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Funding Boom Shows Power of Tech Startups, Raises Concerns

January 16, 2015 8:54 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven't been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001 ...                                         

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25 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits Announces Call for Papers

January 15, 2015 2:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The 2015 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, an international technical conference focused on semiconductor technology and circuits, will be held at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Kyoto, Japan on June 15-18, 2015 (Technology) and June 16-19, 2015 (Circuits) ...                           

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Artificial Intelligence Helps Physicists Predict Dangerous Solar Flares

January 15, 2015 11:24 am | by Leslie Willoughby, Stanford News | Comments

Solar flares can release the energy equivalent of many atomic bombs, enough to cut out satellite communications and damage power grids on Earth, 93 million miles away. The flares arise from twisted magnetic fields that occur all over the sun's surface, and they increase in frequency every 11 years, a cycle that is now ... 

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Market for More Efficient GaN Power Conversion Devices to Hit $1.1 Billion in 2024

January 15, 2015 11:08 am | by Lux Research | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) materials can create much more efficient devices for electric power conversion in devices from cell phone chargers to hybrid electric vehicles, leading to a $1.1 billion market for GaN discrete components in 2024. However, the substrate that the GaN device is built on ...                       

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Infographic: How Tech Companies Are Changing Our Healthcare System

January 15, 2015 10:58 am | by The University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

Health informatics is continually evolving and developing with the advent of new technologies. As you proceed with your Masters in Health Informatics education, you’ll learn that some of the most important players in the industry are tech companies ...                        

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New Movie, ‘Spare Parts’ Features Robots Built by FIRST Teams

January 15, 2015 10:34 am | by Haley Dunn, FIRST | Comments

The stars are aligning for science and engineering, as a new movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis, George Lopez, Carlos PenaVega and Marisa Tomei about a high-school robotics team makes its debut in theaters nationwide. The movie, “Spare Parts,” is based on FIRST Robotics Competition Team 842 - Falcon Robotics ...                 

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Rising Chinese Smartphone Manufacturer Takes Aim at Apple iPhone

January 15, 2015 10:02 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple's iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultra-low-priced handsets on Thursday unveiled a new model that chairman Jun Lei said ...                             

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Booking Hospital Visits with a Smartphone

January 15, 2015 9:58 am | by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | Comments

It's like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings ...                       

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Why a Samsung Takeover of Blackberry Could Make Sense

January 15, 2015 9:52 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Propelled by the arrival of the Apple Watch, the global market for wireless power and charging in wearable applications is set to attain a gargantuan 3,000 percent expansion this year compared to 2014, according to IHS Technology. Global revenue this year from shipments of wireless power receivers and transmitters in wearable application ... 

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Photos of the Day: The 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra is Unveiled

January 14, 2015 10:42 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays homage to the classic Shelby Cobra in celebration of the racing ... 

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Research Finds Computers are Better Judges of Personality Than Friends and Family

January 14, 2015 9:19 am | by Clifton B. Parker | Comments

Computers can judge personality traits far more precisely than ever believed, according to newly published research. In fact, they might do so better than one's friends and colleagues. The study, published Jan. 12 and conducted jointly by researchers at Stanford University and the University of Cambridge, compares ... 

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Why the U.S. Needs More Cyber Professionals

January 13, 2015 12:23 pm | by Norwich University | Comments

Cyber threats continue to increase, as do the opportunities for information security and assurance experts. Several trends are driving this fact. More businesses are storing their data offsite in the cloud and more employees have remote access to systems and data ...

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Stanford Researchers Measure Concussion Forces in Greatest Detail Yet

January 13, 2015 11:51 am | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service | Comments

A team of engineers and physicians at Stanford has provided the first-ever measurements of all the acceleration forces imparted on the brain during a diagnosed concussion. The findings could lead to better injury detection or toward developing safer protective gear ...                         

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Improving Public Health on Beaches

January 13, 2015 11:36 am | by Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment | Comments

The analysis by researchers from Stanford; the University of California, Los Angeles; and the nonprofit environmental group Heal the Bay shows that relatively easy-to-use predictive modeling systems offer an improvement over current monitoring methods ...                 

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Vision System for Household Robots

January 13, 2015 10:50 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

For household robots ever to be practical, they’ll need to be able to recognize the objects they’re supposed to manipulate. But while object recognition is one of the most widely studied topics in artificial intelligence, even the best object detectors still fail much of the time ...               

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