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

November 21, 2014 10:29 am | 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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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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Experimental Blood Device Uses Smart Phone

November 21, 2014 10:14 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Four students and two faculty advisers create portable device that can detect hepatitis B infections in minutes to win one of five awards in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to improve diagnostic devices ...                

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New 2D Quantum Materials for Nanoelectronics

November 21, 2014 10:09 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at MIT say they have carried out a theoretical analysis showing that a family of two-dimensional materials exhibits exotic quantum properties that may enable a new type of nanoscale electronics ...            

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NRL Scientists Discover Novel Metamaterial Properties within Hexagonal Boron Nitride

November 21, 2014 9:54 am | by Daniel Parry; U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | Comments

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) scientists, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Manchester, U.K.; Imperial College, London; University of California San Diego; and the National Institute of Material Science (NIMS), Japan, have demonstrated that confined surface phonon polaritons within hexagonal boron nitride ...             

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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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