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A Closer Look: Stream-Box Gaming is a Mixed Bag

September 30, 2014 | by RON HARRIS, Associated Press | Comments

As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory...                           

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App Teaches Kindergartners Basic Computer Coding

October 1, 2014 9:36 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | Comments

This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games...

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Blackout? Robots to the Rescue

September 30, 2014 3:45 pm | by Michigan Technological University | Comments

Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count...                   

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Photos of the Day: Football-Size Robot Searches for Hidden Contraband on Ships

September 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Originally designed to look for cracks in nuclear reactors’ water tanks, the robot could also inspect ships for the false hulls and propeller shafts that smugglers frequently use to hide contraband. Because of its small size and unique propulsion mechanism — which leaves no visible wake — the robots could, in theory, be concealed in clumps of algae...

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Underwater Robot for Port Security

September 30, 2014 10:46 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans...              

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Radiation Detection for Medical Safety and Homeland Security

September 30, 2014 10:44 am | by Traci Peterson, University of Texas, Arlington | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington research team says recently identified radiation detection properties of a light-emitting nanostructure built in their lab could open doors for homeland security and medical advances...                 

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A Safer Approach for Diagnostic Medical Imaging

September 30, 2014 10:31 am | by Nik Papageorgiou, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

Medical imaging is at the forefront of diagnostics today, with imaging techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computerized tomography), scanning, and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) increasing steeply over the last two decades. However, persisting problems of image resolution and quality still limit these techniques because of the nature of living tissue...            

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API Technologies to Showcase RF, Microwave, and Millimeter Wave Product Solutions

September 29, 2014 1:17 pm | by API Technologies | Comments

New standard and configurable products get international debut at Europe’s largest microwave technology event. API Technologies announced it will present its full line of RF/Microwave products at European Microwave Week at Fiera de Roma in Rome, Italy...

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Eurotech Announced ReliaGATE 10-20 Multi-Service Gateway for IoT Applications

September 29, 2014 12:46 pm | by Eurotech | Comments

Eurotech announced the ReliaGATE 10-20, an industrial grade multi-service gateway and edge controller designed with flexible connectivity options to enable Internet of Things applications. Based on the Freescale i.MX 6Solo processor optimized for high performance and energy efficient processing...

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Kura 1.0 Java-OSGi Framework for M2M Gateways and Smart Sensors

September 29, 2014 12:30 pm | by Eurotech | Comments

Eurotech announced the official release of Kura 1.0, the Java OSGi software framework for M2M multiservice gateways and smart sensors, which has graduated from the Incubation Phase to Mature Phase within the Eclipse Foundation project lifecycle. Kura Release 1.0 is the result of Eurotech’s commitment and contribution to Eclipse Kura...

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Kura 1.0 Java-OSGi Framework for M2M Gateways and Smart Sensor

September 29, 2014 12:28 pm | by Eurotech | Comments

Eurotech announced the official release of Kura 1.0, the Java OSGi software framework for M2M multiservice gateways and smart sensors, which has graduated from the Incubation Phase to Mature Phase within the Eclipse Foundation project lifecycle. Kura Release 1.0 is the result of Eurotech’s commitment and contribution to Eclipse Kura...

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New Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

September 29, 2014 11:09 am | by University of Texas at Dallas | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use.

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Photos of the Day: Structural Health Monitoring Sensors

September 29, 2014 11:01 am | by Heather Clark, DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Delta Air Lines Inc. and a foreign aircraft manufacturer have partnered with Sandia researchers in two separate programs to install about 100 sensors on their commercial aircraft. These teams worked together to provide the installation procedures for technicians and now oversee monitoring of the in-flight tests...            

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In-Flight Sensor Tests a Step Toward Structural Health Monitoring for Safer Flights

September 29, 2014 11:01 am | by Heather Clark, DOE/Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Nine commercial aircraft flying regular routes are on the frontier of aviation safety, carrying sensors that monitor their structural health along with their routine maintenance. These flight tests are part of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification process that will make the sensors widely available to U.S. airlines...

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Smart, Eco-Friendly New Battery to Solve Problems

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by Daniel Brandell, Uppsala University | Comments

Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, Uppsala researchers have now come up with a highly interesting alternative. Their study will be presented soon in the scientific journal ChemSusChem...             

Constant Phone Calls Allowed on European Flights

September 29, 2014 11:00 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | Comments

European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights...                          

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