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Titania-Based Material Holds Promise as New Insulator for Superconductors

September 4, 2014 3:51 pm | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Research from North Carolina State University shows that a type of modified titania, or titanium dioxide, holds promise as an electrical insulator for superconducting magnets, allowing heat to dissipate while preserving the ...   

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NIST Team Honored for Work on Military Smartphone Apps, Security

September 4, 2014 3:43 pm | by National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) | Comments

The NIST team of engineers and computer scientists was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), under its Transformative Apps (TransApps) program. Working with soldiers, contract app developers and others ...  

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Nano-Pea Pod Model Widens Electronics Applications

September 4, 2014 3:38 pm | by Springer | Comments

Periodic chain-like nanostructures are widely used in nanoelectronics. Typically, chain elements include the likes of quantum rings, quantum dots, or quantum graphs. Such a structure enables electrons to move along the chain, in theory ...

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Atomically Thin Material Opens Door for Integrated Nanophotonic Circuits

September 4, 2014 3:28 pm | by University of Rochester | Comments

A new combination of materials can efficiently guide electricity and light along the same tiny wire, a finding that could be a step towards building computer chips capable of transporting digital information at the speed of light. Using a laser to excite electromagnetic waves called plasmons at the surface of the wire, researchers found that...

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Phones, Watches, More Unveiled at Tech Show

September 4, 2014 1:47 pm | by Frank Jordans & Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | Comments

Samsung and other electronics companies used the IFA trade show in Berlin to showcase their holiday lineups. New smartphones, computerized wristwatches and a virtual-reality headset were among the gadgets announced Wednesday ...   

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IDTechEx’s Wearable Technology Forecasts Come True: What Next

September 4, 2014 12:23 pm | by IDTechEx | Comments

Analysts IDTechEx have been forecasting emerging technologies and their markets for 15 years; from printed electronics and 3D printing, to the Internet of Things and wearable technology. Our many PhD-level analysts are multi-lingual and, together with their teams, travel the world to understand what is going...

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Photo of the Day: Where Are All the Women in STEM?

September 4, 2014 10:54 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Comments

When it comes to women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathethmatics) the numbers just don’t add up. Even though the number of women majoring in STEM (and attending college) has increased in the past few decades, the number of women who actually enter the fields has barely increased at all....

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Sony Attack Shows Shifting Online Security Threat

September 4, 2014 10:42 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

The boundary between the online and physical worlds got blurry last week when Sony's PlayStation Network was disabled by an online attack, while simultaneously an American Airlines passenger jet carrying a Sony executive was diverted due to a bomb threat on Twitter. Experts say that's a wakeup call for a world...

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SIGFOX Global Network Enabling One of World’s

September 4, 2014 10:37 am | by SIGFOX | Comments

SIGFOX is partnering with Securitas Direct and Abertis Telecom in Spain on one of the world’s most ambitious deployments of connected security devices. Securitas Direct, the leading security systems provider in Spain and Europe, will connect and monitor millions of devices in customers’ homes and businesses...

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Qualcomm Offers New Development Kit With More Features

September 4, 2014 10:26 am | by Qualcomm Incorporated | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc., is broadening support for developers to simplify the design of products that use Wi-Fi to connect the Internet of Everything...

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Selfie-Centric Phone Among New Microsoft Offerings

September 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Frank Jordans & Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies. The devices are under the Lumia brand Microsoft bought from Nokia. They run the latest version of Windows Phone 8 and feature Cortana...

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Study: Millennials Less Trusting Than Gen X Was

September 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Martha Irvine, AP National Writer | Comments

They're often pegged as the civic-minded, do-gooding generation. But while they're still optimistic about their own personal prospects, a new study finds that today's youth are often more skeptical of the country's institutions than the young generations that preceded them. The Millennials also are as mistrusting of other people as the gloomy...

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Departments Use Technology to ID Troubled Officers

September 4, 2014 10:07 am | by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press | Comments

Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit — from citizens or the federal government. While such "early warning systems" are often treated as a cure-all, experts say, little research exists on their effectiveness...

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PenStudy Demonstrates Wearable Sensors to Detect Firearm Use

September 3, 2014 8:48 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that wearable sensors could one day transform the correctional system by tracking gun use by community-based offenders, who account for a disproportionate share of fatal and non-fatal shootings...

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Researchers Demonstrate Direct Brain-to-Brain Communication in Human Subjects

September 3, 2014 8:43 pm | by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Comments

In a first-of-its-kind study, an international team of neuroscientists and robotics engineers have demonstrated the viability of direct brain-to-brain communication in humans. Recently published in PLOS ONE the highly novel findings describe the successful transmission of information via the interne...

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