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GaN Systems Inc Offering Devices for Google's Little Box Challenge

November 11, 2014 11:47 am | Comments

GaN Systems Inc is one of a number of manufacturers offering its devices to contestants entering the Little Box Challenge launched by Google and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  The Little Box Challenge is an open...

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Microsoft Drops Nokia Name with Newest Lumia Phone

November 11, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper smartphone, costing about 110 euros ($135), as it eyes emerging and other low-cost markets for growth. The new model is the first Lumia smartphone under Microsoft's own brand name. The company has released...

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Hacker-Hit Tibetan Monks 'Detach From Attachments'

November 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER and ASHWINI BHATIA, Associated Press | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments."Attachment can lead you to all sort of trouble and we Buddhists believe that non-attachment alone can lead you to happiness...

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Electronic Noise Affects Ultrasensitive Components at Low Temperatures

November 11, 2014 9:13 am | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

A team of engineers and scientists has identified a source of electronic noise that could affect the functioning of instruments operating at very low temperatures, such as devices used in radio telescopes and advanced physics experiments...

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This Galaxy is Producing Stars 1000 Times Faster Than the Milky Way

November 11, 2014 9:09 am | by The National Radio Astronomy Observatory | Comments

Nestled among a triplet of young galaxies more than 12.5 billion light-years away is a cosmic powerhouse: a galaxy that is producing stars nearly 1,000 times faster than our own Milky Way. This energetic starburst galaxy, known as AzTEC-3...

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Pilot's Devices Vulnerable to Hacking

November 11, 2014 9:05 am | by UCSD Jacobs: School of Engineering | Comments

A new class of apps and wireless devices used by private pilots during flights for everything from GPS information to data about nearby aircraft is vulnerable to a wide range of security  attacks, which in some scenarios could lead to catastrophic...

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Obama urges support for net neutrality

November 10, 2014 2:09 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

President Obama Monday made his strongest statement yet in support of strict net neutrality rules, urging the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as Title II providers. In a video statement broadcast online, Obama said that current Internet policies...

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Lighter, Cheaper Radio Wave Device Could Transform Telecommunications

November 10, 2014 12:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have achieved a milestone in modern wireless and cellular telecommunications, creating a radically smaller, more efficient radio wave circulator that could be used....

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NASA Lining Up ICESat-2’s Laser-Catching Telescope

November 10, 2014 11:38 am | by NASA | Comments

ICESat-2’s single instrument is the Advanced Topographic Laser Altimeter System, or ATLAS. Once in orbit, ATLAS will time how long it takes for light from its green lasers to travel to Earth’s surface and back. By analyzing those times with ...

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Photos of the Day: NASA's Laser-Catching Telescope

November 10, 2014 11:35 am | by NASA | Comments

To catch individual laser photons that have traveled more than 600 miles from a satellite to Earth and back, the satellite’s telescope needs to be perfectly positioned. Last week, engineers and technicians at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in ...

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On the Road to Graphene-based Electronic Devices

November 10, 2014 9:34 am | by European Physical Journal B. | Comments

Physicists have, for the first time, explored in detail the time evolution of the conductivity, as well as other quantum-level electron transport characteristics, of a graphene device subjected to periodic ultra-short pulses. To date, the majority of graphene studies have considered the dependency of transport properties on the characteristics of the external pulses, such as field strength, period or frequency.

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Scientists Gear Up to Land 1st Spacecraft on Comet

November 10, 2014 9:10 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

The European Space Agency is making final preparations to land the first unmanned spacecraft on a comet next week, and scientists are hoping that technology designed a quarter century ago will perform as planned. Europe's Rosetta space probe was ...

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NASA: Comet Bombarded Mars Sky with Meteor Shower

November 10, 2014 9:08 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

A pristine distant comet created a once-in-8-million-year fireworks show above Mars last month. But no one got to see it live. New NASA data from satellites circling Mars shows that when the comet named Siding Spring skimmed the red planet, tons of ...

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AT&T to Purchase Mexican Wireless Company Iusacell

November 10, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

AT&T is buying Mexican wireless company Iusacell for $1.8 billion and plans to grow in Mexico. The Dallas company said Friday that Iusacell has 8.6 million subscribers under the Iusacell and Unefón brand names. AT&T had ...  

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This is the Wayward Comet that Buzzed Mars

November 7, 2014 4:26 pm | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Two NASA and one European spacecraft, including NASA's MAVEN mission led by the University of Colorado Boulder, have gathered new information about the basic properties of a wayward comet that buzzed by Mars Oct. 19, directly detecting ...

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