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Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again

July 28, 2014 9:06 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can -at least in some instances- be used on other carriers. The law, which President Obama said he looks forward to signing, undoes a move by the Librarian of Congress in 2012. That made it a copyright violation to unlock a phone without the carrier's permission....

UConn makes 3-D copies of antique instrument parts

July 28, 2014 9:05 am | by PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, says his medical practice showed him how computerized tomography could make precise 3-D images of body parts....

Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

July 28, 2014 8:52 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, 30 professors said a clarification the agency issued last month on what rules model aircraft hobbyists must follow....

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Samsung postpones launch of Tizen smartphone

July 28, 2014 7:15 am | by Youkyung Lee - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday it is delaying sales of its first Tizen-powered smartphone in the latest setback to the company's ambition to create a mobile platform to rival Google's Android or Apple's iOS. The South Korean company had planned to start selling the phone, the Samsung Z, in...

Magnets for fusion energy: A revolutionary manufacturing method developed

July 25, 2014 3:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS), of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) in Japan, has achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the highest in the world, by using the new idea of assembling the state-of-the-art yttrium-based high-temperature superconducting tapes....

Collecting just the right data

July 25, 2014 3:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Much artificial-intelligence research addresses the problem of making predictions based on large data sets. An obvious example is the recommendation engines at retail sites like Amazon and Netflix. But some types of data are harder to collect than online click histories....

Breakthrough laser experiment reveals liquid-like motion of atoms in an ultra-cold cluster

July 25, 2014 3:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study by researchers from the University of Leicester has furthered our understanding of how tiny nanosystems function, unlocking the potential to create new materials using nanosized 'building blocks'. The study, which has been published in the prestigious academic journal Physical Review Letters ...

Hazardous-area fluorescent light fixture features Class 1 Division 2 Groups A,B,C, and D approvals

July 25, 2014 3:02 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The HALS-48-4L-347V from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) is a hazardous-area fluorescent light fixture that is Class 1 Division 2 Groups A,B,C, and D approved, has a T4A temperature rating and is ideal for open air locations where flammable chemical vapors may be occasionally encountered....

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Linear position sensor designed for extreme environments

July 25, 2014 2:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

H. G. Schaevitz LLC, Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) is proud to release its LA-25-R series LVDT linear position sensors designed to handle the extreme industrial environments found in steam and hydro power plants; paper, steel, and aluminum mills....

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Brushless DC motor includes power up to 120 W

July 25, 2014 2:43 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new brushless drive from maxon precision motors (Fall River, MA) with a diameter of 19 mm has been specially designed for high speeds and features low heat development and extremely quiet and low-vibration running. This little powerhouse has applications in centers for miniaturized processing....

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Photos of the Day: The PD-100 Black Hornet pocket helicopter

July 25, 2014 12:45 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

It weighs 16 g, can fly for up to 20 minutes, and fits in the palm of your hand. It’s the Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet, a mini helicopter which uses embedded cameras and a digital data link to provide real-time video for ground troops....

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The robot says you flunked: Algorithms vs. judgment

July 25, 2014 11:29 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

Harvard and MIT have teamed to develop an artificial-intelligence system that grades essay questions on exams. The way it works is this. First, a human grader manually grades a hundred essays, and feeds the essays and the grades to the computer. Then the computer allegedly learns to imitate the grader....

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Cost-effective, solvothermal synthesis of heteroatom (S or N)-doped graphene developed

July 25, 2014 10:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A research team led by group leader Yung-Eun Sung has announced that they have developed cost-effective technology to synthesize sulfur-doped and nitrogen-doped graphenes which can be applied as high performance electrodes for secondary batteries and fuel cells....

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Wireless home automation systems reveal more than you would think about user behavior

July 25, 2014 10:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Home automation systems that control domestic lighting, heating, window blinds or door locks offer opportunities for third parties to intrude on the privacy of the inhabitants and gain considerable insight into their behavioral patterns. This is the conclusion reached by IT security expert Christoph Sorge....

Engineering Newswire: Darth Vader car built on a Corvette chassis

July 25, 2014 10:01 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Mattel’s Hot Wheels is coming out with a new line of cars: Star Wars. And what better way to unveil the new line than with a full-sized, fully operational Vader car at this year’s Comic Con? The Vader car was built atop a C5 Corvette chassis, and it mimics its smaller counterpart perfectly....

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