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Eyes on You: Experts Reveal Police Hacking Methods

June 24, 2014 3:59 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | Comments

Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday...

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Photos of the Day: Woman or Machine?

June 24, 2014 10:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

The latest creations from Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro are Otonaroid, Kodomoroid and Telenoid, a hairless mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion...        

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New Japanese Robots Look Creepily Human

June 24, 2014 10:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people — almost. Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person from the machine...

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The First Demonstration of a Self-Powered Cardiac Pacemaker

June 24, 2014 12:57 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker batteries last seven years on average...

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Booting up Quantum Computers 72 Times Faster Than Previously Possible

June 24, 2014 12:51 am | by Saarland University | Comments

Press the start button, switch on the monitor, grab a cup of coffee and off you go. That is pretty much how most us experience booting up a computer. But with a quantum computer the situation is very different. So far, researchers have had to spend hours making dozens...

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Electrostatics Do the Trick

June 24, 2014 12:48 am | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie | Comments

Organic semiconductors allow for flexible displays, solar cells, and other interesting applications. One common problem in these devices, however, is the interface between the metallic contacts and the organic semiconductor material, where undesirable losses occur.

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Measuring the Mass of 'Massless' Electrons

June 24, 2014 12:00 am | by Harvard University | Comments

Individual electrons in graphene are massless, but when they move together, it’s a different story. Graphene, a one-atom-thick carbon sheet, has taken the world of physics by storm—in part, because its electrons behave as massless particles....

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Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

June 23, 2014 11:06 pm | by MIT | Comments

The more cores — or processing units — a computer chip has, the bigger the problem of communication between cores becomes. For years, Li-Shiuan Peh, the Singapore Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, has argued that...

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City Tells App to Stop Auctions of Parking Spaces

June 23, 2014 3:43 pm | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | Comments

San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction off public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers. In a letter to the CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup Paolo Dobrowolny...

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Robot Valet to Park Cars at German Airport

June 23, 2014 3:41 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Plane to catch and don't feel like hunting for parking? Travelers at Duesseldorf airport in Germany can soon leave the job to a robot valet. An airport spokesman says the robot, nicknamed Ray, starts work Tuesday and can be booked using a smartphone app...

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Photos of the Day: BRITE-Constellation Nanosatellites Explore the Universe

June 23, 2014 10:30 am | by University of Montreal | Comments

Two nanosatellites were launched from Yasny, Russia by Anthony Moffat, of the University of Montreal and the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec, and the Canadian research and technology team he leads. Costing a fraction of conventional space telescopes...

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2 Low-Cost, Car Battery-Sized Space Telescopes Launched

June 23, 2014 10:17 am | by University of Montreal | Comments

Two nanosatellites were launched from Yasny, Russia by Anthony Moffat, of the University of Montreal and the Centre for Research in Astrophysics of Quebec, and the Canadian research and technology team he leads. Costing a fraction of conventional space telescopes...

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The Sweetest Calculator in the World

June 22, 2014 9:57 pm | by Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena | Comments

In a chemistry lab at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena: Prof. Dr. Alexander Schiller works at a rectangular plastic board with 384 small wells. The chemist carefully pipets some drops of sugar solution into a row of the tiny reaction vessels. As soon as the fluid has mixed with the contents of the vessels...  

Controllable Optical Steady Behavior Obtainable from Nonradiation Coherence

June 22, 2014 9:40 pm | by World Scientific | Comments

A new proposed scheme, by Wen-Xing Yang, from the Department of Physics, Southeast University, China, and colleagues, analyzed in detail the optical steady behavior in GaAs quantum well structure driven by an elliptically polarized field in a unidirectional ring cavity...

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U.S. Gov't Moves to Ban Drones in 400 National Parks

June 22, 2014 9:28 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. National Park Service is taking steps to ban drones from 84 million acres (34 million hectares) of public lands and waterways, saying the unmanned aircraft annoy visitors, harass wildlife and threaten safety. Jonathan Jarvis, the park service's director...

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