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Solar-powered plane can "fly forever"

April 16, 2014 8:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg — who previously had circumnavigated the globe in a balloon — plan to make history again with the Solar Impulse 2, which will undertake the first solar-powered flight around the world....

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Methane leaks from some fracking sites 1000 times above official figures

April 16, 2014 8:10 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

The furor over fracking took a further twist this week as levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above drilling wells, in some cases, 1,000 times greater than previous Environmental Protection Agency estimates. The shocking figures came from air...

Driverless and talking cars: New technology transforms the way we travel

April 16, 2014 8:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This year at IMS 2014, Wireless Design and Development (WDD) will be hosting a live, panel discussion on Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel. Recently, the U.S. government made a push to incorporate wireless communication technologies in future car designs....

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Do you know the real cost of a 'smartphone'?

April 16, 2014 2:10 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Everyone knows the cost of a smartphone in dollars, but experts say it's time to know what is the equivalent of the cost in human lives. Information portal experts Me Policy highlights seven pieces of terrible data that make up the real price of our smartphones....

From air traffic controller in the Army to grad research in fiber optics

April 15, 2014 6:14 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

When ECE graduate student Janice Blane was still a prospective student, considering advisers and research programs, she did what anyone would do: she contacted faculty members who were doing innovative research, asking about opportunities in their labs. That seems normal....

Researchers use complex computational models to assess engine qualities

April 15, 2014 6:10 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists at Argonne, as part of the new Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), are looking at a number of parameters in the internal combustion process. By gaining a better understanding of how these parameters interact, the Argonne researchers seek to create cleaner and...

Atari gets into real-money gambling

April 15, 2014 6:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Atari, the maker of classic video games like "Pong" and "Centipede," is about to make things a bit more interesting for players. The company said Tuesday that it is getting into real-money gambling through a partnership with gambling company Pariplay. Pariplay will launch Atari's brands across a...

Better solar cells, better LED light, and vast optical possibilities

April 15, 2014 3:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. NTNU-researchers have discovered that by tuning a small strain on single nanowires they can become more effective in LEDs and solar cells....

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Oscilloscopes add enhanced IBIS-AMI, S-parameters modeling support

April 15, 2014 2:26 pm | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Tektronix (Beaverton, OR) extended the capabilities of the analysis system on its MSO/DPO70000 Series of Digital and Mixed Signal Oscilloscopes to include modeling of on-chip silicon behavior using IBIS-AMI models and S-parameters. This

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Laws and ethics can’t keep pace with technology

April 15, 2014 2:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Codes we live by, laws we follow, and computers that move too fast to care.Employers can get into legal trouble if they ask interviewees about their religion, sexual preference, or political affiliation. Yet they can use social media to filter out job applicants based on their beliefs, looks, and...

Study shows increase in online information thefts

April 15, 2014 2:05 pm | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday. According to the survey conducted in January, 18 percent of online adults have had personal information stolen....

Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace

April 15, 2014 2:02 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems. Financial terms were not disclosed. Google Inc. said Monday that atmospheric satellites could also be used in disaster relief....

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Mini module powered by Intel Atom E3800 & Celeron N2930/J1900 processors

April 15, 2014 1:52 pm | News | Comments

Advantech (Irvine, CA) announced the debut of SOM-7567 COM Express Mini Type 10 module, featuring Intel Atom E3800/Celeron N2930/J1900 with significant CPU and graphics performance improvements. Measuring only 84 x 55mm, SOM-7567 supports onboard memory up to 4GB....

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The GM ignition switch recall: Too little too late?

April 15, 2014 1:18 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

How much stuff do you carry on your keyring? Besides keys, I mean. Some minimalists like my wife carry car keys separately from other keys, with nothing attached except maybe a small plastic tag to make it easier to find in her purse....

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Relieving electric vehicle range anxiety with improved batteries

April 15, 2014 1:13 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

Electric vehicles could travel farther and more renewable energy could be stored with lithium-sulfur batteries that use a unique powdery nanomaterial. Researchers added the powder, a kind of nanomaterial called a metal organic framework , to the battery's cathode to capture problematic...

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