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GM's new affordable electric car could upstage Tesla

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own. GM on Monday unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt....

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N-channel power MOSFETs achieve industry’s lowest resistance

January 21, 2015 9:38 am | by Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced 11 new N-channel power MOSFETs to its NexFET product line, including the 25-V CSD16570Q5B and 30-V CSD17570Q5B for hot swap and ORing applications with the industry’s lowest on-resistance (Rdson) in ...

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App creates fake boyfriends or girlfriends

January 21, 2015 9:32 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The reality show “Catfish” purports to expose fraud in the online dating world — a “catfish” creates a fake online identity to fool potential suitors. But a new app takes it one step further, conjuring boyfriends and girlfriends from thin air. The company claims that ...

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Argonne model analyzes water footprint of biofuels

January 21, 2015 9:08 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new version of an online tool created by Argonne will help biofuels developers gain a detailed understanding of water consumption of various types of feedstocks, aiding development of sustainable fuels that will reduce impact on limited water resources....

Controller board provides Full HD resolution to panel PCs

January 21, 2015 8:56 am | by MEN Micro | Product Releases | Comments

MEN Micro Inc. (Blue Bell, PA) now offers the CC10S, a multi-display controller board based on a Freescale ARM i.MX 6 Series processor. Providing full HD resolution to LCD TFT panel PCs from 7 to 15 inches , the CC10S combines powerful graphics and ...

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Army researchers gather to discuss aviation initiatives

January 21, 2015 8:13 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Army researchers and engineers gathered at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, Jan. 14-16, to discuss research initiatives and focus on closing technology gaps on futuristic aviation-sustainment concepts that could forever change Army aviation — from air-vehicle design ...

Software teaches computers to translate words to math

January 21, 2015 8:12 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education. Computer sciences ...

Solar plane pioneers lay out round-the-world flight plan

January 21, 2015 8:01 am | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2 ...

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The first germanium-tin semiconductor laser for silicon chips

January 20, 2015 4:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland in cooperation with international partners have presented the first semiconductor consisting solely of elements of main group IV. As a consequence, the germanium-tin (GeSn) laser can be ...

New laser-patterning technique turns metals into supermaterials

January 20, 2015 4:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By zapping ordinary metals with femtosecond laser pulses researchers from the University of Rochester in New York have created extraordinary new surfaces that efficiently absorb light, repel water and clean themselves. The multifunctional materials could ...

Hearing-aid "intervention" helps individuals gradually adjust to devices

January 20, 2015 4:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When individuals wear their hearing aids for the first time, they are flooded with sounds they have not heard in months or years; yet, previous research has shown that not all new sounds are welcomed. Ambient noises such as air conditioners, wind and background ...

$1B Switch data center near Reno will be world's biggest

January 20, 2015 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest lithium battery factory in the world is getting a new neighbor at an industrial park east of Reno - the world's biggest data center. Las Vegas-based Switch plans to invest $1 billion in the 3 million square foot "supernap" center....

Boston taxi drivers sue city over ride-hailing services

January 20, 2015 3:16 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Boston taxi drivers is suing the city, saying officials have violated their rights by allowing online ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to operate without following the same rules taxis do. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1yvQAyK ) the lawsuit filed ...

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Amazon branching out from TV series to movie production

January 20, 2015 3:12 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin ...

Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

January 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | News | Comments

In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired....

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