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Judge Rejects $324.5M Settlement of Tech Wage Case

August 11, 2014 10:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A federal judge has decided a $324.5 million settlement isn't enough to cover the damages done to more than 60,000 high-tech workers in a class-action lawsuit alleging Google and Apple conspired with other technology companies to block ...

'Seeing' through Virtual Touch Is Believing

August 11, 2014 10:25 am | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

Visual impairment comes in many forms, and it's on the rise in America. A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians navigate the blurred edges of everyday life...

Pairing Old Technologies with New for Next-Generation Electronic Devices

August 11, 2014 10:18 am | by University College London | News | Comments

UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semi-conducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices. One promising approach to developing new technologies is to exploit...

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Spectacular 3-D Sketching System Revolutionizes Design Interaction and Collaboration

August 11, 2014 10:12 am | by University of Montreal | News | Comments

Collaborative three-dimensional sketching is now possible thanks to a system known as Hyve-3D that University of Montreal researchers are presenting today at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver. "Hyve-3D is a new interface for 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching..."

The Grass Really Is Greener on TV and Computer Screens, Thanks to Quantum Dots

August 11, 2014 10:07 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

High-tech specks called quantum dots could bring brighter, more vibrant color to mass market TVs, tablets, phones and other displays. Today, a scientist will describe a new technology called 3M quantum dot enhancement film that efficiently makes liquid crystal display screens more richly colored...

On the Frontiers of Cyborg Science

August 11, 2014 10:02 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

No longer just fantastical fodder for sci-fi buffs, cyborg technology is bringing us tangible progress toward real-life electronic skin, prosthetics and ultraflexible circuits. Now taking this human-machine concept to an unprecedented level, pioneering scientists are working on the seamless marriage between electronics...

Fusion Power in Our Future: Students Attend Science Research Camp

August 8, 2014 2:55 pm | by Ed Barmakian, The Altrernative Press | News | Comments

Dr. Sophia Gershman predicts that in 20 years there will be a practical use for fusion-produced energy fueled by plasma. Gershman is confident that it will happen because she sees the progress first-hand as a research associate at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory...

Robots to See Through Solid Walls with Wi-Fi

August 7, 2014 4:23 pm | by UC Santa Barbara | News | Comments

Wi-Fi makes all kinds of things possible. We can send and receive messages, make phone calls, browse the Internet, even play games with people who are miles away, all without the cords and wires to tie us down. At UC Santa Barbara, researchers are now using ...

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Small, Origami Pop-Up Robots Function Autonomously

August 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by American Association for the Advancement of Science | News | Comments

Inspired by the traditional Japanese art form of Origami or "folding paper," researchers have developed a way to coax flat sheets of composite materials to self-fold into complex robots that crawl and turn. "We demonstrated this process by building a robot that folds itself and walks away without human assistance..."

Dynawave Announces AS9100 Certification

August 7, 2014 2:06 pm | by Dynawave Cable Incorporated | News | Comments

Dynawave Cable Incorporated announced certification to the AS9100 quality management system by accredited audit firm UL DQS Inc.AS9100 Certification is a prestigious status requiring companies to demonstrate practices and capabilities which meet the demanding, complex and unique requirements of the defense...

Measurement Specialties Vibration Facility Receives ISO 17025 Accredited Certification

August 7, 2014 2:03 pm | by Measurement Specialties | News | Comments

Measurement Specialties announced that its vibration sensor calibration laboratory in China has achieved ISO 17025 certification from the China National Accreditation Service. In addition to being ISO 9001 and ANSI Z540-1 compliant, all Measurement Specialties plug & play vibration sensors...

Tianma Microelectronics Acquires Full Ownership in Multiple Fabrication Lines

August 7, 2014 1:56 pm | by Tianma Microelectronics | News | Comments

In a move to strengthen its position as a leading supplier in the LCD marketplace, Tianma Microelectronics Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China, has completed the acquisition of its five production lines in Japan, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Wuhan, and increased its investment in its Chengdu facility..

Pioneering New Standard to Address Cybersecurity Concerns of Telecom Networks

August 7, 2014 12:17 pm | by TIA | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association announced that its TR-42.1 Engineering Committee on Commercial Building Telecommunications Cabling is developing an American National Standards Institute-accredited standard, known as TIA-5017, to address the physical network security...

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Photo of the Day: What Engineers Think about Retirement

August 7, 2014 12:05 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | News | Comments

Retirement, that Golden Age of relaxation and hard-earned rest where you get to prop up your feet on the porch and yell at the neighborhood kids to get off your lawn. ECN wanted to know what our engineers had planned for their golden years...

U.S. Study: Split Views on Robots' Employment Role

August 6, 2014 2:46 pm | by Connor Radnovich, Associated Press | News | Comments

In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, Americans could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and the wealthy could live in walled cities with robots serving as labor...

Autonomous RoboBoats Navigate International Competition

August 6, 2014 11:15 am | by Velodyne | News | Comments

Navigating a floating obstacle course with aplomb, an autonomous LiDAR-equipped boat from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University captured first place overall at the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition held July 13 in Virginia Beach ...

Photos of the Day: LiDAR Sensor Leads RoboBoat Competition

August 6, 2014 11:10 am | by Velodyne | News | Comments

Outfitted with Velodyne’s HDL-32 LiDAR sensor, the pilot-less Embry-Riddle vessel crossed the finish line ahead of the 12 other teams participating in the 7th Annual International RoboBoat Competition, which was sponsored by the ...

LEDs Made From 'Wonder Material' Perovskite

August 6, 2014 10:38 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A hybrid form of perovskite - the same type of material which has recently been found to make highly efficient solar cells that could one day replace silicon - has been used to make low-cost, easily manufactured LEDs, potentially opening up a wide range of ...

Examining the Inner Workings of Supercapacitors

August 6, 2014 10:34 am | by New York University | News | Comments

A team of chemists from New York University and the University of Cambridge has developed a method for examining the inner workings of battery-like devices called supercapacitors, which can be charged up extremely quickly and can deliver high electrical power. Their technique, based on ...

Samsung, Apple Agree to Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 10:23 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest makers of smartphones. However, Samsung Electronics said ...

Diamond Defect Interior Design

August 5, 2014 9:03 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

By carefully controlling the position of an atomic-scale diamond defect within a volume smaller than what some viruses would fill, researchers have cleared a path toward better quantum computers and nanoscale sensors. Physicists and his colleagues study a technologically useful diamond defect...

Microsoft Hires Qualcomm Exec to Make More Deals

August 5, 2014 8:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | 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...

Light Pulses Control Graphene's Electrical Behavior

August 4, 2014 5:52 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | 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 ...  

Bottling Up Sound Waves

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

No-Power Wi-Fi Connectivity Could Fuel IoT Reality

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