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Diverse groups fly airship over NSA’s Utah Data Center to protest illegal internet spying

June 27, 2014 1:57 pm | News | Comments

The environmental campaigning group Greenpeace, digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Tenth Amendment Center (TAC) joined forces today to fly an airship over the NSA’s data center in Utah to protest the government’s mass surveillance program....

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Touchless technology in the operating theater

June 27, 2014 12:59 pm | by Lancaster University | News | Comments

Pioneering work using touchless technology for vascular surgery is now being extended to neurosurgery.Dr Mark Rouncefield and Dr. Gerardo Gonzalez from the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University were part of a collaborative team from Microsoft Research....

North Korea tests new precision-guided missiles

June 27, 2014 12:50 pm | by Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea said Friday that leader Kim Jong Un has guided the test launches of its newly developed precision guided missiles, in a possible reference to three short-range projectiles South Korean officials say the North fired toward its waters a day earlier....

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'Compressive sensing' provides new approach to measuring a quantum system

June 27, 2014 12:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In quantum physics, momentum and position are an example of conjugate variables. This means they are connected by Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, which says that both quantities cannot be simultaneously measured precisely. Recently, researchers have been developing novel techniques....

Diamond plates create nanostructures through pressure, not chemistry

June 27, 2014 12:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

You wouldn't think that mechanical force — the simple kind used to eject unruly patrons from bars, shoe a horse or emboss the raised numerals on credit cards — could process nanoparticles more subtly than the most advanced chemistry. Yet, in a current paper in Nature Communications ...

Packing hundreds of sensors into a single optical fiber for use in harsh environments

June 27, 2014 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By fusing together the concepts of active fiber sensors and high-temperature fiber sensors, a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh has created an all-optical high-temperature sensor for gas flow measurements that operates at record-setting temperatures above 800 degrees Celsius....

Capturing CO2 emissions needed to meet climate targets

June 27, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This is shown by the most comprehensive study to date on technology strategies to combat climate change, published in a special issue of the journal Climatic Change. It is based on the analysis of 18 computer models by an international team of scientists under the roof of the Stanford Energy Modelling Forum (EMF 27)....

Stanford's Precourt Institute partners with KQED on a new e-book series on energy

June 27, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University and KQED, public media for Northern California, have created a two-part e-book series on energy for iPads and Mac computers. Primarily targeted at grades 8 to 13, the interactive Energy iBooks Textbooks are designed to give readers a broad introduction to the subject of energy....

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Oscilloscopes reduce test time in research, development, and failure-analysis applications

June 27, 2014 12:13 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced the availability of MSO functionality to their range of Rigol DS2000A and DS1000Z scopes. The mixed-signal extension provides digital signal debug capabilities to the user, allowing simultaneous viewing of analog and digital signals for comprehensive signal analysis....

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Explosion-proof LED light fixture appropriate for recessed mounting

June 27, 2014 10:55 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The HAL-LI-48-2X150LED hazardous area LED light fixture from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is designed to provide operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaires. This explosion-proof fixture is a 2x4 Class 1 Division 2 hazardous location lay-in LED light panel....

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Guangzhou International Mould & Die Exhibition

June 27, 2014 10:40 am | Events

With just three months to go, interest among the mould and die community remains strong for the 2014 edition of Asiamold, the Guangzhou International Mould & Die Exhibition. Scheduled to take place from 15 – 17 September 2014 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou ...

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Engineering Newswire: The most advanced autonomous vehicle ever designed

June 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week, in Washington D.C.,  Carnegie Mellon University researchers will demonstrate one of the most advanced autonomous vehicles ever designed. A vehicle capable of navigating on urban roads and highways without human intervention....

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Iowa State engineers turn LEGO bricks into a scientific tool to study plant growth

June 27, 2014 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ludovico Cademartiri had what seemed like an impossibly demanding list of requirements for his lab equipment. The Iowa State University assistant professor of materials science and engineering wants to understand environmental effects on plant growth....

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Russians beat us to Holy Grail of drone pizza delivery

June 27, 2014 9:21 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

We won the Cold War and Space Race for this? We’ve discussed drones, the attendant privacy issues, and their commercial potential exhaustively, but a recent event serves as a cruel mockery of the freedoms we cherish. While the Federal Aviation Administration, politicians, and privacy advocates continue to squabble over domestic drone regulations ...

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Not much force: Berkeley researchers detect smallest force ever measured

June 27, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What is believed to be the smallest force ever measured has been detected by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. Using a combination of lasers and a unique optical trapping system that provides a cloud of ultracold atoms ...

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