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Preparing for the robot uprising

January 26, 2015 | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Could artificial intelligence programs revolutionize human labor laws? Should autonomous weapons be programmed to comply with the Geneva Conventions? A speculative letter released on Thursday, Jan. 16 by Future of Life Institute, a volunteer-run research ...

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This app finds the closest bathroom (no, seriously)

January 26, 2015 1:12 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Yelp is a great resource for finding local restaurants in unfamiliar surroundings. But an app that pinpoints the closest restroom? That’s a new one. Airpnp promises just that — a quick and easy way to find the nearest John. Like Fandango, you enter your location ...

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Towards a scientific process freed from systemic bias

January 26, 2015 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research on how science works - the science of science - can benefit from studying the digital traces generated during the research process, such as peer-reviewed publications. This type of research is crucial for the future of science and that of scientists....

China takes over lead from Europe in 2013 photovoltaic installations

January 26, 2015 11:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A booming photovoltaic market in Asia has propelled China to a global leader in photovoltaic energy installations in 2013, according to the latest edition of the JRC's PV Status Report. The EU has retained its domination in cumulative installed capacity....

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This neurostimulator makes people cry

January 26, 2015 11:30 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the patient’s nasal cavity....

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Brain-wave headset crowdsourced

January 26, 2015 11:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

British company Flexctrl Ltd. is crowdfunding a headset designed to enable users to control wireless devices with brain activity. The indiegogo campaign, which began on Dec. 23, has raised £741 ($1,112) out of its £125,000 ($187,000) goal as of Jan. 27....

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Is China’s TV industry slowing down?

January 26, 2015 11:12 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

Recently, two leading local brands announced their TV shipment results in 2014, Skyworth only grew 1% Y/Y in China, 24% Y/Y in overseas market (mainly OEMs); TCL’s overall sales volume of LCD TV decreased 3.5% to 16.57 million sets....

Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

January 26, 2015 9:39 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water....

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Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled

January 26, 2015 9:31 am | by EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives ...

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Turkish court orders Facebook pages blocked

January 26, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet. The Anadolu Agency says a court in Ankara issued ...

LED bug eyes lighting system designed for hazardous locations

January 26, 2015 8:24 am | by Larson Electronics Llc | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a Class 1 Division 2 LED bug eyes emergency lighting system for use within hazardous locations where fail-safe lighting reliability is a must. The HAL-EMG-EXT-12W-2L from Larson Electronics ...

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Grounding spring series available in three different types

January 26, 2015 8:23 am | by Fujitsu Components America, Inc. | Fujitsu Components America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu Components America announced it has added two new, compact grounding spring connectors to its product offering to give designers more choices for the grounding requirements of printed circuit boards within the confines of mobile devices....

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New process transforms planar materials into 3D microarchitectures

January 26, 2015 8:21 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

In the cover feature article of the journal, Science, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describe a unique process for geometrically transforming two dimensional (2D) micro/nanostructures into extended 3D layouts ...

There's more to lightning than meets the eye

January 26, 2015 8:12 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

To study an electrical storm’s internal wiring, researchers watch for either Very High Frequency (VHF) waves caused by the breakdown of air in front of a bolt’s path or radio waves produced by the movement of electrons. While previous studies have ...

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CEA declares war on patent trolls

January 23, 2015 1:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Why create a product when you could file a lawsuit instead? That’s the modus operandi of “patent trolls,” those who abuse patent litigation laws, and the Consumer Electronics Association is urging United States citizens to ask the government to crack down ...

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Creating a smarter connection between man and machine

January 23, 2015 1:51 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization and more ...

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