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Photo of the Day: The Impact of Electrical Engineering

April 9, 2014 2:52 pm | by New Jersey Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Electrical engineering is a science that has played a major role the lives we live in the 21st century. In today’s technology driven world, electrical engineering is the cornerstone and driver of innovation of the devices we utilize daily to improve our quality of life...                           

New Switch could Power Quantum Computing

April 9, 2014 1:50 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists at MIT and Harvard University have developed a new method for connecting particles — one that could help in the development of powerful quantum computing systems...               

Scientists Develop Ultra-Fast Electrical Circuits Using Light-Generated Tunneling Currents

April 9, 2014 1:23 pm | by Kimberley Wang, National University of Singapore | News | Comments

Assistant Professor Christian A. Nijhuis of the Department of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Science, in collaboration with researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, namely Dr Bai Ping of the Institute of High Performance Computing and Dr Michel Bosman of the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering has successfully designed and fabricated electrical circuits that can operate...

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Advanced Warning Systems Increase Safety at Intersections, Study Shows

April 9, 2014 1:08 pm | by Brian M. Mullen, Clemson University | News | Comments

Most drivers have experienced a traffic signal that turns yellow just as they approach an intersection, which makes it difficult for them to decide whether to stop or proceed through it. The wrong choice in this situation, known as the “dilemma zone,” may lead to crashes...                     

Domain Walls in Nanowires Cleverly Set in Motion

April 9, 2014 12:41 pm | by Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz | News | Comments

Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have achieved a major breakthrough in the development of methods of information processing in nanomagnets. Using a new trick, they have been able to induce synchronous motion of the domain walls in a ferromagnetic nanowire...                           

Photos of the Day: Orientation Algorithm for Robots

April 9, 2014 10:42 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The algorithm is primarily intended to aid robots navigating unfamiliar buildings, not motorists navigating unfamiliar cities, but the principle is the same. It works by identifying the dominant orientations in a given scene, which it represents as sets of axes...                

Orienteering for Robots

April 9, 2014 10:40 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

At the IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in June, MIT researchers will present a new algorithm that could make it much easier for computers to re-indentify their surroundings...                     

Physicist Wins $1.3M Tech Prize for Data Storage

April 9, 2014 10:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

British-American physicist Stuart Parkin has won the $1.3 million Millennium Technology Prize for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks...                     

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New Wireless Technology Unwraps Mummies' Mysteries

April 9, 2014 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers...                   

Smartphone Trial Judge Annoyed by Phones in Court

April 9, 2014 10:18 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices...                

Investors Shed Tech, Biotech Stocks

April 9, 2014 10:15 am | by KEN SWEET, AP Markets Writer | News | Comments

Technology and biotechnology companies, high-flying stocks over the last two years, have been beaten down the last three weeks. Many are now in bear territory, which is when a stock falls more than 20 percent from a recent high...                

Online Security Flaw Exposes Millions of Passwords

April 9, 2014 10:13 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writers MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

An alarming lapse in Internet security has exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers, and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers who may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery...                       

Rebar Technique Strengthens Case for Graphene

April 8, 2014 11:04 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes are reinforcing bars that make two-dimensional graphene much easier to handle in a new hybrid material grown by researchers at Rice University...                                        

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Photos of the Day: Hybrid Nanotube-Graphene Material

April 8, 2014 11:00 am | by Mike Williams, Rice University | News | Comments

The technique should make large, flexible, conductive and transparent sheets of graphene much easier to manipulate, which should be of interest to electronics manufacturers...                     

Personal Touch Signature Makes Mobile Devices More Secure

April 8, 2014 10:21 am | by Jason Maderer, Georgia Tech | News | Comments

Passwords, gestures, and fingerprint scans are all helpful ways to keep a thief from unlocking and using a cell phone or tablet. Cybersecurity researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have gone a step further. They’ve developed a new security system that continuously monitors how a user taps and swipes a mobile device...

Nokia Gets Chinese Approval for Microsoft Deal

April 8, 2014 8:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft, removing one of the last major hurdles to the 5.4 billion-euro ($7.3 billion) deal...                

EU Court Nixes Government Bulk Data Collection

April 8, 2014 8:44 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's top court on Tuesday scrapped key legislation allowing the indiscriminate collection of Internet and phone communication data for law-enforcement purposes...                                 

High-Tech Items Giving Deaf-Blind Online Access

April 8, 2014 8:38 am | by FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Helen Keller National center, along with the Boston-based Perkins School for the Blind, is working with state agencies and others around the country to distribute items like refreshable Braille displays, amplified telephones, and computer programs that allow...                      

Samsung's Profit Falls as Smartphones Get Cheaper

April 8, 2014 8:26 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics for a second straight quarter...                                 

HotSpot 57: Standardizing The Internet of Things

April 7, 2014 12:06 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, an enhanced baseball experience with iBeacon technology; driving the adoption of an Internet of Things; LTE Innovation Summit; and who has the better Smart Home: Samsung or Honda?                      

Review: Ups and Downs with Google Glass Apps

April 7, 2014 11:16 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google Glass is like a fickle friend. Surprises await, such as the time it took a photo of my ceiling while I was making carrot and ginger soup...                                      

Samsung Adding Anti-Theft Solutions to Smartphones

April 7, 2014 11:08 am | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics will add two safeguards to its latest smartphone in an effort to deter rampant theft of the mobile devices nationwide, the company said Friday...                             

Photos of the Day: Giant Tetris Game Displayed on Skyscrapper

April 7, 2014 11:00 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The hundreds of LED lights embedded in the building's glass facade normally display colorful patterns. On Saturday night, images of supersized shapes "fell" on two sides of the mirrored tower as competitors used joysticks to maneuver them, creating a spectacle against the night sky that organizers hoped inspired onlookers and players to think about the possibilities of technology...

Tetris in the Sky: Gamers Play on Philly Building

April 7, 2014 10:59 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sam Robinson said it's been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper...                                    

Possible Signals from Lost Jet's Black Boxes Heard

April 7, 2014 10:36 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Underwater sounds detected by a ship searching the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes, an Australian official said Monday, dubbing it "a most promising lead" in the monthlong hunt for the vanished plane...                   

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