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Techies vs. NSA: Encryption Arms Race Escalates

December 19, 2013 12:58 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality ...

Welcome to the Age of the Industrial Internet

December 19, 2013 10:43 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can ...

Satellite Launched to Map 1 Billion Stars

December 19, 2013 10:08 am | by Danica Coto & Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency launched its star-surveying satellite Gaia into space Thursday, hoping to produce the most accurate three-dimensional map of the Milky Way and to better understand the evolution of our galaxy. The satellite was ...

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Photos of the Day: Designing a Smart Bicycle

December 19, 2013 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Copenhagen Wheel concept was inspired by a simple question: "How can we get more people to cycle?" Biderman said. The project received funding from the Italian ministry of the environment and ...            

High-Tech Bike Totes Computer, Sensors, and Wireless Connectivity

December 19, 2013 9:24 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone. The device, called the Copenhagen Wheel, is installed as part of a rear hub of a bike wheel and is ...

The Brainstorm: Broadband Antenna Design

December 18, 2013 4:28 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Recent advances in antenna design and manufacturing have enabled manufacturers to embed antennas into printed circuit boards, providing significant size and cost reductions. PCB antennas have become an essential element in today’s RF...              

What’s New in Real-Time Location Systems?

December 18, 2013 4:15 pm | by Ciaran Connell, DecaWave | Articles | Comments

Real-time location systems (RTLS), which enable devices to determine location in the absence of GPS, are gaining popularity. Google is promoting Google Maps indoors, and Apple acquired WiFiSLAM and announced iBeacons...                       

Doppler Generation for Moving Target Testing

December 18, 2013 3:21 pm | by Joe Mazzochette, General Manager, Eastern OptX | Articles | Comments

Radar systems development, qualification, and testing is an important challenge for test system designers. Testing can include simulators, modeling software, and field-testing. Each of these techniques must deal with and present a variety of signals...

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Design and Test Challenges for 8x8 MIMO Devices for LTE Advanced

December 18, 2013 2:52 pm | by Jim Litz, Marketing Manager, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

From less than two percent in 2011, mobile data will comprise 10 percent of all network traffic by 2016. The projected rise follows the forecasted increase in smartphones and tablet computers accessing data-intensive streaming video and enhanced social media applications...

Roots of the Lithium Battery Problem

December 18, 2013 1:16 pm | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops, smartphones and electric vehicles could have significantly higher energy density if their graphite anodes were to be replaced by lithium metal anodes...                             

Photos of the Day: Origami Antennas

December 18, 2013 9:34 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | News | Comments

The antenna's folding and unfolding capabilities provide an advantage in various commercial and military applications. According to Tentzeris, such antennas could be included in different types of communications equipment, as well as various sensors...

Thompson: Microsoft to Pick CEO Early Next Year

December 18, 2013 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year. Board director John Thompson, who heads the company's executive search committee, said so in a blog post Tuesday...                    

MA High-Tech Startup Hopes to Change Biking

December 18, 2013 9:19 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone...                               

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Multilayer Varistors Will Keep Evolving

December 17, 2013 4:34 pm | by Chris Reynolds, Application Engineer, AVX | Articles | Comments

Due to recent advances in multilayer varistor (MLV) design, metal oxide varistor (MOV) technology is increasingly being employed in fast-transient suppression applications. MLVs utilize zinc oxide grains as the varistor material in combination with a...                  

The Future of Automotive Sensors & Switches

December 17, 2013 4:11 pm | by Julia Blaikie, WDD | News | Comments

Automotive sensors and switches may be discreet, but they play a critical part in our driving experience. Even though drivers don’t consciously think about them, sensors and switches are key contributors to the safety, comfort, and ease of driving. Because proper implementation bears such importance, engineers are always...

Exclusive: Origami Antennas Reshape Industry

December 17, 2013 3:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

A Georgia Tech research team was recently awarded a $2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their unique concept of making compact and efficient antennas by implementing the techniques used in origami paper-folding...

Better First Response Medical Care during Catastrophes

December 17, 2013 2:45 pm | by Erion Elmasllari, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

When a major catastrophic event occurs, every second counts. During instances such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, accidents in chemical plants, or train crashes, many human lives depend on how well the rescue services are coordinated. The better relief forces communicate with each other, the more victims...

A Terahertz Generator with the Highest Signal Quality

December 17, 2013 2:31 pm | by Ana Herrera, Carlos III University of Madrid | News | Comments

Although in recent years research has produced significant advances in the systems used to generate and detect this submillimetric radiation, it is still necessary to develop technologies with enough quality, flexibility and ease of use to cause an explosion in the commercialization of the THz range, points out Ángel Rubén Criado, one of the founding partners of Luz WaveLabs...

A New Way to Add Science Experiments to Online Education

December 17, 2013 2:09 pm | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service | News | Comments

By making digital versions of real-world science experiments available to anyone on the Internet, Stanford Professor Lambertus Hesselink has developed a new approach to integrating laboratory experience with massive online science courses...                  

POSITAL Introduces New High-performance IXARC Encoders

December 17, 2013 12:35 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL-FRABA has revolutionized the world of rotary encoders. The new IXARC encoders combine the accuracy and dynamic response of optical encoders with the ruggedness and compact form factor of magnetic encoders for true ‘go anywhere, do anything’ performance...

Breast Implants and Grave Robbers

December 17, 2013 11:17 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

From tracking devices to medical innovations, RFID is gaining popularity among those craving convenience and efficiency. No more struggling to find keys in the couch cushion; no more frantic searches for loose change to pay for tolls...              

First Working Prototype for Memory Chip Ideal for Mobile Devices

December 17, 2013 11:12 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Just as flash memory once replaced hard disk drives to make smart phones possible, this new RRAM chip could lead to even smaller, smarter gizmos as well as new types of electronic devices that simply aren’t possible today...                

Photos of the Day: Graphene Nanoribbons as Deicer

December 17, 2013 10:47 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Pristine graphene transmits electricity ballistically and would not produce enough heat to melt ice or keep it from forming, but graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) unzipped from multiwalled carbon nanotubes in a chemical process invented by...              

Graphene Nanoribbons an Ice-Melting Coat for Radar

December 17, 2013 10:47 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Ribbons of ultrathin graphene combined with polyurethane paint meant for cars is just right for deicing sensitive military radar domes, according to scientists at Rice University...                     

New Tech Lets Cholesterol-Tracking Smartphone Users Take Lifesaving Selfies

December 17, 2013 10:10 am | by Melissa Osgood, Cornell University | News | Comments

With a new smartphone device, you can now take an accurate iPhone camera selfie that could save your life – it reads your cholesterol level in about a minute...                               

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