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Using "Smart Spaces" to Wirelessly Send Data

November 12, 2014 3:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | Comments

One of the problems in the high-tech field of visible light communication (VLC) - or using light to send data wirelessly - is decidedly low tech: The data transmission stops whenever the light is blocked by people's movements, shadows or other obstacles.

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New Army Priority: Lighter Communications Systems

November 12, 2014 3:03 pm | by U.S. Army | Comments

The Army's general in charge of all things tied to the network said one of his top priorities is to build lighter communications systems. Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, the Army's chief information officer/G-6, spoke at the monthly Association of the U.S...

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NASA’s Orion Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Pad, Hoisted onto Rocket Ahead of its First Spaceflight

November 12, 2014 2:17 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft now is at its launch pad after completing its penultimate journey in the early hours Wednesday. It arrived at Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 3:07 a.m. EST, where the spacecraft then was lifted onto a United Launch Alliance Delta...

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Cosmic 1st: Spacecraft Sends Lander Toward Comet

November 12, 2014 10:13 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, a speeding European spacecraft released a lander toward the icy, dusty surface of a comet on Wednesday, setting off a seven-hour countdown to an audacious attempt to answer some of the biggest...

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Drone Sightings Up Dramatically

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by JOAN LOWY Associated Press | Comments

The government is getting near-daily reports — and sometimes two or three a day — of drones flying near airplanes and helicopters or close to airports without permission, federal and industry officials tell The Associated Press. It's a sharp increase...

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Board Designed for Wearables and IoT

November 12, 2014 9:56 am | by Alexandru Voica Technology PR Specialist | Comments

Earlier this year I reported about Ingenic Newton, a new MIPS-based platform targeting a wide range of connected consumer devices, including wearables, smart appliances and e-health sensors. This board was powered by an Ingenic JZ4775 chip...

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Silicon in Space

November 12, 2014 9:51 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Silicon, which is one of the most common elements in the Earth's crust, is also sprinkled abundantly throughout interstellar space. The only way to identify silicon-containing molecules in the far corners of the cosmos - and to understand the...

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Venturing Into the Upper Atmosphere of Venus

November 11, 2014 3:17 pm | by European Space Agency | Comments

As the end of its eight-year adventure at Venus edges ever closer, ESA scientists have been taking a calculated risk with the Venus Express spacecraft in order to carry out unique observations of the planet's rarefied outer atmosphere. First results from this aerobraking campaign were reported...

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Texas A&M Joins the European Wind Energy Master Program

November 11, 2014 1:19 pm | by Texas A&M University | Comments

The Department of Aerospace Engineering (AERO) at Texas A&M University has accepted an invitation to join the European Wind Energy Master (EWEM) program as an Associate Partner.  This collaborative effort will bring the department into the midst of a very active wind energy research and...

Rosetta Space Probe Features Insulating Products

November 11, 2014 11:49 am | Comments

From the time of its launch on March 2, 2004 – and continuing through its mission for the last ten years – DUNMORE Corporation's insulating products have protected the European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe, its sensitive instruments...

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GaN Systems Inc Offering Devices for Google's Little Box Challenge

November 11, 2014 11:47 am | Comments

GaN Systems Inc is one of a number of manufacturers offering its devices to contestants entering the Little Box Challenge launched by Google and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  The Little Box Challenge is an open...

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Microsoft Drops Nokia Name with Newest Lumia Phone

November 11, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper smartphone, costing about 110 euros ($135), as it eyes emerging and other low-cost markets for growth. The new model is the first Lumia smartphone under Microsoft's own brand name. The company has released...

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Hacker-Hit Tibetan Monks 'Detach From Attachments'

November 11, 2014 9:22 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER and ASHWINI BHATIA, Associated Press | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments."Attachment can lead you to all sort of trouble and we Buddhists believe that non-attachment alone can lead you to happiness...

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Electronic Noise Affects Ultrasensitive Components at Low Temperatures

November 11, 2014 9:13 am | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

A team of engineers and scientists has identified a source of electronic noise that could affect the functioning of instruments operating at very low temperatures, such as devices used in radio telescopes and advanced physics experiments...

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This Galaxy is Producing Stars 1000 Times Faster Than the Milky Way

November 11, 2014 9:09 am | by The National Radio Astronomy Observatory | Comments

Nestled among a triplet of young galaxies more than 12.5 billion light-years away is a cosmic powerhouse: a galaxy that is producing stars nearly 1,000 times faster than our own Milky Way. This energetic starburst galaxy, known as AzTEC-3...

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