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A look at North Korea's cyberwar capabilities

December 18, 2014 | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Most North Koreans have never seen the Internet. But the country Washington suspects is behind a devastating hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment has managed to orchestrate a string of crippling cyber infiltrations of South Korean computer systems....

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Big data may be fashion industry's next must-have accessory

December 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Big data may be the next new thing to hit the fashion industry's runways, according to a team of researchers. By analyzing relevant words and phrases from fashion reviews, researchers were able to identify a network of influence among major designers and track how ...

Choreography of an electron pair

December 18, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists are continuously advancing the control they can exert over matter. A German-Spanish team working with researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg has now become the first to image the motion of the ...

New technique moves researchers closer to new range of biosensors

December 18, 2014 1:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way of binding peptides to the surface of gallium nitride (GaN) in a way that keeps the peptides stable even when exposed to water and radiation. The discovery moves researchers one step ...

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Finally, a wearable that works

December 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Being a crossfit junkie, I regularly plan my meals a week at a time, check labels for complicated, hard-to-pronounce ingredients, and track my workouts in a journal. I’ve tried several fitness monitoring apps available on my phone, but have been left ...

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How the physics of champagne bubbles may help address the world's future energy needs

December 18, 2014 1:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Uncork a bottle of champagne, and as the pressure of the liquid is abruptly removed, bubbles immediately form and then rapidly begin the process of "coarsening," in which larger bubbles grow at the expense of smaller ones. This fundamental nonequilibrium ...

Comics plus engineering equals a national award

December 18, 2014 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A University of California, Riverside assistant professor who is an expert on the science of superheroes will receive an award from a national engineering organization that was previously won by military leaders, a congressman, a Secretary of Defense and astronauts, including ...

Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide

December 18, 2014 12:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Internet addiction is an impulse-control problem marked by an inability to inhibit Internet use, which can adversely affect a person's life, including their health and interpersonal relationships. The prevalence of Internet addiction varies among regions around ...

Engineering Newswire: The Navy's newest hovercraft

December 18, 2014 12:42 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Production has started on the navy’s newest hovercraft. Designed to haul vehicles, equipment, and supplies at land and at sea, the ship to shore connectors are slated for completion in 2017. The new crafts will be able to carry 60 tons of cargo, 14 more than ...

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Operational amplifiers deliver zero drift operation

December 18, 2014 11:22 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has introduced a family of affordable, precision CMOS operational amplifiers (op amps) that deliver zero drift operation and industry leading quiescent current for front-end amplifier circuits and power management designs. Targeted at ...

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Test socket achieves 31 gram actuation force per ball

December 18, 2014 11:10 am | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) recently introduced a new Stamped spring pin socket addressing high performance requirements for testing BGA243 - CBT-BGA-7020. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 31 gram actuation force per ball and ...

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Drones might help show how tornados form

December 18, 2014 10:48 am | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of ...

Stolen emails reveal lapses in Sony security practices

December 18, 2014 10:41 am | by TED BRIDIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the weeks before hackers broke into Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio suffered significant technology outages it blamed on software flaws and incompetent technical staffers who weren't paying attention, even as hackers targeted executives to ...

Gift Guide: Home products come with connectivity

December 18, 2014 10:37 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Do you really need an app to tell you to brush and floss? It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what? To give you a feel for what that connectivity ...

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The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

December 18, 2014 8:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

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Spider's web weaves way to advanced networks and displays

December 17, 2014 5:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The next generation of light-manipulating networks may take their lead from designs inspired by spiders and leaves, according to a new report from two Boston College physicists and colleagues at South China Normal University. Structures as commonplace as ...

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