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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: 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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Intel Still Struggles to Catch Up in Mobile Computing

November 21, 2014 9:20 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Chip-making giant Intel is still struggling to catch up in mobile computing but says its personal computer business is performing better than expected and its return to revenue growth this year will continue into 2015 ...                  

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How Attackers Can Use Radio Signals and Phones to Steal Protected Data

November 20, 2014 2:32 pm | by Kim Zetter, Wired | Comments

Computers housing the world’s most sensitive data are usually “air-gapped” or isolated from the internet. They’re also not connected to other systems that are internet-connected, and their Bluetooth feature is disabled, too. Sometimes, workers are not even allowed to bring mobile phones within range of the ... 

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Photos of the Day: The World's First X-Ray Image

November 20, 2014 11:58 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Of the many Eureka! moments experienced by scientists since Archimedes, Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays in 1895 was among the least auspicious. When he trained his cathode ray apparatus on his wife’s hand and imaged the bones of her fingers, she recoiled and exclaimed: “I have seen my ... 

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Electric Car Challenge Sparks Students’ STEM Interest

November 20, 2014 11:22 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Aspiring automotive engineers from 27 middle schools across New Mexico will compete in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Highland High School gymnasium in Albuquerque. Forty-six teams will participate in a race, a design...

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Photo of the Day: Complex Electronic Circuits Printed with T-Shirt Printer

November 20, 2014 11:02 am | by Lester Kok, Nanyang Technological University | Comments

Resistors, transistors and capacitors, the key components of a complex electronic circuit, are printed using non-toxic organic materials like silver nanoparticles, carbon and plastics ...            

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NTU Engineers Develop Innovative Process to Print Flexible Electronic Circuits

November 20, 2014 11:00 am | by Lester Kok, Nanyang Technological University | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has successfully printed complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer ...                      

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Elusive Dark Matter May Be Detected with GPS Satellites

November 20, 2014 10:56 am | by Mike Wolterbeek, University of Nevada, Reno | Comments

The everyday use of a GPS device might be to find your way around town or even navigate a hiking trail, but for two physicists, the Global Positioning System might be a tool in directly detecting and measuring dark matter ...              

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Brighter Images & More Efficient LCD Displays

November 20, 2014 10:32 am | by Vince Horiuchi, University of Utah | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light ...             

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An Anti-Surveillance Tool for Human Rights Groups

November 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software ...                       

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Some in NSA Warned of a Backlash to Collecting American Phone Records

November 20, 2014 10:27 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say ...     

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