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Using Sand to Improve Battery Performance

July 9, 2014 3:09 pm | by University of California, Riverside | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material: sand. Yes, sand. “This is the holy grail – a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way..."

Google Picks 5 Charities to Create Ideas for Glass

July 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | Comments

Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers...

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Bay Area Governments Make Big Electric-Vehicle Buy

July 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country. The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles...

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Kids Studying Abroad Are Now Never out of Touch

July 9, 2014 1:29 pm | by Beth J. Harpaz, AP Travel Editor | Comments

A generation ago, students on semester abroad were practically incommunicado, aside from airmailed letters and one or two calls home. These days, from the minute the plane lands, kids studying overseas are connected with home via Skype, Facebook, and messaging apps like Viber and WhatsApp...

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Freewave Sets Sights on Fast-Growing Industrial M2M Marketplace

July 9, 2014 11:43 am | by FreeWave Technologies | Comments

FreeWave Technologies announced exciting new executive appointments that will position the company for continued growth and leadership in the exploding M2M and industrial Internet of Things markets. In line with this vision, FreeWave has appointed Kim Niederman as its new CEO...

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IEEE ComSoc 5 Day Intensive Wireless Communications Course

July 9, 2014 11:15 am | by IEE ComSoc | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society has announced a two for one package that combines the organization’s 5 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course with the 2014 Fall IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies Certification Exam. The offer provides seating at the IEEE WCET exam...

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Dropter Project Demonstrates Precision-Landing Capabilities

July 9, 2014 10:56 am | by ESA | Comments

The dramatic conclusion to ESA’s latest StarTiger project: a ‘dropship’ quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface. StarTiger’s Dropter project was tasked with developing and demonstrating ...

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Photos of the Day: 'Dropship' Quadcopter to Lower Rover onto Mars

July 9, 2014 10:54 am | by ESA | Comments

The 'dropship' quadcopter and mockup rover are used for testing the ESA's latest StarTiger project, Dropter. The dropship has to steer itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface ...   

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KAIST Develops TransWall, a Transparent Touchable Display Wall

July 8, 2014 12:32 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

At a busy shopping mall, shoppers walk by store windows to find attractive items to purchase. Through the windows, shoppers can see the products displayed, but may have a hard time imagining doing something beyond just looking, such as touching the displayed items...

Collisions with Robots – without Risk of Injury

July 8, 2014 12:25 pm | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Teamwork between humans and robots will be the motto of the future. But robots may not injure humans at all. When does contact cause an injury, though? Researchers are exploring this for the first time in a study. Everybody has experienced this: You aren’t careful for just one moment and suddenly...

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Silicon Sponge Improves Lithium-Ion Battery Performance

July 8, 2014 12:19 pm | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops and electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a sponge-like silicon material. Researchers developed the porous material to replace the graphite traditionally used in one of the battery's electrodes...

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Photos of the Day: Seeing Eye Ring Aids the Blind

July 8, 2014 8:54 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | Comments

The so-called FingerReader, a prototype produced by a 3-D printer, fits like a ring on the user's finger, equipped with a small camera that scans text. A synthesized voice reads words aloud, quickly translating books, restaurant menus and other needed materials for daily living...

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MIT Finger Device Reads to the Blind in Real Time

July 8, 2014 8:45 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired, giving them affordable and immediate access to printed words. The so-called FingerReader...

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US to Press China on Liberalizing High-Tech Trade

July 7, 2014 7:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. is looking for concessions from China to kick-start international negotiations on liberalizing trade in high-technology products. Trade Representative Michael Froman told reporters the U.S. wants to resolve differences with China over products...

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Scientists Criticize Europe's $1.6B Brain Project

July 7, 2014 7:11 pm | by Frank Jordans & John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press | Comments

Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general. The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely funded by the European Union...

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