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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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MITEI releases report on the future of solar energy

May 6, 2015 9:12 am | by Melissa Abraham, MIT Energy Initiative | Comments

Solar energy holds the best potential for meeting humanity’s future long-term energy needs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions — but to realize this potential will require increased emphasis on developing lower-cost technologies and more effective deployment ...

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New chip architecture may provide foundation for quantum computer

May 5, 2015 5:01 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Quantum computers are in theory capable of simulating the interactions of molecules at a level of detail far beyond the capabilities of even the largest supercomputers today. Such simulations could revolutionize ...

A model approach for sustainable phosphorus recovery from wastewater

May 5, 2015 4:58 pm | by American Society of Agronomy | Comments

A new approach to wastewater treatment may be key in efforts to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Moreover, it can be profitable. Phosphorus is an essential element for human nutrition. It plays multiple roles in the human body, including ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Market Disrupter

May 5, 2015 4:52 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This award is designed to highlight any product from any category as one that forever changed the electronic engineering industry or a particular vertical within the industry. No matter what the specific product is, the focus should be on industry impact.

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Education Innovation

May 5, 2015 4:48 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This category honors the efforts of companies that work with universities to impact students’ introduction to design engineering. Criteria may include, but is not limited to: a company’s efforts to improve how design engineering is taught, tools and kits ...

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Ocean energy: EU leads in technology development and deployment

May 5, 2015 1:11 pm | by European Commission Joint Research Centre | Comments

New technologies in the last decade have shown slow but steady progress of ocean and sea energy power: about 30 tidal and 45 wave energy companies are currently at an advanced stage of technological development worldwide, many of them ...

High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents

May 5, 2015 1:08 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's 53-year-old son, Phil, checks it daily on his ...

Amazon Prime members will be able to stream free on JetBlue

May 5, 2015 1:01 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon wants to give JetBlue passengers a new option for tuning out that crying baby or talkative seat neighbor. The e-commerce company will let members of Amazon's $99 annual loyalty program Prime stream its instant video service for free on ...

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Photos of the Day: NASA flies 4 spacecraft in tight formation

May 5, 2015 12:10 pm | by NASA | Comments

It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission — an achievement enabled in part by four NASA-developed technologies that ...

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New centimeter-accurate GPS system could transform virtual reality and mobile devices

May 5, 2015 10:01 am | by University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a centimeter-accurate GPS-based positioning system that could revolutionize geolocation on virtual reality headsets, cellphones and other technologies, making global positioning and ...

Puget Sound's clingfish could inspire better medical devices, whale tags

May 5, 2015 9:56 am | by University of Washington | Comments

Scooting around in the shallow, coastal waters of Puget Sound is one of the world's best suction cups. It's called the Northern clingfish, and its small, finger-sized body uses suction forces to hold up to 150 times its own body weight.

'Freezing a bullet' to find clues to ribosome assembly process

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

Ribosomes are vital to the function of all living cells. Using the genetic information from RNA, these large molecular complexes build proteins by linking amino acids together in a specific order. Scientists have known for more than half a century that these cellular ...

'Microcombing' creates stronger, more conductive carbon nanotube films

May 5, 2015 9:47 am | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and China's Suzhou Institute of Nano-Science and Nano-Biotics have developed an inexpensive technique called "microcombing" to align carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which can be used to create large, pure ...

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Google is starting small, thinking big with 'Project Fi'

May 5, 2015 9:42 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google wants the wireless services that connect mobile devices to digital content to be cheaper and more reliable. The reason has as much to do with the pursuit of profit as with trying to make smartphones more useful. More time ...

Pitt team follows zinc to uncover pathway that fine-tunes brain signaling

May 5, 2015 8:29 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Comments

A study team led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who used specially developed technologies to "follow the zinc" have uncovered a previously unknown pathway the brain uses to fine-tune neural signaling -- and that may play a ...

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