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NIST quantum probe enhances electric field measurements

October 8, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Michigan have demonstrated a technique based on the quantum properties of atoms that directly links measurements of electric field strength to the International System....

High-tech fun rivals view at Seattle Space Needle

October 8, 2014 9:34 am | by DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP, Associated Press | Comments

Visitors to Seattle's Space Needle are treated to a gorgeous view of this waterfront city when skies are clear and the sun is shining. But on a recent beautiful day, many in the crowd on the observation level of the Space Needle - one of Seattle's ...

A Closer Look: What map apps can do for you

October 8, 2014 8:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Many people use smartphone apps to map their drive to dinner or find a less-congested route to work. But did you know that you can use them for public transit, too? You can even access some maps offline, when you have a spotty connection or are in the subway....

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'Unlikely couples' of materials enable vehicle weight to be reduced

October 7, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Environmental problems are driving forward the appearance of increasingly restrictive regulations, so the strategy of vehicle manufacturers is geared towards cutting vehicle weight. CIC marGUNE, the Co-operative Research Centre into High-performance Manufacturing ...

Printing in the hobby room: Paper-thin and touch-sensitive displays on various materials

October 7, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Until now, if you want to print a greeting card for a loved one, you can use colorful graphics, fancy typefaces or special paper to enhance it. But what if you could integrate paper-thin displays into the cards, which could be printed at home....

Fundamentals of physics confirmed

October 7, 2014 1:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

To explore any possible limits of the two theories, they have been experimentally verified many times already and both have passed all the tests so far. Hence, scientists look for deviations in experiments with increasing precision or under extreme conditions....

Dynamic encryption keeps secrets

October 7, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A method ensuring that all telephone calls are encrypted and that eavesdroppers are unable to decrypt information in order to obtain secrets. This is a brief definition of dynamic encryption, the brainchild of Professor Lars Ramkilde Knudsen from DTU....

Scientist strives for superhuman vision

October 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Leda Zimmerman, MIT Spectrum | Comments

All through his childhood, Ramesh Raskar wished fervently for eyes in the back of his head. “I had the notion that the world did not exist if I wasn’t looking at it, so I would constantly turn around to see if it was there behind me.” Although this head-spinning habit faded ...

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NREL software tool a boon for wind industry

October 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Wind energy is blowing away skeptics—it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the mainstream and past the Energy Department's goal of 20% wind energy by 2030....

Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley

October 7, 2014 1:41 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling....

President Obama honors nation's top scientists and innovators

October 7, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

President Obama today announced a new group of recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation--the nation's highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology....

NJIT to work with the defense and aerospace industries to maintain US military readiness

October 7, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With defense budgets shrinking in the wake of Congressional spending cuts and a sharp reduction in U.S. forces abroad, NJIT has been given the opportunity by the federal government to examine the defense industry in New Jersey for its capacity....

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First-ever global life cycle assessment of renewable energy future

October 7, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A future where electricity comes mostly from low-carbon sources is not only feasible in terms of material demand, but will significantly reduce air pollution, a study published in the 6 October Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says....

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Hewlett-Packard's rise, fall and future

October 7, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A plaque that reads "Birthplace of `Silicon Valley'" marks the garage in Palo Alto, California, where Hewlett-Packard Co. got its start in the late 1930s. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard became friends studying engineering at nearby Stanford University....

New York cancels phone booth transmitter program

October 7, 2014 8:49 am | by JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press | Comments

The city has scuttled an outdoor media company's project slated to install in payphone booths thousands of transmitters that could track people's movements by sending signals to their smartphones. Titan, which sells ad space in more than 5,000 phone kiosks ...

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