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License Plate Scanner Networks Capture Movements

September 22, 2014 9:50 am | by Tami Abdollah & Elliot Spagat, Associated Press | Comments

A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement. The license plate scanning systems have multiplied across the U.S. over the last decade...

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Graphene Sensor Tracks Down Cancer Biomarker

September 19, 2014 11:02 am | by Michael Bishop, Institute of Physics | Comments

An ultra-sensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer...                                

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Quick-Change Materials Break the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

September 19, 2014 10:59 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

The present size and speed limitations of computer processors and memory could be overcome by replacing silicon with ‘phase-change materials’ (PCMs), which are capable of reversibly switching between two structural phases with different electrical states – one crystalline and conducting and the other glassy and insulating – in billionths of a second...

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Photo of the Day: Breaking the Silicon Speed Limit for Computers

September 19, 2014 10:57 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

Modelling and tests of PCM-based devices have shown that logic-processing operations can be performed in non-volatile memory cells using particular combinations of ultra-short voltage pulses, which is not possible with silicon-based devices...

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End of Era: Ellison Steps Aside as Oracle CEO

September 19, 2014 10:03 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies...       

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Apple Locks Itself Out of Devices with Passwords

September 19, 2014 9:58 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices...                

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Facebook CEO Wants More Students to Explore Tech

September 19, 2014 9:43 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies — and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company...                                

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Alibaba Poised to Surge on the NYSE

September 19, 2014 9:22 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Chinese e-commerce powerhouse Alibaba will say "open sesame" to the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, as its shares begin trading in a highly anticipated debut that could raise up to $25 billion...                     

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Photos of the Day: NASA’s Next Mars-Bound Spacecraft

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

Scientists want to learn how Mars went from a warm, wet world that may have harbored microbial life during its first billion years, to the cold, barren place of today. Maven should help explain the atmospheric changes that led to this radical climate change...                     

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Senate: China Hacked Military Contractor Networks

September 18, 2014 10:06 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | Comments

China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software onto an airline's computers, Senate investigators said Wednesday...              

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NASA's Maven Spacecraft Reaches Mars this Weekend

September 18, 2014 10:05 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

This weekend, NASA's Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night...                        

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Border Patrol to Test Body Cameras

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Border Patrol purchased body cameras and will begin testing them this year at its training academy, two people briefed on the move said Wednesday, as new leadership moves to blunt criticism about agents' use of force...                       

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Alibaba Symbol of China's New Tech Giants

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy...                                       

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Review: Devices, Apps Act Like One Under iOS 8

September 18, 2014 9:21 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The scores of new features in Apple's software update for mobile devices can be boiled down to one word: unity.Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too...                  

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Water-Based Nuclear Battery Can Be Used to Generate Electrical Energy

September 17, 2014 10:49 am | by University of Missouri new Bureau | Comments

Researchers at the University of Missouri have created a long-lasting and more efficient nuclear battery that could be used for many applications such as a reliable energy source in automobiles and also in complicated applications such as space flight...

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