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How this student went from watching the fish tank to diving with whale sharks

April 23, 2015 2:56 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Growing up, my family had a huge fish tank in our office that I would sit in front of for hours like it was a television set.

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How experience may lead to misperception

April 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bernstein Coordination Site (BCOS) | News | Comments

How long is the way from the city hall to the train station? When we estimate distances, something curious happens: short distances seem longer, and long distances shorter than they really are. Similar biases occur during judgments of volume, brightness or time....

Ultra-sensitive sensor detects individual electrons

April 23, 2015 2:16 pm | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | News | Comments

A Spanish-led team of European researchers at the University of Cambridge has created an electronic device so accurate that it can detect the charge of a single electron in less than one microsecond. It has been dubbed the 'gate sensor' and could be ...

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Study: Self-driving 'taxibots' could replace 9 in 10 cars

April 23, 2015 2:12 pm | by ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Transportation experts say car-congested cities could become a thing of the past, provided people are prepared to ride-share with a robot driver. A study published Thursday by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development suggests ...

Autonomous driving: A problem solved?

April 23, 2015 2:07 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he isn’t worried about autonomous cars. In fact, he believes that one day (in the distant future) lawmakers may make human-driven cars illegal because the "two-ton death machines" will be too dangerous.

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MEMS: The unseen machines

April 23, 2015 2:03 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

April 23, 2015 Atlanta, GA Hidden inside your smartphone are micron-scale sensors that detect acceleration, rotation and more. Georgia Tech researchers are developing similar micro-electromechanical systems -- known as MEMS -- for applications ranging from health care to agriculture.

Preventative human maintenance will tell you right & wrong

April 23, 2015 1:45 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I have yet to jump on the wearable bandwagon. I am without Fitbit and smart shoe, and I find the prospect of textiles as hardware unnerving. Some of this is due to a shopping aversion, but a large part of it is that, even as a self-confessed statistical junkie ...

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Dual-channel TDR locates faults on all metallic cables

April 23, 2015 12:57 pm | by Megger | Product Releases | Comments

Megger now offers the TDR2010, a dual channel, high resolution time domain reflectometer (TDR) for locating faults on all metallic cables, including twisted pair wires and coax cables. This new TDR features a large (800 x 400 pixels), extra high-resolution (to 0.1 m), backlit, WVGA color LCD display with user definable tones.

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Shielded power inductors provide inductance values up to 33 µH

April 23, 2015 12:39 pm | Coilcraft | Product Releases | Comments

Coilcraft’s XAL15xx Family of rugged, magnetically-shielded power inductors are offered in two versions – one providing saturation current ratings up to 111 Amps and the other offering inductance values as high as 33 µH – delivering the highest levels of performance in the smallest possible space....

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SBCs provide heightened data security

April 23, 2015 12:38 pm | by Aitech | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems Inc. has enhanced the C111 and C112, two of its Freescale T4-based single-slot 6U SBCs to include the new, low power, multi-core, multi-processor T4080 QorIQ with AltiVec technology. The T4080 processor significantly enhances computing performance and optimizes energy efficiency for ...

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Hubble celebrates 25 years with this incredible photo

April 23, 2015 12:24 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

First of all, let's wish a happy 25th birthday to the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, which will reach a quarter century of providing incredible information and pictures on Friday, April 24th.

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A new smartphone display: High resolution (WQHD) + in-cell touch

April 23, 2015 12:02 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

For years, panel makers have been interested in total solution products (display + touch modules). They have developed various embedded touch structures with touch controller IC makers to expand their scope to the touch business. This has allowed them to increase revenue by establishing a more...

Google officially launches Project Fi

April 23, 2015 11:47 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

The rumors are true! (Well, some of them.) Google has officially launched Project Fi, a program designed to explore the opportunity to provide fast, easy-to-use wireless connectivity and communication to everyone. In Google's official blog, they state, "Similar to our Nexus hardware program ...

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Google wireless phone service challenges major carriers

April 23, 2015 11:28 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is trying to shake up the wireless phone industry with a low-priced service designed to pressure major carriers into making it more affordable for people to get online and use Google's services. The service, called "Project Fi," debuted Wednesday, about two ...

Hello? Facebook launches phone-calling app for Android

April 23, 2015 11:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Hello? Anyone there? Facebook unveiled a new voice-calling app for Android phones on Wednesday, the same day that its WhatsApp messaging service introduced voice-calling for iOS devices. Phone calls, it seems, are not dead yet....

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