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Google's Moonshots, Gender Bias at South by Southwest

March 18, 2015 11:15 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Music flooded into the streets around Austin's convention center as South by Southwest's music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google's (X) division talked about testing driverless cars and delivery drones, gender bias in tech was a hot topic and event-goers checked out the latest products and companies on the trade show floor ...

A New Method For Making Perovskite Solar Cells

March 16, 2015 1:36 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

Research led by a Brown University Ph.D. student has revealed a new way to make light-absorbing perovskite films for use in solar cells. The new method involves a room-temperature solvent bath to create perovskite crystals, rather than the blast of heat ... 

Researchers Increase Energy Density of Lithium Storage Materials

March 16, 2015 1:31 pm | by Karlsruher Institut Fur Technologie (KIT) | News | Comments

The lithium ion battery currently is the most widespread battery technology. It is indispensable for devices, such as laptops, mobile phones or cameras. Current research activities are aimed at reaching higher lithium storage densities in order to increase the amount of ... 

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Photos of the Day: Live from South by Southwest (SXSW)

March 16, 2015 12:02 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

WDD editor Meaghan Ziemba (@MZiembaWDD) is tweeting live from the South by Southwest (SXSW) show in Austin, Texas this week. Check out some of the cool pics she's snapped so far, and follow her on Twitter for real-time updates and sneak peeks of the show ... 

Seventh Annual SXSW Accelerator Startup Competition Announces 2015 Winners

March 16, 2015 9:06 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The world’s most innovative technology solutions were in the spotlight March 14-15 at the seventh annual SXSW Accelerator startup competition, presented by Oracle, which wrapped up tonight with an awards ceremony that recognized this year’s winners. Six leading startups ...

Researchers Synthesize New Thin-Film Material for Use in Fuel Cells

March 13, 2015 4:08 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers from Cornell University have synthesized a new thin-film catalyst for use in fuel cells. In a paper published March 10 in the journal APL Materials, from AIP Publishing, the team reports the first-ever epitaxial thin-film growth of Bi2Pt2O7 pyrochlore, which could ... 

New Technology May Double Radio Frequency Data Capacity

March 13, 2015 4:00 pm | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | News | Comments

A team of Columbia Engineering researchers has invented a technology--full-duplex radio integrated circuits (ICs)--that can be implemented in nanoscale CMOS to enable simultaneous transmission and reception at the same frequency in a wireless radio. Up to now, this has been thought ... 

Mars Rover Moving Robotic Arm Again After Electrical Short

March 13, 2015 11:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA says the robotic arm on the Curiosity rover is moving again after a short circuit temporarily halted its work on Mars. The space agency said Thursday that Curiosity transferred a powder sample from a recent rock drilling to an onboard laboratory to ... 

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Photos of the Day: Italy’s First Built F-35A Unveiled

March 13, 2015 10:46 am | by Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace ... 

Wireless, Magnetic Brain Stimulation

March 13, 2015 10:30 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles — a technique allowing direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment for a variety of neurological diseases, without ... 

High Power, High Safety Oxide-Based Negative Electrode Materials for Li-Ion Battery

March 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | News | Comments

Mixed Ti-Nb oxide Ti2Nb10O29 (TNO) is one of the negative electrode materials for large scale Li-ion battery with high safety because the potential (= 1.6 V vs. Li/Li+) for Li storage of TNO should avoid possible Li plating or formation of Li dendrites and the short circuit ... 

NASA Spacecraft in Earth’s Orbit, Preparing to Study Magnetic Reconnection

March 13, 2015 2:16 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Following a successful launch at 10:44 p.m. EDT Thursday, NASA’s four Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft are positioned in Earth’s orbit to begin the first space mission dedicated to the study of a phenomenon called magnetic reconnection. This process is thought to be the catalyst for some...

