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Photos of the Day: LiDAR Sensor Leads RoboBoat Competition

August 6, 2014 11:10 am | by Velodyne | Comments

Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32 LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition, which was sponsored by the ...

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LEDs Made From 'Wonder Material' Perovskite

August 6, 2014 10:38 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

A hybrid form of perovskite - the same type of material which has recently been found to make highly efficient solar cells that could one day replace silicon - has been used to make low-cost, easily manufactured LEDs, potentially opening up a wide range of ...

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Examining the Inner Workings of Supercapacitors

August 6, 2014 10:34 am | by New York University | Comments

A team of chemists from New York University and the University of Cambridge has developed a method for examining the inner workings of battery-like devices called supercapacitors, which can be charged up extremely quickly and can deliver high electrical power. Their technique, based on ...

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NASA Announces Next Opportunity for CubeSat Space Missions

August 6, 2014 10:27 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA is opening the next round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative, part of the White House Maker Initiative, in an effort to engage the growing community of space enthusiasts that can contribute to NASA's space exploration goals. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives ...

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Samsung, Apple Agree to Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 10:23 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung and Apple have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest makers of smartphones. However, Samsung Electronics said ...

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Xiaomi Beats Samsung in Chinese Smartphone Market

August 6, 2014 10:18 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker little known in the West, overtook tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. to become China's top-selling smartphone brand in the second quarter, a market research company said Tuesday. According to Canalys, Xiaomi sold ...

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HK Court: Tycoon Can Sue Google over Autocomplete

August 6, 2014 10:02 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | Comments

A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime. In a judgment released Wednesday, the court dismissed the Internet search giant's objections to tycoon Albert Yeung's defamation lawsuit...

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Used Cigarette Butts Offer Energy Storage Solution

August 5, 2014 9:30 pm | by Institute of Physics | Comments

A group of scientists from South Korea have converted used-cigarette butts into a high-performing material that could be integrated into computers, handheld devices, electrical vehicles and wind turbines to store ...                  

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Diamond Defect Interior Design

August 5, 2014 9:03 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

By carefully controlling the position of an atomic-scale diamond defect within a volume smaller than what some viruses would fill, researchers have cleared a path toward better quantum computers and nanoscale sensors. Physicists and his colleagues study a technologically useful diamond defect...

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Microsoft Hires Qualcomm Exec to Make More Deals

August 5, 2014 8:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market. Margaret "Peggy" Johnson will serve as Microsoft Corp.'s executive vice president of business development...

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Chance Hospital Encounter Sends Engineer on Improbable Mission

August 5, 2014 11:16 am | by GE Reports | Comments

One sunny Thursday afternoon last October, Lyman Connor climbed on his bicycle and pedaled from his Roanoke, Va., home for a ride along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. He didn’t make it back that day. Riding down one of the ...  

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Photos of the Day: Reinventing the Bionic Hand

August 5, 2014 11:14 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Lyman Connor, a GE engineer who writes software for turbines and power plants, has always been a tinkerer. Among the tools in his garage is a 3D printer, which he decided to use to build a low-cost bionic hand ...    

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GPS Satellite Launched into Space

August 4, 2014 5:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A new Global Positioning System satellite has been launched into space. An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station shortly before midnight Friday. The rocket carried a GPS 2F-7 spacecraft which will ... 

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Light Pulses Control Graphene's Electrical Behavior

August 4, 2014 5:52 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Graphene, an ultrathin form of carbon with exceptional electrical, optical, and mechanical properties, has become a focus of research on a variety of potential uses. Now researchers at MIT have found a way to control how the ...  

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A Closer Look: Secure Your Phone without Passcodes

August 4, 2014 5:41 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Passcodes are outdated. They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more...

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