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Toilet Tech Fair Tackles Global Sanitation Woes

March 24, 2014 10:32 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Who would have expected a toilet to one day filter water, charge a cellphone, or create charcoal to combat climate change...                                 

Police Keep Quiet about Cell-Tracking Technology

March 24, 2014 10:28 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police across the country may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a technology tool known as Stingray. But they're refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do...                       

Report: NSA Targeted Chinese Tech Giant Huawei

March 24, 2014 10:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei five years ago, around the time concerns were growing in Washington that the telecommunications equipment manufacturer...                      

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China Demands Answers from U.S. over Spying Claims

March 24, 2014 10:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China said Monday it was demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions...                                 

Discovery of New Semiconductor Holds Promise for 2D Physics and Electronics

March 21, 2014 11:58 am | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

From super-lubricants, to solar cells, to the fledgling technology of valleytronics, there is much to be excited about with the discovery of a unique new two-dimensional semiconductor, rhenium disulfide, by researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry...         

New InInfrared Technique Aims to Remotely Detect Dangerous Materials

March 21, 2014 11:56 am | by Brigham Young University | News | Comments

For most people, infrared technology calls to mind soldiers with night-vision goggles or energy audits that identify where heat escapes from homes during the winter season...                       

Pseudogap Theory Puts Physicists Closer to High-Temperature Superconductors

March 21, 2014 10:58 am | by Nick Manning, University of Waterloo | News | Comments

Physicists are one step closer to developing the world’s first room-temperature superconductor thanks to a new theory from the University of Waterloo, Harvard and Perimeter Institute...                                

As Age-Friendly Technologies Emerge, Experts Recommend Policy Changes

March 21, 2014 10:40 am | by The Gerontological Society of America | News | Comments

From smart phones to smart cars, both public and private entities must consider the needs of older adults in order to help them optimize the use of new technologies, according to the latest issue of...                         

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Microsoft Says it Snooped on Hotmail to Track Leak

March 21, 2014 10:30 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft, which has skewered rival Google Inc. for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger's Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets...                     

Tiny Transistors for Extreme Environs

March 20, 2014 10:16 am | by Aditi Risbud, University of Utah | News | Comments

University of Utah electrical engineers fabricated the smallest plasma transistors that can withstand high temperatures and ionizing radiation found in a nuclear reactor. Such transistors someday might enable smartphones that...                     

Report Says CA Targeted by Cyber-Gangs

March 20, 2014 9:27 am | by DON THOMPSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

International criminal enterprises follow the money, and a report being released Thursday says they are increasingly focusing on California because of its wealth and innovation....                       

Possible Plane Debris Tracked by Satellites

March 20, 2014 9:23 am | by KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press SCOTT MCDONALD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Military search planes flew over a remote part of the Indian Ocean on Thursday hunting for debris in "probably the best lead" so far in finding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight, officials said...                 

New Technique Makes LEDs Brighter, More Resilient

March 19, 2014 7:48 pm | by NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a new processing technique that makes LEDs brighter and more resilient by coating the semiconductor material gallium nitride with a layer of phosphorus-derived acid. “By coating polar GaN with a self-assembling layer of phosphonic groups, we were able to increase luminescence..."

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New App Provides Pocket Medical Diagnosis

March 19, 2014 7:41 pm | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A new app which turns any smartphone into a portable medical diagnostic device could help in the fight against diseases including HIV, tuberculosis and malaria in the developing world. A recently-developed mobile phone application could make monitoring conditions...

Malaysia, FBI Analyze Missing Pilot's Simulator

March 19, 2014 5:58 pm | by Ian Mader, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI joined forces with Malaysian authorities in analyzing deleted data on a flight simulator belonging to the pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, while distraught relatives of the passengers unleashed their anger Wednesday — wailing in frustration at 12 days of uncertainty...

IBM's Watson to Help in Brain Cancer Research

March 19, 2014 5:48 pm | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

IBM is teaming up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain cancer. The company said Wednesday that its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with a New York-based genetic research center to help develop treatments for glioblastoma...

New Test Methodology Simplifies Envelope Tracking Design in Mobile Devices

March 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Lawrence Wilson, Product Manager Signal Generators and Power Meters, Rohde & Schwarz | Articles | Comments

The mobile communications industry is moving faster than ever to deliver the connected experience of video, voice, and data to the billions of people worldwide who are eager to consume it...                           

Maximize DC-DC Synchronous Buck Converter Performance

March 19, 2014 2:42 pm | by ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Switched mode power converters are very prominent in industry today and provide high efficiency solutions for a wide range of end applications. They can be found in power supplies and battery charging circuitry for computers, power tools, televisions, media tablets, smart phones, automobiles, and countless other electronic devices...

Europe's Telecom Tie-Ups Signal Big Shakeup

March 19, 2014 11:29 am | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | News | Comments

After focusing for years on becoming wireless services, Europe's telecom companies are having a renewed love affair with cables. In what some industry observers are calling a "Back-to-the-Future" moment, the need for faster and wider pipes to deliver video and other data-intense applications...

Malaysia: Files Were Deleted from Flight Simulator

March 19, 2014 11:22 am | by Ian Mader, Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to restore files deleted last month from the home flight simulator of the pilot aboard the missing Malaysian plane to see if they shed any light on the disappearance, Malaysia's defense minister said Wednesday. Hishammuddin Hussein told a news conference that the pilot...

Photos of the Day: NASA Tech Sees Birth of the Universe

March 18, 2014 7:35 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole used a specialized array of superconducting detectors to capture polarized light from billions of years ago. Techniques called micro-lithography and micro-machining are used to fabricate the devices. The sensors were used to make the first detection of gravitational waves...

Superconductive LEDs Opens New Window to Quantum Devices

March 18, 2014 6:41 pm | by University of Toronto | News | Comments

A team of physicists has proposed a novel and efficient way to leverage the strange quantum physics phenomenon known as entanglement. The approach would involve combining LEDs with a superconductor to generate entangled photons and could open up a rich spectrum of new physics...

Reducing Anxiety With a Smartphone App

March 18, 2014 6:34 pm | by Association for Psychological Science | News | Comments

Playing a science-based mobile gaming app for 25 minutes can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals, according to research. The study suggests that “gamifying” a scientifically-supported intervention could offer measurable mental health and behavioral benefits for people with relatively high levels of anxiety...

Nanotube Composites Increase Efficiency of Next-Gen Solar Cells

March 18, 2014 6:29 pm | by Umea University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes are becoming increasingly attractive for photovoltaic solar cells as a replacement to silicon. Researchers have discovered that controlled placement of the carbon nanotubes into nano-structures produces a huge boost in electronic performance...

Antimony Nanocrystals for Batteries

March 18, 2014 5:34 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have succeeded for the first time to produce uniform antimony nanocrystals. Tested as components of laboratory batteries, these are able to store a large number of both lithium and sodium ions. These nanomaterials operate with high rate and may eventually be used as alternative anode materials...

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