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UT Dallas team infuses science into 'Minecraft' modification

October 27, 2014 11:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The 3-D world of the popular "Minecraft" video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, "Polycraft World," created by University of Texas at Dallas professors, students and alumni....

New software promises to revolutionize survey design and accuracy

October 27, 2014 11:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Doctoral student Emma Tosch of University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Computer Science won a Best Paper award this week at the premier international computer programming language design conference in Portland, Ore., for her work on "Surveyman"....

New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring

October 27, 2014 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In less than a minute, a miniature device developed at the University of Montreal can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive than equipment ...

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Strong magnetic field produces an exotic superconducting state

October 27, 2014 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Superconductors and magnetic fields do not usually get along. But a research team led by a Brown University physicist has produced new evidence for an exotic superconducting state, first predicted a half-century ago, that can indeed arise....

Cutting power could dramatically boost laser output

October 27, 2014 10:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lasers – devices that deliver beams of highly organized light – are so deeply integrated into modern technology that their basic operations would seem well understood. CD players, medical diagnostics and military surveillance all depend on lasers....

Breakthrough paves the way for DNA-based computer circuits in the future

October 27, 2014 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a paper published today in Nature Nanotechnology, an international group of scientists announced the most significant breakthrough in a decade toward developing DNA-based electrical circuits. The central technological revolution of the 20th century ...

Smarter, quicker-thinking referees? There's an app for that!

October 27, 2014 10:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

KU Leuven and UEFA, European football's governing body, have embarked on a four-year project to expand and fine-tune a web-based skills training platform for referees. Early results show that the application can improve assistant referees' on-field perception....

How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

October 27, 2014 10:34 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help. The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online ...

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Daughter cards incorporate an 8-bit ATMEGA microcontroller unit

October 27, 2014 9:00 am | Ftdi Chip | Product Releases | Comments

Following on from the release of its VM800P development platforms, which facilitate more advanced human machine interface (HMI) implementation using its innovative Embedded Video Engine (EVE) technology, FTDI Chip (Portland, OR) has introduced a series....

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What it’s like to fly the "world’s worst airline"

October 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

I hate flying. I’m not scared, mind you. I hate the hassle — arriving early, checking in, and trudging through the security checkpoints. So the prospect of riding the “world’s worst airline” — Air Koryo from North Korea — sounds as appealing as a hole in the head....

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Freescale KL03 and PCB123 at 0.4mm pitch

October 25, 2014 5:27 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

Small component packages seem to be a recurring theme with me. It's understandable, I guess. Super tiny packages are becoming more and more common and we build a lot of product with them. The smallest we've built is 0.3mm pitch....

Modules include the 4th generation Intel Core processor

October 24, 2014 4:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced the release of its newest COM Express Type 2 modules. The new products come in two series, Express-HL2 and cExpress-BT2, indicating the 4th generation Intel Core processor and latest Intel Atom system-on-chip....

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Why being a female writer in tech doesn’t make me an idiot

October 24, 2014 4:10 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Today, engineers, we’re going to have a lesson about what’s an acceptable attitude to have and what’s not an acceptable attitude to have. For example, it’s perfectly acceptable to think my opinion is dead wrong because you’re a diehard Android fan. It’s not okay to think I’m an idiot because I’m a woman.....

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Engineering students win challenge for real-time traffic app

October 24, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Three University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering students have won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficient....

US Navy awards $8 million to develop wave, tidal energy technology

October 24, 2014 3:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. Navy has committed to get half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. One element of that strategy will be looking to extract energy from tides, currents and waves. The University of Washington is helping to reach that goal....

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