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Photos of the Day: Satellites Help Create New Map of Ocean Floor

October 2, 2014 4:41 pm | by Cheryl Dybas, Mario Aguilera, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Thousands of previously uncharted mountains rising from the seafloor, called seamounts, have emerged through the map, along with new clues about the formation of the continents...                                  

MIT, Twitter Team Up on $10M Social Media Project

October 2, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Twitter are teaming up on a $10 million project to better understand social networks and figure out new ways to benefit from them...             

Cree Earns U.S. Department of Defense Manufacturing Readiness Level 8 Designation

October 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by Cree | News | Comments

Cree has earned the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) manufacturing readiness level eight (MRL 8) designation. Awarded for its production of GaN monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs), this designation...               

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New Absorber Will Lead to Better Biosensors

October 2, 2014 1:29 pm | by Amanda Morris, McCormick School of Engineering | News | Comments

Biological sensors, or biosensors, are like technological canaries in the coalmine. By converting a biological response into an optical or electrical signal, they can alert us to dangers in our external and internal environments...             

New Frontier in Error-Correcting Codes

October 2, 2014 1:23 pm | by Andrew Carleen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Error-correcting codes are one of the glories of the information age: They're what guarantee the flawless transmission of digital information over the airwaves or through copper wire, even in the presence of the corrupting influences...                  

Robot Researcher Combines Nature to Nurture ‘Superhuman’ Navigation

October 2, 2014 1:00 pm | by Debra Nowland, Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Computer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionize advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher...                  

Review: Pay by Phone or Just Keep Using Plastic?

October 2, 2014 10:15 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Trying to use my phone to pay at restaurants and retailers has been frustrating. It's easier just to pull out my plastic credit card than to figure out which card works with which app and which app works with which store...                                    

Germany's Rocket Internet Makes Bumpy Market Debut

October 2, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's Rocket Internet AG, which specializes in launching e-commerce startups, has made a bumpy market debut — with its shares falling on their first day of trading in Frankfurt...                   

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San Francisco Expands Free Public Wi-Fi Access

October 2, 2014 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google...                   

Firm Says Phone Apps Spy on Hong Kong Protesters

October 2, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Chinese government might be using smartphone apps to spy on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, a U.S. security firm said...                               

Trimble Expands Functionality of ThingMagic Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub

October 1, 2014 5:25 pm | by Trimble | News | Comments

Trimble announced today the ThingMagic Mercury xPRESS Sensor Hub now supports network interfaces (PoE and Wi-Fi) as well as GPS, enabling the integration of positioning services into solutions. The xPRESS Sensor Hub is a flexible development platform designed to enable customers to rapidly create cost effective finished reader products...

Raytheon Awards Lansdale Four Stars for Excellence

October 1, 2014 5:14 pm | by Lansdale Semiconductor | News | Comments

Lansdale Semiconductor received a 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award from Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems business. The prestigious award was presented to R. Dale Lillard, Lansdale’s president...

'Autotune' Software Makes it Easier to Model Building Energy Use

October 1, 2014 10:56 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

There are many ways to save energy in residential and commercial buildings. There are products that use less energy for lighting, heating and cooling; materials that better insulate and seal building envelopes; and architectural and engineering ...

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Where Humans, Animals & Robots Meet

October 1, 2014 10:38 am | by IMDEA Networks Institute | News | Comments

To meet our everyday needs in an increasingly multifaceted technological world is a challenge that pushes researchers to find innovative tools using a multidisciplinary approach. We inhabit a globalized planet, made up of complex systems ...

A New Dimension for Integrated Circuits: 3-D Nanomagnetic Logic

October 1, 2014 10:18 am | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

Electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München have demonstrated a new kind of building block for digital integrated circuits. Their experiments show that future computer chips could be based on three-dimensional arrangements of nanometer-scale magnets instead of transistors...

How IT and OT are Converging: Avoid the Pitfalls to Reap the Benefits

September 30, 2014 11:50 am | by Brad Gilbert, FreeWave Technologies | Articles | Comments

The quest to understand production and operational factors, distribute this information to business systems and people within an organization, and directly improve business processes and profitability as a result is not new. In fact, it has been embraced by companies for decades...           

Photos of the Day: Football-Size Robot Searches for Hidden Contraband on Ships

September 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Originally designed to look for cracks in nuclear reactors’ water tanks, the robot could also inspect ships for the false hulls and propeller shafts that smugglers frequently use to hide contraband. Because of its small size and unique propulsion mechanism — which leaves no visible wake — the robots could, in theory, be concealed in clumps of algae...

Underwater Robot for Port Security

September 30, 2014 10:46 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans...              

Radiation Detection for Medical Safety and Homeland Security

September 30, 2014 10:44 am | by Traci Peterson, University of Texas, Arlington | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington research team says recently identified radiation detection properties of a light-emitting nanostructure built in their lab could open doors for homeland security and medical advances...                 

A Closer Look: Stream-Box Gaming is a Mixed Bag

September 30, 2014 10:44 am | by RON HARRIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

As gaming consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation diversify into video, social media and other non-gaming apps, it seems only fair that streaming TV devices start nudging into gaming territory...                           

Microsoft to Offer Early Look at Next Windows

September 30, 2014 10:43 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system....              

EU Says Ireland Grants Apple Illegal Tax Benefits

September 30, 2014 10:43 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ireland appears to be granting Apple illegal tax rebates that may have to be recouped, the European Union's competition watchdog said Tuesday as it pressed on with an inquiry into the iPhone maker's overseas tax practices...                        

China Approves iPhone 6 after Security Assurances

September 30, 2014 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's phone regulator said Tuesday it has approved Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 for use on Chinese networks after the company promised never to install "backdoors" to give other governments access to users' information. Apple said sales start Oct. 17....               

A Safer Approach for Diagnostic Medical Imaging

September 30, 2014 10:31 am | by Nik Papageorgiou, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Medical imaging is at the forefront of diagnostics today, with imaging techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computerized tomography), scanning, and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) increasing steeply over the last two decades. However, persisting problems of image resolution and quality still limit these techniques because of the nature of living tissue...            

API Technologies to Showcase RF, Microwave, and Millimeter Wave Product Solutions

September 29, 2014 1:17 pm | by API Technologies | News | Comments

New standard and configurable products get international debut at Europe’s largest microwave technology event. API Technologies announced it will present its full line of RF/Microwave products at European Microwave Week at Fiera de Roma in Rome, Italy...

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