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Researchers Find Security Flaws in Backscatter X-Ray Scanners

August 20, 2014 10:21 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

A team of researchers have discovered several security vulnerabilities in full-body backscatter X-ray scanners deployed to U.S. airports between 2009 and 2013. In laboratory tests, the team was able to successfully conceal firearms and plastic explosive simulants from the Rapiscan Secure 1000 scanner...

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Electrical Engineers Take Major Step Toward Photonic Circuits

August 20, 2014 10:05 am | by University of Alberta | Comments

The invention of fiber optics revolutionized the way we share information, allowing us to transmit data at volumes and speeds we'd only previously dreamed of. Now, electrical engineering researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada are breaking another barrier...

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Ballmer Steps Down from Microsoft Board

August 20, 2014 9:48 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Comments

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, closing a chapter on 34 years with the software giant. Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, study and teaching business at Stanford in the fall and USC next spring...

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HTC Makes Windows Version of Flagship One Phone

August 20, 2014 9:39 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC said it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to make an Android version of the One...

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Photo of the Day: The Rise of the Internet of Things

August 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Jabil | Comments

The past twenty-five years of Internet growth was fueled by human communications. The next twenty-five years of Internet growth will be fueled by machines. By 2020, with more things than people on the Internet, will we still need web browsers?...    

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StopInfo for OneBusAway App Makes Buses More Usable for Blind Riders

August 19, 2014 12:18 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

It’s a daily routine for many transit riders in the Seattle area: Pull out your smartphone, check the OneBusAway app, then decide whether you need to sprint to the bus stop or can afford that last sip of coffee. The application uses real-time data to track...

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NASA's RXTE Satellite Decodes the Rhythm of an Unusual Black Hole

August 19, 2014 12:04 pm | by NASA | Comments

Astronomers have uncovered rhythmic pulsations from a rare type of black hole 12 million light-years away by sifting through archival data from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer satellite. The signals have helped astronomers identify an unusual midsize black hole called M82 X-1...

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Graphene Rubber Bands Could Stretch Limits of Healthcare

August 19, 2014 10:25 am | by University of Surrey | Comments

Although body motion sensors already exist in different forms, they have not been widely used due to their complexity and cost of production. Now researchers from the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin have for the ... 

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Telstra Unveils Next-Gen Cloud Collaboration Service for Global Businesses

August 19, 2014 10:14 am | by Telstra | Comments

Telstra has launched its global cloud-based unified communications service, enabling businesses to communicate and collaborate in real-time regardless of their location around the world. Nathan Bell, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, Director of Marketing...

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Photos of the Day: NASA Puts 'Swarmies' to the Test

August 19, 2014 10:02 am | by NASA | Comments

A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the moon searching for and gathering resources just as an ant colony does...

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Autonomous Swarming Robots to Explore Alien Worlds

August 19, 2014 9:45 am | by NASA | Comments

A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien world such as the moon searching for and gathering resources just as an ant colony does...

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Spacewalking Astronauts Release Baby Satellite

August 19, 2014 9:38 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth. Russian Oleg Artemiev cast the 4-inch box off with his gloved right hand as the International Space Station sailed 260 miles above the cloud-flecked planet...

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Government Wants to Make Cars Talk to Each Other

August 19, 2014 9:16 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions. A research report released by the National Highway...

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A Closer Look: Do More with Companion Devices

August 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple has ways of encouraging you to buy more of its products: It offers bonus features on devices like the iPhone and iPad that work only when paired with other Apple gadgets. Amazon does it, too. It's understandable. The devices need to communicate with each other...

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Arches, Canyonlands, National Parks Ban Drones

August 19, 2014 8:51 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah. Kevin Moore, acting chief ranger for the two parks, says the unmanned aircrafts disrupt wildlife and are an intrusion on visitors looking for tranquility...

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