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The Key to Preventing Space Collisions

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by eurekalert! | Comments

Half a million objects, including debris, satellites, and the International Space Station, orbit the planet in the thermosphere, the largest layer of Earth's atmosphere. To predict the orbits--and potential collisions--of all this stuff, scientists must forecast the weather in the thermosphere.  

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Mission to Discover Hundreds of Black Holes Could Unlock Secrets of the Universe

November 14, 2014 9:31 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

A team of Cardiff University researchers have made a breakthrough in helping scientists discover hundreds of black holes throughout the universe. When two detectors are switched on in the US next year, the Cardiff team hope their research will help scientists...

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Cats Teach Robots How to Land on Their Feet

November 14, 2014 9:23 am | by Georgia Tech College of Computing | Comments

A cat always lands on its feet. At least, that’s how the adage goes. Karen Liu hopes that in the future, this will be true of robots as well. To understand the way feline or human behavior during falls might be applied to robot landings, Liu, an associate professor...

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Smart Phones Use QR Codes to Display 3D Images

November 14, 2014 9:18 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Quick Response (QR) codes -- the box-shaped symbols that appear on signs, posters, and even business cards -- are a convenient and efficient way of accessing specific web pages with a smartphone or other mobile device. However, new research published...

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NASA Statement on Successful Rosetta Comet Landing

November 13, 2014 10:31 am | by NASA | Comments

The following statement is from John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, about the successful comet landing by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft: “We congratulate ESA...

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Carmakers Unite to Protect Consumer Privacy

November 13, 2014 9:59 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

Nineteen automakers accounting for most of the passenger cars and trucks sold in the U.S. have signed onto a set of principles they say will protect motorists' privacy in an era when computerized cars pass along more information about their drivers...

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Review: No Cash, Cards, Just Mobile Pay for a Week

November 13, 2014 9:51 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Attempt at your own risk: For an entire week, I left all my cash and credit cards at home to see how well wallet-free mobile services work in the real world. Apple Pay has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks, but there are lots of other mobile...

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New Partnership to Further Commercial Graphene

November 13, 2014 9:48 am | by eurekalert! | Comments

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and The University of Manchester have signed a memorandum of understanding to help move the potential benefits of graphene closer to practical use, by accelerating the commercialisation of the remarkable 2D material.

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Comet Lander Ends Up in Cliff Shadow

November 13, 2014 9:45 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Europe's comet lander Philae has come to rest in the shadow of a cliff, posing a potential problem for its solar panels, scientists from the European Space Agency said Thursday as they published its first image from the surface of a comet. The photo...

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You Have Zero Privacy, Get Over It

November 13, 2014 9:42 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP | Comments

It's been 15 years since Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy infamously quipped "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." You'd think we would have gotten the message by now, with all the news of online data breaches, revelations about broad...

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Drones Patrol Half of Mexico Border

November 13, 2014 9:39 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press | Comments

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans...

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Virtual Reality Teaches Self-Acceptance

November 13, 2014 9:35 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research led by UCL. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical individuals...

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Samsung Releases Developer Tools for Wearables, Smart Home

November 13, 2014 9:30 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Samsung is working to generate developer interest by releasing a handful of new tools for health, smart home, AR/VR and wearables. At the company’s developer conference Wednesday, Won-Pyo Hong, president of Samsung’s Media Solution Center...

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Shazam Second-Screen Viewing Not Happening

November 13, 2014 9:26 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Shazam CPO Daniel Danker said second-screen viewing is not going to catch—at least not in terms of engaging with a mobile device throughout the viewing experience. Speaking Monday at the Open Mobile Summit in San Francisco, Danker said “in...

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Qualcomm LTE Direct Proximal Discovery Service to Launch in 2016

November 13, 2014 9:23 am | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

Qualcomm’s LTE Direct proximal discovery service is expected to become commercially available in 2016. Speaking Tuesday at the Open Mobile Summit, Mahesh Makhijani, senior director for Qualcomm Research, fit the technology in with Release 12...

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