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Blackout? Robots to the rescue

September 26, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count....

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BlackBerry posts $207 million loss

September 26, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

BlackBerry posted a loss of $207 million in the second quarter just days after the embattled company launched a new phone. The Canadian company said Friday it lost two cents per share on an adjusted basis on revenue of $916 million. The loss was smaller than its loss of $965 million a year ago. ...

Suomi NPP satellite data used for mitigating aviation related volcanic hazards

September 26, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A joint NOAA/NASA satellite is one of several satellites providing valuable information to aviators about volcanic hazards. An aviation "orange" alert was posted on August 18, 2014, for Bárðarbunga, a stratovolcano located under the Vatnajökull glacier....

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Mechanized human hands: System designed to improve hand function lost to nerve damage

September 26, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission....

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Single-photon detection, generation, and applications featured in Optical Engineering

September 26, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new special section on single-photon detection, generation, and applications in Optical Engineering highlights research on technologies with applications in areas as diverse as space exploration and quantum computing, furthering the field....

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Mechanized human hands: System designed to improve hand function lost to nerve damage

September 26, 2014 9:10 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body.

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Intel invests up to $1.5B in China mobile venture

September 26, 2014 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent state in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics. The Chinese chipmakers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics are controlled by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-owned company funded by Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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JRTC takes on cyber, hybrid, conventional threats as training evolves with missions

September 26, 2014 8:33 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

When the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), descended from the night sky into the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, last month, it not only marked the first large-scale joint forced entry air assault in more than 11 years, it also...

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Apple bites stock market

September 25, 2014 5:29 pm | by Matthew Craft - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A stumble by Apple set off the worst rout in the stock market since July on Thursday. Apple dropped nearly 4 percent following its announcement late Wednesday that it had pulled a software update which prevented users from making phone calls. Other technology stocks also slumped. The selling...

New technology tracks tiniest pollutants in real time

September 25, 2014 4:35 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

September 25, 2014 Atlanta, GA A team of six faculty members at the Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, totaling approximately $700,000 from NSF and Georgia Tech’s office of...

Apple's response to iPhone glitches is key

September 25, 2014 3:29 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Apple's response to a high-profile gaffe involving its iPhone software may be more important than the glitch itself. As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, some analysts said Thursday that Apple is doing the right thing...

Apple stock falls amid new iPhone glitches

September 25, 2014 1:29 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Apple's stock fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday, after some customers complained that a software update interfered with voice calls on their new iPhones, while others noted that the larger iPhone model could be vulnerable to bending. The stock decline led a broader decline in technology shares. ...

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iPhone 6 advances display technology; Panel shipments to exceed 100 million in 2014

September 25, 2014 12:33 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Since the announcement of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on September 9th, Apple’s new smartphone has captured attention around the world. Not only loyal Apple fans, who can be expected to wait on lines to purchase any new Apple product, but other consumers are willing to pay to switch from other...

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A galaxy of deception - Hubble snaps what looks like a young galaxy in the local Universe

September 25, 2014 12:30 pm | by European Space Agency | Comments

Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought to offer an exception. This ragged collection of stars and...

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US stock market sinks as Apple drags down tech

September 25, 2014 12:29 pm | by Matthew Craft - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Technology companies are leading a broad drop in U.S. stocks that has pulled the Dow Jones industrial average down 200 points. The steep decline comes a day after the market had its biggest gain in more than a month. Apple dropped more than 3 percent after the company pulled a software update for...

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