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CES 2015: The weird, strange, and unique

January 12, 2015 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. CES plays host to countless weird, strange, and unique exhibitions designed to grab your attention....

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Bureaucracy and regulation could have a negative impact on innovation

January 12, 2015 8:37 am | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief, MDT | Blogs | Comments

Herm Harrison is vice president at the Foster Transformer Company. The Friday 5 is an ongoing feature that poses five questions to a member of the medical device development industry. Working at Foster Transformer is quite literally a family affair for ...

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Digital manufacturing: The new competitive edge

January 12, 2015 7:44 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

“We have been describing our competitiveness by our rate of innovation, and we were happy to let others do the manufacturing,” explained Rakesh Nagi, head of the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (ISE) at Illinois. “As long as you ...

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Researchers work to counter a new class of coffee shop hackers

January 12, 2015 7:34 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

If you’re sitting in a coffee shop, tapping away on your laptop, feeling safe from hackers because you didn’t connect to the shop’s wifi, think again. The bad guys may be able to see what you’re doing just by analyzing the low-power electronic signals your laptop ...

From quirky to revolutionary, the CES show has them all

January 9, 2015 2:31 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, BRANDON BAILEY and KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sure, the International CES show was chock full of connected cars, smart home sensors, music gear and computer gadgets, as you'd expect. There were even drones buzzing the 160,000-plus people that tromped across the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space along the Las Vegas Strip. But if you didn't get to see some of these goodies, well, you just haven't lived.

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Map of mysterious molecules sheds new light on century-old puzzle

January 9, 2015 11:54 am | by Johns Hopkins University | News | Comments

By analyzing the light of hundreds of thousands of celestial objects, Johns Hopkins astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have created a unique map of enigmatic molecules in our galaxy that are responsible for puzzling features in the light from stars.

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Energy Department announces $2.5M to improve wind forecasting

January 9, 2015 11:47 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | News | Comments

The Energy Department today announced $2.5 million for a new project to research the atmospheric processes that generate wind in mountain-valley regions. This in-depth research, conducted by Vaisala of Louisville, Colorado, will be used to improve the wind industry's weather...

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iPhone separation linked to physiological anxiety

January 9, 2015 11:45 am | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Cell phone use has become a common part of life as mobile devices have become one of the most popular ways to communicate. Even so, very little research exists on the impact of cell phone usage and specifically what happens when people are separated from their phones.

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Why we should trust autonomous cars

January 9, 2015 11:43 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor PDD, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Every year, automotive manufacturers push the envelope of vehicle autonomy.  However, the general public climate toward these vehicles has been cloudy and divided. The comments section of many articles centered on this topic are filled with phrases such as ‘precursor to robot tanks...

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How this biomedical engineer landed her dream job

January 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Michaelina (Micki) Dupnik, a Biomedical Engineer at Optimum Technologies, Inc. in Southbridge, MA. I graduated from Boston University in May 2014, Majored in Biomedical Engineering, Minored in Mechanical Engineering, and concentrated in Technology Innovation....

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The Internet of people before the Internet of Things

January 9, 2015 10:49 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague recently ...

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On the road to emissions-free cars

January 9, 2015 9:31 am | by University of Delaware | News | Comments

A University of Delaware research team is considering the important question of what it will take to create an affordable emissions-free car. The question, an issue of engineering and economics, is being studied by a team led by Yushan Yan, Distinguished Professor of Engineering.

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Compact batteries enhanced by spontaneous silver matrix formations

January 9, 2015 9:27 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

In a promising lithium-based battery, the formation of a highly conductive silver matrix transforms a material otherwise plagued by low conductivity. To optimize these multi-metallic batteries--and enhance the flow of electricity--scientists needed a way to see where, when, and how these silver, nanoscale "bridges" emerge.

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Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology

January 9, 2015 9:18 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development...

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Govt considering using Internet, smartphones for 2020 census

January 9, 2015 9:16 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | News | Comments

The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars. People may be asked to fill out their census forms on the Internet instead of sending them through the mail.

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