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A Market for Emotions

July 31, 2014 12:09 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Emotions can be powerful for individuals. But they’re also powerful tools for content creators, such as advertisers, marketers, and filmmakers. By tracking people’s negative or positive feelings toward ads — via traditional surveys and focus groups — agencies can tweak and tailor their content to better satisfy consumers...

Sensors That Improve Rail Transport Safety

July 31, 2014 10:46 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

A new kind of human-machine communication is to make it possible to detect damage to rail vehicles before it’s too late and service trains only when they need it – all thanks to a cloud-supported, wireless network of sensors ...   

An Open-Source, Device-to-Cloud Solution for Tomorrow’s Connected Applications

July 31, 2014 10:33 am | by Sierra Wireless | Articles | Comments

The explosive growth in the “Internet of Everything” holds enormous potential. Modern machine-to-machine (M2M) technology can provide more processing power and intelligence at the edge than ever before, and support more complex and powerful connected applications...

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All-in-One Energy System Offers Greener Power

July 31, 2014 9:57 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

An innovative 'trigeneration' system fuelled entirely by raw plant oils could have great potential for isolated homes and businesses operating outside grid systems both in the UK and abroad. The small-scale combined cooling, heat and power system has been designed to provide dependable electricity...

Spin-Based Electronics: New Material Successfully Tested

July 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Spintronics is an emerging field of electronics, where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than the current generated by their motion. This field can offer significant advantages to computer technology. Controlling electron spin can be achieved with materials...

Photo of the Day: Can Your Thermally Conductive Epoxy Do This?

July 30, 2014 11:28 am | by Master Bond | News | Comments

Master Bond’s Supreme 10AOHT-LO features high peel and shear strengths, superior electrical insulation properties and a thermal conductivity of 9-10 BTU/in/ft²/hr/°F. It has a service temperature range of 4K to +400°F. This one part system is resistant to impact, thermal shock, vibration...

Amazon to Invest $2B to Expand in India

July 30, 2014 10:39 am | by Kay Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion...

Microsoft Spreads Cortana Abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app...

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Engineering Live: AC vs. DC (On Demand)

July 30, 2014 10:30 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

In the old war of currents between Edison and Tesla, Tesla’s alternating current proved to be the winner in grid distribution. We wonder if it will prevail when it comes to local and regional distribution. The new distribution extends deeper than the power grid....

Photos of the Day: Next-Generation Microshutter Array

July 30, 2014 1:10 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope...                  

Revolutionary Microshutter Technology Hurdles Significant Challenges

July 30, 2014 1:04 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA technologists have hurdled a number of significant technological challenges in their quest to improve an already revolutionary observing technology originally created for the James Webb Space Telescope. The team has demonstrated that electrostatically actuated microshutter arrays...

Optimum Inertia for Snowman-Like Nanorobot

July 30, 2014 12:52 am | by Springer | News | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia makes self-propulsion a major challenge...

Developers Tap Wireless Self-Sufficiency with their Product Designs

July 30, 2014 12:20 am | by Alaine Portnoy, Director of Marketing, Omnify Software | Articles | Comments

Wireless, batteryless design developers are becoming a greater asset to companies today in helping to develop cutting edge product designs for manufacturers. Energy harvesting technologies are creating a buzz in the industry as way for product manufacturers to develop more interesting applications...

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Tektronix Adds Support for Automated APCO P25 Transmitter Compliance Testing

July 29, 2014 6:54 pm | by Tektronix | News | Comments

Tektronix announced a cost-effective compliance transmitter test solution for the Project 25 Common Air Interface Phase 1 and Phase 2 standard. The new software gives RF test engineers and safety agencies the convenience of push-button measurements with automated pass/fail reporting...

China Investigating Microsoft in Monopoly Case

July 29, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's anti-monopoly agency has announced an investigation of Microsoft Corp., stepping up pressure on foreign technology companies. The agency said Tuesday it opened a case in June after complaints that Microsoft violated an anti-monopoly law...

Physicists Unlock Nature of High-Temperature Superconductivity

July 28, 2014 8:24 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Physicists have identified the "quantum glue" that underlies a promising type of superconductivity -- a crucial step towards the creation of energy superhighways that conduct electricity without current loss. The earliest superconducting materials required operating temperatures...

Refrigerator Magnets

July 28, 2014 2:02 pm | by MIT | News | Comments

The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers. The theory describes the motion of magnons — quasi-particles in magnets that are collective rotations of magnetic moments, or “spins.” In addition to...

Measuring the Smallest Magnets

July 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by Weizmann Institute of Science | News | Comments

Imagine trying to measure a tennis ball that bounces wildly, every time to a distance a million times its own size. The bouncing obviously creates enormous “background noise” that interferes with the measurement. But if you attach the ball directly to a measuring device...

Building 'Invisible' Materials with Light

July 28, 2014 1:49 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new method of building materials using light, developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, could one day enable technologies that are often considered the realm of science fiction, such as invisibility cloaks and cloaking devices. Although cloaked starships won't be a reality for quite some time...

Superconductivity Could Form at High Temperatures in Layered 2D Crystals

July 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, a trio of physicists has determined. Superconductivity, the flow of electrical current without resistance, is usually found in materials chilled to the most frigid temperatures, which is impractical for most applications...

RFX Limited Opens New U.S. Operation

July 28, 2014 1:01 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFX Limited, recognizing the need for strong and local partnerships with their US customer base have opened up a new sales office in New York. This sales office will...

'Holy Grail' of Battery Design Achieved: A Stable Lithium Anode

July 27, 2014 6:38 pm | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. Researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing...

Magnets for Fusion Energy: A Revolutionary Manufacturing Method

July 27, 2014 6:18 pm | by National Institutes of Natural Sciences | News | Comments

The National Institute for Fusion Science, of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences in Japan, has achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the highest in the world, by using the new idea of assembling the state-of-the-art yttrium-based high-temperature superconducting...

Wireless Home Automation Systems Reveal More Than You Would Think about User Behavior

July 27, 2014 5:09 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Home automation systems that control domestic lighting, heating, window blinds or door locks offer opportunities for third parties to intrude on the privacy of the inhabitants and gain considerable insight into their behavioral patterns. This is the conclusion reached by IT security expert Christoph Sorge...

Photos of the Day: Giant Robotic Creature Is 14-Feet Tall

July 25, 2014 10:42 am | by Stratasys Ltd. | News | Comments

The giant creature was designed by artists at the Stan Winston School. Engineers and technicians at Legacy Effects — the studio that brought to life Iron Man, Avatar, Pacific Rim and RoboCop characters worked closely with Stratasys to build ...

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