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European Parliament Adopts 'Net Neutrality' Law

April 3, 2014 11:11 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | Comments

The European Parliament adopted a "net neutrality" bill on Thursday, barring Internet service providers from giving preference to some kinds of traffic on their networks — such as streaming video — when it profits them...                      

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Photos of the Day: AUVs to Search for Malaysian Air 370

April 2, 2014 10:12 am | by ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer | Comments

Before unmanned subs can be sent down to look for the Malaysian jet, the search zone must be narrowed considerably. The size of the search area changes daily because of factors such as currents; on Wednesday it was 85,000 square miles...                        

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Deep Water Search for Jet could Turn on Robot Subs

April 2, 2014 10:06 am | by ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer | Comments

If the wreckage of a missing Malaysian airliner rests somewhere in the Indian Ocean's depths, then investigators will likely need to entrust the hunt at least partly to robot submarines and the scientists who deploy them to scan remote swaths of the seafloor...                 

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Samsung: Patents Developed by Google Engineers

April 2, 2014 9:55 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

Samsung fired back at Apple's accusations of patent theft Tuesday, saying the South Korean tech giant didn't write any of the Android software on its smartphones and tablets, Google did...                        

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BlackBerry Ending U.S. Licensing Deal with T-Mobile

April 2, 2014 9:50 am | by Associated Press | Comments

BlackBerry is ending its U.S. licensing deal with T-Mobile, saying the companies no longer have complementary strategies...                                  

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Knowledge Transfer: Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

April 1, 2014 1:53 pm | by Matthew E. Taylor, Washington State University | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact...             

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BlackBerry Wins Ruling Against iPhone Keyboard

April 1, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a start-up co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest...                               

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Photos of the Day: High-Tech Wireless Syrup Monitoring

April 1, 2014 9:31 am | by HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | Comments

Meadowbrook Maple Syrup in January installed a monitoring system designed to help mid-to-large scale syrup producers keep an electronic eye their sap vacuum lines, the Tap Track system consists of solar battery-powered radio units strapped to trees, with each unit monitoring the pressure on a half-dozen lines...                   

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Syrup-Makers Go High-Tech with Wireless Monitoring

April 1, 2014 9:31 am | by HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | Comments

Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks...                     

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Supreme Court Could Limit Software Patents

April 1, 2014 9:29 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | Comments

Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry? The Supreme Court wrestled with that question Monday as justices considered making it tougher for the government to issue patents for computer software...                    

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Choosing Jury in Apple-Samsung Case May Be Hard

April 1, 2014 9:21 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

Jury selection promised to be a challenge for the world's leading smartphone makers as they continued their patent fight in federal court on Tuesday...                           

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Photo of the Day: Perovskite Solar Cells

March 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Nalin Patel, University of Cambridge | Comments

A relatively new type of solar cell based on a perovskite material - named for scientist Lev Perovski, who first discovered materials with this structure in the Ural Mountains in the 19th century - was recently pioneered by an Oxford research team led by Professor Henry Snaith...                          

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Revolutionary Solar Cells Double as Lasers

March 31, 2014 9:54 am | by Nalin Patel, University of Cambridge | Comments

Commercial silicon-based solar cells - such as those seen on the roofs of houses across the country - operate at about 20 percent efficiency for converting the Sun's rays into electrical energy. It's taken over 20 years to achieve that rate of efficiency...           

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Rainbow-Catching Waveguide could Revolutionize Energy Technologies

March 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Cory Nealon, University of Buffalo | Comments

More efficient photovoltaic cells. Improved radar and stealth technology. A new way to recycle waste heat generated by machines into energy...                       

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Heat-Conducting Polymer Cools Hot Electronic Devices at 200°C

March 31, 2014 9:41 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Polymer materials are usually thermal insulators. But by harnessing an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers, researchers have developed a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer...          

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