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Agilent Technologies to Demonstrate Leading-Edge RF/Microwave Design and Test Solutions at IMS 2013

May 29, 2013 9:30 am | by Agilent Technologies Inc. | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. [NYSE: A] will demonstrate 25 of its newest design and measurement solutions at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (Booth #1230), June 2-7, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

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Laird Technologies to Showcase EMI and Microwave Solutions at IEEE IMS 2013

May 29, 2013 9:27 am | by Laird Technologies, Inc. | Comments

When the IEEE International Microwave Symposium opens, Laird Technologies, Inc. will be there to showcase its best-in-class EMI and microwave materials to design engineers looking for solutions with proven results. Addressing EMI issues early in the design process is critical, and Laird’s customizable solutions are ideal for engineers working at VHF, UHF, microwave, and millimeter wave frequencies

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Facial Recognition Technology Proves its Mettle

May 28, 2013 4:20 pm | by Tom Oswald, Michigan State University | Comments

In a study that evaluated some of the latest in automatic facial recognition technology, researchers at Michigan State University were able to quickly identify one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects from law enforcement video, an experiment that demonstrated the value of such technology.

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Yokogawa Announces Field Wireless Systems Partnership with Petrobras

May 28, 2013 10:18 am | by Yokogawa Electric Corporation | Comments

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa America do Sul Ltda., has signed a partnership agreement with Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (Petrobras) on the evaluation of field wireless technology based on the ISA100.11a*1 industrial automation wireless communications standard.

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Driving and Hands-Free Talking Lead to Spike in Errors

May 28, 2013 9:51 am | by Bryan Alary, University of Alberta | Comments

Talking on a hands-free device while behind the wheel can lead to a sharp increase in errors that could imperil other drivers on the road, according to new research from the University of Alberta. A pilot study by Yagesh Bhambhani, a professor in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, and his graduate student Mayank Rehani, showed that drivers who talk using a hands-free cellular device made significantly more driving errors...

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Communications Satellite Launched into Space

May 28, 2013 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A new military communications satellite has been launched into space. An unmanned Delta IV rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Friday evening. The satellite was the fifth Wideband Global satcom spacecraft to be launched. The satellite, which is being sent into an orbit that follows the earth's rotation 22,000 miles above the equator...

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Vintage Apple Computer Auctioned Off for $668,000

May 28, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An auctioneer says one of Apple's first computers — a functioning 1976 model — has been sold for a record 516,000 euros ($668,000). German auction house Breker said Saturday an Asian client, who asked not to be named, bought the so-called Apple 1, which the tech company's founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built in a family garage.

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Report: Plans for Australia Spy HQ hacked by China

May 28, 2013 9:29 am | by ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press | Comments

Australian officials on Tuesday refused to confirm or deny whether Chinese hackers had stolen the blueprints of a new spy agency headquarters as a news report claims. A tiny party essential to the ruling coalition's government demanded an inquiry into how much damage may have been done.

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Iran's Approaching Vote Brings Receding Web Access

May 28, 2013 9:29 am | by BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press | Comments

From a computer keyboard in London, an Iranian emigre plays the role of counselor, social media guru and all-around adviser for Internet users back home seeking ways around the cyber-blocks set up by authorities in Tehran. These have been busy days.His Twitter account — which goes under the handle of Nariman Gharib — registers a steady stream of calls for help from Iran and responses about new proxy servers, dial-up modems and other...

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Ivory Coast Techies Elect New 'Web Mayor'

May 28, 2013 9:28 am | by ROBBIE COREY-BOULET, Associated Press | Comments

A 22-year-old who lives with his parents is the new mayor of Ivory Coast's largest city, at least according to the West African nation's active community of self-described Internet geeks. Abidjan's budding network of bloggers, strategists, designers and Web entrepreneurs organized a separate vote for "Web Mayor," in late April days after Ivorians went to the polls for local elections.

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Detection of the Cosmic Gamma Ray Horizon

May 24, 2013 10:38 am | by University of California High-Performance AstroComputing Center | Comments

How much light has been emitted by all galaxies since the cosmos began? After all, almost every photon (particle of light) from ultraviolet to far infrared wavelengths ever radiated by all galaxies that ever existed throughout cosmic history is still speeding through the Universe today. If we could carefully measure the number and energy (wavelength) of all those photons—not only at the present time, but also back in time...

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Stitching Defects into World’s Thinnest Semiconductor

May 24, 2013 9:53 am | by Columbia University | Comments

In pioneering new research at Columbia University, scientists have grown high-quality crystals of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), the world's thinnest semiconductor, and studied how these crystals stitch together at the atomic scale to form continuous sheets.

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Google to Add Galapagos Islands to Street View

May 24, 2013 9:36 am | by JASON DEAREN, Associated Press | Comments

Few have explored the remote volcanic islands of the Galapagos archipelago, an otherworldly landscape inhabited by the world's largest tortoises and other fantastical creatures that inspired Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Soon it will take only the click of a mouse or finger swipe on a tablet to explore some of the Galapagos Islands' most remote areas, surrounding waters and unique creatures.

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Cradle Turns Smartphone into Handheld Biosensor

May 23, 2013 4:48 pm | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor | Comments

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a cradle and app for the iPhone that uses the phone’s built-in camera and processing power as a biosensor to detect toxins, proteins, bacteria, viruses and other molecules. Having such sensitive biosensing capabilities in the field could enable on-the-spot tracking of groundwater contamination, combine the phone’s GPS data...

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Navy's Unmanned Ocean Recon Craft Makes 1st Flight

May 23, 2013 10:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

An unmanned jet built for U.S. Navy high-altitude maritime surveillance missions has made its first flight. Northrop Grumman Corp. says the MQ-4C Triton took off from Palmdale, Calif., Wednesday and completed a 90-minute flight. The aircraft is designed to fly missions lasting up to 24 hours at altitudes greater than 10 miles, allowing coverage out 2,000 nautical miles.

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