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Photo of the Day: Dragon Spacecraft Prepares for Launch

April 13, 2015 10:34 am | by NASA | Comments

Good morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida where a research equipment-and-cargo-laden Dragon spacecraft is being readied to head off the Earth so International Space Station astronauts can conduct science for the Earth as well as the Journey to Mars. Launch time ... 

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Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning

April 13, 2015 8:50 am | by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | Comments

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported research. This technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford ... 

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Illinois Teams with Google to Develop More Secure Smartphones

April 11, 2015 10:11 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Fingerprint identification, password protection and phone storage encryption are a few ways to make your smartphones more secure. But Google is looking to take the security measure one step further, using behavioral analysis of everything from typing habits to photo identifiers to authenticate people to their ... 

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Transistor Laser Research Aims to Push Modulation Speeds into THz Range

April 10, 2015 4:14 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

ECE Professor Milton Feng recently received a $657,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to enhance the modulation speed performance of the transistor laser, a novel 3-terminal device that he and ECE colleague Nick Holonyak Jr. invented in 2004. The transistor laser offers the potential ... 

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Teaching Tykes to Program Robots

April 10, 2015 4:14 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Playgrounds are popular spaces for young children to play and learn. They promote exploration of the physical environment and motor and social skill development, allowing young children to be autonomous while developing core competencies. Playpens, by contrast, corral children into safe, confined ... 

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Photos of the Day: Graphene Looking Promising for Future Spintronic Devices

April 10, 2015 10:43 am | by Johanna Wilde, Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that large area graphene is able to preserve electron spin over an extended period, and communicate it over greater distances than had previously been known ...

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Research Could Usher in Next Generation of Batteries, Fuel Cells

April 10, 2015 10:32 am | by Jeff Stensland, University of South Carolina | Comments

Scientists from South Carolina's leading public universities--the University of South Carolina and Clemson University--have made a discovery that could dramatically improve the efficiency of batteries and fuel cells ...

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Software Systems that Last 100 Years

April 9, 2015 12:49 pm | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA has announced it will launch an ambitious four-year research project to investigate the fundamental computational and algorithmic requirements necessary for software systems and data to remain robust and functional in excess of 100 years ...

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What Brain-Controlled Prosthetics Can Tell Us about the Brain

April 9, 2015 12:37 pm | by Britt Faulstick, Drexel University | Comments

The ceremonial opening kick of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil, which was performed--with the help of a brain-controlled exoskeleton--by a local teen who had been paralyzed from the waste down due to a spinal cord injury, was a seminal moment for the area of neuroscience that strives to connect the brain with functional prosthetics ...

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Inkjet-Printed Liquid Metal Could Bring Wearable Tech, Soft Robotics

April 9, 2015 12:25 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

New research shows how inkjet-printing technology can be used to mass-produce electronic circuits made of liquid-metal alloys for "soft robots" and flexible electronics ...

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Photos of the Day: Apple Watch isn't the Only Gadget out this Week

April 9, 2015 9:25 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Here are five new devices and services targeting your wallet ...

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Future Electronics Based on Carbon Nanotubes

April 8, 2015 12:54 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | Comments

The exceptional properties of tiny molecular cylinders known as carbon nanotubes have tantalized researchers for years because of the possibility they could serve as a successors to silicon in laying the logic for smaller, faster and cheaper electronic devices ...

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When it Comes to Drones, the Sky is the Limit

April 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

The purpose of drones and their opportunity for growth appears to be unconstrained. “Seed-bombing” drones could soon be used to save billions of trees worldwide. The upstart United Kingdom-based ...

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Photo of the Day: 5 Advantages of GaN Solid State Pulsed Power Amplifiers Over TWT Amplifiers

April 8, 2015 9:38 am | by By Jaymie Murray | Comments

Traveling Wave Tube (TWT) amplifier technology has several inherent limitations that are easily overcome by using the kind of state-of-the-art GaN Solid State Pulsed Power Amplifiers designed and manufactured by API Technologies. The benefits of utilizing GaN ... 

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Things to Know about Apple's New Photo-Storage Service

April 8, 2015 9:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple is expected to release a free update to its Mac operating system. The update will bring a new Photos app for Mac computers and launch an online photo-storage service called iCloud Photo Library ...

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