Chameleon-like Artificial 'Skin' Shifts Color on Demand

March 12, 2015 10:42 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Borrowing a trick from nature, engineers from the University of California at Berkeley have created an incredibly thin, chameleon-like material that can be made to change color -- on demand -- by simply applying a minute amount of force. This new ... 

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Teaching Programming to Preschoolers with Interactive Robots

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a system that enables young children to program interactive robots by affixing stickers to laminated sheets of paper ...

Photos of the Day: Programming a Robot with Stickers

March 12, 2015 10:27 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Not only could the system introduce children to programming principles, but it could also serve as a research tool, to help determine which computational concepts children can grasp at what ages, and how interactive robots can best be integrated into educational curricula ...

DARPA “Brandeis” Program Aims to Ensure Online Privacy Through Technology

March 12, 2015 10:18 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

DARPA announced plans to research and develop tools for online privacy, one of the most vexing problems facing the connected world as devices and data proliferate beyond a capacity to be managed responsibly. Named for former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, who while a student at Harvard law school co-developed the concept of a “right to privacy” ...

China Sells Apple Watch Lookalikes

March 12, 2015 10:05 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A month before Apple Inc.'s smartwatch hits the market, China's thriving copycat manufacturers are selling lookalikes, some openly advertised as Apple copies ...

Google Adds Ammunition to its Technological Artillery

March 12, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest weapon is aimed at websites riddled with "unwanted software" — a term that Google uses to describe secretly installed programs that can change a browser's settings without a user's permission ...

Stanford Launches Smartphone App to Study Heart Health

March 11, 2015 3:39 pm | News | Comments

A free iPhone app allows users to contribute to a study of human heart health while learning about the health of their own hearts, and uses a new software framework developed by Apple ...

Dialog Semiconductor’s Bluetooth Smart Development Kits

March 11, 2015 12:55 pm | by Dialog Semiconductor | News | Comments

Dialog Semiconductor announces a global distribution agreement with Digi-Key Corporation. Digi-Key has Dialog’s SmartBond Basic and Pro development kits in stock for immediate delivery. The kits offer engineers the fastest and easiest route to developing intelligent connected devices, particularly where small size and low power consumption are critical, such as in battery-powered wearables and other IoT applications ...

Keysight Technologies to Feature New IntegraVision Power Analyzer at APEC 2015 EXPO

March 11, 2015 12:18 pm | by Keysight Technologies | News | Comments

Keysight Technologies [NYSE: KEYS] will demonstrate the new PA2201A IntegraVision Power Analyzer and other power test products at APEC 2015 EXPO, Booth 432, Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 16 - 18 ...

Alarming Old & Young Drivers

March 11, 2015 10:39 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

An in-car alarm that sounds when sensors on the vehicle detect an imminent crash could cut crash rates from 1 in 5 to 1 in 10 for drivers over the of 60 suffering tiredness on long journeys, according to a study published in the International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics ...

Mid-IR Frequency Combs Enable High-Res Spectroscopy for Sensitive Gas Sensing

March 11, 2015 10:32 am | by Bart Kuyken, Ghent University | News | Comments

A frequency comb source is a light source with a spectrum containing thousands of laser lines. The development of these sources has been revolutionary for fundamental science. It has allowed the construction of a link between the optical part of the electromagnetic spectrum and the radio frequency part. As such, it has allowed researchers to determine optical frequencies with an unprecedented precision ...

MIT Spinout’s Electric-Propulsion System Improves Maneuverability of Small Satellites

March 11, 2015 10:24 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Small satellites are becoming increasingly popular tools for Earth-imaging, communications, and other applications. But they have major control issues: Once in space, they can’t accurately point cameras or change orbit, and they usually crash and burn within a few months ...

Photos of the Day: A Commercial Electrospray Propulsion System

March 11, 2015 10:24 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

This technology could enable low-cost satellites, such as those known as “CubeSats,” to become more viable for various commercial and research applications, including advanced imaging and communications, where numerous satellites could provide global coverage ...

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