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Photos of the Day: A smartgun that calls for automated backup

December 3, 2014 | by ECN Staff | Comments

The .9 mm pistol would contain a chip that communicated with the officer’s smart phone to send a “yellow” alert when the gun is drawn and a “red” alert when fired. Santa Cruz Sheriff Phil Wowak — whose department is testing the new system ...

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Powerful enough for a gamer, made for an engineer

December 29, 2014 10:35 am | by Brigham Young University | Comments

It's like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, images are controlled by a Wii remote that interacts with ...

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Army takes another step toward self-sustainment

December 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | Comments

The Army took another step toward increasing self sustainment, while saving energy at its contingency bases overseas.Army researchers recently completed Demonstration 1, the first in a series of demonstrations looking at energy-saving technologies, which will ...

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Giant blimp to patrol skies for missile threat

December 29, 2014 10:21 am | by C. Todd Lopez | Comments

The army plans to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base just north of Baltimore in late December, 2014.The aerostat, part of the "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor" system, referred to as JLENS for short ...

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Virtual lab advances DoD's ability to test microelectronics

December 29, 2014 9:34 am | by DARPA | Comments

Under the auspices of DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits program, researchers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are collaborating in powerful new ways to determine the ...

Internet of Things stimulates MEMS market

December 29, 2014 9:30 am | by IHS Technology | Comments

The explosive expansion of the Internet of things (IoT) is driving rapid demand growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices in areas including asset-tracking systems, smart grids and building automation. Worldwide market revenue for MEMS ...

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Breakthrough in predictions of pressure-dependent combustion chemical reactions

December 29, 2014 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Sandia and Argonne national laboratories have demonstrated, for the first time, a method to successfully predict pressure-dependent chemical reaction rates. It's an important breakthrough in combustion and atmospheric chemistry that is expected to ...

Optogenetics captures neuronal transmission in live mammalian brain

December 29, 2014 9:19 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Neurons, the cells of the nervous system, communicate by transmitting chemical signals to each other through junctions called synapses. This "synaptic transmission" is critical for the brain and the spinal cord to quickly process the huge amount of ...

Device saves crops, raises farm incomes in developing world

December 29, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) today launched the "GreenPHABLET powered by the GreenSIM" - a low-cost combination phone and tablet computer customized to improve developing world agricultural success and ...

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NKorea outage a case study in online uncertainties

December 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | Comments

North Korea's microscopic corner of the Internet has had a rough couple of days, suffering seven outages in 48 hours, according to one Web traffic monitor. The mysterious problems have some talking of a retaliatory cyberattack by the United States, which ...

NREL demonstrates 45.7 percent efficiency for concentrator solar cell

December 29, 2014 8:54 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic ...

Astronics to acquire Armstrong Aerospace

December 29, 2014 8:47 am | by Global Newswire | Comments

Astronics Corporation, a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Armstrong Aerospace ("Armstrong") for approximately $51 million....

Tales from a Martian rock

December 29, 2014 8:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new analysis of a Martian rock that meteorite hunters plucked from an Antarctic ice field 30 years ago this month reveals a record of the planet's climate billions of years ago, back when water likely washed across its surface and any life that ever ...

Taking the grunt work out of Web development

December 29, 2014 8:30 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Web page today is the result of a number of interacting components -- like cascading style sheets, XML code, ad hoc database queries, and JavaScript functions. For all but the most rudimentary sites, keeping track of how these different elements ...

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UK body warns drone owners: Fly safely, or you'll be fined

December 29, 2014 8:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Got a nifty little drone for Christmas? If so, fly it carefully. Especially if you are in Britain. The country's civil aviation authority on Thursday issued a warning that people who fly their drones recklessly face prosecution and a hefty fine. Officials say the ...

Drones become popular holiday gifts

December 23, 2014 4:38 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Drones — flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in ...

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