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Mobile Radio Passive Radar Makes Harbors Safer

December 16, 2014 10:25 am | by Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics | News | Comments

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE in Bonn developed a passive surveillance system for littoral regions based on mobile radio illumination called Passive Coherent Location (PCL) ...           

Student Seeks to Harness the Power of the Immune System to Combat Cancer

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by Jessica Fujimori, MIT News Correspondent | News | Comments

When Elliot Akama-Garren was in high school and tried to envision his future, his path was by no means clear to him. “Growing up, I was interested in nearly every subject,” he says. “I could see myself becoming a historian, a journalist, a scientist, a physicist, or a chemist,” he says ... 

Remote Control Targets without Wires, Implants, or Drugs

December 16, 2014 9:58 am | by Zach Veilleux, Rockefeller University | News | Comments

A team at Rockefeller University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is developing a system that would make it possible to remotely control biological targets in living animals -- rapidly, without wires, implants or drugs ...                  

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CA Gets Funds for Quake Warning System

December 16, 2014 9:45 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | News | Comments

California has received a spurt of federal funding to expand an earthquake warning system intended to provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities and factories to shut off gas lines, and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops ...              

Sony Threatens to Sue for Publishing Stolen Emails

December 16, 2014 9:44 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment is warning news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company ...                

Stanford Faculty Awarded Seed Grants for Innovative Energy Research

December 15, 2014 12:23 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center andTomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded eight seed grants totaling about $1.5 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy efficiency. "Seed funding supports early work on concepts that have ... 

Control on Shape of Light Particles Opens the Way to 'Quantum Internet'

December 15, 2014 11:42 am | by Eindhoven University of Technology | News | Comments

In the same way as we now connect computers in networks through optical signals, it could also be possible to connect future quantum computers in a 'quantum internet'. The optical signals would then consist of individual light particles or photons. One prerequisite for a working quantum internet is control of ... 

Stanford Combines Logic and Memory to Build a 'High-Rise' Chip

December 15, 2014 11:36 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

For decades, the mantra of electronics has been smaller, faster, cheaper. Today, Stanford engineers add a fourth word - taller. At a conference in San Francisco, a Stanford team will reveal how to build high-rise chips that could leapfrog the performance of the single-story logic and ... 

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Photos of the Day: Stunning Drone Images

December 12, 2014 12:21 pm | by Dronestagram | News | Comments

Here are the best photos that drones took in 2014 all over the world ...                               

ElectRx Has the Nerve to Envision Revolutionary Therapies for Self-Healing

December 12, 2014 11:36 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA’s Electrical Prescriptions (ElectRx) program is seeking innovative research proposals to help transform neuromodulation therapies from last resort to first choice for a wide range of diseases ...                      

Stanford Professors Named IEEE Fellows for Engineering Achievements

December 12, 2014 11:17 am | by Chris Cesare, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Thomas Lee, Sanjay Lall, Boris Murmann, and Christos Kozyrakis, all members of the electrical engineering faculty at Stanford, have been named IEEE fellows in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in engineering ...          

Fuel Cells A Long Way From Mainstream, Despite Toyota Launch

December 12, 2014 11:10 am | by Neil Winton, Forbes Contributor | News | Comments

You would think that when an automotive giant like Toyota declared its fuel cell car ready for prime time, questions about hydrogen technology had been laid to rest. You’d be wrong. The loudest critics of fuel cells may have axes to grind. Electric car maker Telsa Motors’ CEO Elon Musk says hydrogen is more suitable for the upper stage of rockets than ... 

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 ... 

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Nintendo Wii Helps Stroke Victims with Physiotherapy

December 12, 2014 10:51 am | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

Stroke survivors can have “significant” improvement in arm movements after using the Nintendo Wii as physiotherapy according to researchers ...                                                 

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 ... 

A New Way to Diagnose Brain Damage from Concussions, Strokes & Dementia

December 11, 2014 4:14 pm | by Alex Reid, Tufts University | News | Comments

New optical diagnostic technology developed at Tufts University School of Engineering promises new ways to identify and monitor brain damage resulting from traumatic injury, stroke or vascular dementia--in real time and without invasive procedures ...                   

Automatic License Plate Reader

December 11, 2014 3:25 pm | by Catherine Crump, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows ...                         

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 ...                                  

Penn Research Outlines Basic Rules for Construction With a Type of Origami

December 11, 2014 2:00 pm | by Evan Lerner, University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Origami is capable of turning a simple sheet of paper into a pretty paper crane, but the principles behind the paper-folding art can also be applied to making a microfluidic device for a blood test, or for storing a satellite's solar panel in a rocket’s cargo bay ...             

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 ...                

Photos of the Day: U.S. Navy Successfully Deploys Laser Weapon

December 11, 2014 12:16 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The laser goes from the weapon of tomorrow to the weapon of today as the US Navy announces the completion of its successful deployment of the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Laser Weapon System (LaWS). The deployment is the first on a US Naval vessel and took place on the USS Ponce (LPD-15) in the Arabian Gulf from September to ... 

Letters to the Editor: Drone Danger in an Unlicensed Airspace

December 11, 2014 10:57 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Wireless Design & Development’s (WDD) recent post “Drone Danger in An Unlicensed Airspace” received a lot of feedback from our readers. Check out a few of my favorites (all sic), and add to the discussion in the comments section ...              

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 ...                          

Finally, A Wearable that Works

December 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

The PerformTek technology powers a variety of wearable devices with highly accurate, continuous heart rate monitoring, providing information on oxygen consumption and cadence. It can be integrated into mobile devices, allowing consumers to use it for ...               

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