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Photos of the Day: U.S. Navy Successfully Deploys Laser Weapon

December 11, 2014 12:16 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The laser goes from the weapon of tomorrow to the weapon of today as the US Navy announces the completion of its successful deployment of the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Laser Weapon System (LaWS). The deployment is the first on a US Naval vessel and took place on the USS Ponce (LPD-15) in the Arabian Gulf from September to ... 

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Changing the Face of the Tech Industry

December 11, 2014 10:44 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Despite all their wealth and brainpower, technology companies realize they need help identifying and recruiting more women, blacks, and Latinos who can write computer code, design websites, and build mobile applications ...                          

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Survey Shows Internet's Broadening Political Role

December 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Would-be 2016 presidential candidates take note: the Internet may potentially make or break your campaign. More Internet users than ever view online efforts as key to political campaigns, according to a survey released Thursday by the University of Southern California ...                 

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Affordable Internet Access should Be a Human Right

December 11, 2014 10:27 am | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | Comments

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government surveillance and censorship are increasing ...          

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Organic Electronics Could Lead to Cheap, Wearable Medical Sensors

December 11, 2014 9:57 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations, UC Berkeley | Comments

Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at UC Berkeley. “There are various pulse oximeters already on the market that measure pulse rate and blood-oxygen saturation levels, but those devices use rigid conventional electronics, and they are usually ...

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"SciGirls" TV Series Encourages Girls to Succeed in STEM

December 11, 2014 9:38 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

The magic of life unfolds, but for adolescents Mimi, Izzie and Quinn, watching a monarch butterfly emerge from its cocoon and spread its wings is more than a fascinating moment--cameras are rolling! With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Richard Hudson and his team at Twin Cities Public Television are putting middle school girls ... 

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IEEE GLOBECOM 2014 Commences with Introduction of Revolutionary Prototyping System & Annual Dialogue with Industry Executives

December 10, 2014 2:38 pm | by National Instruments; IEEE GLOBECOM | Comments

The opening ceremonies of IEEE GLOBECOM 2014, the premier global conference dedicated to driving advancement in nearly every telecommunications field, commenced on Tuesday morning with Dr. James Truchard, President, CEO and Cofounder of National Instruments, highlighting his company’s “never before seen approach to prototyping next generation wireless systems” during his keynote address on ...

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ERICSSON’s 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2015: Connectivity Integrated into Daily Life

December 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by Ericsson | Comments

The end of 2014 is approaching, and Ericsson ConsumerLab can now, in the fourth edition of its annual trend report, present the hottest consumer trends for 2015 and beyond. Michael Björn, Head of Research, Ericsson ConsumerLab ...             

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Wind River Advances IoT with Introduction of Edge Management System

December 10, 2014 1:06 pm | by Wind River | Comments

Wind River has unveiled Wind River Edge Management System, a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform that enables devices to connect securely to a centralized console, providing device management and solution extensibility. The platform is an integral part of the newly launched Intel IoT Platform ...               

Application of the Connected Hospital

December 10, 2014 10:44 am | by Katherine Tordoff, Editorial Intern | Comments

Hospitals are becoming more connected with the increase use of wireless medical devices, which allow patients and caregivers the freedom to move about the hospital while the patient’s health is still monitored and documented automatically ...                   

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Helping Students Develop Their Product-Design Skills

December 10, 2014 10:34 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

At a packed and festive presentation in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium that felt more like a movie premiere than the conclusion of a serious class, last night dozens of students in eight teams presented the results of a semester of work in course 2.009 (Product Engineering Processes) ...             

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Designing Composite Materials in Supercomputer Virtual Labs

December 10, 2014 10:30 am | by Rebecca Caygill, University College London | Comments

UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error ...     

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Photos of the Day: Writting Graphene Microsupercapacitors with a Laser

December 10, 2014 10:25 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | Comments

Under a microscope, what the researchers call laser-induced graphene (LIG) doesn't look like a perfect chicken wire-like grid of atoms. Instead, it's a jumble of interconnected graphene flakes with five-, six- and seven-atom rings ...                

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Laser-Induced Graphene for Energy Storage & Electronics

December 10, 2014 10:24 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | Comments

Researchers at Rice University have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser. The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the need for hot furnaces and controlled environments, and it makes graphene that may be suitable for electronics or energy storage ...

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'Make An Offer' Service Now Available on Amazon

December 10, 2014 9:59 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon wants you to make an offer sellers won't want to refuse. For the first time, the largest U.S. online retailer is letting some third-party sellers offer an option where interested buyers can make an offer on an item lower than the listed price....

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