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Altair Semiconductor Achieves Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Chipset Certification

August 28, 2012 7:05 am | Comments

Altair Semiconductor announced that its FourGee-3100/6200 chipset has been certified to run over Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network. “Completing this certification process with Verizon Wireless is a strategic milestone for Altair," said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing, Altair Semiconductor.

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Internet Rallies for Tesla Museum

August 28, 2012 6:50 am | Comments

Popular Web comic The Oatmeal has given a significant boost to a non-profit's campaign to restore the laboratory once used by scientist Nikola Tesla. Cartoonist Matthew Inman appealed to fans of The Oatmeal to help the Tesla Science Centre at Wardenclyffe (also known as the Friends of Science East non-profit) buy back Tesla's old laboratory and convert it into a museum and science education centre.

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Is This Real or Just Fantasy? ONR Augmented-Reality Initiative Progresses

August 27, 2012 12:11 pm | Comments

The  Office of Naval Research (ONR) is demonstrating the next phase of an augmented-reality project Aug. 23 in Princeton, N.J., that will change the way warfighters view operational environments—literally. ONR has completed the first year of a multi-year augmented-reality effort, developing a system that allow trainees to view simulated images superimposed on real-world landscapes.

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Microwave Ovens May Help Produce Lower Cost Solar Energy Technology

August 27, 2012 12:07 pm | Comments

The same type of microwave oven technology that most people use to heat up leftover food has found an important application in the solar energy industry, providing a new way to make thin-film photovoltaic products with less energy, expense and environmental concerns. Engineers at Oregon State University have for the first time developed a way to use microwave heating in the synthesis of copper zinc tin sulfide, a promising solar cell compound that is less costly and toxic than some solar energy alternatives.

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Researchers Develop Method to Grow Artificial Tissues with Embedded Nanoscale Sensors

August 27, 2012 12:04 pm | Comments

A multi-institutional research team has developed a method for embedding networks of biocompatible nanoscale wires within engineered tissues. These networks—which mark the first time that electronics and tissue have been truly merged in 3D—allow direct tissue sensing and potentially stimulation, a potential boon for development of engineered tissues that incorporate capabilities for monitoring and stimulation, and of devices for screening new drugs.

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New Wave of Technologies Possible After Ground-breaking Analysis Tool Developed

August 27, 2012 12:02 pm | by A revolutionary tool created by scientists at the University of Sheffield has enabled researchers to analyse nanometer-sized devices without destroying them for the first time, opening the door to a new wave of technologies. | Comments

The nuclear magnetic resonance apparatus – developed by the University's Department of Physics and Astronomy – will allow for further developments and new applications for nanotechnology which is increasingly used in harvesting solar energy, computing, communication developments and also in the medical field.

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Controlling Superconductors with Light

August 27, 2012 11:58 am | Comments

A superconductor, which can move electrical energy with no wasteful resistance, is the holy grail of cost-effective, efficient, and "green" power production. Unlike traditional conductors such as copper or silver, which waste power resources and lose energy when they heat up, an ideal superconductor would continuously carry electrical current without losing any power.

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Apple Stock Hits All-Time High as Samsung Shares Slump

August 27, 2012 9:36 am | Comments

Shares of Samsung Electronics fell 7.5% Monday, decreasing the company’s market value by more than $12 billion. A San Jose, Calif. court judge ruled Friday that the South Korean tech manufacturer owed Apple $1.05 billion in damages on several incidents of patent infringement. Meanwhile, shares of Apple stock hit an all-time high of $682.

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Engineering Newswire: Toilets of the Future

August 27, 2012 6:29 am | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Newswire, the toilet gets redesigned; test flight of hypersonic Waverider fails; NASA's Morfius Project crashes and burns; MIT's autonomous planes flies indoors; sunglasses that record and take pictures; and NASA's Curiosity receives a brain transplant. For more information visit www.

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Nokia Forges Alliance With Samsung, Sony To Revolutionize Indoor Positioning

August 27, 2012 5:29 am | Comments

Nokia, Samsung, Sony and 19 companies are collaborating in the In-Location Alliance to develop and promote a precise indoor positioning technology. GPS technology isn’t accurate to a pin point, at least not yet, and definitely not indoors. To determine an exact location within an enclosed space requires external hardware for the purpose of mapping an indoor location, and it’s a troublesome task that many companies, like Wifarer , are diligently working on.

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How Close Were These Old Predictions About The Internet?

August 27, 2012 5:20 am | Comments

Wikipedia informs us that there was a time before the Internet. Sadly, I have spent so long online that my memories only go back as far as my first tagged Facebook photo in 2007. Here are some videos of people talking about and predicting the Internet, which are now on the Internet (mind, blown). Some of them are pretty funny.

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OwnFone Will Only Let You Call The People Most Important To You

August 27, 2012 5:10 am | Comments

While most smartphones attempt to attract consumers by adding more and more features, OwnFone's biggest appeal is its distinct lack of options — it can make phone calls and that's about it. Not only that, but the credit card-sized device is also designed to only call the most important people in your life.

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Dell & HP Together On A Long Road To Nowhere

August 24, 2012 12:52 pm | Comments

Dell stock, which hit an all time high at the turn of the century! has been slipping & sliding! Dell, the company started by Michael Dell in his college dorm room, at one time was synonymous with the PC market. During the nineties, I reported on the company’s meteoric rise. Not a day passed when people didn’t extoll the virtues of the Dell way: a just-in-time production model that essentially wrung any and all efficiencies out of the PC ecosystem.

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Silicon Valley Techies Fight to Save a Popular but Illegal Haven

August 24, 2012 12:43 pm | Comments

Hacker Dojo is equal parts shared office, lecture hall and after-hours salon for a variety of tinkerers, software coders and entrepreneurs who intend to reinvent the future. The idea for Pinterest was cooked up here. The makers of Pebble watches used the space as their West Coast headquarters. Today, however, it is threatened with extinction.

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The Deadly Tin Inside Your Smartphone

August 24, 2012 11:58 am | Comments

On May 29, in the bottom of a tin-mining pit on Bangka Island in Indonesia, a wall about 16 feet high collapsed, sending a wave of earth crashing down on a 40-year-old father of two. His name was Rosnan. The dirt crushed his legs, sent something sharp slicing through his right thigh, and buried him from the waist down.

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