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Professor Stephen Hawking Congratulates the NASA New Horizons Team

July 15, 2015 9:27 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Professor Stephen Hawking, regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists in history, congratulates the NASA New Horizons team. On July 14, 2015, New Horizons became the first spacecraft to visit the dwarf planet Pluto...

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What Happens When Our Computers Get Smarter Than We Are?

July 15, 2015 9:23 am | by TED | News | Comments

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as "smart" as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: "Machine intelligence...

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Solving Mysteries of Conductivity in Polymers

July 15, 2015 9:18 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Materials known as conjugated polymers have been seen as very promising candidates for electronics applications, including capacitors, photodiodes, sensors, organic light-emitting diodes, and thermoelectric devices. But they’ve faced one major obstacle...

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Terminal Brings Connectivity to Global Combat Support Systems-Army in the Field

July 15, 2015 9:11 am | by 2nd Lt. Blair A. Pechner, Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment | News | Comments

During a field training exercise here, March 16 -18, Maintenance Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, became the first unit in the Army to apply the Very Small Aperture Terminal, or VSAT, Internet connection to the Global...

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Pre-Certified Thread Networking Stack for Smart Home Connectivity

July 14, 2015 4:11 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE: FSL) is announcing a pre-certified Thread networking stack, compliant to the R1.0 specification recently released to Thread Group members...

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NASA’s New Horizons: The Machine Behind the Face of Pluto

July 14, 2015 3:16 pm | by Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, @SarahG_WDD | Blogs | Comments

NASA made history today, successfully capturing the most close-up and detailed image of Pluto the world has ever seen. After a decade-long, three billion mile journey through our solar system...

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The "Other" Faces of Pluto, Brought to You by the Internet

July 14, 2015 3:11 pm | by Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, @SarahG_WDD | Blogs | Comments

In honor of today's stellar achievement, I thought it would be fun to feature a few “other” faces of Pluto, which (disclaimer!) is probably neither factually accurate nor associated with NASA. It seems the masses on Instagram and Twitter...

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Safely Riding the Internet Highway

July 14, 2015 11:42 am | by Cees Links, CEO GreenPeak Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Compared to most of the world’s infrastructure, it is amazing how primitive and lawless the internet really is. Yes, the web is technically sophisticated but when trying to understand how it should be used and how it can benefit our lives...

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Data-Driven Design

July 14, 2015 11:20 am | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Two global trends — bigger cities and more data — converged last week at MIT, where an international conference on computing and urban studies showed how researchers are harnessing more and more information in an attempt to help cities grow...

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Thread Wireless Networking Protocol Now Available

July 14, 2015 10:47 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The Thread Group announced the release of Thread, the new IP-based wireless networking protocol designed for low-power connected products in the home.  Starting today, product developers who are members of the Thread Group can access Thread technical specifications...

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Storing Solar Energy for Later

July 14, 2015 10:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Texas, Arlington have found a way to store the electricity generated by a photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) for extended periods of time and allow electricity to be delivered around the clock ... 

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Photo of the Day: MH-60R Sea Hawk Fires Flares During Air Power Demo

July 14, 2015 10:40 am | by U.S. Navy | News | Comments

An MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter attached to the Battle Cats of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 fires flares near the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) during an air power demonstration...

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Despite Blast, Spacex Still in Running for USAF Competition

July 14, 2015 10:19 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

After the Falcon 9 accident in June SpaceX is still in the running for an Air Force competition to launch a new GPS satellite into orbit, U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah James told Reuters on July 8. Although its latest launch ended with a Falcon 9...

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SMAP Team Investigating Radar Instrument Anomaly

July 14, 2015 9:30 am | by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Mission managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, are assessing an anomaly with the radar instrument on NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite observatory. The radar is one of two science instruments...

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3 Questions: Richard Binzel on New Horizons’ Closest View of Pluto

July 14, 2015 9:22 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

On Jan. 19, 2006, NASA launched a space probe the size of a golf cart on a mission to explore the farthest reaches of the solar system; its destination was the Kuiper Belt, a frigid region beyond the planets, populated with icy bodies, the largest of which is Pluto...

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