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Scientists Use Lasers to Control Mouse Brain Switchboard

August 14, 2014 5:09 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | Comments

Ever wonder why it's hard to focus after a bad night's sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The study may be a breakthrough...

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Novel Chip-Based Platform Could Simplify Measurements of Single Molecules

August 14, 2014 5:02 pm | by University of California - Santa Cruz | Comments

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz have developed a new approach for studying single molecules and nanoparticles by combining electrical and optical measurements on an integrated chip-based platform. In a paper published July 9 in Nano Letters, the researchers reported...

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Photos of the Day: A Self-Organizing Thousand-Robot Swarm

August 14, 2014 4:35 pm | by Harvard University | Comments

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors ...

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Stardust Team Reports Discovery of First Potential Interstellar Space Particles

August 14, 2014 3:38 pm | by NASA | Comments

Seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles that date to the beginnings of the solar system are among the samples collected by scientists who have been studying the payload from NASA's Stardust spacecraft since its return to Earth in 2006. If confirmed, these particles would be the first...

Apple Bans Use of 2 Chemicals in iPhone Assembly

August 14, 2014 9:29 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices. The decision announced Wednesday comes...

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Photos of the Day: Three Radars are Better than One

August 13, 2014 7:11 pm | by NASA | Comments

Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely was better. The three instruments, developed by the High Altitude Radar group...

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NASA Field Campaign Demonstrates New Radar Instruments

August 13, 2014 7:01 pm | by NASA | Comments

Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely was better. The three instruments, developed by the High Altitude Radar group...

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Can Our Computers Continue to Get Smaller and More Powerful?

August 13, 2014 6:58 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

From their origins in the 1940s as sequestered, room-sized machines designed for military and scientific use, computers have made a rapid march into the mainstream, radically transforming industry, commerce, entertainment and governance while shrinking to become ubiquitous handheld portals to the world...

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Patent Examiners More Likely to Approve Marginal Inventions When Pressed for Time

August 13, 2014 6:54 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | Comments

Haste makes waste, as the old saying goes. And according to research from a University of Illinois expert in patent law, the same adage could be applied to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where high-ranking examiners have a tendency to rubber-stamp patents of questionable merit due to time constraints...

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Amazon Debuts Mobile Payment App and Card Reader

August 13, 2014 5:53 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets. The move places the largest U.S. e-commerce retailer...

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Graphene-Based Planar Micro-Supercapacitors for On-Chip Energy Storage

August 13, 2014 5:35 pm | by Science China Press | Comments

The rapid development of miniaturized portable electronic devices, such as micro-electromechanical systems, microrobots and implantable medical devices, has stimulated intense demand for micro-scale power ...      

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NASA Selects Proposals to Increase STEM Education at Community and Technical Colleges

August 13, 2014 5:03 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA's Office of Education will award more than $17.3 million through the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program to increase student and faculty engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at ...  

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IDT Lowers Cost of Test by Adopting the NI Semiconductor Test System

August 13, 2014 4:38 pm | by Glen E. Peer, Integrated Device Technology Inc. | Comments

“Traditional ATE systems require major costly retooling efforts on the test floor as generations of test systems become obsolete or unable to meet new test requirements, but the nature of the open PXI architecture of the STS helps us retain our original investment and build upon it, rather than throw it away..."

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IEEE ICC 2015 Dedicates Conference to 'Smart City & Smart World' Innovations

August 13, 2014 12:31 pm | by IEEE | Comments

Themed “Smart City & Smart World,” the IEEE International Conference on Communications will hold its next premier international event from June 8 – 12 in the global cultural center of London, UK surrounded by world-class shopping, fine restaurants and located just minutes from iconic attractions like Canary Wharf...

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AAMI Releases FAQ Resource on Wireless Challenge in Healthcare

August 13, 2014 12:27 pm | by AAMI | Comments

That is the first question in a new document of FAQs dealing with the wireless challenge in healthcare. Released by AAMI, the project is the work of AAMI’s Wireless Strategy Task Force, which was created in the fall of 2012 to dig deeper into the wireless challenges that many healthcare facilities now face...

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