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Comet-Chasing Probe Wakes Up, Signals Earth

January 21, 2014 8:50 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, a comet-chasing spacecraft sent its first signal back to Earth on Monday, prompting cheers from scientists who hope to use it to land the first space lander onto a comet...                 

Slumping Intel to Cut More than 5,000 Jobs in 2014

January 21, 2014 8:36 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel plans to trim more than 5,000 jobs from its workforce this year in an effort to boost its earnings amid waning demand for its personal computer chips...                                  

Snowden Could Use a Trial to Showcase Spy Claims

January 21, 2014 8:35 am | by KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

Should Edward Snowden ever return to the U.S., he would face criminal charges for leaking information about National Security Agency surveillance programs. But legal experts say a trial could expose more classified information as his lawyers try to build a case in an open court that...             

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Researchers Develop Tools to Make Mobile Devices More Energy Efficient

January 20, 2014 3:06 pm | by Chriss Swaney, Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Mobile devices are now so ubiquitous that they outnumber the human race, but most remain expensive to operate, consume gobs of scarce energy resources and compete for sparse spectral access on the airwaves...                             

Motion Engine Closes Seed Round of $1M

January 20, 2014 2:44 pm | by Motion Engine | News | Comments

The Montreal start-up firm Motion Engine a member of the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI), has completed a seed stage round of financing totaling approximately $ 1 million to continue the development of its proprietary next-generation motion sensing enabled systems technology. Angel investors from Canada...

Photos of the Day: Broadband THz Wave Generation

January 20, 2014 10:10 am | by Jigang Wang and Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Ames Lab | News | Comments

Terahertz electromagnetic waves occupy a middle ground between electronics waves, like microwave and radio waves, and photonics waves, such as infrared and UV waves. Potentially, THz waves may accelerate telecom technologies and break new ground in...                               

Highly Efficient Broadband Terahertz Radiation from Metamaterials

January 20, 2014 10:09 am | by Jigang Wang and Breehan Gerleman Lucchesi, Ames Lab | News | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have demonstrated broadband terahertz (THz) wave generation using metamaterials. The discovery may help develop noninvasive imaging and sensing, and make possible THz-speed information communication, processing, and storage...                     

GPS Loggers Reveal Aerodynamics of Birds Flying in a V-Formation

January 20, 2014 9:43 am | by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council | News | Comments

Researchers using custom-built GPS and accelerometer loggers, developed with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, (EPSRC), and attached to free-flying birds on migration, have gained ground-breaking insights into the mysteries of bird flight formation...                  

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High Court Takes Cases on Cellphone Searches

January 20, 2014 9:36 am | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether police need a warrant to search the cellphones of people they have arrested. The court will hear two cases in which criminal defendants were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms at least in part on the strength of evidence obtained by...             

Vietnam's 'Cyber Troops' Take Fight to U.S., France

January 20, 2014 9:32 am | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Working on her blog in California one day, Vietnamese democracy activist Ngoc Thu sensed something was wrong. It took a moment for a keystroke to register. Cut-and-paste wasn't working. She had "a feeling that somebody was there" inside her computer. Her hunch turned out to be right...                 

Scientists Hope Comet-Chaser Spacecraft Wakes Up

January 20, 2014 9:28 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's Rosetta probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists face an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches Earth and they can celebrate a new milestone in their unprecedented mission to land a spacecraft on a comet...                           

Energy Storage in Miniaturized Capacitors Boost Green Energy Technology

January 20, 2014 9:20 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

The capacitors of electronic circuits function something like batteries – storing electrical charge that can be quickly dumped to power devices like camera flashes. So-called "supercapacitors" take the energy-storing abilities of capacitors a step further, storing a far greater charge in a much smaller package...              

CEA Joins Industry Groups in Sponsoring Educational Series

January 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | News | Comments

ArlThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced its sponsorship of an educational program series called the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow: Managing App Development under FDA Regulation,” joining a consortium of six leading universities, more than a dozen industry trade...            

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Europe Launches RoboEarth: 'Wikipedia for Robots'

January 17, 2014 10:08 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expectations are high for RoboEarth, a new European-funded system to speed the development of human-serving robots. Scientists from five major European technical universities have gathered in the Netherlands this week for its launch and to demonstrate possible applications...           

Google Contact Lens Could Be Option for Diabetics

January 17, 2014 10:04 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Brian Otis gingerly holds what looks like a typical contact lens on his index finger. Look closer. Sandwiched in this lens are two twinkling glitter-specks loaded with tens of thousands of miniaturized transistors...                  

Photos of the Day: Contact Lens for Diabetics

January 17, 2014 10:03 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Researchers also had to build in a system to pull energy from incoming radio frequency waves to power the device enough to collect and transmit one glucose reading per second. The embedded electronics in the lens don't obscure vision because they lie outside the eye's pupil and iris...            

AP Source: NSA Phone Data Control to Come to End

January 17, 2014 9:46 am | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

Seeking to calm a furor over U.S. surveillance powers, President Barack Obama on Friday will call for ending the government's control of phone data from hundreds of millions of Americans and require intelligence agencies to get a secretive court's permission before accessing the records, a senior administration official said...                

What’s Next for Wireless Networks in 2014?

January 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Morgan Kurk, Senior Vice President, CommScope | Blogs | Comments

The continued implementation of LTE and the ongoing data boom mean that most wireless operators are focused on modernizing and enhancing the capacity of their networks with the most efficient architectures and equipment. Increasing network capacity also intensifies their focus on metrocells and indoor coverage. With that said, here’s what I see as the major trends in wireless infrastructure for 2014...

Life-Saving Shoes Feature GPS Tracking Technology

January 16, 2014 2:13 pm | by Peter Händel, KTH Royal Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Fire, smoke and zero visibility – a firefighter’s working environment is extreme. Now, with sensor-equipped footwear developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, firefighters can be even more effective at saving lives and property...                               

HotSeat 15: Coin Cell Developments

January 16, 2014 1:59 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Troy David is a graduate of Boston University’s School Of Management where he majored in Production Operations Management...                                

HotSeat 15: Coin Cell Developments

January 16, 2014 1:57 pm | Videos | Comments

Troy David is a graduate of Boston University’s School Of Management where he majored in Production Operations Management...                                

BYU's Smart Object Recognition Algorithm Doesn't Need Humans

January 16, 2014 9:11 am | by Todd Hollingshead, Brigham Young University Homepage | News | Comments

BYU engineer Dah-Jye Lee isn’t interested in that development, but he has managed to eliminate the need for humans in the field of object recognition. Lee has created an algorithm that can accurately identify objects in images or video sequences without human calibration...                    

Photos of the Day: Object Recognition without Human Calibration

January 16, 2014 9:10 am | by Todd Hollingshead, Brigham Young University Homepage | News | Comments

Lee likens the idea to teaching a child the difference between dogs and cats. Instead of trying to explain the difference, we show children images of the animals and they learn on their own to distinguish the two. Lee’s object recognition does the same thing: Instead of telling...             

HotSeat 14: Laser Phosphor Displays

January 16, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Since 2005, Roger has pioneered Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) technology, working with multidisciplinary technologists and business people in the U.S. and around the globe. Dr. Hajjar has filed more than 75 U.S. and worldwide patents and has a proven record of success in taking optical-based technologies...                  

UK Court Rejects Google Bid to Stop Privacy Suit

January 16, 2014 8:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's High Court has rejected a bid by Google Inc. to stop a group of Internet users suing it for breach of privacy. Several users of the Apple Safari Internet browser claim Google bypassed security settings in order to track their online activity and target them with personalized advertisements...

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