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Innovative Smart Home System Lands in the Netherlands

January 20, 2015 1:49 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core market for the company, which will ... 

Scientists Observe Giant Burst of Radio Waves

January 20, 2015 9:33 am | by ZME Science | News | Comments

Scientists have observed a massive burst of radio waves, helping them narrow down the potential sources of these huge bursts of energy. These events, also called blitzars, last about a millisecond but give off as much energy as the sun does in a million years ... 

New Laser Could Improve the Images in Tomorrow's Technology

January 20, 2015 8:43 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

A new semiconductor laser developed at Yale has the potential to significantly improve the imaging quality of the next generation of high-tech microscopes, laser projectors, photolithography, holography, and biomedical imaging. Based on a chaotic ...

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Multimodal Fibers Deliver Drugs Directly to the Brain

January 20, 2015 8:27 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The human brain’s complexity makes it extremely challenging to study — not only because of its sheer size, but also because of the variety of signaling methods it uses simultaneously. Conventional neural probes are designed to record a single type of signaling, limiting the information that can be derived from the brain at any point in time. Now researchers at MIT may have found a way to change that ...

Chiming in with Robotic Conversations

January 20, 2015 8:11 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations ...                      

Snowplow Tracking Apps Hold Cities Accountable for Cleanup

January 19, 2015 12:28 pm | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | News | Comments

As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she'd get to work. Like an increasing number of snowbound city dwellers, she had a ready tool at hand: an app that tracks hundreds of city snowplows in close to real time ...                                 

Navy to Launch a Lockheed Martin-Built Communication Satellite

January 16, 2015 4:38 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, is designed...

Photo of the Day: System Encourages Creativity, Makes Robot-Design Fun

January 16, 2015 4:25 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A new cardboard-robotic toolkit allows children to create custom robots they control wirelessly with hand gestures without formal education in programming or electronics. The system, called HandiMate, uses motorized "joint modules" equipped with wireless communicators and micro-controllers. Children create robots by ... 

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DARPA Doubles Down on Anti-Counterfeiting Program

January 16, 2015 4:17 pm | by Kevin McCaney, Defense Systems | News | Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week gave contracts of $12.3 million to Northrop Grumman Systems and $6.8 million to SRI International under its Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense, or SHIELD, program. Those come on the heels of DARPA’s award earlier this month of a ... 

NOAA and NASA Say 2014 Warmest Year on Record

January 16, 2015 4:12 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday. Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping. Earlier, the Japanese weather agency and ... 

Hearing with Your Tongue

January 16, 2015 3:37 pm | by Kortny Rolston, Colorado State University | News | Comments

In the future, those with substantial hearing loss may no longer need a doctor to surgically implant a cochlear device into their ear to restore their sense of sound ...                                            

Army Develops Non-Corrosive Batteries

January 16, 2015 2:54 pm | by C. Todd Lopez, ARNEWS | News | Comments

New, lighter batteries are under development for Soldiers now, in-house, at the Army Research Laboratory. Chemists at the lab perform materials research on lithium ion batteries and other advanced battery chemistry in an effort to ... 

Solving an Organic Semiconductor Mystery

January 16, 2015 2:50 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Organic semiconductors are prized for light emitting diodes (LEDs), field effect transistors (FETs) and photovoltaic cells. As they can be printed from solution, they provide a highly scalable, cost-effective alternative to silicon-based devices. Uneven performances, however, have been a persistent problem. Scientists have known ... 

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Photo of the Day: Huge 3D Displays Without 3D Glasses

January 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Public screenings have become an important part of major sports events. In the future, we will be able to enjoy them in 3D, thanks to a new invention from Austrian scientists. A sophisticated laser system sends laser beams into different directions. Therefore, different pictures are visible from different angles. The angular resolution is ... 

"A Better Siri" - Software That Knows the Risk

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | by MIT News | News | Comments

Imagine that you could tell your phone that you want to drive from your house in Boston to a hotel in upstate New York, that you want to stop for lunch at an Applebee's at about 12:30, and that you don't want the trip to take more than four hours. Then imagine that your phone tells you that you have only a 66 percent ... 

Where Does Bioenergy Fit Into a Low-Carbon Future?

January 16, 2015 9:47 am | by Audrey Resutek, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | News | Comments

Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels, which are usually made from either food crops like corn and sugar cane, or from woody plants and grasses, would represent a major shift in how the world makes its energy and uses ... 

Google Predicts 2-to-5-Year Timeframe for Commercial Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years ...                                                     

Google Glass Sales Stopped for Redesign

January 16, 2015 8:56 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a freakish device ...                                

Funding Boom Shows Power of Tech Startups, Raises Concerns

January 16, 2015 8:54 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven't been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001 ...                                         

25 Symposia on VLSI Technology & Circuits Announces Call for Papers

January 15, 2015 2:48 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The 2015 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits, an international technical conference focused on semiconductor technology and circuits, will be held at the Rihga Royal Hotel in Kyoto, Japan on June 15-18, 2015 (Technology) and June 16-19, 2015 (Circuits) ...                           

Artificial Intelligence Helps Physicists Predict Dangerous Solar Flares

January 15, 2015 11:24 am | by Leslie Willoughby, Stanford News | News | Comments

Solar flares can release the energy equivalent of many atomic bombs, enough to cut out satellite communications and damage power grids on Earth, 93 million miles away. The flares arise from twisted magnetic fields that occur all over the sun's surface, and they increase in frequency every 11 years, a cycle that is now ... 

Market for More Efficient GaN Power Conversion Devices to Hit $1.1 Billion in 2024

January 15, 2015 11:08 am | by Lux Research | News | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) materials can create much more efficient devices for electric power conversion in devices from cell phone chargers to hybrid electric vehicles, leading to a $1.1 billion market for GaN discrete components in 2024. However, the substrate that the GaN device is built on ...                       

New Movie, ‘Spare Parts’ Features Robots Built by FIRST Teams

January 15, 2015 10:34 am | by Haley Dunn, FIRST | News | Comments

The stars are aligning for science and engineering, as a new movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis, George Lopez, Carlos PenaVega and Marisa Tomei about a high-school robotics team makes its debut in theaters nationwide. The movie, “Spare Parts,” is based on FIRST Robotics Competition Team 842 - Falcon Robotics ...                 

Rising Chinese Smartphone Manufacturer Takes Aim at Apple iPhone

January 15, 2015 10:02 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Rising smartphone star Xiaomi is moving upmarket and taking aim at Apple's iPhone. The Chinese manufacturer known for ultra-low-priced handsets on Thursday unveiled a new model that chairman Jun Lei said ...                             

Booking Hospital Visits with a Smartphone

January 15, 2015 9:58 am | by LINDA A. JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's like OpenTable for medical appointments. No waiting weeks to see a dermatologist. No sitting for hours in the emergency room. No frantic calls to find a family doctor with openings ...                       

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