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RadioShack Pulls the Plug

February 9, 2015 10:23 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

RadioShack will sell most of its stores and move to a “store within a store” model partnership with Sprint after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced on Feb. 5 ...                           

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Video Game Technology Helps Measure Upper Extremity Movement

February 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Nationwide Children's Hospital | Comments

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for clinical trials to incorporate patients using wheelchairs. In a recent study published online ... 

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Hospital Equipment ‘Talks’ Among Itself at Connectathon

February 7, 2015 11:07 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Medical device companies are teaming up to provide hospital equipment that lets doctors know when devices are alarmed, or where to find them if they’re lost. One of those companies is EQ2 LLC, creator of a computerized workflow system that was put to the test ... 

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Following FCC Net Neutrality Proposal, TIA Calls for an Open Internet that Protects Innovation, Investment and Jobs

February 6, 2015 5:05 pm | by Telecommunications Industry Association | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, today commented on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to reclassify the Internet as a Title II utility ...                 

Cornell Dubilier Marketing has Acquired Illinois Capacitor

February 6, 2015 2:44 pm | by Cornell Dubilier Marketing, Illinois Capacitor | Comments

Cornell Dubilier Marketing has announced that one of its subsidiaries has acquired the assets of Illinois Capacitor and its affiliates. The company sees this acquisition as a strategic move to grow its board-level power capacitor business and to service customers in Asia through the sales, warehouse and logistics center that Illinois Capacitor ...          

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What to Do When You've Been Hacked

February 6, 2015 9:18 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, By The Associated Press | Comments

Hackers have stolen personal information from tens of millions of people with Anthem health insurance. The nation's second-largest health insurer, formerly known as WellPoint, said hackers stole Social Security numbers, names, birthdates, email addresses ...                     

MIT Study Shows Which Tech Businesses Tend to Thrive

February 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | Comments

New businesses spring up all the time in the U.S. But which ones have the greatest ability to become big? A method developed by MIT researchers, based on an empirical study, projects the growth potential of high-tech firms with new precision ...                  

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Valencell Expands Robust Portfolio of Critical Patents

February 5, 2015 4:05 pm | Comments

Valencell has announced it has been granted an additional eight patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The new patents are critical to the accurate monitoring and tracking of biometrics across a variety of form-factors, such as earbuds, wristbands, armbands, and jewelry, and bring the Company’s total number of granted patents to more than 20, with dozens of additional patents pending ...     

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New Algorithms Allow Autonomous Systems to Deal with Uncertainty

February 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by Aaron Dubrow, National Science Foundation | Comments

People typically consider doing the laundry to be a boring chore. But laundry is far from boring for artificial intelligence (AI) researchers like Siddharth Srivastava, a scientist at the United Technologies Research Center, Berkeley. To AI experts, programming a robot to do the laundry represents ...     

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YouTube Videos Teach Robots How to Cook

February 5, 2015 2:30 pm | by DARPA | Comments

Robots can learn to recognize objects and patterns fairly well, but to interpret and be able to act on visual input is much more difficult.  Researchers at the University of Maryland, funded by DARPA’s Mathematics of Sensing, Exploitation and Execution (MSEE) program, recently developed a system ...                

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Stanford-Designed Hapkit Brings Physical Touch to the Virtual Classroom

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by Vignesh Ramachadran, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Stanford educators have designed a do-it-yourself kit that gives online learners hands-on experience by bringing haptics into virtual classrooms ...                                       

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5 Resources for STEM Teachers

February 5, 2015 1:46 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter @abmdigi | Comments

With STEM careers taking off, STEM students need capable, confident teachers targeting all segments of the population. In a Town Hall conference call on Jan. 28, STEMconnector brought together representatives of advocacy organizations, educational seminars, and universities to explore innovative ... 

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Photos of the Day: Octoput-Like Robot with Ultra-Fast Propulsion

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | Comments

The 30 cm long self-propelling robot is inflated with water and then rapidly deflates by shooting the water out through its base to power its outstanding propulsion and acceleration, despite starting from a non-streamlined shape. As the rocket contracts, it can achieve more than 2.6 times the thrust of a rigid rocket doing the same maneuver ...                 

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Making Waves with Ultra-Fast OctoBot

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | Comments

Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater vehicles ...                      

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Manufacturing Drives American Economy, but Needs More Support

February 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that exceeds ...             

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