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Spielberg Uses 3-D Printing to Build Everything from Nanoscale Chips to Houses

November 5, 2014 9:43 am | by Julia Sklar, MIT News Correspondent | Comments

At age 13, Nathan Spielberg — now an MIT senior — began building his first guitar, a process that consumed his attention for eight hours a day, every weekend, for 3 1/2 years. Reminiscing now, he calls it a full-time hobby, but it was also pure inspiration: Strumming away on what was once a mere block of wood, Spielberg grew to ...

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Entries Open for Wireless Design & Development EDGE Awards

November 5, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

Today, Wireless Design & Development announced the call for entries across 14 product and service categories, three special recognition categories, as well as one custom manufacturing (CM) Innovation category. The deadline for entries is January 19, 2015, and the official awards ceremony will take place on ... 

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MINER Shines in Urban Emergency Response Exercise

November 4, 2014 12:17 pm | by Patti Koning, Sandia | Comments

A nuclear device has been hidden in a high-rise building in a major metropolitan area. Emergency responders have intelligence that narrows down the location to a single city block, but it isn’t safe to search door-to-door. Can they identify the exact location of the device quickly without the culprits realizing a search is on? ...         

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Photos of the Day: Coated Battery Solution Prevent Electrical Current Damage

November 4, 2014 11:52 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

To help prevent such injuries, researchers at MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to coat batteries with a special material that prevents them from conducting electricity after being swallowed. In animal tests, they found that such batteries did not damage the gastrointestinal (GI) tract at all ...

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New Way to Make Batteries Safer after Ingestion

November 4, 2014 11:45 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | Comments

Every year, nearly 4,000 children go to emergency rooms after swallowing button batteries — the flat, round batteries that power toys, hearing aids, calculators, and many other devices. Ingesting these batteries has severe consequences, including burns that permanently damage the esophagus, tears in the digestive tract, and in some cases, even death ...

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Outsmarting Thermodynamics in Self-Assembly of Nanostructures

November 4, 2014 11:12 am | by Rachel Berkowitz, Berkeley Lab | Comments

If you can uniformly break the symmetry of nanorod pairs in a colloidal solution, you’re a step ahead of the game toward achieving new and exciting metamaterial properties. But traditional thermodynamic -driven colloidal assembly of these metamaterials, which are materials defined ...               

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Better Bomb-Sniffing Technology

November 4, 2014 11:06 am | by Vince Horiuchi, University of Utah | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs ...                                     

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'God Particle' Researcher to Lead Swiss CERN Lab

November 4, 2014 10:55 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The renowned lab that confirmed the existence of the elusive "God particle" has selected an Italian physicist who played a key role in that research to be its new director general ...                                            

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Multi-Core Optical Fibers Achieve 255 Tbps

November 4, 2014 10:44 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and the University of Central Florida (CREOL) in the USA, report in the journal Nature Photonics the successful transmission of a record high 255 Terabits/s over a new type of fibre allowing 21 times more bandwidth than ... 

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GreenPeak Wins Deloitte Fast50 Technology Award

November 3, 2014 2:21 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

GreenPeak Technologies, the industry leading Smart Home semi-conductor/systems company, has again won the prestigious Deloitte Fast50 award for technology companies in the Netherlands. With an impressive 8757 percent growth, GreenPeak moves into the first position ...

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Keysight Technologies Begins Trading as Independent Company

November 3, 2014 12:48 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

Keysight Technologies [NYSE: KEYS] has announced that its separation from Agilent Technologies [NYSE:A] has been completed. The newly independent company will begin “regular-way” trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) today under the ticker symbol KEYS ...                

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MSAB Releases New Version of Globally Acclaimed Digital Forensics Technology

November 3, 2014 12:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

MSAB has announced the release of the latest version of its internationally recognized XRY platform. XRY allows users to perform forensically sound extractions of data from mobile devices. Version 6.11 offers a number of new features and capabilities including expanded access to a wider array of devices, chipsets and Apps ...

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Photos of the Day: Yellowstone Park Considers Bumping Up Bandwidth

November 3, 2014 12:38 pm | Comments

Can Old Faithful compete with Netflix? The prospect of streaming wireless service deep inside Yellowstone National Park is re-igniting the debate over whether there should be any place off limits to technology. Park officials are in preliminary discussions with CenturyLink about installing a $34 million fiber-optic line through ... 

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Yellowstone National Park Considers Bumping Up Bandwidth

November 3, 2014 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Park officials are in preliminary discussions with CenturyLink about installing a $34 million fiber-optic line through neighboring Grand Teton National Park and into Yellowstone. That would dramatically improve connectivity in certain areas for mobile devices. Details on the Yellowstone fiber optic project ... 

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Graphene Sensors Provide Unprecedented Insights Into Brain Structure and Function

November 3, 2014 11:06 am | by DARPA | Comments

Understanding the anatomical structure and function of the brain is a longstanding goal in neuroscience and a top priority of President Obama’s brain initiative. Electrical monitoring and stimulation of neuronal signaling is a mainstay technique for studying brain function, while emerging optical techniques—which use photons instead of electrons—are opening new opportunities ... 

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