Right now, Double is building motorized mounts for your iPad .

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Celeno Wi-Fi to Wirelessly Enable After-Market IPTV/OTT Set-Top Boxes

September 6, 2012 12:07 pm | Comments

Amino Communications and Celeno Communications announced that Amino’s A140/A540 set-top boxes (STBs) will now be complemented by a Wi-Fi USB solution using Celeno’s video-grade Wi-Fi technology. The Amino Wi-Fi USB dongle enables service providers to offer a video-grade Wi-Fi solution that accelerates the adoption of IP-based video services by enabling after-market IP STBs to wirelessly receive HD content.

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Sorry, Your Phone Won't Replace Your Wallet For At Least Another Decade

September 6, 2012 12:00 pm | Comments

Despite the slew of mobile payment products that have launched, we're at least another decade away from replacing wallets altogether , says Wired . Currently, mobile payment solutions only replace parts of the physical wallet. And until all stores accept smart phone payments, we won't be able to ditch the leather.

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Accelerometers Are The Most Under-Appreciated Technological Innovation

September 6, 2012 11:58 am | Comments

For every well-branded Retina Display or PureView camera , there are dozens of smart technologies in mobile devices that go entirely unrecognised for their impact on this world. Somewhere in the middle sits the humble accelerometer -- the tiny component that detects which way up you're holding your phone, or how you're swinging your games console controller.

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Waste Not, Power Up

September 6, 2012 11:07 am | Comments

Researchers at Rice University and the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, have developed a way to make flexible components for rechargeable lithium-ion (LI) batteries from discarded silicon. The Rice lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan created forests of nanowires from high-value but hard-to-recycle silicon.

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Stanford Researchers Discover the 'Anternet'

September 6, 2012 11:05 am | Comments

On the surface, ants and the Internet don't seem to have much in common. But two Stanford researchers have discovered that a species of harvester ants determine how many foragers to send out of the nest in much the same way that Internet protocols discover how much bandwidth is available for the transfer of data.

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Mining the Blogosphere

September 6, 2012 11:01 am | Comments

Can a computer "read" an online blog and understand it? Several Concordia computer scientists are helping to get closer to that goal. Leila Kosseim, associate professor in Concordia's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, and a recently-graduated doctoral student, Shamima Mithun, have developed a system called BlogSum that has potentially vast applications.

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UCF Researchers Record World Record Laser Pulse

September 6, 2012 10:59 am | Comments

A University of Central Florida research team has created the world's shortest laser pulse and in the process may have given scientists a new tool to watch quantum mechanics in action – something that has been hidden from view until now. A photo of Dr. Chang, who accomplished his work at the Florida Atto Science &Technology (FAST) lab in UCF’s Physical Sciences building.

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'Nano Machine Shop' Shapes Nanowires, Ultrathin Films

September 6, 2012 10:56 am | Comments

A new "nano machine shop" that shapes nanowires and ultrathin films could represent a future manufacturing method for tiny structures with potentially revolutionary properties. This illustration depicts a new nano machine shop's ability to shape tiny wires, an advance that represents a possible future manufacturing method for applications ranging from high-speed electronics to solar cells.

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LEDs Winning Light Race to Save Energy, The Environment

September 6, 2012 10:52 am | Comments

Today's light-emitting diode light bulbs have a slight environmental edge over compact fluorescent lamps. And that gap is expected to grow significantly as technology and manufacturing methods improve in the next five years, according to a new report from the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and UK-based N14 Energy Limited.

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Using Magnetism To Understand Superconductivity

September 6, 2012 10:50 am | Comments

Might it one day be possible to transmit electricity from an offshore wind turbine to land-based users without any loss of current? Materials known as "high temperature" superconductors (even though they must be maintained at -140°C!), which can conduct electricity without any losses, were supposed to make this dream a reality.

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Spinach Power Gets A Big Boost

September 6, 2012 10:49 am | by This is a biohybrid solar cell that uses the photosynthetic protein from spinach made by Vanderbilt students based on a previous design. | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a way to combine the photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy in spinach with silicon, the material used in solar cells, in a fashion that produces substantially more electrical current than has been reported by previous "biohybrid" solar cells.

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'Magic Carpet' Could Help Prevent Falls

September 6, 2012 9:29 am | Comments

Plastic optical fibres, laid on the underlay of a carpet, can bend when anyone treads on it and map, in real-time, their walking patterns. Tiny electronics at the edges act as sensors and relay signals to a computer. These signals can then be analysed to show the image of the footprint and identify gradual changes in walking behaviour or a sudden incident such as a fall or trip.

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