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How Two Guys Got Together To Build A New Hand

October 3, 2012 12:53 pm | Comments

When people put their minds to it, anything is possible. Even a new hand. Last year, a South African named Richard Van As lost four fingers in a woodworking accident. But that was just the start of his troubles. Surgery set him back $20,000--all the money he had--and that didn’t include actually replacing the fingers with prosthetics.

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Former Apple, Nasa Engineers Design $11,000 Coffee Machine

October 3, 2012 11:00 am | Comments

Get ready to rethink the way you brew coffee — and the cost of it. The Blossom One Limited machine makes a fresh, hot cup of coffee, but it’s not your average coffeemaker. A team of engineers who worked previously at Apple and at NASA designed the $11,000 coffeemaker that brews coffee at just the right temperature.

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The Future of Screens: Why OLED Will Change Everything

October 3, 2012 10:39 am | Comments

Design trends are influenced by both form and function, but also bow to limitations of existing technology. When we look back at flat-screen TVs compared to LCDs, then further to the bulky cathode ray tube ( remember these ?), it’s obvious we’ve come a long way. Within a few years, according to industry reps, we’ll say the same about store displays, vehicle lighting and kitchen countertops.

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Target to Put QR Codes on Toys This Holiday Season to Battle Amazon

October 3, 2012 10:35 am | Comments

Target is gearing up for the holiday season with a mobile-based program designed to foil the practice of “showrooming.” Starting Oct. 14, customers who visit the stores will see a showcase of the top 20 toys of the season each of which will sport a QR code that lets consumers buy them online and have them shipped.

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Apple’s New Maps App Was Steve Jobs’ Idea

October 3, 2012 10:33 am | Comments

If you’re looking for someone to blame for Apple ditching Google Maps on the iPhone, try Steve Jobs. The former Apple CEO and co-founder was the one who initiated the effort to replace Google Maps on the iPhone with Apple’s own mapping application, according to a new report from Bloomberg BusinessWeek .

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HP Stock Falls to Lowest Level in 9 Years

October 3, 2012 10:30 am | Comments

Hewlett-Packard ‘s stock plummeted to its lowest level in nine years after the company cut its guidance and told investors that its turnaround will take longer than expected. During HP’s annual Securities Analyst meeting on Wednesday, CEO Meg Whitman told investors that fiscal year 2013 will be a “fix and rebuild year” for HP, and the company won’t really recover and begin to grow again until 2014.

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How Close Are We to Internet Voting?

October 3, 2012 10:21 am | Comments

You can do basically anything online. From booking a flight to securely transmitting medical records to your doctor, from buying groceries to managing your bank account, the web supports all sorts of complex transactions. But one common task has firmly resisted the lure of online convenience: voting.

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Electrochem Offers Expanded Total Power Solutions; Retires Micro Power Brand

October 3, 2012 5:07 am | Comments

Electrochem Solutions, Inc. (Electrochem), a subsidiary of Greatbatch, Inc. announced the completed integration of Micro Power Electronics, Inc.(Micro Power), following Electrochem’s acquisition of the company in December 2011. The Micro Power brand has retired and the unified organization will move forward as Electrochem Solutions, Inc.

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Acoustic Cell-sorting Chip May Lead to Cell Phone-sized Medical Labs

October 2, 2012 11:59 am | Comments

A technique that uses acoustic waves to sort cells on a chip may create miniature medical analytic devices that could make Star Trek's tricorder seem a bit bulky in comparison, according to a team of researchers. The device uses two beams of acoustic -- or sound -- waves to act as acoustic tweezers and sort a continuous flow of cells on a dime-sized chip, said Tony Jun Huang, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics, Penn State.

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Solar Cell Consisting of a Single Molecule

October 2, 2012 11:56 am | by Photosystem-I (green) is optically excited by an electrode (on top). An electron then is transferred step by step in only 16 nanoseconds. Image: Christoph Hohmann (NIM) | Comments

A team of scientists, led by Joachim Reichert, Johannes Barth, and Alexander Holleitner (Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Clusters of Excellence MAP and NIM), and Itai Carmeli (Tel Aviv University) developed a method to measure photocurrents of a single functionalized photosynthetic protein system.

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New Device Could Increase Internet Download Speeds

October 2, 2012 11:45 am | Comments

A team of scientists and engineers at the University of Minnesota has invented a unique microscale optical device that could greatly increase the speed of downloading information online and reduce the cost of Internet transmission. The device uses the force generated by light to flop a mechanical switch of light on and off at a very high speed.

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Sandia Builds Android-based Network to Study Cyber Disruptions

October 2, 2012 11:43 am | Comments

As part of ongoing research to help prevent and mitigate disruptions to computer networks on the Internet, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in California have turned their attention to smartphones and other hand-held computing devices. Sandia cyber researchers linked together 300,000 virtual hand-held computing devices running the Android operating system so they can study large networks of smartphones and find ways to make them more reliable and secure.

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Longest Fiber-optic Sensor Network Developed

October 2, 2012 11:41 am | Comments

In her PhD thesis, Montserrat Fernández-Vallejo, a telecommunications engineer and graduate of the UPNA-Public University of Navarre, has experimentally developed various fibre-optic sensor networks for the remote monitoring of large infrastructures. Specifically, she has managed to develop the largest network so far in existence —measuring 250 km—, which is equipped with a multiplexing capability, (which enables two or more information channels to be combined within a single transmission medium).

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The Innovators Behind 10 Hot Technologies

October 2, 2012 10:38 am | Comments

In the Tech Innovators Series , Mashable introduces you to 10 of tech’s top innovators. From adaptive learning to mobile video-sharing and computers that you command with gestures of the hand, these gamechangers are introducing new technologies and redefining — or creating entirely new — industries.

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Free IEEE ComSoc Webinar to Highlight Next Generation Networking Technologies

October 2, 2012 7:36 am | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), the premier international conference dedicated to the advancement of global communications, invites communications professionals worldwide to attend a free webinar on Thursday, 18 October 2012 at 11:00 a.m. EST titled Synchronization in Next Generation Telecom Networks .

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