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A Sustainable, Connected Future is Just a 'Click' Away

January 6, 2015 11:46 am | by Dr. Werner Struth, Chairman, Robert Bosch LLC | Comments

Dr. Werner Struth, Chairman, Robert Bosch LLC and Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch GmbH speaks at the Bosch Press Conference, International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada (USA). As I started my day – perhaps like you – I... Checked my e-mail. Received a text from my daughter ... 

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MIT's Thermal Imaging Cars Track Energy Leaks

January 6, 2015 10:29 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

In 2007, Google unleashed a fleet of cars with roof-mounted cameras to provide street-level images of roads around the world. Now MIT spinout Essess is bringing similar “drive-by” innovations to energy efficiency in homes and businesses ...               

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SpaceX Launch Called Off at Last Minute

January 6, 2015 10:14 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was halted with just over a minute remaining ...                                               

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First Smartwatch-Sized Wearable Development Kit

January 6, 2015 9:18 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

PNI Sensor Corp. introduced SENtrode, the first wearable development kit integrating sensors, PNI’s SENtral sensor hub, sensor fusion algorithms, programmable processor and wireless capabilities into a bracelet-sized form factor. SENtrode speeds design-to-delivery of smartwatches, activity and wellness monitors and ... 

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‘Iron Sun’ is Key to How Stars Transmit Energy

January 6, 2015 7:56 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have been able to determine experimentally, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from the center of the sun to near the edge of ... 

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Smart Gadgets Take Center Stage at CES

January 5, 2015 2:08 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for ... 

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NSF Grant to Turn Smartphones Into Biodetectors

January 5, 2015 1:58 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

When you go to the doctor to see if you have a sore throat, she’ll usually swab inside your mouth and then send a sample to the lab for analysis. This process generally takes a few days, by which time you’ll probably know whether you’re sick or not, anyway. Imagine that, instead, the doctor just slips out her smartphone, takes a ...

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Tomorrow's Tech-Most-Wanted at Eureka Park

January 2, 2015 3:57 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Smarter home systems, better batteries, more wearable tech, and totally outside-the-box electronics with the potential to usher in the next generation of high-tech living can be found in one place in January. That place is Eureka Park, an area dedicated to up-and-coming technology born from fundamental science and ... 

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Innate Behavior Determines How We Steer Our Car

January 2, 2015 9:54 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have solved a 70 year old mystery in traffic research: an until now inexplicable jerkiness when we steer a vehicle. The discovery may lead to safety systems in cars that can correct dangerous steering movements before they occur. The ability to predict what a driver is ... 

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New Cell Marking Technique to Help Understand How Our Brain Works

January 2, 2015 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to mark individual brain cells to help improve our understanding of how the brain works. In neuroscience research, it is a challenge to individually label cells and to track them over space or time. Our brain has billions of cells and to be able to ... 

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3D Culture System for Pancreatic Cancer May Change Therapeutic Approaches

January 2, 2015 9:09 am | by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Comments

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, with only 6 percent of patients surviving five years after diagnosis. Today, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and The Lustgarten Foundation jointly announce the development of a new model system to grow both normal and cancerous pancreatic cells in the ... 

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Detecting Extraterrestrial Life Through Motion

January 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne | Comments

Looking for life on other planets is not straightforward. It usually relies on chemical detection, which might be limited or even completely irrelevant to alien biology. On the other hand, motion is a trait of all life, and can be used to identify microorganisms without any need of chemical foreknowledge. EPFL scientists have now ... 

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Taking the Grunt Work Out of Web Development

December 23, 2014 3:09 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News | Comments

A Web page today is the result of a number of interacting components — like cascading style sheets, XML code, ad hoc database queries, and JavaScript functions. For all but the most rudimentary sites, keeping track of how these different elements interact, refer to each other, and pass data back and forth can be a time-consuming ... 

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This Flying Device is Becoming a Popular Holiday Gift

December 23, 2014 1:41 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in the devices as serious hobbyists. The demand has grown as the industry and ...

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Smartphone Thumb Skills are Altering Our Brains

December 23, 2014 1:16 pm | by University of Zurich | Comments

Every region of the body -- from the toes to the jaw and tongue -- has a particular processing area in our emotional center in the brain, the somatosensory cortex. These areas are flexible and can change. In the case of violinists, for instance, the area representing the fingers that guide the instrument is larger than ... 

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