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Industrial Network Connectivity Manufacturer B&B Electronics Emerges as Global Intelligent IoT/M2M Expert B+B SmartWorx

January 21, 2015 12:44 pm | by B&B Electronics | News | Comments

Thirty-four-year-old networking expert B&B Electronics today emerged as B+B SmartWorx. While continuing the tradition of developing mission-critical network connectivity technology for remote or demanding environments, B+B SmartWorx is ramping up the intelligence ...                            

Photos of the Day: DARPA Robotics Challenge

January 21, 2015 10:54 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Aside from the previously announced $2 million grand prize, DARPA plans to award $1 million to the runner-up and $500,000 to the third-place team. DARPA expects at least twenty teams to compete in the DRC Finals ...                      

Self-Cleaning, Self-Powered Smart Keyboard Can Identify You

January 21, 2015 10:16 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

In a novel twist in cybersecurity, scientists have developed a self-cleaning, self-powered smart keyboard that can identify computer users by the way they type. The device, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could help prevent unauthorized users from gaining direct access to computers. Zhong Lin Wang and colleagues ... 

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X-Rays Unlock Secrets of Ancient Scrolls Buried by Volcano

January 21, 2015 10:06 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world's oldest surviving library may one day reveal all of its secrets ...                         

Google, Fidelity Fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX with $1B Investment

January 21, 2015 9:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion.The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a ...                             

Tektronix Unveils Comprehensive USB 3.1 Compliance Test Solutions

January 21, 2015 9:43 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix has released a comprehensive set of USB 3.1 compliance test solutions that allows designers to quickly verify designs against the latest USB specifications and achieve fast time to market ...                                  

Software Teaches Computers to Translate Words to Math

January 21, 2015 8:43 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education. Computer sciences professor Dan Roth...

Obama: Paid Leave Should Be a Right, Not a Privilege

January 20, 2015 3:02 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

New Jersey is one of only three states to offer paid sick leave—which President Barack Obama will address at the State of the Union tonight, along with net neutrality, competitive local broadband, and cybersecurity.  At 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the President will announce several initiatives to promote paid medical and family ... 

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Innovative Smart Home System Lands in the Netherlands

January 20, 2015 1:49 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core market for the company, which will ... 

Scientists Observe Giant Burst of Radio Waves

January 20, 2015 9:33 am | by ZME Science | News | Comments

Scientists have observed a massive burst of radio waves, helping them narrow down the potential sources of these huge bursts of energy. These events, also called blitzars, last about a millisecond but give off as much energy as the sun does in a million years ... 

New Laser Could Improve the Images in Tomorrow's Technology

January 20, 2015 8:43 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

A new semiconductor laser developed at Yale has the potential to significantly improve the imaging quality of the next generation of high-tech microscopes, laser projectors, photolithography, holography, and biomedical imaging. Based on a chaotic ...

Multimodal Fibers Deliver Drugs Directly to the Brain

January 20, 2015 8:27 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The human brain’s complexity makes it extremely challenging to study — not only because of its sheer size, but also because of the variety of signaling methods it uses simultaneously. Conventional neural probes are designed to record a single type of signaling, limiting the information that can be derived from the brain at any point in time. Now researchers at MIT may have found a way to change that ...

Chiming in with Robotic Conversations

January 20, 2015 8:11 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The scientist behind a new talking robot in Japan says people should stop expecting robots to understand them, and instead try to chime in with robotic conversations ...                      

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Snowplow Tracking Apps Hold Cities Accountable for Cleanup

January 19, 2015 12:28 pm | by JASON KEYSER, Associated Press | News | Comments

As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she'd get to work. Like an increasing number of snowbound city dwellers, she had a ready tool at hand: an app that tracks hundreds of city snowplows in close to real time ...                                 

Navy to Launch a Lockheed Martin-Built Communication Satellite

January 16, 2015 4:38 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. MUOS-3, the third Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite, is designed...

Photo of the Day: System Encourages Creativity, Makes Robot-Design Fun

January 16, 2015 4:25 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

A new cardboard-robotic toolkit allows children to create custom robots they control wirelessly with hand gestures without formal education in programming or electronics. The system, called HandiMate, uses motorized "joint modules" equipped with wireless communicators and micro-controllers. Children create robots by ... 

DARPA Doubles Down on Anti-Counterfeiting Program

January 16, 2015 4:17 pm | by Kevin McCaney, Defense Systems | News | Comments

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week gave contracts of $12.3 million to Northrop Grumman Systems and $6.8 million to SRI International under its Supply Chain Hardware Integrity for Electronics Defense, or SHIELD, program. Those come on the heels of DARPA’s award earlier this month of a ... 

NOAA and NASA Say 2014 Warmest Year on Record

January 16, 2015 4:12 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

For the third time in a decade, the globe sizzled to the hottest year on record, federal scientists announced Friday. Both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA calculated that in 2014 the world had its hottest year in 135 years of record-keeping. Earlier, the Japanese weather agency and ... 

Hearing with Your Tongue

January 16, 2015 3:37 pm | by Kortny Rolston, Colorado State University | News | Comments

In the future, those with substantial hearing loss may no longer need a doctor to surgically implant a cochlear device into their ear to restore their sense of sound ...                                            

Army Develops Non-Corrosive Batteries

January 16, 2015 2:54 pm | by C. Todd Lopez, ARNEWS | News | Comments

New, lighter batteries are under development for Soldiers now, in-house, at the Army Research Laboratory. Chemists at the lab perform materials research on lithium ion batteries and other advanced battery chemistry in an effort to ... 

Solving an Organic Semiconductor Mystery

January 16, 2015 2:50 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Organic semiconductors are prized for light emitting diodes (LEDs), field effect transistors (FETs) and photovoltaic cells. As they can be printed from solution, they provide a highly scalable, cost-effective alternative to silicon-based devices. Uneven performances, however, have been a persistent problem. Scientists have known ... 

Photo of the Day: Huge 3D Displays Without 3D Glasses

January 16, 2015 10:01 am | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Public screenings have become an important part of major sports events. In the future, we will be able to enjoy them in 3D, thanks to a new invention from Austrian scientists. A sophisticated laser system sends laser beams into different directions. Therefore, different pictures are visible from different angles. The angular resolution is ... 

"A Better Siri" - Software That Knows the Risk

January 16, 2015 9:55 am | by MIT News | News | Comments

Imagine that you could tell your phone that you want to drive from your house in Boston to a hotel in upstate New York, that you want to stop for lunch at an Applebee's at about 12:30, and that you don't want the trip to take more than four hours. Then imagine that your phone tells you that you have only a 66 percent ... 

Where Does Bioenergy Fit Into a Low-Carbon Future?

January 16, 2015 9:47 am | by Audrey Resutek, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | News | Comments

Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels, which are usually made from either food crops like corn and sugar cane, or from woody plants and grasses, would represent a major shift in how the world makes its energy and uses ... 

Google Predicts 2-to-5-Year Timeframe for Commercial Driverless Cars

January 16, 2015 9:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years ...                                                     

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