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Photos of the Day: Galileo Satellites Enclosed for Launch

April 2, 2015 10:52 am | by ESA | Comments

Thousands of engineers have worked on the seventh and eighth navigation satellites of Europe’s Galileo constellation in recent years.The team from ESA and builders OHB in the S3B building of Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana looked ...

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Typing Patterns Help to Identify Early Onset of Parkinson’s

April 2, 2015 10:40 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

In a paper appearing in Scientific Reports, the researchers found that their algorithm for analyzing keystrokes could distinguish between typing done in the middle of the night, when sleep deprivation impairs motor skills, and typing performed when fully rested ...

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Battery Energy Storage Project shows Promise for Electricity Network

April 2, 2015 10:30 am | by Michael Jacobson, Griffith University | Comments

According to the research from Griffith's School of Engineering and published in the journal Applied Energy, a forecast-based, three-phase battery energy storage scheduling and operation system provides benefits such as reduced peak demand, more efficient load balancing and better management of supply from solar photovoltaics (PV) ...

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Stock Split could Cost Google over $500 Million

April 2, 2015 10:27 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars ...

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Researchers Build Brain-Machine Interface to Control Prosthetic Hand

April 1, 2015 10:37 am | by Jeannie Kever, University of Houston | Comments

A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts ...

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A New Spin on Navigation

April 1, 2015 10:21 am | by Kelly Mack, The Optical Society | Comments

A pair of light waves - one zipping clockwise the other counterclockwise around a microscopic track - may hold the key to creating the world's smallest gyroscope: one a fraction of the width of a human hair. By bringing this essential technology down to an entirely new scale, a team of applied physicists hopes to enable a new generation of phenomenally compact gyroscope-based navigation systems, among other intriguing applications ...

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Photos of the Day: Skin's Resistance to Tearing

April 1, 2015 10:14 am | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

The mechanistic understanding identified in skin could be applied to the improvement of artificial skin, or to the development of thin film polymers for applications such as flexible electronics ...

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Understanding Skin's Resistance to Tearing could Lead to Flexible Electronics

April 1, 2015 10:13 am | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

When weighing the pluses and minuses of your skin add this to the plus column: Your skin - like that of all vertebrates - is remarkably resistant to tearing. Now, a collaboration of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) San Diego has shown why ...

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Sex Bias Case Will Embolden Women Despite Verdict

March 31, 2015 9:17 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press | Comments

Observers say a long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues will embolden women in the industry and lead firms ...

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Better Traffic Signals Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 31, 2015 9:10 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Sitting in traffic during rush hour is not just frustrating for drivers; it also adds unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Now a study by researchers at MIT could lead to better ways of programming a city’s stoplights to reduce delays, improve efficiency, and reduce emissions ...

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Wearable Technology that Helps with Public Speaking

March 31, 2015 8:58 am | by Leonor Sierra, University of Rochester | Comments

Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Rochester have developed an intelligent user interface for "smart glasses" that gives real-time feedback to the speaker on volume modulation and speaking rate, while being minimally distracting ...

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Photo of the Day: Bendable Digital Displays

March 30, 2015 4:23 pm | by George Hunka, American Friends of Tel Aviv University | Comments

From smartphones and tablets to computer monitors and interactive TV screens, electronic displays are everywhere. As the demand for instant, constant communication grows, so too does the urgency for more convenient portable devices — especially devices, like computer displays, that can be easily rolled up and put away, rather than requiring a flat surface for storage and transportation ...

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Expanding the Capacity of Fiber Optics

March 30, 2015 12:51 pm | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Internet data travels on a laser beam through a fiber optic cable as thin as a human hair. Marvelous as that is, it may not be enough – as the volume of data grows, some researchers are asking, why waste an entire fiber on just a single beam of light? ...

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Shape-Shifting Sensor Reports Conditions from Deep in the Body

March 30, 2015 10:55 am | by Michael Baum, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution remote biological sensing that is not possible with current technology ...

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Photos of the Day: Building a Super Battery

March 30, 2015 10:06 am | by Steve Koppes, University of Chicago | Comments

Some 70 years later, with 20 countries racing to achieve another world-changing scientific shift--to design and build a better rechargeable "super battery"--Argonne allowed veteran reporter Steven LeVine two years of access to write about U.S. researchers leading the "battery war" charge ...

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