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NASA’s Space Station Fix-It Demo for Satellites

August 12, 2014 10:20 am | by NASA | Comments

Who doesn’t love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what’s really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That’s the case with NASA’s fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission...

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Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's Messenger App

August 12, 2014 9:39 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive.One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has gone viral...

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Obama Takes Step to Improve Government Technology

August 11, 2014 4:22 pm | by Julie Pace & Stacy A. Anderson, Associated Press | Comments

The White House on Monday announced the creation of a team of digital experts tasked with upgrading the government's technology infrastructure and making its websites more consumer friendly. The move is aimed at avoiding a repeat of the website debacle that marred the rollout of President Barack Obama's...

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A Closer Look: Multitasking on Mobile Devices

August 11, 2014 4:17 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Smartphones and tablets would be much more useful if they allowed us to multitask the way desktop and laptop computers do. When I'm watching video, for instance, I have to pause it to read an email or text that comes in. When I'm composing a message to make plans, I have to leave the app...

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Therapy for Ultraviolet Laser Beams: Hydrogen-Treated Fibers

August 11, 2014 3:54 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

To make a better optical fiber for transmitting laser beams, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not a nice long hydrogen bath. And yet, scientists have known for years that hydrogen can alter the performance of optical fibers, which are often used to transmit or even generate laser light in optical devices...

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Keysight Technologies Joins 5G Forum in South Korea

August 11, 2014 3:16 pm | by Keysight Technologies | Comments

Keysight Technologies announced membership in the Korea 5G Forum, a collaborative development environment for next–generation 5G wireless communication. The Korea 5G Forum was founded by the Ministry of Science, ICT (information and communications technology) and Future Planning (MSIP) to lead the development of 5G mobile wireless...

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Disposable Biosensor Monitors New Vital Sign

August 11, 2014 1:46 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

A disposal, plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs ...

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Multiple UAVs Perform Autonomous Formation Flight

August 11, 2014 1:39 pm | by Georgia Tech | Comments

In one of the first autonomous demonstrations, the Georgia Tech Research Institute has successfully commanded three fully autonomous, collaborating UAVs. The machines flew in close formation at the same altitude, separated by ...   

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Which Structure has Optimal Resistive Switching Characteristics?

August 11, 2014 1:34 pm | by World Scientific | Comments

Resistance switching of random access memory has been widely explored due to its potential for replacement of flash memory in the next-generation nonvolatile memory applications. One of the problems with resistive switching materials is ...

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Running on Waste Heat

August 11, 2014 1:16 pm | by MIT | Comments

It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. energy — from vehicles and heavy equipment, for instance — is wasted as heat. Mostly, this waste heat simply escapes into the air. But that’s beginning to change, thanks to ...    

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Sensitive Acid Sensor Controls Insulin Production

August 11, 2014 12:52 pm | by ETH Zurich | Comments

Researchers have developed an implantable device that precisely monitors acid build-up in the body for people with diabetes and produces insulin if acidosis becomes a risk. Many human metabolic functions only run smoothly if the acid level in the body remains neutral and stable...

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Photo of the Day: Battery Drain: How to Stop It

August 11, 2014 10:56 am | by Roaming Technologies | Comments

Despite huge advancements in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Is it ever going to be solved? And, more importantly, what can we do to extend the life of our batteries in the meantime?...        

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Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement of Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 10:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block ...

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U.S. Bots Flagged Ebola Before Outbreak Announced

August 11, 2014 10:31 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | Comments

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally ...

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'Seeing' through Virtual Touch Is Believing

August 11, 2014 10:25 am | by University of Cincinnati | Comments

Visual impairment comes in many forms, and it's on the rise in America. A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians navigate the blurred edges of everyday life...

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