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Cuban Youth Build Secret Computer Network Despite Wi-Fi Ban

January 26, 2015 11:40 am | by MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | Comments

Cut off from the Internet, young Cubans have quietly linked thousands of computers into a hidden network that stretches miles across Havana, letting them chat with friends, play games, and download hit movies in a mini-replica of the online world that most can't access ...               

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Unidentified Drone Crashes into the White House

January 26, 2015 11:33 am | by NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Secret Service says a small drone crashed overnight at the White House complex while the president was in India ...                                 

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Photo of the Day: 5 Ways Drones Could Affect American Food Supply

January 26, 2015 10:33 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union ...                                

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Recent Stanford Research Challenges Long-Held Theories on Catalysts

January 23, 2015 2:46 pm | by Andrew Myers, Stanford University | Comments

Using high-brilliance X-rays in a new way, Stanford engineers observed electrons at work during catalytic reactions. Their findings challenge long-held theories about some catalysts, opening the door to new or improved renewable energy applications ...            

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Scientists 'Bend' Elastic Waves that Could Lead to Elastic Cloaking

January 23, 2015 2:15 pm | by Jeff Sossamon, University of Missouri-Columbia | Comments

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered "elastic" waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent changes to the substance's makeup. Now, engineering researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a material that has the ability to control these waves ...     

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Photo of the Day: DARPA’s Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment Program

January 23, 2015 9:44 am | by DARPA | Comments

CODE researchers seek to create a modular software architecture that is resilient to bandwidth limitations and communications disruptions, yet compatible with existing standards and capable of affordable retrofit into existing platforms ...                          

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DARPA to Establish Code for Unmanned Aircraft to Fly without Supervision

January 23, 2015 9:43 am | by DARPA | Comments

The U.S. military’s investments in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have proven invaluable for missions from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) to tactical strike. Most of the current systems, however, require constant control by a dedicated pilot and sensor operator as well as a large number of analysts, all via telemetry ...              

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Got Battery? Lots of Low Battery Hacks But No Quick Fix

January 23, 2015 9:21 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The common lithium-ion battery that's used to power laptops, cellphones and tablet computers has improved in recent years. Battery capacity has tripled since 1990, says K. M. Abraham, a professor at Northeastern University who researches batteries. But it's not nearly enough to keep up with the demand ...                    

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New York City’s Largest Wind Turbine Stands 160-Feet Tall

January 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Sunset Park in Brooklyn gained New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s residential curbside metal, glass, and plastic ... 

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NASA’s Plans for Space Exploration, the Future of ISS, and Women in STEM

January 22, 2015 1:57 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

About 130 middle and high school students got the chance to speak with astronauts and leading scientists from NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the third annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event on ... 

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Photos of the Day: Microsoft HoloLens Lets You See 3D Holograms

January 22, 2015 9:53 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

With virtual reality capturing imaginations during the last couple of years, it's easy to forget about augmented reality. But Microsoft has spent years cooking up its own take on AR, and it's ready to bake the technology into Windows 10. Much like how the Surface was introduced alongside Windows 8, Microsoft has its own holographic ... 

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NASA, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'Work on Mars'

January 22, 2015 9:48 am | Comments

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens. Developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, OnSight will give scientists a means to plan and ... 

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Microsoft Shows off Windows 10 and 'HoloLens'

January 22, 2015 9:36 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.The company showed the new headset, which lets users view and interact with three-dimensional images ...                          

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New Method to Generate Arbitrary Optical Pulses

January 22, 2015 9:13 am | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to generate more powerful, more energy efficient and low-cost pulsed lasers ...                                    

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Ringing in the New Year with $5.1 Million in Funding

January 21, 2015 2:10 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Wearable technology startup Ringly raised $5.1 million in Series A, led by Andreesen Horowitz. High Line Venture Partners, Silas Capital, PCH and others also participated in Series A funding for the smart ring company, Ringly founder and CEO Christina Mercando said in a press release. Follow-on investments came ... 

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