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Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules

September 29, 2014 | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | Comments

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts....

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Army network connects Soldiers, NGOs in Ebola response mission

October 24, 2014 10:37 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The Army is deploying tactical network and mission command capabilities to the area that will provide the infrastructure for improved communications between U.S. Africa Command, deploying units, non-governmental organizations and other partners....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s unmanned research aircraft takes flight

October 24, 2014 10:36 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

With a small video camera mounted atop the center wing to record control surface movement, the small unmanned APV-3 research aircraft takes to the air for the first time with a flight control system incorporating segmented wing flaps and fiber optic sensors....

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Breaking the nano barrier to engineer the first protein microfiber

October 24, 2014 10:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have broken new ground in the development of proteins that form specialized fibers used in medicine and nanotechnology. For as long as scientists have been able to create new proteins....

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Study: Some online shoppers pay more than others

October 24, 2014 10:00 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Internet users regularly receive all kinds of personalized content, from Google search results to product recommendations on Amazon. This is thanks to the complex algorithms that produce results based on users' profiles and past activity....

Microscope collects dynamic images of the molecules that animate life

October 24, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Over the last decade, powerful new microscopes have dramatically sharpened biologists' focus on the molecules that animate and propel life. Now, a new imaging platform developed by Eric Betzig and colleagues at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's ...

ASU grant aims to transform global energy landscape

October 24, 2014 9:50 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Changing the way the nation generates and consumes energy is at the heart of a multimillion dollar grant awarded to Arizona State University from the Department of Energy. Under the grant, the university will develop an efficient and cost-effective ...

Three-dimensional metamaterials are essentially isotropic

October 24, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Metamaterials, a hot area of research today, are artificial materials engineered with resonant elements to display properties that are not found in natural materials. By organizing materials in a specific way, scientists can build materials with a negative refractivity....

China launches experimental moon orbiter

October 24, 2014 8:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spacecraft ...

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California startup unveils gun technology for cops

October 24, 2014 8:49 am | by HAVEN DALEY, Associated Press | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired....

Army develops app to determine body's water needs

October 24, 2014 8:24 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Researchers from U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, and a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, developed an app that will help unit leaders accurately predict water needs with the goal of minimizing....

Evaluating powerful batteries for modular grid energy storage

October 24, 2014 8:22 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories has begun lab-based characterization of TransPower’s GridSaver, the largest grid energy storage system analyzed at Sandia’s Energy Storage Test Pad in Albuquerque, N.M. Project lead David Rosewater said Sandia will evaluate....

Using hyperspectral imaging for balloon-borne platforms

October 23, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Narrowband or hyperspectral imaging is a valuable technique used in planetary science for characterizing surfaces and surrounding environments. For example, it can be used to spatially map molecular species of interest on the surface of a solid or icy body....

Tackling blindness, deafness through neuroengineering

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth $3.6 million....

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How safe is 'safe' when using the internet as a communication channel?

October 23, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With information transfers taking place more commonly on the internet nowadays, via email or electronic payment systems like PayPal, the integrity of the internet as a secure means for communication has become an obsession that is very real....

Waste, an alternative source of energy to petroleum

October 23, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Martín Olazar, a UPV/EHU chemical engineer, has designed a fundamental process for producing alternatives to petroleum in sustainable refineries. As Olazar himself pointed out, one of the unavoidable conditions of the process is not to harm the environment....

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