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Tesla Charges Into Home Battery Market Despite Challenges

May 1, 2015 11:09 am | by Michael Liedtke, Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writers | Comments

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is trying to steer his electric car company's battery technology into homes and businesses as part of an elaborate plan to reshape the power grid with millions of small power plants made of solar panels on roofs and batteries in garages. Musk announced Tesla's expansion ... 


Engineering a Better Solar Cell

May 1, 2015 10:01 am | by University of Washington | Comments

One of the fastest-growing areas of solar energy research is with materials called perovskites. These promising light harvesters could revolutionize the solar and electronics industries because they show potential to convert sunlight into electricity more efficiently ... 


“Fingerprinting” Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

May 1, 2015 9:47 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

It’s often said that no two human fingerprints are exactly alike. For that reason, police often use them as evidence to link suspects to crime scenes. The same goes for silicon chips: Manufacturing processes cause microscopic variations in chips that are unpredictable ... 


Photo of the Day: MESSENGER Spacecraft's Impact Region on Mercury

April 30, 2015 12:24 pm | by NASA | Comments

On April 30th, this region of Mercury's surface will have a new crater! Traveling at 3.91 kilometers per second (over 8,700 miles per hour), the MESSENGER spacecraft will collide with Mercury's surface, creating a crater estimated to be 16 meters (52 feet) in ... 


MIT Research Showcased at Singapore’s First Tech Carnival

April 30, 2015 10:31 am | by Pauline Teo, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology | Comments

As Singapore aims to become a "smart" nation, discovering and harnessing innovations from research institutes, and other industry players, may be a key to success. Against this backdrop, three MIT research projects — robotic stingrays, driverless golf carts, and a device ... 

Russia's Spinning Cargo Capsule for Space Station Total Loss

April 30, 2015 10:21 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

A Russian supply capsule that went into an uncontrollable spin after launch was declared a total loss Wednesday, but astronauts at the International Space Station said they will get by without the delivery of fresh food, water, clothes and equipment. "We should be ... 


Sony Plays to Strengths in Games, Sensors as it Vows Revival

April 30, 2015 10:13 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Once at the leading edge of consumer electronics, Sony Corp. is now more lumbering giant than trend-setter after falling behind competitors such as Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. Sony watchers are urging the down-on-its-luck company to rediscover ... 


Apple, IBM, Japan Post Team Up to Improve Elderly Care

April 30, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple, IBM and Japanese insurance and bank holding company Japan Post have formed a partnership to improve the lives of elderly people in the country. The companies say they hope other countries will follow suit as the world's population ages. Apple CEO Tim Cook, IBM CEO ... 


Photos of the Day: Toyota to Provide First Hydrogen-Fueled Pace Car

April 29, 2015 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A hydrogen-fueled vehicle will lead the field at a NASCAR race for the first time when a 2016 Toyota Mirai serves as the official pace car Saturday night at Richmond. The midsize sedan uses no gasoline and emits only water vapor. The electric vehicle is powered by ... 


LG's New G4 Phones Will Have Leather Backs

April 29, 2015 10:55 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Optional leather backs and manual camera controls are two ways LG is seeking to distinguish its new G4 phone from Apple's iPhones and Samsung's Galaxy smartphones. LG's mobile chief, Juno Cho, said a wireless trade show in Barcelona, Spain, last month ... 

AT&T Fires President Over Racist Text; $100M Lawsuit Goes On

April 29, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

AT&T Inc. on Tuesday confirmed that it has fired Aaron Slator, a president who became the subject of a $100 million discrimination lawsuit for using his work phone to send racially offensive images. "There is no place for demeaning behavior within AT&T and we regret ... 


The Fearsome Foursome: Technologies Enable Ambitious MMS Mission

April 29, 2015 10:17 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission -- an achievement enabled in part by four NASA-developed technologies that in some ... 


Making Robots More Human

April 29, 2015 10:02 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Most people are naturally adept at reading facial expressions -- from smiling and frowning to brow-furrowing and eye-rolling -- to tell what others are feeling. Now scientists have developed ultra-sensitive, wearable sensors that can do the same thing. Their technology, reported ... 


Photo of the Day: Deep Space Atomic Clock

April 28, 2015 11:13 am | by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory | Comments

As the saying goes, timing is everything. More so in 21st-century space exploration where navigating spacecraft precisely to far-flung destinations -- say, to Mars or even more distant Europa, a moon of Jupiter -- is critical. NASA is making great strides to develop the ...


New Computer-Based Vision Screening Test for Children

April 28, 2015 10:54 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | Comments

Many eye disorders in young children are asymptomatic and may remain undetected without testing. Since effective treatments are available for many of those conditions, early identification and intervention are critical to prevent potentially permanent vision problems. A new report ... 



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