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Researcher Finds Flaw in Samsung Fingerprint Check

April 17, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print...                          

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Phoenix Makes Strides in Satellite Architecture

April 16, 2014 9:33 am | by DARPA | Comments

The process of designing, developing, building and deploying satellites is long and expensive. Satellites today cannot follow the terrestrial paradigm of “assemble, repair, upgrade, reuse,” and must be designed to operate without any upgrades or repairs for ...

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Photos of the Day: DARPA Looks to Build Satellites with Robots

April 16, 2014 9:32 am | by DARPA | Comments

Phoenix seeks to enable robotics servicing and asset life extension in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO), while developing new satellite architectures to reduce the cost of space-based systems. Specifically, Phoenix’s goal is to ...   

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From Air Traffic Controller to Grad Research in Fiber Optics

April 15, 2014 5:42 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

When ECE graduate student Janice Blane was still a prospective student, considering advisers and research programs, she did what anyone would do: she contacted faculty members who were doing innovative research, asking about opportunities in their labs. That seems normal, only ...

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Photo of the Day: Optical Frequency Comb Sources

April 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Kosta Schinarakis, Karlsruhne Institute of Technology | Comments

The amount of data generated and transmitted worldwide is growing continuously. With the help of light, data can be transmitted rapidly and efficiently...                    

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Combs of Light Accelerate Communication

April 15, 2014 9:53 am | by Kosta Schinarakis, Karlsruhne Institute of Technology | Comments

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources allow for transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers – this has now been demonstrated by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and the Swiss École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)...                  

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Device Turns Flat Surface into Spherical Antenna

April 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | Comments

By depositing an array of tiny, metallic, U-shaped structures onto a dielectric material, a team of researchers in China has created a new artificial surface that can bend and focus electromagnetic waves the same way an antenna does...                   

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New 'Tunable' Semiconductors Will Allow Better Detectors, Solar cells

April 15, 2014 9:24 am | by Ann Claycombe, Georgia State University | Comments

One of the great problems in physics is the detection of electromagnetic radiation – that is, light – which lies outside the small range of wavelengths that the human eye can see. Think X-rays, for example, or radio waves...                   

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Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

April 15, 2014 9:20 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own...            

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Study Shows Increase in Online Information Thefts

April 15, 2014 9:07 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday...                    

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Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

April 15, 2014 9:05 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems...                          

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Radio Wrestlers Fight It Out at the DARPA Spectrum Challenge

April 14, 2014 11:11 am | by Tam Harbert, IEEE Sprectrum | Comments

The words engineering and sports aren’t usually used in the same sentence, and the two activities usually don’t happen in the same room. But they were, and they did, last week at the DARPA Spectrum Challenge, held at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency headquarters in Arlington, VA...

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Photos of the Day: Smartphone-Readable Microparticles Prevent Counterfeiting

April 14, 2014 10:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

These particles can easily be manufactured and integrated into a variety of materials, and can withstand extreme temperatures, sun exposure, and heavy wear, says Doyle, the senior author of a paper describing the particles in the April 13 issue of Nature Materials. They could also be equipped with sensors that can “record” their environments — noting...

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Tiny Particles could Help Verify Counterfeit Goods

April 14, 2014 10:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a 2013 United Nations report. These illicit products — which include electronics, automotive, and aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, and food — can pose safety risks and cost governments and private companies hundreds of billions of dollars annually...    

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Stanford Engineers Design Video Game Controller that Senses Emotions

April 14, 2014 10:13 am | by Bjorn Carey, Kurt Hickman | Comments

Sometimes, a dozen ravenous zombies just aren't exciting enough to hold a video gamer's interest. The next step in interactive gaming, however, could come in the form of a handheld game controller that gauges the player's brain activity and throws more zombies on the screen when it senses the player is bored...                     

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