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A Wakeup Call for Europe's Comet Lander

November 18, 2014 | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists raised hopes Monday that as the Philae lander nears the sun its solar panel-powered battery will recharge, and the first spacecraft to touch down on a comet will send a second round of scientific data back to Earth ...                     

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How Attackers Can Use Radio Signals and Phones to Steal Protected Data

November 20, 2014 2:32 pm | by Kim Zetter, Wired | Comments

Computers housing the world’s most sensitive data are usually “air-gapped” or isolated from the internet. They’re also not connected to other systems that are internet-connected, and their Bluetooth feature is disabled, too. Sometimes, workers are not even allowed to bring mobile phones within range of the ... 

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Photos of the Day: The World's First X-Ray Image

November 20, 2014 11:58 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Of the many Eureka! moments experienced by scientists since Archimedes, Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of X-rays in 1895 was among the least auspicious. When he trained his cathode ray apparatus on his wife’s hand and imaged the bones of her fingers, she recoiled and exclaimed: “I have seen my ... 

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Electric Car Challenge Sparks Students’ STEM Interest

November 20, 2014 11:22 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Aspiring automotive engineers from 27 middle schools across New Mexico will compete in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Highland High School gymnasium in Albuquerque. Forty-six teams will participate in a race, a design...

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Photo of the Day: Complex Electronic Circuits Printed with T-Shirt Printer

November 20, 2014 11:02 am | by Lester Kok, Nanyang Technological University | Comments

Resistors, transistors and capacitors, the key components of a complex electronic circuit, are printed using non-toxic organic materials like silver nanoparticles, carbon and plastics ...            

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Elusive Dark Matter May Be Detected with GPS Satellites

November 20, 2014 10:56 am | by Mike Wolterbeek, University of Nevada, Reno | Comments

The everyday use of a GPS device might be to find your way around town or even navigate a hiking trail, but for two physicists, the Global Positioning System might be a tool in directly detecting and measuring dark matter ...              

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Brighter Images & More Efficient LCD Displays

November 20, 2014 10:32 am | by Vince Horiuchi, University of Utah | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a polarizing filter that allows in more light, leading the way for mobile device displays that last much longer on a single battery charge and cameras that can shoot in dim light ...             

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An Anti-Surveillance Tool for Human Rights Groups

November 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Four human rights groups have released a tool that lets users check whether their computer has been infected with surveillance software ...                       

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Home, Baby Cameras not Secure Worldwide

November 20, 2014 10:25 am | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Comments

Experts have a message for anyone with a webcam, baby monitor or home security camera: change your password now, because feeds from the cameras are being posted online by a Russian website ...                    

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Gadgets to Help Your Selfie

November 20, 2014 10:24 am | by RON HARRIS, Associated Press | Comments

Not all selfies are created equal. Some are blurry, are poorly framed or miss the action entirely because you might be scrubbing your thumb fishing for a virtual shutter button as the moment passes you by ...            

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China & U.S. Boost Worldwide Industrial Semiconductor Market in 2014

November 19, 2014 5:10 pm | by IHS Technology | Comments

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology. Global market revenue for ...             

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Teaching Self-Driving Cars the Ethics of the Road

November 19, 2014 5:00 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Drivers make split-second decisions based on instinct and a limited view of the dangers around them. The cars of the future — those that can drive themselves thanks to an array of sensors and computing power — will have near-perfect perception and react based on preprogrammed logic ...                           

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Photos of the Day: Parrot’s Bebop Drone

November 19, 2014 12:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The Bebop is part remote-control flyer and part robot. It has a host of sensors — including pressure, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer — to help it fly stable, hover in the air, and take off and land smoothly without assistance. The AR.Drone has those, too, but Bebop adds a built-in GPS that tells Bebop where it ... 

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Meet Parrot’s Powerful Bebop Drone and Crazy Optional Controller

November 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Lance Ulanoff, Mashable | Comments

Parrot’s latest drone the Bebop has an, at best, misleading name. There’s nothing boppy about this pro-level drone masquerading in a kid-friendly name (and colors). Unveiled on Tuesday in New York City, the Bebop drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 It does have at least one thing in common with ... 

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Paper Electronics Could Make Health Care More Accessible

November 19, 2014 12:17 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Flexible electronic sensors based on paper -- an inexpensive material -- have the potential to some day cut the price of a wide range of medical tools, from helpful robots to diagnostic tests. Scientists have now developed a fast, low-cost way of making these sensors by directly printing conductive ink on paper. They published their advance ... 

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Next Level Computer Vision Algorithm That Can Describe Photos

November 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Tom Abate | Comments

Computer software only recently became smart enough to recognize objects in photographs. Now, Stanford researchers using machine learning have created a system that takes the next step, writing a simple story of what's happening in any digital image. "The system can analyze an unknown image and explain it in words and ... 

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