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Photos of the Day — BAT: The Buoyant Airborne Turbine

April 4, 2014 2:27 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Altaeros Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) integrates a shell, turbine, tethers, and a ground station to combine aerospace and wind turbine technology and solve many of the problems associated with wind energy. Floating at a height of 1,000 feet...

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Suspected NKorean drones crude, reflect new threat

April 4, 2014 3:09 am | by Hyung-jin Kim - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by the North amid rising military tensions were crude and decidedly low-tech — equipped with cameras available on the Internet for hundreds of dollars — but underscore a potential new threat that must be taken...

Cheaper joints and digits bring the robot revolution closer

April 4, 2014 1:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Efforts to build robot hands and humanoids more cheaply could make them affordable enough for businesses and even homes.The Atlas humanoid robot, unveiled last year by Boston Dynamics, a company later acquired by Google, is a marvel. It can clamber over rubble and operate power tools....

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Dirty secrets of the new Facebook news feed and how to solve them

April 3, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

You've probably heard that Facebook has changed the algorithm of what shows up in your news feed but you don't know exactly how. That's because Facebook isn't telling you exactly how. The Facebook news feed algorithm, the complicated formula that...

All new cars to have backup cameras by 2018

April 3, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

Cameras are coming to your new car. According to new guidelines published Monday, the government is requiring all new cars to come equipped with rear visibility technology by 2018. The ruling comes from the United States Department of Transportation's National...

Scientists say new computer model amounts to a lot more than a hill of beans

April 3, 2014 4:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Crops that produce more while using less water seem like a dream for a world with a burgeoning population and already strained food and water resources. This dream is coming closer to reality for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers who have developed a new computer model....

Ouch! Computer system spots fake expressions of pain better than people

April 3, 2014 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Toronto has found that a computer–vision system can distinguish between real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than can humans....

New data show the immediate value of scientific research

April 3, 2014 4:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University research is a key component of the US economic ecosystem, returning the investment through enormous public value and impact on employment, business, and manufacturing nationwide. Using new data available to examine the short-term economic activity generated by science funding...

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Gravity measurements confirm subsurface ocean on Enceladus

April 3, 2014 4:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent pictures back to Earth depicting an icy Saturnian moon spewing water vapor and ice from fractures, known as "tiger stripes," in its frozen surface. It was big news that tiny Enceladus—a mere 500 kilometers in diameter—was such an active place...

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'Unzipping' poplars' biofuel potential

April 3, 2014 4:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel. The research, which appears in the current issue of Science, focuses on enhancing poplar trees....

Energy breakthrough uses sun to create solar energy materials

April 3, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a recent advance in solar energy, researchers have discovered a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible. This breakthrough by chemical engineers at Oregon State University could soon reduce the cost of solar energy....

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Green Hills Software announces IoT Security Advisors Program

April 3, 2014 3:35 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Green Hills Software today announced the launch of a new services group, IoT Security Advisors, comprised of security experts from all of Green Hills Software’s business units to provide security services for organizations that must manage the daunting privacy and security challenges associated with the IoT....

Structural insights into the inner workings of a viral nanomachine

April 3, 2014 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute (VTCRI) are using new nanoscale imaging approaches to shed light on the dynamic activities of rotaviruses, important pathogens that cause life-threatening diarrhea in young children. Once a rotavirus enters a host cell, it sheds its outermost protein layer....

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How electrodes charge and discharge

April 3, 2014 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The electrochemical reactions inside the porous electrodes of batteries and fuel cells have been described by theorists, but never measured directly. Now, a team at MIT has figured out a way to measure the fundamental charge transfer rate — finding some significant surprises....

An ultrathin collagen matrix biomaterial tool for 3D microtissue engineering

April 3, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A novel ultrathin collagen matrix assembly allows for the unprecedented maintenance of liver cell morphology and function in a microscale "organ-on-a-chip" device that is one example of 3D microtissue engineering. A team of researchers from the Center for Engineering in Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital...

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