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Radio Wrestlers Fight It Out at the DARPA Spectrum Challenge

April 14, 2014 11:11 am | by Tam Harbert, IEEE Sprectrum | Comments

The words engineering and sports aren’t usually used in the same sentence, and the two activities usually don’t happen in the same room. But they were, and they did, last week at the DARPA Spectrum Challenge, held at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency headquarters in Arlington, VA...

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Photos of the Day: Smartphone-Readable Microparticles Prevent Counterfeiting

April 14, 2014 10:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

These particles can easily be manufactured and integrated into a variety of materials, and can withstand extreme temperatures, sun exposure, and heavy wear, says Doyle, the senior author of a paper describing the particles in the April 13 issue of Nature Materials. They could also be equipped with sensors that can “record” their environments — noting...

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Tiny Particles could Help Verify Counterfeit Goods

April 14, 2014 10:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a 2013 United Nations report. These illicit products — which include electronics, automotive, and aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, and food — can pose safety risks and cost governments and private companies hundreds of billions of dollars annually...    

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Stanford Engineers Design Video Game Controller that Senses Emotions

April 14, 2014 10:13 am | by Bjorn Carey, Kurt Hickman | Comments

Sometimes, a dozen ravenous zombies just aren't exciting enough to hold a video gamer's interest. The next step in interactive gaming, however, could come in the form of a handheld game controller that gauges the player's brain activity and throws more zombies on the screen when it senses the player is bored...                     

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Heartbleed could Harm a Variety of Systems

April 14, 2014 10:01 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It now appears that the "Heartbleed" security problem affects not just websites, but also the networking equipment that connects homes and businesses to the Internet...                    

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NSC Backs Disclosing Software Vulnerabilities

April 14, 2014 9:59 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Disclosing vulnerabilities in commercial and open source software is in the national interest and shouldn't be withheld from the public unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, President Barack Obama's National Security Council said Saturday...                

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Robotic Submarine Deployed in Search for Plane

April 14, 2014 9:33 am | by MARGIE MASON, Associated Press | Comments

Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean for the first time Monday after failing to pick up any signals from the missing Malaysian airliner's black boxes for six days, the leader of the search effort said...                       

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Uber Meets Local Lookalikes in Asia Taxi-App Wars

April 14, 2014 9:31 am | by KAY JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | Comments

Riding on its start-up success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There's a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S., Uber faces a slew of competitors using similar technology...                   

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New Research on Gigabit Wireless Communications

April 11, 2014 10:31 am | by Joanne Fryer, University of Bristol | Comments

The two research papers, led by Andrew Nix, Professor of Wireless Communication Systems and Dr Simon Armour, Senior Lecturer in Software Radio, from the University's Communication Systems and Networks research group in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, could have significant implications for the future of mobile devices...             

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Catching the (Invisible) Wave

April 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Sonia Fernandez, UCSB Public Affairs | Comments

UC Santa Barbara researchers create a unique semiconductor that manipulates light in the invisible infrared/terahertz range, paving the way for new and enhanced applications...                                   

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Photo of the Day: A Compound Semiconductor of Nearly Perfect Quality

April 11, 2014 10:01 am | by Sonia Fernandez, UCSB Public Affairs | Comments

In a feat that may provide a promising array of applications, from energy efficiency to telecommunications to enhanced imaging, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have created a compound semiconductor of nearly perfect quality with embedded nanostructures containing ordered lines of atoms that can manipulate light energy in the mid-infrared range...               

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Air Force Launches Spy Satellite from Florida

April 11, 2014 9:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An unmanned blasted off Thursday from Cape Canaveral with a satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office. No details about the classified satellite were divulged. It's intended for national security...                

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Google to Sell Glass to Bigger Pool of Consumers

April 11, 2014 9:46 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion...                         

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Bezos Offers Update on Groceries, Drones

April 11, 2014 9:44 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Retail Writer | Comments

CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including more grocery services and the much-discussed drone delivery...                

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Environmental Conditions, Standards & Certification

April 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

Data from a recent Wireless Design & Development (WDD) reader survey suggests that frequency tolerance is the most important specification to consider when implementing oscillators into their designs. The survey also offers reader thoughts on design challenges, trends, and future developments...                 

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