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How the NSA Betrayed the World's Trust -- Time to Act

November 8, 2013 9:20 am | by Mikko Hypponen, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Recent events have highlighted, underlined and bolded the fact that the United States is performing blanket surveillance on any foreigner whose data passes through an American entity -- whether they are suspected of wrongdoing or not. This means that, essentially, every...

IEEE GLOBECOM 2013 to Focus on IPv6 Goes Mobile

November 7, 2013 1:45 pm | by Latif Ladid, President IPv6 Forum, Senior Researcher at the University of Luxembourg | Blogs | Comments

It is always a pleasure to meet with thousands of colleagues annually at IEEE GLOBECOM to discuss and share our views on the most pertinent topics facing the communications industry, worldwide governments and the billions of individuals, who benefit daily from the...

Engineering Newswire 64: Hypersonic Jet Strikes Anywhere in Less Than an Hour

November 7, 2013 1:02 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re flying unmanned Navy helicopters, adjusting our atomic clocks, reconfiguring robotic ape spines, and attacking any target in the world, in less than an hour with the ...      

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Olympic Torch Blasts into Space for 1st Spacewalk

November 7, 2013 9:59 am | by LAURA MILLS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian rocket soared into the cosmos Thursday carrying the Sochi Olympic torch and three astronauts to the International Space Station ahead of the first-ever spacewalk for the symbol of peace. Video streamed by the U.S. space agency NASA reported a flawless docking with the space station about...

Gravity and the Robot Satellite Attitude Problem

November 4, 2013 10:50 am | by Albert Ang, Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Using an in-orbit robot to capturing a malfunctioning satellite that is tumbling out of control is currently just a theoretical idea. However, research inspired by nature to be published in the forthcoming issue of International Journal of Mechanisms and Robotic Systems, could take us a small step towards...

India Vies for Elite Role in Space with Mars Trip

November 4, 2013 9:25 am | by KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

India is aiming to join the world's deep-space pioneers with a journey to Mars that it hopes will showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while seeking solutions for everyday problems on Earth. With a Tuesday launch planned for Mangalyaan...

Engineering Newswire 63: Space Glider Skids Off Runway

November 1, 2013 9:31 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, the first free-flight approach-and-landing test doesn't go so smooth; making things cooler with a microwavel; a bipedal robot that is very realistic; and a mathematical model that shows the impact of unexpected events in...

Primary GOES-R Instrument Ready to be Installed onto Spacecraft

November 1, 2013 9:23 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A key instrument that will fly on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – R (GOES-R) spacecraft, NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, is cleared for installation on the spacecraft. The Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, is GOES-R’s primary instrument for scanning Earth’s weather, oceans, and environment and...

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Air Traffic Control Modernization Hits Turbulence

October 31, 2013 9:27 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Next Generation Air Transportation System, or NextGen, was promoted as a way to accommodate an anticipated surge in air travel, reduce fuel consumption and improve safety and efficiency. By shifting from radar-based navigation and radio communications — technologies rooted in the first half of the 20th century — to satellite-based navigation and digital communications...

Berkeley Scientists Develop Fire Detection Satellite for Wildfires

October 30, 2013 9:21 am | by Robert Sanders, University of California, Berkeley | News | Comments

As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, University of California, Berkeley, scientists say it’s time to give them a 21st century tool: a fire-spotting satellite. Such a satellite could view the Western states almost continuously, snapping pictures of the ground every few seconds...

Israeli Tunnel Hit By Cyberattack, Experts Say

October 28, 2013 9:39 am | by DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

When Israel's military chief delivered a high-profile speech this month outlining the greatest threats his country might face in the future, he listed computer sabotage as a top concern, warning a sophisticated cyberattack could one day bring the nation...

Report: U.S. Monitored 60M Calls in Spain

October 28, 2013 9:36 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Spanish newspaper published a document Monday that it said shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on more than 60 million phone calls in Spain in one month alone — the latest revelation about alleged massive U.S. spying on allies...

Meaghan's Minute: Laser Power

October 25, 2013 10:35 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, measuring optical power employed aiming a laser at a coated detector, measuring the detector’s temperature change, and determining the electrical power needed to generate an equivalent amount of heat. An extremely accurate method, but difficult with high-power lasers.

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Portable Vision Screening Devices Identify Vision Problems

October 25, 2013 9:26 am | by Debbie Jacobson, American Academy of Pediatrics | News | Comments

Portable screening devices allow pediatricians to successfully screen children for vision problems, including amblyopia, according to an abstract presented Oct. 25 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

Engineering Newswire 62: Shock Your Boss with a Cell Phone Taser

October 24, 2013 11:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey.

Dolphins Inspire New Radar System to Detect Hidden Surveillance & Explosive Devices

October 24, 2013 9:42 am | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Inspired by the way dolphins hunt using bubble nets, scientists at the University of Southampton, in collaboration with University College London and Cobham Technical Services, have developed a new kind of radar that can detect hidden surveillance equipment and explosives.

Detecting Bombs with Sound Waves

October 24, 2013 9:29 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | Videos | Comments

That capability -- never before reported in a remote bomb detection system -- was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Dynamic Systems and Control Conferenceon Oct. 23 in Stanford, CA.

Using Sound Waves for Bomb Detection

October 24, 2013 9:22 am | by David Salisbury, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

A remote acoustic detection system designed to identify homemade bombs can determine the difference between those that contain low-yield and high-yield explosives. That capability – never before reported in a remote bomb detection system – was described in a paper by Vanderbilt engineer Douglas Adams.

Big Plans for Small Spacecraft

October 22, 2013 9:54 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

It’s hard to miss the rocket engine in Paulo Lozano’s MIT office. The 100-lb. propulsion system — about as big as a car’s tire and built almost entirely of stainless steel — sits in a large glass showcase. The engine is the type of bulky hardware that powers many of today’s spacecraft to the moon, planets and far-off asteroids like Ceres and Vesta.

September/October 2013 – The Qardio Monitoring System for Smarter Healthcare

October 21, 2013 3:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The September/October issue of Wireless Design and Development contains features on an assortment of topics, including an article by Cavendish Kinetics concerning new design space for mobile antenna designers, a Brainstorm on Test & Measurement, and Sacrificing Conversation for Connection from the editor.

HotSpot Episode 35: 50-Year Old Computer Gets New Life

October 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Vanderbilt University is restoring surgeons' sense of touch; Brown University wins a million dollar prize for their brain technology; a 50-year old computer gets brought back to  life; and the University of Washington created a new Kinect-based program to help those who can't see participate in Yoga exercises.

Engineering Newswire 61: Cyborg Cockroaches Map Collapsed Buildings

October 18, 2013 9:15 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing touch-free interfaces with a feedback feature, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, “what women want.”

Report: NSA and CIA Collaborate on Drone Strikes

October 17, 2013 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

Microsoft's Phone Update to Feature Driving Mode

October 14, 2013 9:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving.It's the third update to Windows Phone 8 software since the system's release a year ago. Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming weeks, and older phones will be eligible for a free upgrade, too.

New Gadget Frees Mobile TV From Blocky Attachment

October 11, 2013 9:13 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Audiovox's "mobiletv" gizmo allows you to pick up free TV signals and watch them on Apple and Android mobile devices without eating into your cellular data plan. The accessory doesn't have to be attached to the mobile device physically. Previous mobile TV antennas could hang precariously from the charging port.

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