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NASA scientist advances methane sounder to measure another greenhouse gas

February 9, 2015 9:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A NASA scientist who has played a key role developing and demonstrating a new technique for gathering around-the-clock global carbon-dioxide (CO2) measurements is applying the same general principles to develop a new laser instrument sensitive to another ...

Video game technology helps measure upper extremity movement

February 9, 2015 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for clinical trials to incorporate patients using ...

Hubble captures rare triple-moon conjunction

February 9, 2015 9:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Firing off a string of action snapshots like a sports photographer at a NASCAR race, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured the rare occurrence of three of Jupiter's largest moons racing across the banded face of the gas-giant planet: Europa, Callisto, and Io....

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Cyber-attacks rising in Utah, likely due to NSA facility

February 9, 2015 9:29 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Utah state officials have seen what they describe as a sharp uptick in attempts to hack into state computers in the last two years, and they think it related to the NSA data center south of Salt Lake City. The increase began in early 2013 as international attention focused on ...

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Consumer security an emerging issue in new computerized cars

February 9, 2015 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting. Basing his argument on information ...

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Navy's electromagnetic railgun launches projectiles up to Mach 7

February 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) unveiled its electromagnetic railgun for the first time at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO last week. And with the ability to launch a hyper-velocity projectile (HVP) up to Mach 7 in less than a second, it’s a doozy....

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Gage heads replace failing units on automotive production line

February 9, 2015 8:51 am | by Macro Sensors | Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors LVDT gage heads are being used on an automated production line as part of a quality control system that ensures the precise dimensions of hydraulic valve adjusters manufactured for use in different car engines. Every automobile uses a number of different engine ...

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Hackers see rewarding targets in health care companies

February 6, 2015 4:10 pm | by TOM MURPHY and BRANDON BAILEY, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Health care is a treasure trove for criminals looking to steal reams of personal information, as the hacking of a database maintained by the second-largest U.S. health insurer proves. The latest breach at health insurer Anthem Inc. follows a year in which ...

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Tribunal says UK spies' Internet surveillance was unlawful

February 6, 2015 4:06 pm | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.K. spies acted illegally when they scooped up data about Britons' electronic communications gathered by the U.S. National Security Agency, a court ruled Friday in a landmark judgment against Britain's security services. But the judges said now ...

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Senators call for investigation into Verizon 'supercookies'

February 6, 2015 3:58 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers....

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Facebook, LinkedIn join forces to help women in tech

February 6, 2015 3:39 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Facebook and LinkedIn want to boost dwindling numbers of women studying engineering and computer science with a collaborative initiative announced Friday that they hope will eventually fill thousands of lucrative Silicon Valley jobs long ...

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5 smart careers for future engineers

February 6, 2015 12:35 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech ...

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The price of QD material is falling, but not enough

February 6, 2015 12:33 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

The price of quantum dot (QD) material has been the main hurdle for its adoption in LCD. At the moment, there are only a limited number of QD material makers commercially available, and they are profiting from their monopoly position. QD material is ...

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RadioShack pulls the plug

February 6, 2015 12:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

RadioShack will sell most of its stores and move to a “store within a store” model partnership with Sprint after filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced on Feb. 5. Business had been declining for several years, and Amazon had also allegedly ...

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Photos of the Day: Railguns, robots, and shark drones at the Naval Future Force Expo

February 6, 2015 11:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | News | Comments

ECN’s Digital Editor, Jason Lomberg, paid a visit to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC yesterday, and this is what caught his eye. In particular, the Navy unveiled their electromagnetic railgun to the public for the first time, along with showcasing ...

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