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Novartis to Use Google Technology for Eye Care

July 15, 2014 6:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss drug developer Novartis will team with technology giant Google to develop a "smart" contact lens that could improve some eye conditions or help diabetics manage their disease. Terms of the agreement between the companies were not detailed in a statement released Tuesday by Novartis...

Apple, IBM Team up in Mobile Devices, Applications

July 15, 2014 6:29 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies. The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries...

A 30-Year History of the Future

July 15, 2014 4:21 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte takes you on a journey through the last 30 years of tech. The consummate predictor highlights interfaces and innovations he foresaw in the 1970s and 1980s that were scoffed at then but are ubiquitous today. And he leaves you with one last prediction...

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Researchers Demonstrate Novel, Tunable Nanoantennas

July 15, 2014 11:06 am | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary research team has developed a novel, tunable nanoantenna that paves the way for new kinds of plasmonic-based optomechanical systems whereby plasmonic field enhancement can actuate mechanical motion. “Recently, there has been a lot of interest in fabricating metal-based nanotextured surfaces..."

Phase-Changing Robots Move from Hard to Soft

July 15, 2014 10:42 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In the movie "Terminator 2," the shape-shifting T-1000 robot morphs into a liquid state to squeeze through tight spaces or to repair itself when harmed. Now a phase-changing material built from wax and foam, and capable of switching between hard and soft states, could allow even low-cost robots to perform the same feat...

The World’s First Photonic Router

July 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Weizmann Institute scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router – a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This achievement, as reported in Science magazine, is another step toward overcoming the difficulties in building quantum computers...

Getting a Charge out of Water Droplets

July 15, 2014 1:02 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity...

Samsung Suspends China Supplier over Child Labor

July 14, 2014 9:20 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics...

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Billionaire Elon Musk Giving $1M to Tesla Museum

July 14, 2014 12:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name. The Tesla Science Center announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday...

Agilent Technologies Hosts Webcast on USB Test Challenges

July 14, 2014 12:27 am | by Agilent Technologies | Events

This Agilent webcast will provide an overview of  USB receiver testing and present a test setup using a Bit Error Ratio Tester to enable, fast, accurate receiver characterization. The presenter is Thorsten Goetzelmann, an Agilent BERT application specialist working on USB applications...

Understanding & Avoiding the Costly Effects of ESD

July 13, 2014 11:19 pm | by Brady Corporation | White Papers

Brady released its white paper titled “Understanding & Avoiding the Costly Effects of ESD.” The report explains how electrostatic discharge can cause costly failures to printed circuit boards and electronic components, and discusses labeling considerations to reduce this damage...

Demo Day Event for NJ’s TechLaunch Teams

July 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by TechLaunch | Events

Come for product demos, company presentations, networking, and refreshments on July 14, 2014...

'Melbourne Shuffle' Secures Data in the Cloud

July 10, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

To keep data safe in the cloud, a group of computer scientists suggests doing the Melbourne Shuffle. That may sound like a dance move (and it is), but it's also a computer algorithm developed by researchers at Brown University. The computing version of the Melbourne Shuffle aims to hide patterns that may emerge as users access data on cloud servers...

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Speeding up Data Storage by a Thousand Times with 'Spin Current'

July 10, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eindhoven University of Technology | News | Comments

A hard drive stores bits in the form of tiny magnetic domains. The directions of the magnetic north and south poles of these domains, which are referred to as the magnetization, determine whether they are a 0 or a 1. Data is stored by changing the direction of the magnetization of the associated bits...

Study Advances Limits for Ultrafast Nano-Devices

July 10, 2014 12:53 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides new insights on the physical mechanisms governing the interplay of spin and heat at the nanoscale, and addresses the fundamental limits of ultrafast spintronic devices for data storage and information processing...

New System Would Give Individuals More Control over Shared Digital Data

July 10, 2014 12:47 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Cellphone metadata has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the National Security Agency isn't the only organization that collects information about people's online behavior. Newly downloaded cellphone apps routinely ask to access your location information, your address book, or other apps, and of course, websites...

Robot Writes Torah at Berlin's Jewish Museum

July 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penning down the Torah, the Jews' holy scripture, and it is doing it much faster than a rabbi could because it doesn't need to take breaks. The Torah-writing robot was developed by the German artists'...

Report: Chinese Hackers Hit U.S. Personnel Networks

July 10, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. Senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access...

U.S., China Talk Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 10, 2014 10:37 am | by Bradley Klapper & Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the two powers had a frank exchange on the issue...

New Technology Illuminates Colder Objects in Deep Space

July 9, 2014 5:43 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Too cool and faint, many objects in the universe are impossible to detect with visible light. Now a McCormick team has refined a new technology that could make these colder objects more visible, paving the way for enhanced exploration of deep space...“

Projecting a Three-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 5:39 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3-D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving an artificial three-dimensional reality, may soon be rendered obsolete with the introduction of...

Chemists Develop Novel Catalyst with Two Functions

July 9, 2014 5:10 pm | by Ruhr-University Bochum | News | Comments

Chemists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have made a decisive step towards more cost-efficient regenerative fuel cells and rechargeable metal-air batteries. They developed a new type of catalyst on the basis of carbon, which can facilitate two opposite reactions: electrolysis of water and combustion of hydrogen with oxygen...

The Rx for 5G RF

July 9, 2014 1:14 pm | by Moor Insights & Strategy | White Papers

The Internet of Things explosion has led to a severe wireless spectrum shortage, driving researchers to seek new ways to alleviate the bandwidth crunch. Wireless researchers now plan for a 5th generation wireless standard (5G), which is expected to provide a...

Freewave Sets Sights on Fast-Growing Industrial M2M Marketplace

July 9, 2014 11:43 am | by FreeWave Technologies | News | Comments

FreeWave Technologies announced exciting new executive appointments that will position the company for continued growth and leadership in the exploding M2M and industrial Internet of Things markets. In line with this vision, FreeWave has appointed Kim Niederman as its new CEO...

IEEE ComSoc 5 Day Intensive Wireless Communications Course

July 9, 2014 11:15 am | by IEE ComSoc | News | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society has announced a two for one package that combines the organization’s 5 Day Intensive Wireless Training Course with the 2014 Fall IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies Certification Exam. The offer provides seating at the IEEE WCET exam...

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