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How robots teach kids to empathize

February 11, 2015 1:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

A middle school teacher in Hawaii is filling his classroom with robots. They play pool, lick stamps, wax surfboards, and pick up food with chopsticks, and Robert Walker has been introducing them to his classes since 2011....

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Better batteries inspired by lowly snail shells

February 11, 2015 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists are using biology to improve the properties of lithium ion batteries. Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have isolated a peptide, a type of biological molecule, which binds strongly to lithium manganese nickel ...

Wikipedia use -- nothing to be ashamed about

February 11, 2015 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Academics and students alike should be making better use of Wikipedia, a major study of digital technology use in Higher Education has recommended. The Australia-UK collaboration led by Professor Neil Selwyn from ...

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Novel high-power microwave generator

February 11, 2015 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

High-power microwaves are frequently used in civil applications, such as radar and communication systems, heating and current drive of plasmas in fusion devices, and acceleration in high-energy linear colliders. They can also be used ...

After 45 years, souvenirs from Apollo 11 come to light

February 11, 2015 1:22 pm | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

More than four decades after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a cloth bag full of souvenirs brought back by astronaut Neil Armstrong has come to light. Among the trove: a 16 mm movie camera from inside the lunar module that ...

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Fed report: Time to examine purposely cooling planet idea

February 11, 2015 1:19 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

It's time to study and maybe even test the idea of cooling the Earth by injecting sulfur pollution high in the air to reflect the sun's heat, a first-of-its-kind federal science report said Tuesday. The idea was once considered fringe - to purposely ...

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European space plane prototype set for launch

February 11, 2015 1:10 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency successfully tested a prototype mini-shuttle Wednesday, gathering valuable data for the construction of a possible future spacecraft capable of ferrying cargo and people between Earth and orbit....

Obama to create new agency to examine cyberthreats

February 11, 2015 1:02 pm | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The White House is setting up a new agency designed to coordinate cyberthreat intelligence that currently is spread across the federal government. The agency will be modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center, which was ...

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Students 3D-print rocket for NASA contest

February 11, 2015 12:57 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

High school students partnered with a local 3D printing facility to create lighter, stronger parts for the rocket they’ll take to a NASA competition in April. St. Vincent- St. Mary in Akron, Ohio was one of eight high schools selected for ...

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Apple building big solar energy farm in California

February 11, 2015 11:22 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California. The tech company will be the biggest ...

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Britain starts public trial of driverless cars

February 11, 2015 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain began testing driverless cars in four cities Wednesday, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology. Four types of autonomous vehicles under trial - including a shuttle ...

Top Navy officer: Stealth is "overrated"

February 11, 2015 11:00 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Military and civilian leaders are pulling out all the stops to promote the F-35, including tarring A-10 proponents — who speak to Congress — with charges of treason. Which makes it particularly disturbing ...

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New clean diesel cars see a future in Paris

February 11, 2015 9:53 am | by Diesel Technology Forum | News | Comments

The Diesel Technology Forum issued the following statement today on the adoption of the energy transition law by Le Conseil de Paris in France. “This week, government leaders in Paris have taken bold and decisive action to ...

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Long-range anti-ship missile completes flight test

February 11, 2015 9:03 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Initiated in 2009 in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, DARPA’s Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program has been investing in advanced technologies to provide a leap ahead in U.S. surface warfare capability....

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Robots replacing human factory workers at faster pace

February 11, 2015 8:34 am | by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing manufacturing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that investment in industrial robots will ...

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