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Why Beacon is the next big thing in wireless

December 29, 2014 | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

During the year of 2014, the word beacon was redefined. If you know the word iBeacon technology, you probably know what I’m talking about. I could spend many pages describing the various opportunities with beacons although allow me to try to summarize the most ...

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If you talk to your thermostat, will it listen?

December 29, 2014 9:06 am | by Vineet Ganju, Conexant | Blogs | Comments

Interacting with the devices in a Smart Home using voice is a trend that has the biggest players in the consumer electronics space taking notice. From speakers that hear and respond to commands to intelligent thermostats and home appliances, a completely ...

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Tales from a Martian rock

December 29, 2014 8:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new analysis of a Martian rock that meteorite hunters plucked from an Antarctic ice field 30 years ago this month reveals a record of the planet's climate billions of years ago, back when water likely washed across its surface and any life that ever ...

Taking the grunt work out of Web development

December 29, 2014 8:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Web page today is the result of a number of interacting components -- like cascading style sheets, XML code, ad hoc database queries, and JavaScript functions. For all but the most rudimentary sites, keeping track of how these different elements ...

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UK body warns drone owners: Fly safely, or you'll be fined

December 29, 2014 8:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Got a nifty little drone for Christmas? If so, fly it carefully. Especially if you are in Britain. The country's civil aviation authority on Thursday issued a warning that people who fly their drones recklessly face prosecution and a hefty fine. Officials say the ...

Drones afoot: It’s going to be a very unmanned 2015

December 29, 2014 7:37 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Drones, drones, and more drones. It’s going to be a very merry, very unmanned 2015. OK, and there’s probably a few other technologies on the verge of a breakout year. ECN has spilled voluminous quantities of ink (digital and otherwise) trumpeting ...

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Drones become popular holiday gifts

December 23, 2014 4:38 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Drones — flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in ...

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Hands on: Crafting ultrathin color coatings

December 23, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a sub-basement deep below the Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering at Harvard University, Mikhail Kats gets dressed. Mesh shoe covers, a face mask, a hair net, a pale gray jumpsuit, knee-high fabric boots, vinyl gloves, safety goggles ...

Have a safe and happy New Year!

December 23, 2014 3:30 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Your friends at ECN and Advantage Business Media would like to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and a safe and happy New Year! We have lots to look forward to in 2015 — the second annual ECN IMPACT Awards, the very first Young Mind Awards ...

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Piezoelectricity in a 2-D semiconductor

December 23, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A door has been opened to low-power off/on switches in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) and nanoelectronic devices, as well as ultrasensitive bio-sensors, with the first observation of piezoelectricity in a free standing two-dimensional semiconductor by ...

NREL receives Editors' Choice Awards for supercomputer research

December 23, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two prestigious scientific magazines have awarded the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with Editors' Choice awards for the Peregrine high-performance computer and the groundbreaking research it made possible....

Using light to understand the brain

December 23, 2014 2:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UCL researchers have developed an innovative way to understand how the brain works by using flashes of light, allowing them to both 'read' and 'write' brain signals. The new technique, described in Nature Methods, combines two cutting-edge technologies for ...

The accurate elastodynamic equations for inhomogeneous media

December 23, 2014 2:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The elastodynamic equations for inhomogeneous media are crucial to the seismology, the NDT of composites, the elastic metamaterials, etc. Recently, Dr. XIANG Zhihai from the Applied Mechanics Laboratory, Department of Engineering Mechanics, Tsinghua University ...

Reproducing the mechanical property of granular materials

December 23, 2014 2:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Mechanical property of granular materials in landslide is of great significance. A recent research demonstrates that the numerical triaxial apparatus based on discrete element method is able to simulate and reproduce the triaxial tests in laboratory, which is ...

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Watts up -- Planes go hybrid-electric

December 23, 2014 2:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, in association with Boeing, have successfully tested the first aircraft to be powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system, where an electric motor and petrol engine work together to drive the ...

'Mind the gap' between atomically thin materials

December 23, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When it comes to engineering single-layer atomic structures, "minding the gap" will help researchers create artificial electronic materials one atomic layer at a time, according to a team of materials scientists. The gap is a miniscule vacuum that researchers ...

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