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Supercomputers build eyes for power lines

October 8, 2014 10:24 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

When the power goes out, electricity providers are often left in the dark along with their customers. That status quo is what’s keeping Naresh Acharya up at night. He is now planning to use some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to help....

Photos of the Day: Lamborghini's new hybrid supercar

October 8, 2014 10:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European carmakers were hoping to impress with new models at last week's Paris Motor Show to prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. Lamborghini's Asterion LPI 910-4 concept was one of the most hotly anticipated ...

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HotSpot: Breaking Bad habits with shock therapy app

October 8, 2014 9:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot: Whitbread PLC, the UK’s largest hotel group, is taking that same idea and applying it to its new hotel concept, "hub by Premier Inn," which will target major UK city centers such as London and Edinburgh. This particular inn ...

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NIST quantum probe enhances electric field measurements

October 8, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a technique based on the quantum properties of atoms that directly links measurements of electric field strength to the International System....

High-tech fun rivals view at Seattle Space Needle

October 8, 2014 9:34 am | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press | News | Comments

Visitors to Seattle's Space Needle are treated to a gorgeous view of this waterfront city when skies are clear and the sun is shining. But on a recent beautiful day, many in the crowd on the observation level of the Space Needle - one of Seattle's ...

A world full of sensors: a good idea?

October 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Harmke De Groot, program director at Holst Centre/imec | Articles | Comments

Most of us can’t imagine a life without computer, smartphone or tablet. The next thing? Devices talking with each other and making our lives more comfortable. In this article, find out how sensors may change our life and what researchers are working ...

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A Closer Look: What map apps can do for you

October 8, 2014 8:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Many people use smartphone apps to map their drive to dinner or find a less-congested route to work. But did you know that you can use them for public transit, too? You can even access some maps offline, when you have a spotty connection or are in the subway....

VTP - Very Tiny Parts

October 7, 2014 6:19 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

A while back, I wrote about a new ARM Cortex M0+ chip from Freescale. It's not the first M0+, but I do believe that it's the smallest. I've been checking stock off and on and finally found the smallest package to be in stock and available to ship....

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8-channel thermocouple amplifier includes 0 to 5 VDC output voltages

October 7, 2014 2:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Sensor Connection (Troy, MI) has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with the addition of the model TCA-MS-K-8-A4. This 8 Channel Type K Thermocouple Amplifier Module converts the low output voltage signal....

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Compact sensor improves fitness monitoring

October 7, 2014 2:30 pm | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Osram Opto Semiconductors (Sunnyvale, CA) has developed a new optical sensor for automatic fitness tracking. The SFH 7050 is Osram’s first integrated optical sensor. It is designed for use in mobile devices, such as smart watches and fitness armbands....

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'Unlikely couples' of materials enable vehicle weight to be reduced

October 7, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Environmental problems are driving forward the appearance of increasingly restrictive regulations, so the strategy of vehicle manufacturers is geared towards cutting vehicle weight. CIC marGUNE, the Co-operative Research Centre into High-performance Manufacturing ...

Printing in the hobby room: Paper-thin and touch-sensitive displays on various materials

October 7, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Until now, if you want to print a greeting card for a loved one, you can use colorful graphics, fancy typefaces or special paper to enhance it. But what if you could integrate paper-thin displays into the cards, which could be printed at home....

Fundamentals of physics confirmed

October 7, 2014 1:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

To explore any possible limits of the two theories, they have been experimentally verified many times already and both have passed all the tests so far. Hence, scientists look for deviations in experiments with increasing precision or under extreme conditions....

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Dynamic encryption keeps secrets

October 7, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A method ensuring that all telephone calls are encrypted and that eavesdroppers are unable to decrypt information in order to obtain secrets. This is a brief definition of dynamic encryption, the brainchild of Professor Lars Ramkilde Knudsen from DTU....

Scientist strives for superhuman vision

October 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Leda Zimmerman, MIT Spectrum | News | Comments

All through his childhood, Ramesh Raskar wished fervently for eyes in the back of his head. “I had the notion that the world did not exist if I wasn’t looking at it, so I would constantly turn around to see if it was there behind me.” Although this head-spinning habit faded ...

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