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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Passcodes are outdated.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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Bottling Up Sound Waves

August 4, 2014 5:31 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

There’s a new wave of sound on the horizon carrying with it a broad scope of tantalizing potential applications, including advanced ultrasonic imaging and therapy, and acoustic cloaking, levitation and particle manipulation. Researchers have developed a technique for generating acoustic bottles...

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No-Power Wi-Fi Connectivity Could Fuel IoT Reality

August 4, 2014 5:25 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it – all without requiring batteries. Or, battery-free sensors embedded around your home could track minute-by-minute temperature changes...

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Minuscule Chips for NMR Spectroscopy Promise Portability, Parallelization

August 4, 2014 5:18 pm | by Harvard University | Comments

A team of engineers have created a truly portable device for nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). NMR spectroscopy is a technique that perturbs protons within a molecule to glean important clues about its structure. It can identify unknown substances, detect very slight variations...

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Solar Car Completes Initial Off-Road Testing

August 4, 2014 11:33 am | by Nuon Solar Team | Comments

The Nuon Solar Team successfully completed their initial off-road training, which took place in Safaripark Beekse Bergen in The Netherlands. They trained in preparation for the world’s longest solar race, the Sasol Solar Challenge, that will take place in South Africa starting from 27 September...

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Photos of the Day: The World's Fastest Solar-Powered Car Goes Off-Road

August 4, 2014 11:33 am | by Nuon Solar Team | Comments

Nuna, the world’s fastest solar-powered car, found itself amidst a parade of zebras and giraffes, and even encountered several cheetahs. In the wild, these cheetahs can run about as fast as Nuna drives during a solar-powered race – approximately ...

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Nanoscale Details of Electrochemical Reactions in EV Battery Materials

August 4, 2014 11:22 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

Using a new method to track the electrochemical reactions in a common electric vehicle battery material under operating conditions, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have revealed new insight into why fast charging inhibits this material's performance...

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On-Chip Topological Light

August 4, 2014 11:04 am | by Joint Quantum Institute | Comments

Topological transport of light is the photonic analog of topological electron flow in certain semiconductors. In the electron case, the current flows around the edge of the material but not through the bulk. It is "topological" in that even if electrons encounter impurities in the material the electrons will continue to flow without losing energy.

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Keysight Technologies Begins Operations

August 4, 2014 10:53 am | by Keysight Technologies | Comments

Keysight Technologies announced the electronic measurement business of Agilent Technologies has begun operating under the Keysight name. It will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of Agilent Technologies until early November when the separation is expected...

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'Wetting' a Battery's Appetite for Renewable Energy Storage

August 4, 2014 10:49 am | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Sun, wind and other renewable energy sources could make up a larger portion of the electricity America consumes if better batteries could be built to store the intermittent energy for cloudy, windless days. Now a new material could allow more utilities to store large amounts...

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