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Supercomputers Build Eyes for Power Lines

October 7, 2014 4:12 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

When the power goes out, electricity providers are often left in the dark along with their customers. That status quo is what’s keeping Naresh Acharya up at night. He is now planning to use some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to ...

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Plasmonics That Could Advance Optical Tech, Increase Data-Storage, & Improve Solar Cell Performance

October 7, 2014 4:07 pm | by Cynthia Sequin & Emil Venere, Purdue University | Comments

A Purdue-based startup is developing high-temperature "plasmonic metamaterials" that could dramatically increase data-storage capabilities, improve solar-cell and waste-heat recovery performance and provide a new avenue for ...   

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Unconventional Photoconduction in an Atomically Thin Semiconductor

October 7, 2014 4:03 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

It’s a well-known phenomenon in electronics: Shining light on a semiconductor, such as the silicon used in computer chips and solar cells, will make it more conductive. But now researchers have discovered that in a special semiconductor, light can have the opposite effect, making the material less conductive instead...

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Robotic Solutions Inspired by Plants

October 7, 2014 3:58 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

EU-funded researchers are demonstrating revolutionary robotic techniques inspired by plants, featuring a 3D-printed 'trunk', 'leaves' that sense the environment and 'roots' that grow and change direction. Humans naturally understand ...  

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Printing in the Hobby Room: Paper-Thin, Touch-Sensitive Displays

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by Saarland University | Comments

Until now, if you want to print a greeting card for a loved one, you can use colorful graphics, fancy typefaces or special paper to enhance it. But what if you could integrate paper-thin displays into the cards, which could be printed at home and which would be able to depict self-created symbols or even react to touch?...

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A Quick Look at Electron-Boson Coupling

October 7, 2014 10:59 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Imagine being able to tune the properties of a solid material just by flashing pulses of light on it, for example turning an insulator into a superconductor. That is just one potential payoff down-the-road from the physical phenomenon of electrons and atoms interacting with ultrashort pulses of light...

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Pressing the Accelerator on Quantum Robotics

October 7, 2014 10:49 am | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | Comments

Quantum computing will allow for the creation of powerful computers, but also much smarter and more creative robots than conventional ones. This was the conclusion arrived at by researchers from Spain and Austria, who have confirmed that quantum tools help robots learn and respond much faster to the stimuli around them...

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New NASA Technology Brings Critical Data to Pilots Over Remote Alaskan Territories

October 7, 2014 10:42 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA has formally delivered to Alaskan officials a new technology that could help pilots flying over the vast wilderness expanses of the northern-most state. The technology is designed to help pilots make better flight decisions, especially when disconnected from the Internet...

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Funky Robots Display Japan's Latest Technologies

October 7, 2014 10:29 am | by Haruka Nuga, Associated Press | Comments

A smartphone-controlled dinosaur, synchronized cheerleaders and a ping pong-playing spider are some of the robot technology showcased at the CEATEC Japan electronics exhibition. Exhibitors used such attention-grabbing gadgets to showcase their technology and stand out at the event that started Tuesday...

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LED Lights Scientists Win Nobel Prize in Physics

October 7, 2014 10:06 am | by Karl Ritter & Malin Rising, Associated Press | Comments

Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones worldwide...

New York Cancels Phone Booth Transmitter Program

October 7, 2014 10:01 am | by Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press | Comments

The city has scuttled an outdoor media company's project slated to install in payphone booths thousands of transmitters that could track people's movements by sending signals to their smartphones. Titan, which sells ad space in more than 5,000 phone kiosks, had received approval...

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Mobile Revolution Shakes up Silicon Valley

October 7, 2014 9:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing...

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New Studies Point out Dangers of 'Talking' to Car

October 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

Just because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio...

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Attix5 Warns on Dangers of No Recovery Strategy for This Year’s IP EXPO

October 7, 2014 9:34 am | by Attix5 | Comments

There is widespread mistrust of cloud providers across Europe with seven in 10 businesses accusing them of failing to provide the right information on data recovery solutions. Ahead of IP EXPO this week, Attix5 have looked at urging businesses to review their disaster recovery planning...

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Photo of the Day: Past, Present, & Future of IoT

October 6, 2014 5:21 pm | by Hailey Lynne McKeefry, EBN | Comments

The Internet of Things is more than the newest buzzphrase. It's set to transform the electronics industry, from what products consumers use to how those products get made ...                    

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