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Researching the Physics of Cooling Liquid Metals Adds Levity to Space Station

November 21, 2014 | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | Comments

Sure, it's easy to say that research in microgravity is cool, but the European Space Agency's (ESA) new electromagnetic levitator brings new meaning to the word. A new ESA facility aboard the International Space Station will serve as a furnace capable of levitating and heating metals up to 3,632 degrees Fahrenheit ...         

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Photos of the Day: eyeSight Turns User Into a Universal Controller

November 24, 2014 1:52 pm | by Stu Robarts, Gizmag | Comments

One problem with the number of living room gadgets available now is the number of remote controls that we need to use them. A new device from eyeSight seeks to remedy this issue by turning the user into a universal controller. Onecue allows users to control a host of devices via hand gestures. Onecue is primarily designed to control ...

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New Terahertz Device Could Strengthen Air Travel Security

November 24, 2014 1:31 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

We are all familiar with the hassles that accompany air travel. We shuffle through long lines, remove our shoes, and carry liquids in regulation-sized tubes. And even after all the effort, we still wonder if these procedures are making us any safer. Now a new type of security detection that uses terahertz radiation is looking to prove ... 

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Do You Need to Break the Bank to Get a Good Phone?

November 24, 2014 12:10 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It might seem as though everyone has an iPhone or Galaxy smartphone. But many customers are eschewing the best cameras and screens — and their top-end price tags — and choosing models that can get the job done at less than a third of the cost. Sales of high-end Samsung and Apple phones remain robust, but demand for budget phones is ... 

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3 Ways to Watch Streaming Video on TV

November 24, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Even casual viewers of online video will appreciate the ability to watch it on a big-screen TV. For about $100, you can get a great streaming TV device to do that. Or for about a third of that, you can get a pretty good one. Content selection varies, but all offer such basics as Netflix, Hulu and YouTube. After trying out 10 streaming devices ... 

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Photos of the Day: 3D-Printed Antenna Arrays for Satellite Mission

November 24, 2014 11:49 am | by RedEye 3D, NASA | Comments

The spacecraft bus configuration that carries the satellites is currently being assembled and tested. FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 will launch six satellites into low-inclination orbits in May 2016, and another six satellites into high-inclination orbits in early 2018 ...                

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RedEye 3D & NASA JPL to Buils COSMIC-2 Satellite Antenna Array

November 24, 2014 11:48 am | by RedEye 3D, NASA | Comments

The mission comprises a 12 satellite constellation, each satellite with 2 antennas. Through this project, RedEye successfully entered NASA JPL’s approved supplier list ...                                 

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Obama Presents the National Medals of Science, National Medals of Technology and Innovation

November 24, 2014 11:15 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

At a White House ceremony last Thursday, President Obama presented the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The awards are the nation's highest honors for achievement and...

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Innovative Supercomputers Increase Nation's Computational Capacity and Capability

November 24, 2014 11:15 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Tens of thousands of researchers nationwide currently harness the power of massive supercomputers to solve research problems that cannot be answered in the lab. However, studies show this represents only a fraction of the potential users of such resources. As supercomputing--also known as high...

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How the FDA-approved Robotic Leg Brace Works

November 24, 2014 10:56 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Marine Capt. Derek Herrera, who was paralyzed by a sniper's bullet two years ago in southern Afghanistan, is walking again thanks to a set of robotic leg braces known as the ReWalk system. Herrera is the first in the United States to own the device that was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Several competing products ... 

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Gefen Scalers Allow A/V Equipment to Live Another Day.

November 24, 2014 10:16 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

Don’t throw away those old devices just yet. Gefen has announced the release of three new scalers that bridge the gap between legacy equipment and digital high definition systems ...                       

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Photos of the Day: Electromagnetic Levitator in Space

November 21, 2014 10:31 am | by Laura Niles, NASA/Johnson Space Center | Comments

The new electromagnetic levitator on the International Space Station suspends liquid metals in weightlessness as they cool and solidify in ESA's Columbus laboratory ...                   

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B&B Eelectronics’ to Speak at the Internet of Things (IoT) Applications Conference

November 21, 2014 10:18 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

B&B Electronics has announced that the company’s advisor and board member, Fred Thiel, is a featured speaker at the Internet of Things Applications conference, November 19 - 20 in Santa Clara, California, produced by international research firm IDTechEx. Mr. Thiel will speak at 12:05 November 20, on “The Emerging New World ... 

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Don't Get Hacked!

November 21, 2014 9:47 am | by Brigham Young University Homepage | Comments

You're your own worst enemy when it comes to online security.Say you ignored one of those “this website is not trusted” warnings and it led to your computer being hacked. How would you react ...                     

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An Ultrasound that Penetrates Bone, Metal

November 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Dr. Yun Jing and Matt Shipman, NC State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these so-called “aberrating layers ...”                                 

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Roman Goldmines in Spain Discovered by Laser

November 21, 2014 9:35 am | by Sinc, Fecyt - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | Comments

Thanks to a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) laser system attached to an aircraft, the ancient mining works of the area and the complex hydraulics system used by the Romans in the 1st century BC to extract gold (including channels, reservoirs and a double river diversion) have been discovered ...              

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