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Automakers Fail to Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 10:26 am | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting ...                         

RadioShack Pulls the Plug

February 9, 2015 10:23 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

RadioShack will sell most of its stores and move to a “store within a store” model partnership with Sprint after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced on Feb. 5 ...                           

Video Game Technology Helps Measure Upper Extremity Movement

February 9, 2015 10:14 am | by Nationwide Children's Hospital | News | Comments

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for clinical trials to incorporate patients using wheelchairs. In a recent study published online ... 

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China’s Drone Delivery Service

February 9, 2015 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

While we struggle with domestic drone regulations, China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba, is moving forward with a similar service as Amazon’s vaunted drone delivery system. Ya know, the difference being that Alibaba isn’t mired in seemingly endless red tape and regulatory hurdles....

New Algorithms Allow Autonomous Systems to Deal with Uncertainty

February 5, 2015 2:50 pm | by Aaron Dubrow, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

People typically consider doing the laundry to be a boring chore. But laundry is far from boring for artificial intelligence (AI) researchers like Siddharth Srivastava, a scientist at the United Technologies Research Center, Berkeley. To AI experts, programming a robot to do the laundry represents ...     

Using Hapkit to Teach Haptics, the Science of Touch

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by Vignesh Ramachadran, Stanford Engineering | Videos | Comments

Stanford Professor Allison Okamura is using a build-it-yourself-electronic kit that allow students to create physical sensations using a programmable device called Hapkit. Today she is using Hapkit to teach a class in haptics -- the science ...                  

Stanford-Designed Hapkit Brings Physical Touch to the Virtual Classroom

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by Vignesh Ramachadran, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford educators have designed a do-it-yourself kit that gives online learners hands-on experience by bringing haptics into virtual classrooms ...                                       

Photos of the Day: Octoput-Like Robot with Ultra-Fast Propulsion

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

The 30 cm long self-propelling robot is inflated with water and then rapidly deflates by shooting the water out through its base to power its outstanding propulsion and acceleration, despite starting from a non-streamlined shape. As the rocket contracts, it can achieve more than 2.6 times the thrust of a rigid rocket doing the same maneuver ...                 

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Making Waves with Ultra-Fast OctoBot

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater vehicles ...                      

Shaping the World with Sensor Solutions

February 5, 2015 10:51 am | by ams | Videos | Comments

ams sensor solutions take sensing to the next level by providing a seamless interface between humans and technology ...                         

How Social Media Hurts Social Change

February 5, 2015 10:49 am | by Zeynep Tufekci, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Today the speed at which we spread information is so fast that a single email can launch a worldwide awareness campaign, as with the Occupy movement. Yet as techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci seeks to show, the ease of social media can actually hurt social change in the long run ...           

Photos of the Day: How to Catch Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Concerned about a recent spate of mystery drones flying over its nuclear plants, military installations and even the presidential palace, France has asked scientists to help devise ways to counteract the small — and so far harmless — motorized menaces overhead ...                

High-Tech Solutions for Countering Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

What's the best way to counter an unwelcome drone: a bigger, faster drone, laser guns, sky-high netting or devices that block remote controls? Scientists, governments and companies are now scrambling to find out ...                     

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No Fast or Slow Lanes for Internet? New Rules Proposed

February 5, 2015 9:57 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users ...                                     

A Smart Grid Self-Organized Simply

February 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

To improve the management of fluctuations in the electricity supplied by solar and wind installations, the electricity network needs to work more intelligently in the future. Electricity suppliers aim to be able to regulate consumption on the basis of supply with the help of an intelligent electricity network, a smart grid. Intelligent electricity ...

Driverless Cars Are Not High-Speed Trains

February 4, 2015 11:16 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars driven by human beings would be much safer if operated by machines, many people argue against ... 

Programming Safety Into Self-Driving Cars

February 3, 2015 1:37 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

For decades, researchers in artificial intelligence, or AI, worked on specialized problems, developing theoretical concepts and workable algorithms for various aspects of the field. Computer vision, planning and reasoning experts all struggled independently in areas that many thought would be easy to solve, but which proved ... 

Vampire-Bat Inspired Drone Walks & Flies

February 2, 2015 2:41 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying – and walking – with vampire-bat inspired drones, showing off Russia’s new ATV riding cyborg, and taking stomach acid powered joyrides in mouse stomachs ...       

Gates talks Microsoft Personal Agent, Philanthropy in Reddit AMA

February 2, 2015 2:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Articles | Comments

Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA on Jan. 29 to talk about philanthropy, drinking water made from recycled human feces, and artificial intelligence in a question-and-answer spanning 14,569 comments. In one notable post Gates said that he was working with Microsoft ...                             

App Lets Anyone See for the Blind

February 2, 2015 1:05 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or answers a question with which the user may need help ...                                

HotSpot Episode 99: Gestured-Controlled Dinosaurs

February 2, 2015 11:11 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, controlling dinosaurs with hand gestures; a smart motorcycle helmet with augmented intelligence; a cloud-connected scooter that allows users to customize their ride; and a smart mattress that helps consumers fall asleep faster, and wake up at the right moments ...                  

Smart Devices That Track Hand-Washing in Hospitals

February 2, 2015 9:32 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

General Sensing — co-founded by MIT Media Lab alumni Jonathan Gips SM ’06 and Philip Liang SM ’06 — is using smart devices to monitor hand hygiene among hospital staff and ensure compliance with WHO guidelines ...                                     

AT&T, Verizon Spend Billions In Airwave Auction

February 2, 2015 8:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumers may see improved networks after AT&T and Verizon, the two largest U.S. wireless companies, spent billions in the government's latest airwaves auction.The additional airwaves, or spectrum, will allow wireless companies to offer more ...                              

The Biggest Shake-Up to the Telecommunications Industry

February 2, 2015 8:43 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996, when people still used noisy modems and referred to the "information superhighway" as a fun way to buy books or check the weather ...          

The Quest for Efficiency in Thermoelectric Nanowires

February 2, 2015 7:35 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Efficiency is big in the tiny world of thermoelectric nanowires. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say better materials and manufacturing techniques for the nanowires could allow carmakers to harvest power from the heat wasted by exhaust systems or lead to more ...                     

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