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Fly us to the Moon…south pole to be precise

April 2, 2010 9:37 am | Comments

The south polar region of the Moon, with dark craters and high ridges, is a world away from the relatively smooth terrain visited by Apollo astronauts four decades ago. This rugged moonscape is the target for Europe’s next leap into space.

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CryoSat-2 installed in launch silo

April 2, 2010 9:35 am | Comments

In readiness for launch on 8 April, ESA's CryoSat-2 ice satellite has now joined the rest of the Dnepr rocket in the launch silo at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The 'space head module' was transported from the integration facilities to the underground launch silo this morning.

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VeriFone buys remaining stake in venture

April 2, 2010 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Electronic payment equipment maker VeriFone Holdings Inc. said Friday it has acquired the remaining minority interest in VeriFone Transportation Systems.Financial terms were not disclosed.VeriFone Transportation was formed as a joint venture with TaxiTronic Inc. in 2005, the company said. It...

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Europeans use innovation to tackle money laundering

April 2, 2010 9:24 am | by European Commission | Comments

The EU is taking a bite out of money laundering, which is estimated at EUR 1 trillion worldwide. Helping the EU to stamp out this criminal activity is the BEINGRID ('Business experiments in GRID') project, which received more than EUR 15 million to implement and deploy grid solutions for...

Solera Holdings names John J. Giamatteo COO

April 2, 2010 8:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Solera Holdings Inc., which provides software and services for auto insurance claims, said Friday it hired John J. Giamatteo as chief operating officer effective April 12.This is a new position. Giamatteo, 43, has served as COO of digital media company RealNetworks Inc. since June 2008.

Sharp Chases Small 3D Screens

April 2, 2010 8:23 am | by Wall Street Journal | Comments

Japan's Sharp will start producing small displays that don't require special glasses, betting that most portable devices will be 3D capable.

Aerospace engineering graduates to direct upcoming shuttle mission

April 2, 2010 8:22 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

When the space shuttle Discovery launches Monday (April 5), two graduates of Texas A&M University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering will be directing the mission from the ground. Richard Jones '90 is the lead space shuttle flight director for STS-131 and has been a NASA flight...

Plastic electronics could slash the cost of solar panels

April 2, 2010 7:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Princeton University, Engineering School) By producing plastics that are translucent, malleable and able to conduct electricity, researchers have opened the door to broader use of the materials in a wide range of electrical devices.

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Do Engineers Go to Parties?

April 2, 2010 7:23 am | by An Engineering Mind | Comments

Of course we go to parties. We’re party animals. You just don’t know that because we don’t go to YOUR parties.

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Bettati named director of information security center

April 2, 2010 7:22 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Dr. Riccardo Bettati, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has been appointed director of the Center for Information Assurance and Security (CIAS). CIAS has been designated as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research by...

MIT makes significant step toward lightweight batteries

April 2, 2010 6:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A team of researchers at MIT has made significant progress on a technology that could lead to batteries with up to three times the energy density of any battery that currently exists.

Infographics of 2009 Patent Activity

April 2, 2010 6:05 am | Comments

Here are some graphics that display overall patent activity in semiconductors and medical devices by technology area in 2009.

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Concept Electric Car Uses Exotic Materials

April 2, 2010 5:51 am | Comments

Capable of 60 km/hour and a cruising range of 100 km, a very lightweight electric concept car uses proprietary materials and technologies including carbon fiber composites, polycarbonate resins and bio-derived polyester.

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Sharp shows 3-D displays for mobile devices

April 1, 2010 11:30 pm | by YURI KAGEYAMA - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Sharp's latest 3-D displays deliver bright, clear imagery without the cumbersome glasses usually required for such technology. Now the bad news: They only work on a 3-inch (7.5-centimeter) screen held one foot (30 centimeters) from the viewer's face.Sharp Corp. demonstrated liquid crystal...

Web site of China-based journalist club attacked

April 1, 2010 9:30 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

An organization for foreign journalists based in China has become the latest victim of cyberattacks targeting the Web sites or e-mail accounts of human rights groups and reporters focused on China.Cyberattacks linked to China have gained more attention since Google Inc. accused Chinese hackers...

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