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'Mind the Gap' Between Atomically Thin Materials

December 23, 2014 1:06 pm | by Penn State | Comments

When it comes to engineering single-layer atomic structures, "minding the gap" will help researchers create artificial electronic materials one atomic layer at a time, according to a team of materials scientists. The gap is a miniscule vacuum that researchers in Penn State's Center for 2-Dimensional and Layered Materials believe is an energy ... 

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Creating the Fastest Outdoor Wireless Internet Connection in the World

December 23, 2014 12:22 pm | by Lancaster University | Comments

The ground-breaking £2.8 million TWEETHER project, funded by Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever, will set an important milestone in ‘millimeter wave technology’ for high speed wireless mobile and fixed point Internet. Millimeter waves - extremely high frequency waves found in the spectrum ... 

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Is Space-Based Solar Power the Energy of the Future?

December 23, 2014 12:10 pm | by Peter Shadbolt, for CNN | Comments

In space there's no atmosphere, it's never cloudy, and in geosynchronous orbits it's never night: a perfect place for a solar power station to harvest uninterrupted power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The concept has been around since the 1940s when science fiction writer Isaac Asimov posited the idea of a ... 

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It's Down to the Wire for Online Shopping

December 23, 2014 11:56 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | Comments

As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays. UPS spent $500 million this year upgrading its systems and processes ...

Security Flaws Allow Global Cellular Eavesdropping

December 23, 2014 10:38 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | Comments

Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem. The issue affects a telecommunications standard called Signaling System 7, or SS7, which is used ... 

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Photos of the Day: Nasa Captures Holiday Lights from Space

December 23, 2014 10:05 am | by NASA | Comments

Nighttime lights in the suburbs and outskirts of cities in the United States can be between 30 percent and 50 percent brighter in December, when compared to the rest of the year. Here, a house in Virginia is decorated for the holiday season....

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API Technologies Partners with Young Mind Awards

December 23, 2014 9:20 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

API Technologies Corp., a leading provider of high performance RF/microwave, power, and security solutions, is now a wireless vertical market partner of the Advantage Business Media (ABM) ”Young Mind Awards.“  This unique engineering competition challenges middle school, high school, and undergraduate students to ... 

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Wind Farm Operator PacifiCorp Energy Pleads Guilty in Bird Deaths

December 22, 2014 11:41 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming. The subsidiary of Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp pleaded guilty in federal court in Wyoming to two counts of violating the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act under a plea deal ... 

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Sony on Shelving 'The Interview': 'We Had No Choice'

December 22, 2014 11:38 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Following pointed criticism from President Barack Obama for shelving "The Interview," Sony Pictures Entertainment on Friday defended its decision, claiming it had no choice but to cancel the film's Christmas Day theatrical release. Obama said during a press conference Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in dropping "The Interview." However, the studio ... 

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Are Driverless Cars Safe? California's Regulators Weigh Pros and Cons

December 22, 2014 11:34 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

California's Department of Motor Vehicles will miss a year-end deadline to adopt new rules for cars of the future because regulators first have to figure out how they'll know whether "driverless" vehicles are safe. It's a rare case of the law getting ahead of an emerging technology and reflects regulators' struggle to balance consumer ... 

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Photos of the Day: Mobile User Objective System (MUOS)

December 22, 2014 11:26 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications for warfighters on the move. Unlike previous systems, MUOS provides users an on-demand, beyond-line-of-sight capability to transmit and receive high-quality, prioritized voice and mission data, on a high-speed ... 

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MUOS-3 Secure Communications Satellite Encapsulated in Launch Vehicle Fairing

December 22, 2014 9:26 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

The third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Navy was encapsulated into its payload fairing Dec. 18. It is scheduled to launch Jan. 20 aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS operates like a smart phone network in the sky, vastly improving current secure mobile satellite communications ... 

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LTE Innovation Summit Extends 2015 Call for Papers Deadline

December 22, 2014 9:13 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

The 2015 LTE Innovation Summit has extended its Call for Papers deadline to January 16, 2015. The LTE Innovation Summit is seeking presenters from all stages of the mobile wireless ecosystem to discuss the unique design, implementation and testing challenges facing the mobile wireless and broadband industry. This year's areas of interest includes ... 

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Rogers Corporation Signs Agreement to Acquire Arlon

December 19, 2014 10:05 am | by Rogers Corporation | Comments

Rogers Corporation has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Arlon, currently owned by Handy & Harman ...                                           

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Double Amputee Becomes First to Control Two Robotic Arms with Only His Mind

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Alyssa Bereznak, Yahoo! Tech Columnist | Comments

This summer, 40 years after losing both of his arms in a freak electrical accident, Colorado resident Leslie Baugh got two new bionic limbs. And after just 10 days of training, he began using them to move objects from shelf to shelf, controlling them with only ...

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