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Virginia Tech unmanned aircraft test site 'fully operational,' FAA says

August 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership's Unmanned Aircraft Systems test site program is fully operational and ready to conduct research vital to integrate unmanned aircraft into the nation's airspace, Federal Aviation Administration officials announced Wednesday....

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People fake to look authentic on social media

August 14, 2014 1:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Presenting an authentic image on social network sites (SNSs) includes an element of fakery according to a new study by researchers at Aalto University. During the study, researchers discovered that being authentic is very important for social media users....

Genetic signal prevents immune cells from turning against the body

August 14, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When faced with pathogens, the immune system summons a swarm of cells made up of soldiers and peacekeepers. The peacekeeping cells tell the soldier cells to halt fighting when invaders are cleared. Without this cease-fire signal, the soldiers, known as killer T cells ...

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Inside the cell, an ocean of buffeting waves

August 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Conventional wisdom holds that the cytoplasm of mammalian cells is a viscous fluid, with organelles and proteins suspended within it, jiggling against one another and drifting at random. However, a new biophysical study led by researchers at Harvard University challenges this model....

Scientists use lasers to control mouse brain switchboard

August 14, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ever wonder why it's hard to focus after a bad night's sleep? Using mice and flashes of light, scientists show that just a few nerve cells in the brain may control the switch between internal thoughts and external distractions. The study, partly funded by the National Institutes of Health ...

Stanford professor 1st woman to win top math prize

August 14, 2014 1:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iranian-born Stanford University professor is the first woman to win math's highest honor, the Fields Medal. The International Mathematics Union awarded the prize to Maryam Mirzakhani and three others at a meeting in Seoul on Wednesday....

Police to citizens: Be careful what you tweet

August 14, 2014 1:27 pm | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press | News | Comments

Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing. The "TweetSmart" campaign began in late July by a coalition of nine agencies....

Engineering Update #71: A $52 million dollar car

August 14, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: A $52 million dollar car — The Ferrari GTO 250 weighs in at 1980 pounds and has a 300 horsepower v8 engine. It gets its sleek shape from placing aluminum over a wood frame and hammering it, by hand, into shape.....

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Navy to deploy vehicle-based laser weapon

August 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Navy recently awarded an $11 million contract to Raytheon to develop a vehicle-based, short-range laser weapon capable of defeating low-flying threats like enemy drones. Raytheon’s directed-energy weapon will comply with the Office of Naval Research (ONR)....

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Three radars are better than one: Field campaign demonstrates two new instruments

August 14, 2014 8:33 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely was better. The three instruments, developed by the High Altitude Radar group ...

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Bypass commands from the brain to legs through a computer

August 14, 2014 8:28 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Gait disturbance in individuals with spinal cord injury is attributed to the interruption of neural pathways from brain to the spinal locomotor center, whereas neural circuits locate below and above the lesion maintain most of their functions. An artificial connection ...

6 reasons to consider overseas engineering jobs

August 14, 2014 8:23 am | by Matt Kelland, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

How far would you travel for your dream job? To another city? Another state? Why limit yourself, when your skills are in demand, worldwide? Engineering principles don’t change at the border, so why not explore all your options and look for work....

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Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

August 14, 2014 8:18 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets....

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App to hail taxis, limos launches in Las Vegas

August 14, 2014 8:13 am | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Las Vegas visitors can now hail a ride from a taxi or limo company using their smartphone, even if they can't use the popular ridesharing apps available in many other U.S. cities. Integrity Vehicle Solutions on Wednesday launched the Ride Genie app....

Tech Tips: Considerations when phone contracts end

August 14, 2014 8:11 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As my two-year contract with Verizon came to an end last month, I had to resist the company's various promotions and discounts. In accepting the offers, I'd have to give up Verizon's unlimited data plan, which lets me use the phone's cellular data connection....

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