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Europe Launches 2 Navigation Satellites

August 21, 2014 4:07 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Arianespace has signed a deal with the European Space Agency to deploy 12 satellites and help speed up the creation of the European Union's Galileo navigation system. Arianespace said in a statement late Wednesday that it will use three launch vehicles capable of carrying four satellites each...

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Scientists Uncover Clues to Role of Magnetism in Iron-Based Superconductors

August 21, 2014 3:57 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging conventional wisdom about superconductivity and magnetism. The study published in Advanced Materials provides experimental evidence...

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Laser Device May End Pin Pricks

August 21, 2014 3:47 pm | by Princeton University, Engineering School | Comments

Researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood. "We are working hard to turn engineering solutions into useful tools..."

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Apple Bounces Back to Hit a New High

August 21, 2014 3:24 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs. The milestone represents a dramatic ...

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Delivery by Drone

August 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions. In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve...

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Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder

August 21, 2014 3:01 pm | by Inderscience Publishers | Comments

The smart phone has changed our behavior, sometimes for the better as we are now able to connect and engage with many more people than ever before, sometimes for the worse in that we may have become over-reliant on the connectivity with the outside world that these devices afford us...

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Robots Helping to Heal Sick Children

August 21, 2014 10:38 am | by NASA | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys. They are lending a helping arm...

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Parks Service Bans Drones Over Appalachian Trail

August 21, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts...

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Photo of the Day: Big Guys of the Information Technology World

August 21, 2014 10:01 am | by Quartsoft | Comments

There are less than 20 companies in the IT industry that are as big as suns with powerful gravitation making thousands of smaller businesses rotate around them. QuartSoft could not help honoring giant IT companies that made it possible for us to be a part of the informational technology world...

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Chip Maker Infineon to Buy California Firm for $3B

August 20, 2014 4:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG says it has agreed to pay $3 billion in cash for California-based semiconductor firm International Rectifier, which produces power-management components used in everything from cars to satellites. Infineon said in Wednesday's announcement that it's paying $40 per share...

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Our Connection to Content

August 20, 2014 12:10 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

It’s often said that humans are wired to connect: The neural wiring that helps us read the emotions and actions of other people may be a foundation for human empathy. But for the past eight years, MIT Media Lab spinout Innerscope Research has been using ...

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B&N and Samsung Introduce Co-Branded Tablet

August 20, 2014 11:59 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Barnes & Noble and Samsung on Wednesday unveiled a new co-branded tablet called the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook that will replace B&N's own Nook tablets. The 7-inch Wi-Fi tablet will sell for $179 after a $20 instant rebate, the same entry price of the non-branded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4...

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The Power of Salt

August 20, 2014 11:54 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Where the river meets the sea, there is the potential to harness a significant amount of renewable energy, according to a team of mechanical engineers at MIT. The researchers evaluated an emerging method of power generation called pressure retarded osmosis, in which two streams of different salinity are mixed to produce energy...

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New Framework Would Facilitate Use of New Android Security Modules

August 20, 2014 11:48 am | Comments

Computer security researchers have developed a modification to the core Android operating system that allows developers and users to plug in new security enhancements. The new Android Security Modules framework aims to eliminate the bottleneck that prevents developers...

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Research Paves Way for Development of Cyborg Moth ‘Biobots’

August 20, 2014 10:47 am | by NC State University | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals moths use to control those muscles. The work opens the door to the development of remotely-controlled moths, or “biobots,” for use in emergency response...

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