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A piece of the quantum puzzle

November 12, 2014 4:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While the Martinis Lab at UC Santa Barbara has been focusing on quantum computation, former postdoctoral fellow Pedram Roushan and several colleagues have been exploring qubits (quantum bits) for quantum simulation on a smaller scale....

Review: No cash, cards, just mobile pay for a week

November 12, 2014 4:24 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Attempt at your own risk: For an entire week, I left all my cash and credit cards at home to see how well wallet-free mobile services work in the real world. Apple Pay has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks, but there are lots of other ...

US-China deal could end fees on $1T in tech sales

November 12, 2014 4:19 pm | by MARLEY JAY, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items. President Barack Obama, in Beijing for the ...

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Drone sightings up dramatically

November 12, 2014 4:13 pm | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters ...

Webcast: Beyond Conflict Minerals for High Tech Companies

November 12, 2014 3:37 pm | Events

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Section 1502, requires organizations to disclose the use of conflict minerals in their products or in the materials used in their manufacturing processes. By rule of the SEC, compliance ...

Automotive-grade film capacitors designed for safety applications

November 12, 2014 3:21 pm | Kemet Electronics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

KEMET (Simpsonville, SC) introduced automotive-grade film capacitors at the Electronica 2014 trade fair in Munich, Germany. The F862 Metallized Polypropylene Film Class X2 Series is specifically designed for safety applications subject to ...

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Power divider provides in-phase power splitting

November 12, 2014 3:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

From Knowles Capacitors (Cazenovia, NY) comes a Wilkinson power divider, the PDW05758, from their Dielectric Laboratories (DLI) facility. It is designed to provide in-phase power splitting or combining over a broad bandwidth in low-power ...

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Ethanol and heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel production

November 12, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel to conventional fossil ones. The EU policies of boosting biodiesel have achieved its implementation in the transport fuels market and increasingly its sustainable nature is being taken into account. Thus, up to 86% ...

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3D-printing self-learning robots

November 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by University of Oslo | News | Comments

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom. This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other ...

Electronic 'tongue' to ensure food quality

November 12, 2014 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. Or it could someday monitor water for pollutants or test blood for signs of disease. With an eye toward these applications, scientists ...

NYU professor wins premier award in the data visualization field

November 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) presented the 2014 Visualization Technical Achievement Award to Claudio Silva, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of ...

Program models more detailed evolutionary networks from genetic data

November 12, 2014 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The tree has been an effective model of evolution for 150 years, but a Rice University computer scientist believes it's far too simple to illustrate the breadth of current knowledge. Rice researcher Luay Nakhleh and his group have developed ...

Researchers test first 'smart spaces' using light to send data

November 12, 2014 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the problems in the high-tech field of visible light communication (VLC) - or using light to send data wirelessly - is decidedly low tech: The data transmission stops whenever the light is blocked by people's movements, shadows or other ...

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A timeline of comet probe's 10-year journey

November 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency said it landed a spacecraft on a comet Wednesday for the first time ever. The Philae craft pulled off the audacious landing hours after it was released toward the giant ball of dust and ice by the unmanned Rosetta ...

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Iran clones American UAV, completes test flight (maybe)

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in 2011, Iranian forces captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel UAV near Kashmar before parading the drone for the world to see on Iranian TV. While the U.S. initially denied foul play, stating that it had “lost control” of a drone (not an RQ-170 ...

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