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NASA Spacecraft in Earth’s Orbit, Preparing to Study Magnetic Reconnection

March 13, 2015 2:16 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. This process is thought to be the catalyst for some...

Chameleon-like Artificial 'Skin' Shifts Color on Demand

March 12, 2015 10:42 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Borrowing a trick from nature, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change color -- on demand -- by simply applying a minute amount of force. This new ... 

Teaching Programming to Preschoolers with Interactive Robots

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a system that enables young children to program interactive robots by affixing stickers to laminated sheets of paper ...

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Photos of the Day: Programming a Robot with Stickers

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Not only could the system introduce children to programming principles, but it could also serve as a research tool, to help determine which computational concepts children can grasp at what ages, and how interactive robots can best be integrated into educational curricula ...

DARPA “Brandeis” Program Aims to Ensure Online Privacy Through Technology

March 12, 2015 10:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA announced plans to research and develop tools for online privacy, one of the most vexing problems facing the connected world as devices and data proliferate beyond a capacity to be managed responsibly. Named for former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who while a student at Harvard law school co-developed the concept of a “right to privacy” ...

China Sells Apple Watch Lookalikes

March 12, 2015 10:05 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A month before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch hits the market, China's thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies ...

Google Adds Ammunition to its Technological Artillery

March 12, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term that Google uses to describe secretly installed programs that can change a browser's settings without a user's permission ...

Stanford Launches Smartphone App to Study Heart Health

March 11, 2015 3:39 pm | News | Comments

A free iPhone app allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own hearts, and uses a new software framework developed by Apple ...

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Dialog Semiconductor’s Bluetooth Smart Development Kits

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Dialog Semiconductor | News | Comments

Dialog Semiconductor announces a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation. Digi-Key has Dialog’s SmartBond Basic and Pro development kits in stock for immediate delivery. The kits offer engineers the fastest and easiest route to developing intelligent connected devices, particularly where small size and low power consumption are critical, such as in battery-powered wearables and other IoT applications ...

Keysight Technologies to Feature New IntegraVision Power Analyzer at APEC 2015 EXPO

March 11, 2015 12:18 pm | by Keysight Technologies | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies [NYSE: KEYS] will demonstrate the new PA2201A IntegraVision Power Analyzer and other power test products at APEC 2015 EXPO, Booth 432, Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 16 - 18 ...

Alarming Old & Young Drivers

March 11, 2015 10:39 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

An in-car alarm that sounds when sensors on the vehicle detect an imminent crash could cut crash rates from 1 in 5 to 1 in 10 for drivers over the of 60 suffering tiredness on long journeys, according to a study published in the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics ...

Mid-IR Frequency Combs Enable High-Res Spectroscopy for Sensitive Gas Sensing

March 11, 2015 10:32 am | by Bart Kuyken, Ghent University | News | Comments

A frequency comb source is a light source with a spectrum containing thousands of laser lines. The development of these sources has been revolutionary for fundamental science. It has allowed the construction of a link between the optical part of the electromagnetic spectrum and the radio frequency part. As such, it has allowed researchers to determine optical frequencies with an unprecedented precision ...

MIT Spinout’s Electric-Propulsion System Improves Maneuverability of Small Satellites

March 11, 2015 10:24 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Small satellites are becoming increasingly popular tools for Earth-imaging, communications, and other applications. But they have major control issues: Once in space, they can’t accurately point cameras or change orbit, and they usually crash and burn within a few months ...

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Photos of the Day: A Commercial Electrospray Propulsion System

March 11, 2015 10:24 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

This technology could enable low-cost satellites, such as those known as “CubeSats,” to become more viable for various commercial and research applications, including advanced imaging and communications, where numerous satellites could provide global coverage ...

Snowden Proved NSA Internet Spying Harms Americans

March 11, 2015 10:13 am | by JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the National Security Agency and the Justice Department on Tuesday, challenging the government's practice of collecting personal information from vast amounts of data harvested directly from the Internet's infrastructure ...

SXSW Highlights Flying Cars & Robotic Petting Zoo

March 11, 2015 10:09 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Flying cars and a robot petting zoo. Mobile wallets and net neutrality. The most outlandish ideas of the future and tech trends shaping the world today will be in focus as the freewheeling South by Southwest Interactive Festival kicks off Friday ...

Standex-Meder to Exhibit at Electronica 2015

March 10, 2015 4:03 pm | by Standex-Meder Electronics | News | Comments

Standex-Meder Electronics will exhibit a range of its new and proven sensors, relays and magnetics components at electronica China 2015, to be held March 17-19, 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC), Booth E4, 4101. Standex-Meder will showcase their new KT Reed Relays, the MK28 Vane Sensor, the LS03-S Liquid Level Sensor, as well as planar transformers and inductors and more ...

Secret Service Conducting Middle-of-the-Night Drone Flights

March 10, 2015 10:48 am | by ALICIA A. CALDWELL, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the U.S. Secret Service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington — usually off-limits as a strict no-fly zone — are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky, The Associated Press has learned ...

Photos of the Day: Finger-Mounted Reading Device for the Blind

March 10, 2015 9:30 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory have built a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. The device provides feedback — either tactile or audible — that guides the user’s finger along a line ... 

The Franklin Institute Recognizes for STEM Support

March 9, 2015 1:40 pm | by Southco | News | Comments

Southco has recently been recognized by The Franklin Institute as a member of the STEM 150 for their continued support of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education initiative ...

App Lets You Create Animated Videos Starring You

March 9, 2015 1:23 pm | by Plotagon | News | Comments

Plotagon, the creative app that allows anyone to tell stories as 3D animated videos, will be at SXSW at booth #1147 from March 13 to 19th, to unveil an exciting new feature. Users will be able to create themselves, their friends, and famous people as 3D animated characters ...       

IAR Systems Adds Major Functionality to Leading Tools for TI

March 9, 2015 1:06 pm | by IAR Systems, Texas Instruments | News | Comments

IAR Systems has launched a new version of its leading development toolchain IAR Embedded Workbench® for Texas Instruments’ ultra-low-power MSP430 microcontrollers. In addition to the add-on product C-STAT for integrated static code analysis, version 6.30 introduces stack usage analysis and faster build times through parallel build ...

GaN Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Websolus

March 9, 2015 12:52 pm | News | Comments

GaN Systems has announced the signing of a distribution deal with Seoul-based global group Websolus. Listed on the Korea New Exchange (KONEX), with 13 Branch Offices in Korea, China, & Thailand, Websolus specialises in three major business sectors ...

New Version of NI AWR Design Environment

March 9, 2015 12:46 pm | by NI, AWR | News | Comments

NI (formerly AWR Corporation) announces the immediate availability of the 11.03/.04 release of NI AWR Design Environment high-frequency software, inclusive of Microwave Office, Analog Office, Visual System Simulator (VSS), Analyst and AXIEM for the design of MMICs, RF PCBs, RFICs, microwave modules, communication systems, radar systems, antennas, and more ...

Think Your Email's Private? Think Again

March 9, 2015 12:32 pm | by Andy Yen, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Sending an email message is like sending a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It's just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use ...

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