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Objects Seen in Jet Search are Fishing Equipment

March 31, 2014 9:23 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press ROB GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A cluster of orange objects spotted by a search plane was just fishing equipment and not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, officials said Monday, in the latest disappointment in the three-week hunt that Australia's prime minister said will continue indefinitely...                     

2018 Mission: Mars Rover Prototype Unveiled in UK

March 28, 2014 11:13 am | by GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

It looks like a giant sandbox — except the sand has a reddish tint and the "toys" on display are very expensive prototypes designed to withstand the rigors of landing on Mars...                                         

Microsoft's Office Apps for iPad Ushers in New Era

March 28, 2014 10:35 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise...              

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Facebook Launches Lab to Bring Internet Everywhere

March 28, 2014 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook is giving more details about its effort to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet — and it involves drones, lasers and satellites...                        

Technology Hindered, Helped Search for Flight 370

March 28, 2014 10:27 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The limitations of tracking and communications devices allowed the plane to vanish from sight for nearly three weeks. But satellites' advanced capabilities have provided hope that the mystery won't go unsolved...                   

New Malaysia Plane Search Area Turns Up Objects

March 28, 2014 9:49 am | by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press ROB GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Australian officials moved the search area for the lost Malaysian jetliner 1,100 kilometers (680 miles) to the northeast Friday, following a new analysis of radar data, and a plane quickly found objects that a ship set out to investigate...                             

Scientists Track 3D Nanoscale Changes in Rechargeable Battery Material

March 27, 2014 5:49 pm | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have made the first 3D observations of how the structure of a lithium-ion battery anode evolves at the nanoscale in a real battery cell as it discharges and recharges....                    

Democratizing Data Visualization

March 27, 2014 5:18 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In 2007, members of the Haystack Group in MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory released a set of Web development tools called “Exhibit.” Exhibit lets novices quickly put together interactive data visualizations, such as maps with sortable data...                           

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Parts for New Mini-Shuttle Being Built at Michoud

March 27, 2014 9:21 am | by Janet Mcconnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin is working in New Orleans on parts for the Dream Chaser, a mini-shuttle designed to take NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station. That's among a number of space-related projects underway at the ... 

Surrogate Organ System Developed for Toxicity Testing

March 26, 2014 10:55 am | by Nancy Ambrosiano, DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory | News | Comments

Creating surrogate human organs, coupled with insights from highly sensitive mass spectrometry technologies, a new project is on the brink of revolutionizing the way we screen new drugs and toxic agents...                              

Managing Renewables Intelligently

March 26, 2014 10:19 am | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Kurt Rohrig | News | Comments

Experts have already conducted a test showing that this setup does indeed work reliably in practice, having combined numerous wind parks, biogas and photovoltaic facilities delivering a total output of over 80 MW in a virtual combined-cycle power plant. Because small providers work together...                    

Facebook Buying Virtual-Reality Company for $2B

March 26, 2014 10:12 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained...                        

Satellite Spots 122 Objects in Malaysia Jet Search

March 26, 2014 10:07 am | by ROB GRIFFITH, Associated Press TODD PITMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A French satellite scanning the Indian Ocean for remnants of a missing jetliner found a possible plane debris field containing 122 objects, a top Malaysian official said Wednesday, calling it...                            

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Robot Builds on Insights into Atlantic Razor Clam Dynamics

March 25, 2014 11:26 am | by Helen Knight, MIT News correspondent, RoboClam | News | Comments

The Atlantic razor clam uses very little energy to burrow into undersea soil at high speed. Now a detailed insight into how the animal digs has led to the development of a robotic clam...                           

Electronic Medication Alerts Designed with Provider in Mind Reduce Prescribing Errors

March 25, 2014 10:43 am | by Cindy Fox Aisen, Indiana University | News | Comments

Changing how medication alerts are presented in electronic medical records resulted in safer prescribing, increased efficiency and reduced workload for health care providers who placed drug orders in...                        

Engineers Design ‘Living Materials’

March 24, 2014 11:41 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The new materials represent a simple demonstration of the power of this approach, which could one day be used to design more complex devices such as solar cells, self-healing materials, or diagnostic sensors...                

Experiment Opens the Door to Multi-Party Quantum Communication

March 24, 2014 11:25 am | by Nick Manning, University of Waterloo | News | Comments

In the world of quantum science, Alice and Bob have been talking to one another for years. Charlie joined the conversation a few years ago, but now with space-like separation, scientists have...                   

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...                      

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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