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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 ...                                

Photo of the Day: XMM-Newton and Hubble View of Jupiter's Ghost

February 2, 2015 10:08 am | by Phys.org | News | Comments

Names of astronomical objects are often ambiguous, especially when the historical designation of a certain class of celestial body preceded their physical understanding and was based on their appearance in the sky. A notoriously abstruse case of nomenclature is that ...

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Researchers Revamp Common “Data Structure” to Work With Multicore Chips

February 2, 2015 9:57 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Every undergraduate computer-science major takes a course on data structures, which describes different ways of organizing data in a computer’s memory. Every data structure has its own advantages: Some are good for fast retrieval, some for efficient search, some for quick ... 

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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Aerospace Engineering Students' Startup Idea: Controlled Drones for Filmmaking

January 30, 2015 5:40 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

<p> Three Aerospace Engineering at Illinois seniors have applied their penchant for entrepreneurship to develop FreeSkies, a startup company aimed at using drones in filmmaking. Working in AE Associate Prof. Tim Bretl&rsquo;s laboratory, Jay Mulakala, Ankur Mehta, and Andrew Putch...

New Light-Converting Materials Point to Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Power

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by RJ Taylor, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applications Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs ...                 

Photos of the Day: Crystal Perovskites for New LED Applications

January 30, 2015 9:46 am | by RJ Taylor, University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | News | Comments

The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been thoroughly studied in their purest form: as perfect single crystals ...                       

SXSW Names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:26 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet of Things, wearables, art, security, and more on March 17 in Austin, Texas ...        

Keysight Technologies'12-bit High-Speed Data Acquisition PCIe Card

January 29, 2015 3:10 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies has announced that the U5303A high-speed data acquisition 12-bit PCIe card, in collaboration with YellowSys, a provider of IP processing firmware and software, is now available with an option dedicated to the optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology ...                           

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Transphorm and Fujitsu Semiconductor Announce Mass Production of GaN Power Devices

January 29, 2015 2:56 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Transphorm, Transphorm Japan, and Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited have announced that Fujitsu Semiconductor group’s CMOS-compatible, 150 mm wafer fab in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan, has started mass production of Gallium Nitride (GaN) power devices for switching applications ...                           

Inventor of Now-Ubiquitous Laser Dies at 99

January 29, 2015 9:34 am | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press | News | Comments

Charles H. Townes, inventor of the laser and Nobel Peace Prize winner, died at 99 years old ...                                                 

NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2014 Annual Report

January 28, 2015 5:39 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has issued its 2014 annual report examining NASA's safety performance over the past year and highlighting accomplishments, issues and concerns to agency and government officials ... 

Former Samsung Engineer Develops File Sharing App

January 28, 2015 4:24 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A former Samsung semiconductor design engineer has developed a file-sharing mobile app that is gaining ground in the United States, and has been a boon for Samsung, too. Nicole Kim worked for Samsung for six years, then took her career to smaller companies in the fields of engineering and product management ... 

Google Awards Moon Prizes

January 28, 2015 3:43 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Google awarded $5.25 million in total to five teams in the Google Lunar X-Prize, the goal of which is to land a private spacecraft on the Moon ...                                           

Rogers Corporation to Exhibit High Performance Circuit Materials at DesignCon

January 28, 2015 1:26 pm | by Rogers Corporation | News | Comments

Rogers Corporation will be showing samples of the Company’s wide range of industry-leading printed-circuit-board (PCB) materials at DesignCon January 28-January 29, 2015 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA ...              

Misfit Wants This Wristband to Synch with Your Smart Home

January 28, 2015 12:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity tracker.  On. Jan. 27 the company released details about Misfit Bolt, a smart bulb that can personalize home lighting using the Flash wristband, and a partnership with Nest and several other smart home apps and hardware ...                   

Photo of the Day: A View from the Edge of Space

January 28, 2015 11:24 am | by Philly Lim, World Scientific | News | Comments

Ease of access to ballooning, relatively low cost and the potential for quick turn-around response times create a large appeal for using this platform to perform novel science and to train new scientists ...                             

CommScope to Buy TE Connectivity's Telecom for $3B

January 28, 2015 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CommScope is buying TE Connectivity's telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for about $3 billion, which will help diversify its operations and broaden its geographic reach ...                            

Photo of the Day: The X-Ray Polarimeter X-Calibur

January 28, 2015 10:12 am | by Philly Lim, World Scientific | News | Comments

What are the high-energy processes in the Universe that occur in the immediate vicinity of a black hole? To study a question like this one cannot simply utilize a high-resolution telescope. Even with the best available telescopes, it is difficult or even impossible to directly resolve the regions of interest and the energies emitted from ...   

What's Next for Apple after Record iPhone Sales?

January 28, 2015 10:06 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and primed its stock for a rally Wednesday ...                               

Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Femtosecond Laser to Manipulate Valley Excitons

January 27, 2015 3:44 pm | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors ...                        

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