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How the Air Force wasted $8.8 billion on drones

January 26, 2015 8:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

So we all know that drones are on the rise in the military, but just how much is this fancy new technology costing? The short answer: a lot. So much, in fact, that the Pentagon's internal watchdog group is trying to figure out how the Air Force is justifying spending $8.8 billion....

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LED bug eyes lighting system designed for hazardous locations

January 26, 2015 8:24 am | by Larson Electronics Llc | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a Class 1 Division 2 LED bug eyes emergency lighting system for use within hazardous locations where fail-safe lighting reliability is a must. The HAL-EMG-EXT-12W-2L from Larson Electronics ...

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Grounding spring series available in three different types

January 26, 2015 8:23 am | by Fujitsu Components America, Inc. | Fujitsu Components America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Fujitsu Components America announced it has added two new, compact grounding spring connectors to its product offering to give designers more choices for the grounding requirements of printed circuit boards within the confines of mobile devices....

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New process transforms planar materials into 3D microarchitectures

January 26, 2015 8:21 am | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

In the cover feature article of the journal, Science, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describe a unique process for geometrically transforming two dimensional (2D) micro/nanostructures into extended 3D layouts ...

There's more to lightning than meets the eye

January 26, 2015 8:12 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

To study an electrical storm’s internal wiring, researchers watch for either Very High Frequency (VHF) waves caused by the breakdown of air in front of a bolt’s path or radio waves produced by the movement of electrons. While previous studies have ...

CEA declares war on patent trolls

January 23, 2015 1:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Why create a product when you could file a lawsuit instead? That’s the modus operandi of “patent trolls,” those who abuse patent litigation laws, and the Consumer Electronics Association is urging United States citizens to ask the government to crack down ...

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Creating a smarter connection between man and machine

January 23, 2015 1:51 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization and more ...

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DOE to announce plans for geothermal R&D at Stanford Geothermal Workshop

January 23, 2015 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Jay Nathwani, acting director of the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Office, will discuss the DOE's plans to accelerate the development of geothermal energy at the 40th annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop. The event takes place Jan. 26-28 at ...

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H.E.S.S. finds three extremely luminous gamma-ray sources

January 23, 2015 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Wits scientists are part of a multinational team of astronomers working on the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) telescopes that have again demonstrated its excellent capabilities in searching for high-energy gamma rays. In the latest discovery, H.E.S.S. found three ...

Calculating the future of solar-fuel refineries

January 23, 2015 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has developed a new tool to help plot the future of solar fuels. In a paper recently published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, a team led by chemical and biological engineering Professors ...

Silver nanowires demonstrate unexpected self-healing mechanism

January 23, 2015 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency, indium tin oxide is one of the most widely used materials for touchscreens, plasma displays, and flexible electronics. But its rapidly escalating price has forced the electronics industry to search for ...

New technique helps probe performance of organic solar cell materials

January 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A research team led by North Carolina State University has developed a new technique for determining the role that a material's structure has on the efficiency of organic solar cells, which are candidates for low-cost, next generation solar power. The researchers have used ...

LG to launch curved G Flex 2 smartphone next week

January 23, 2015 1:10 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it will start selling a new curved smartphone next week in its latest effort to bring the curve to a mass market. The South Korean company said Thursday that the G Flex 2 will be launched locally on Jan. 30 and overseas in coming months....

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Twitter can predict rates of coronary heart disease

January 23, 2015 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what's on their minds. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have ...

Profitable phishing schemes tinker with our heads, then rip us off

January 23, 2015 12:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University at Buffalo have found evidence that the incredible spread of email phishing scams may be due to phishers' increased use of "information-rich" emails that alter recipients' cognitive processes in a way ...

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