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Photo of the Day: Smartphones and Wearables Top Shopping Lists in 2015

March 25, 2015 11:04 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

FatWallet.com, where millions of online deal hunters go to stack coupons with cash back, announced results from its annual Electronics Shopping Survey. The study revealed 75% of consumers will buy new electronics this year (up 4% from 2014) and 36% will spend ... 

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New Manufacturing Process Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips

March 25, 2015 10:37 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | Comments

Computer chips, solar cells and other electronic devices have traditionally been based on silicon, the most famous of the semiconductors, that special class of materials whose unique electronic properties can be manipulated to turn electricity on and off the way ... 

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Michael Stonebraker Wins $1 Million Turing Award

March 25, 2015 9:21 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | Comments

Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies, has won the Association for Computing ... 

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New Kind of “Tandem” Solar Cell Developed

March 25, 2015 9:17 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that ... 

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Photo of the Day: NASA Satellites Catch a 'Growth Spurt' from a Newborn Protostar

March 24, 2015 11:36 am | by NASA | Comments

Using data from orbiting observatories, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and from ground-based facilities, an international team of astronomers has discovered an outburst from a star thought to be in the earliest phase of its development. The eruption, scientists say, reveals ... 

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Engineers Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

March 24, 2015 9:58 am | by The University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would ... 

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DARPA Invites Ideas to Speed Up Computation

March 23, 2015 3:48 pm | Comments

Whether designed to predict the spread of an epidemic, understand the potential impacts of climate change, or model the acoustical signature of a newly designed ship hull, computer simulations are an essential tool of scientific discovery. By using mathematical models that capture the complex physical phenomena of the real world ...

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Packing Peanuts Get Converted into Battery Components

March 23, 2015 2:52 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste ...                

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NASA Announces Teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

March 23, 2015 2:17 pm | by NASA | Comments

Nearly 100 high school and college teams from around the world will race against each other during NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participating teams are from 15 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international ... 

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Photos of the Day: The Universe's Most Energetic Phenomena

March 23, 2015 11:04 am | by Matthew Wright, University of Maryland | Comments

Supernovae, neutron star collisions and active galactic nuclei are among the most energetic phenomena in the known universe. These violent explosions produce high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays, which can easily travel large distances--making it possible to see objects and events far outside our own galaxy ...

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Can't Remember Your Password? Here are 2 New Ways to Log In

March 23, 2015 10:23 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked ...

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Obama to Announce $240M in New Pledges for STEM Education

March 23, 2015 10:13 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math ...           

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Satellite Imagery Can Aid Development Projects

March 23, 2015 10:00 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Projects that target aid toward villages and rural areas in the developing world often face time-consuming challenges, even at the most basic level of figuring out where the most appropriate sites are for pilot programs or deployment of new systems such as solar-power ... 

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Stanford Students Build Basketball-Shooting Robots

March 23, 2015 9:55 am | Comments

Students in Mechanical Engineering 210 spent most of winter quarter learning about mechanics, electronics and computer programming. After time in the classroom, they integrated everything they had learned to design and build a robot for the ultimate final project. This year's ... 

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Tag Heuer Brings Swiss Craftmanship to Silicon Valley

March 20, 2015 4:08 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Comments

TAG Heuer plans to bring a little bit of Swiss craftsmanship to Silicon Valley, as the watchmakers gears toward smartwatches ...

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