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How Can We Build Safer Infrastructure?

December 12, 2014 11:04 am | by Brigham A. McCown, Forbes Contributor | News | Comments

The excavation and construction efforts required to maintain and manage the complex web of underground infrastructure is a laborious activity, invisible to most. This work helps ensure the reliability of infrastructure vital to bringing the natural gas, electricity, and data services to homes and businesses in every ... 

Blrt App Helps You Get Work Done Without Unnecessary Meetings

December 12, 2014 10:11 am | by Jason Lim, Forbes Contributor | News | Comments

Work often gets done through meetings, whether they are face to face or over programs like Skype. Meetings help us share and present ideas, debate topics and get in sync. But many times, you are probably sitting there wondering why you need to be there, some of you may have even fallen asleep. According to research by ... 

New Theory Could Make for More Flexible Digital Communication

December 12, 2014 9:57 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT | News | Comments

Communication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with a precise number of bits. If sender and receiver — say, a computer and a printer — are off by even a single bit relative to each other, communication between them breaks down ... 

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Eye-Tracking Subconscious Menu

December 11, 2014 3:52 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

Solid-State Transistors Re-Invent the Microwave

December 11, 2014 2:57 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

We’re all familiar with the microwave. It has changed the way we cook meals by allowing families to rapidly heat food that, before, took some time to prepare ...                                  

Tracking What Students Grasp with Mobile Devices

December 11, 2014 1:28 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

As a teaching assistant at the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2010, Amit Maimon MBA ’11 witnessed the origins of a technological phenomenon: Smartphones and tablets had started creeping into the classroom in the hands of students ...                

Revolabs to Distribute Yamaha UC Microphone and Speaker System

December 11, 2014 1:04 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Revolabs announced that the Yamaha YVC-1000 unified communications (UC) microphone and speaker system will be available through all of its certified sales channels in North America and Europe beginning January 2015. The UC solution is Yamaha's first since the company's acquisition of Revolabs earlier this year. "Revolabs' product lines are the ... 

High Resolution, HD Quality LCDs with Wide Viewing Angles

December 11, 2014 11:11 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tianma NLT America (TNAM) and Tianma Microelectronics USA have announced the introduction of new 4.66” and 5.7” 720 x 1280 (720 HD) TFT display modules. The TM046JDHP01 and TM057JDHP04 modules offer HD quality imaging and wider viewing angles. Both modules utilize a-Si TFT display technology with SFT for wide ... 

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n-Hub Designed to Meet Global Demand for M2M Healthcare Solutions

December 11, 2014 11:05 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NetComm Wireless Limited (Lane Cove, AU) will enter the health industry with the launch of its NetComm Wireless n-Hub (NTC-20) at the 2014 mHealth Summit in Washington, DC. Designed to meet rising global demand for M2M healthcare solutions, the n-Hub connects diverse Bluetooth and WiFi enabled mHealth devices ... 

Changing the Face of the Tech Industry

December 11, 2014 10:44 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Despite all their wealth and brainpower, technology companies realize they need help identifying and recruiting more women, blacks, and Latinos who can write computer code, design websites, and build mobile applications ...                          

Survey Shows Internet's Broadening Political Role

December 11, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Would-be 2016 presidential candidates take note: the Internet may potentially make or break your campaign. More Internet users than ever view online efforts as key to political campaigns, according to a survey released Thursday by the University of Southern California ...                 

Affordable Internet Access should Be a Human Right

December 11, 2014 10:27 am | by SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The computer scientist credited with inventing the World Wide Web says affordable access to the Internet should be recognized as a human right, as a report showed that billions of people still cannot go online and government surveillance and censorship are increasing ...          

Organic Electronics Could Lead to Cheap, Wearable Medical Sensors

December 11, 2014 9:57 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Future fitness trackers could soon add blood-oxygen levels to the list of vital signs measured with new technology developed by engineers at UC Berkeley. “There are various pulse oximeters already on the market that measure pulse rate and blood-oxygen saturation levels, but those devices use rigid conventional electronics, and they are usually ...

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"SciGirls" TV Series Encourages Girls to Succeed in STEM

December 11, 2014 9:38 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The magic of life unfolds, but for adolescents Mimi, Izzie and Quinn, watching a monarch butterfly emerge from its cocoon and spread its wings is more than a fascinating moment--cameras are rolling! With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Richard Hudson and his team at Twin Cities Public Television are putting middle school girls ... 

Texas Instruments NFC Sensor Transponder

December 10, 2014 4:04 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the flexible high frequency 13.56 MHz sensor transponder family. The highly integrated ultra-low-power RF430FRL15xH system-on-chip (SoC) family combines an ISO 15693-compliant near field communication (NFC) interface ...       

ERICSSON’s 10 Hot Consumer Trends for 2015: Connectivity Integrated into Daily Life

December 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by Ericsson | News | Comments

The end of 2014 is approaching, and Ericsson ConsumerLab can now, in the fourth edition of its annual trend report, present the hottest consumer trends for 2015 and beyond. Michael Björn, Head of Research, Ericsson ConsumerLab ...             

Photos of the Day: Writting Graphene Microsupercapacitors with a Laser

December 10, 2014 10:25 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Under a microscope, what the researchers call laser-induced graphene (LIG) doesn't look like a perfect chicken wire-like grid of atoms. Instead, it's a jumble of interconnected graphene flakes with five-, six- and seven-atom rings ...                

Laser-Induced Graphene for Energy Storage & Electronics

December 10, 2014 10:24 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Researchers at Rice University have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser. The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the need for hot furnaces and controlled environments, and it makes graphene that may be suitable for electronics or energy storage ...

'Make An Offer' Service Now Available on Amazon

December 10, 2014 9:59 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon wants you to make an offer sellers won't want to refuse. For the first time, the largest U.S. online retailer is letting some third-party sellers offer an option where interested buyers can make an offer on an item lower than the listed price....

Freescale Unveils Lightning-Fast Wireless Charging Chips

December 10, 2014 9:36 am | by Damon Poeter | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor on Monday unveiled a new family of wireless charging integrated circuits (ICs) designed to quickly power up "a variety of larger mobile devices including tablets, large-screen smartphones, and portable industrial and medical ...

Design Engineer Reveals Robotic Dress at Fashion Show

December 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Jonathan Bloom | News | Comments

Wearable technology is about to get more wearable if some determined designers have their say.When design engineer Bruce Bateman makes a fashion statement, elegant may not be the first word that comes to mind. "I'm the wearable guy, actually I carry about ...

Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The ...            

Illinois Capacitor's Solid Conductive Polymer Chip Capacitors

December 9, 2014 11:17 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor XMPL Series polymer chip capacitors are sized for applications where space is at a premium. With low ESR and ripple current ratings, they will easily outperform surface mount electrolytics of greater size ...                

Detecting Gases with a Smartphone

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Video: Melanie Gonick/MIT | Videos | Comments

These inexpensive sensors could be widely deployed, making it easier to monitor public spaces or detect food spoilage in warehouses. Using this system, the researchers have demonstrated that they can detect gaseous ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and cyclohexanone, among ...               

New Sensor Wirelessly Detects Hazardous Chemicals

December 9, 2014 10:58 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone ...                                       

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