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Liquids and glasses relax, too. But not like you thought

January 15, 2015 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new insight into the fundamental mechanics of the movement of molecules recently published* by researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) offers a surprising view of what happens when you pour a liquid out of a cup....

Google expects public in driverless cars in 2 to 5 years

January 15, 2015 2:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years. Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians....

Facebook founder launches free Internet project in Colombia

January 15, 2015 2:32 pm | by JOSHUA GOODMAN and BARBARA ORTUTAY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg traveled to Colombia on Wednesday to bring his global Internet-access initiative to Latin America. In an event with President Juan Manuel Santos, the billionaire explained how even low-end mobile phone users in Colombia will now ...

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Amazon executive hopes for era of peace with publishers

January 15, 2015 2:12 pm | by HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The overseer of Amazon.com's Kindle e-book and publishing divisions is preaching peace. With a monthslong standoff between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over e-book revenues settled and a multiyear agreement in place, Amazon senior vice president ...

Why a Samsung takeover of Blackberry could make sense

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Blackberry have splashed frigid water on a report that Samsung wants to make a $7.5 billion takeover offer for the struggling Canadian device maker. That, however, did not stop tech industry watchers from dissecting all the possibilities....

Smartphones at CES 2015 indicate brand shift

January 15, 2015 11:32 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

We saw practically no new innovations or product releases from top smartphone makers this year at CES. However, smaller, less-known smartphone manufacturers took full advantage of the event. In terms of number of products introduced, TCL Alcatel took ...

Engineering Update #93: A hybrid motorcycle for US Special Forces

January 15, 2015 11:22 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

For most people, a fully electric car is about as affordable as it is practical, but Chevy has taken on at least one of those problems with it’s newest reveal of a fully-electric Bolt for just $30,000. Based on lessons learned from Chevy’s hyprid Volt and Spark ...

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The smart UAVs solution

January 15, 2015 11:10 am | by Andrew Simpson, Content Developer, Gumstix, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Few things have captivated the technology world’s imagination over the last two years like unmanned aerial vehicles. From airborne home videos, to lifting tanks out of the sea in a swarm, both the fun and practical applications of UAVs seem virtually limitless....

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Can this robot solve a Rubik's Cube faster than a person?

January 15, 2015 9:20 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It can be challenging to get kids involved in STEM because it's a pretty vast array of subjects and it can be highly technical, which makes it difficult to relate to. With that in mind, there has been a big push to create ways for students to learn the skills of engineering or ...

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Photos of the Day: The 3D-printed Shelby Cobra is unveiled

January 15, 2015 8:36 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays ...

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My new New Year’s resolutions (sort of)

January 15, 2015 8:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

Happy New Year, engineers! January is usually a time of year where I reflect on the past and think about things that I should be doing in 2015. I say should mostly because I’ve never really used that gym membership (but I do come up with increasingly creative excuses) ...

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Decoding the gravitational evolution of dark matter halos

January 14, 2015 3:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Kavli IPMU and their collaborators have revealed that considering environmental effects such as a gravitational tidal force spread over a scale much larger than a galaxy cluster is indispensable to explain the distribution and evolution of ...

A new step towards using graphene in electronic applications

January 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Few materials have received as much attention from the scientific world or have raised so many hopes with a view to their potential deployment in new applications as graphene has. This is largely due to its superlative properties: it is the thinnest material in ...

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Stargazers begin hunt for planets

January 14, 2015 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Warwick scientists have begun searching for planets after the unveiling of twelve robotically controlled telescopes. The telescopes, which form a wide-field observing system called the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), aim to detect ...

How can we engage in direct modeling for computational fluid dynamics?

January 14, 2015 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Direct modeling for computational fluid dynamics provides an effective methodology to develop multi-scale numerical algorithms for flow simulation in all regimes from rarefied to continuum ones, which will help to improve the conventional CFD methods which ...

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