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Virtual trainer takes serious approach to electronic warfare

January 29, 2015 2:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Missiles are launched at a Navy ship, and Sailors must decide in a matter of seconds how to keep from getting hit. Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix prepares Sailors for exactly this scenario, and was named "Best Government-Developed Serious Game" in the ...

Walking on ice takes more than brains

January 29, 2015 2:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Walking across an icy parking lot in winter--and remaining upright--takes intense concentration. But a new discovery suggests that much of the balancing act that our bodies perform when faced with such a task happens unconsciously, thanks to a cluster of neurons in our ...

Novel eye-tracking technology detects concussions and head injury severity

January 29, 2015 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research out of NYU Langone Medical Center could move the medical community one step closer toward effectively detecting concussion and quantifying its severity. Neuroscientists and concussion experts from NYU Langone and elsewhere, in a study publishing online January ...

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Nickelodeon to offer Internet-only subscription service

January 29, 2015 2:02 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SpongeBob fans rejoice: Nickelodeon is the latest cable channel to plan a stand-alone Internet offering. What's not yet known is whether this offering will be the same channel as what cable and satellite TV subscribers now get. It's possible the service ...

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Photos of the Day: 'World's First Family Robot' raises $2M

January 29, 2015 9:03 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | News | Comments

Jibo, “The World’s First Family Robot,” raised more than $2 million on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, making it one of the most funded projects in the site’s history. Turning to crowdfunding with the hope to raise Jibo awareness, as well as the social robotics movement ...

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Envisioning pacemakers with Internet connections

January 28, 2015 4:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The ageing of society needs new, more cost-effective solutions to improve the life quality of patients and cut the burden that is placed on the social welfare system. In modern western societies the fitting of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) is ...

Quantum computer shows space is not "squeezed"

January 28, 2015 4:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ever since Einstein proposed his special theory of relativity in 1905, physics and cosmology have been based on the assumption that space looks the same in all directions - that it's not squeezed in one direction relative to another. A new experiment by University of ...

Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes

January 28, 2015 1:50 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

Today in engineering history, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, FL, killing the seven crew members aboard. Among those killed was a teacher from New Hampshire, Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to ...

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Scientists chart latest discoveries of iron-based superconductors

January 28, 2015 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Superconductivity is a remarkable macroscopic quantum phenomenon, discovered just over a century ago. As temperature decreases to below a critical value, the electric resistance of a superconductor vanishes and the magnetic field is repelled. Superconductors have many ...

Bitcoin scams steal at least $11 million in virtual deposits

January 28, 2015 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fraudulent schemes have scammed at least $11 million in Bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years, according to new cyber security research from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Bitcoin is the digital world's most popular ...

Researchers use sound to slow down, speed up, and block light

January 28, 2015 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

How do you make an optical fiber transmit light only one way? Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have experimentally demonstrated, for the first time, the phenomenon of Brillouin Scattering Induced Transparency ...

Custom-tailored robotic exoskeletons fit to perfection

January 28, 2015 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It wasn't too long ago that the idea of a wearable robot that would lend its user increased mobility and strength seemed like the stuff of science fiction; indeed, films like Aliens and Iron Man, which featured characters wearing powered exoskeletons, incited the imaginations of ...

Astronomers find solar system more than double ours in age

January 28, 2015 12:44 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A newly discovered solar system - with five small rocky planets - makes ours look like a baby. An international team of astronomers announced Tuesday that this extrasolar system is 11.2 billion years old. With the age of the universe pegged at ...

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Misfit wants this wristband to synch with your smart home

January 28, 2015 12:11 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity tracker. On. Jan. 27 the company released details about Misfit Bolt, a smart bulb that can personalize home lighting using the Flash wristband, and a partnership with Nest and ...

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This robot learns, one step at a time

January 28, 2015 12:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Researchers at the L'Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR) in France are teaching a robot how to evolve. The team, including Professor Jean-Baptiste Mouret and doctoral student Antoine Cully, use a six-legged robot called Creadapt to study how ...

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