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What if all cars were electric?

July 27, 2015 11:58 am | by Anne-Muriel Brouet, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne | News | Comments

A century ago, Switzerland decided to electrify its railways. Out went coal, coal pollution and energy dependency. Today, what about switching all our cars over to electricity...

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Bomb-proof lining contains explosion in luggage hold of aircraft

July 27, 2015 11:51 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

A bomb-proof lining developed by an international team of scientists, including academics from the University of Sheffield, has successfully contained blasts in a series of controlled explosions in the luggage hold of a Boeing 747 and an Airbus 321...

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Software turns smartphones into tools for medical research

July 27, 2015 11:47 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life...

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NY wins $600 million hub for photonics research, development

July 27, 2015 11:44 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A $610 million research and manufacturing hub dedicated to the science of photonics - the use of light in technology - will be developed in western New York, federal and state officials said Monday, which could mean thousands of jobs for the region...

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VCO features typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset

July 27, 2015 11:41 am | by Crystek Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-3420-3430 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 3420 MHz to 3430 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5 V~4.5 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +2.0 dBm...

HAT standard compliant primary display with resistive touch

July 27, 2015 10:34 am | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

4D Systems and element14  announce the launch of the 4DPi-24-HAT, a 2.4-inch, 320x240 pixel fully HAT Standard compliant primary display with Resistive touch that plugs directly on top of a Raspberry Pi...

The Tough Photon and the last few feet

July 27, 2015 9:47 am | by Phil Gilchrist, General Manager of Optics and CTO of Data and Devices, TE Connectivity | Blogs | Comments

If you ever search for clip art of, “optical fiber,” you will find pictures of hair-thin bundles lit from within like glow sticks. One imagines these carefully held by masked, white-gloved lab technicians and carried with a ceremony that emphasizes their preciousness....

Why Alfred Hitchcock grabs your attention

July 27, 2015 9:22 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The movies of Alfred Hitchcock have made palms sweat and pulses race for more than 65 years. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have now learned how the Master of Suspense affects audiences' brains. Their study measured brain activity while people watched clips from Hitchcock and other suspenseful films...

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Smart hydrogel coating creates 'stick-slip' control of capillary action

July 27, 2015 9:19 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Coating the inside of glass microtubes with a polymer hydrogel material dramatically alters the way capillary forces draw water into the tiny structures, researchers have found. The discovery could provide...

Superfast fluorescence sets new speed record

July 27, 2015 9:17 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed an ultrafast light-emitting device that can flip on and off 90 billion times a second and could form the basis of optical computing....

Mystery beach blast in Rhode Island blamed on hydrogen gas

July 27, 2015 9:12 am | by AMY ANTHONY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A mysterious blast on a Rhode Island beach likely was caused by the combustion of hydrogen gas that had built up because of a corroded copper cable under the sand, investigators announced Friday....

Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice

July 27, 2015 9:10 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice. The team responsible for the New Horizons flyby of Pluto last week released new pictures Friday of the previously unexplored world on the edge of the solar system...

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Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts

July 27, 2015 9:08 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners....

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Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit

July 27, 2015 9:07 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device....

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As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in

July 27, 2015 9:06 am | by NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul opened a campaign office at a San Francisco tech incubator that hosted a 24-hour "hack-a-thon" last month. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won the backing of Oracle founder Larry Ellison. He held a fundraiser for the senator, whose new book has a chapter...

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