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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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Photos of the Day: SkyOrbiter UAVs give internet to everyone

September 30, 2014 9:30 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The SkyOrbiter HA75 UAV operates at 22,000 meters with a 75 meter wingspan. And it can fly for 5 years, covering 5 million km without stopping. Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet....

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Fuel cell-powered mobile lights tested, proven, ready for commercial use

September 30, 2014 7:32 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Pilot program sets stage for commercialization and broader deployment LIVERMORE, Calif. — Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction....

China approves iPhone 6 after security assurances

September 30, 2014 3:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China's phone regulator has approved the iPhone 6 for sale after Apple Inc. promised never to allow other governments access to users' information. Tuesday's announcement reflected Chinese unease about the reliability of foreign communications technology....

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New book calls for joy, trust and courage in engineering education

September 29, 2014 5:32 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

In their new book, "A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering," David E. Goldberg, emeritus professor of Engineering at Illinois, and Mark Somerville, professor of engineering and associate dean at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, contend that ...

Conflictive animations support the development of programming skills

September 29, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Traditional educational tools present information to students in a conventional way: what they present is true and students are expected to learn what is presented. In a PhD study completed recently at the University of Eastern Finland, Andrés Moreno ...

Can cartoons be used to teach machines to understand the visual world?

September 29, 2014 3:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An enormous gap exists between human abilities and machine performance when it comes to understanding the visual world from images and videos. Humans are still way out in front. "People are the best vision systems we have," said Devi Parikh....

Underwater robot for port security

September 29, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface....

'Multi-spectra glasses' for scanning electron microscopy

September 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The scanning electron microscope is not only used for precisely surveying the surface topology of samples, but also for determining their chemical compositions. This is done by exciting the atoms to fluoresce under irradiation by an electron beam....

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New UT Dallas technology may lead to prolonged power in mobile devices

September 29, 2014 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn't die after a few hours of heavy use....

New molecule found in space connotes life origins

September 29, 2014 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule – one with a branched structure – contained within a giant gas cloud in interstellar space. Like finding a molecular needle in a cosmic haystack ...

SIAM and ACM honor software developers for large-scale scientific computing toolkit

September 29, 2014 12:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) are pleased to present the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering to the PETSc core development team for the development of PETSc....

Smart, eco-friendly new battery to solve problems

September 29, 2014 11:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, Uppsala researchers have now come up with a highly ...

Drones for moviemaking win FAA approval

September 29, 2014 11:07 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday....

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Global solar flight to start, end in Abu Dhabi

September 29, 2014 10:57 am | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft will start and attempt to finish its first round-the-world flight from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a government-backed renewable energy company in the oil-rich Gulf federation said Thursday....

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Europe Union OKs constant chatting on flights

September 29, 2014 10:01 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | Comments

European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights. Under the guidelines issued Friday by the European Aviation Safety Agency ...

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