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Mystery abounds when it comes to 'neuroscouting' in baseball

April 27, 2015 | by JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Baseball's most compelling video game is not offered in any store. Exactly how many people are playing is unclear. When it comes to the sticker price, no one wants to talk about it. With runs at a premium in the major leagues, a handful ...

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Space technology 'could reduce cost of renewable energy'

May 4, 2015 2:09 pm | by University of Strathclyde | Comments

Space-based radar technology could be harnessed by the renewable energy sector to drive down costs, according to academics at the University of Strathclyde. The SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) technology is currently used to ...

Clean air and health benefits of clean power plan hinge on key policy decisions

May 4, 2015 2:06 pm | by Syracuse University | Comments

States will gain large, widespread, and nearly immediate health benefits if EPA sets strong standards in the final Clean Power Plan, according to the first independent, peer-reviewed paper of its kind, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change.

2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Rapid Prototyping

May 4, 2015 1:26 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Rapid prototyping serves the design engineer by helping to improve time-to-market and control costs by expediting the early stages of design and development. This category serves to recognize outstanding achievement in the prototyping category....

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Distributor Innovation

May 4, 2015 1:22 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Who really stands out to help engineers get access to the technology and tools critical to their designs? The category honors the very best in solutions from electronics OEM distributors. Judges will look at web tools, value-add programs, FAE programs ...

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Defects in atomically thin semiconductor emit single photons

May 4, 2015 12:54 pm | by University of Rochester | Comments

Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that defects on an atomically thin semiconductor can produce light-emitting quantum dots. The quantum dots serve as a source of single photons and could be useful for the integration of ...

Comcast now has more Internet than cable customers

May 4, 2015 12:23 pm | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | Comments

Just before its $45 billion deal with Time Warner Cable collapsed over regulators' fears about a giant cable company's control over the Web, Comcast was racking up more Internet customers. For the first time, the country's largest cable provider ...

Most innovations are rephrasings of past technologies

May 4, 2015 12:20 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | Comments

Most new patents are combinations of existing ideas and pretty much always have been, even as the stream of fundamentally new core technologies has slowed, according to a new paper in the Journal of the Roayl Society Interface by Santa Fe....

How bats are teaching scientists to build better aircraft

May 4, 2015 12:11 pm | by Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

Bats are masters of flight in the night sky, capable of steep nosedives and sharp turns that put our best aircrafts to shame. Although the role of echolocation in bats' impressive midair maneuvering has been extensively studied, the contribution of ...

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Researchers probe chemistry, topography and mechanics with one instrument

May 4, 2015 12:03 pm | by DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

The probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM) scans a surface to reveal details at a resolution 1,000 times greater than that of an optical microscope. That makes AFM the premier tool for analyzing physical features, but it cannot tell scientists anything about ...

UC Riverside receives major funding for research on big data and visualization

May 4, 2015 11:59 am | by University of California - Riverside | Comments

The University of California, Riverside has received nearly $4.5 million from NASA to develop research, education, training and collaborative opportunities in big data and visualization. Big data refers to very large data sets. One challenge such ...

Photos of the Day: An all-electric, 3D-printed Shelby Cobra

May 4, 2015 11:50 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Department of Energy unveiled this bad boy back in January to celebrate the Shelby Cobra’s 50th anniversary. The all-electric, 3D-printed Cobra is constructed from carbon fiber-reinforced ABS from the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine....

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Contract Manufacturer Innovation

May 4, 2015 9:49 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Honoring the CMs with the best programs and solutions for engineers, OEMs. Entries may include cost savings programs, quality measures, time-to-market advantages, and/or efficiency programs.

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Tools, Kits, & Reference Designs

May 4, 2015 9:44 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Sometimes the hardest part of the design is simply getting started. For those companies offering easy and intuitive tools, kits reference designs and software, this Awards category has been created for you!

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Long-term galactic cosmic ray exposure leads to cognitive impairments

May 4, 2015 9:38 am | by University of California - Irvine | Comments

What happens to an astronaut's brain during a mission to Mars? Nothing good. It's besieged by destructive particles that can forever impair cognition, according to a UC Irvine radiation oncology study that appeared in the May 1 edition of Science Advances.

The world's smallest and most powerful micro motors

May 4, 2015 9:25 am | by Toyohashi University of Technology | Comments

Micro actuators are needed for numerous applications, ranging from mobile and wearable devices to minimally invasive medical devices. However, the limitations associated with their fabrication have restricted their deployment at the one-millimeter scale.

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