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Amazon's new robot army is ready to ship

December 1, 2014 9:02 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping. Now the e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency - and given workers' legs ...

Gift Guide: How to choose a new cellphone

December 1, 2014 8:58 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there's likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. So why wait? Here are some things to consider before hitting stores....

An eel-lectrifying future for autonomous underwater robots

November 26, 2014 10:06 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged 'invasion' had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media.

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Global quantum communications -- no longer the stuff of fiction?

November 26, 2014 10:04 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Neither quantum computers nor quantum cryptography will become prevalent technologies without memory systems able to manipulate quantum information easily and effectively. The Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw has recently made inroads into popularizing...

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Protons fuel graphene prospects

November 26, 2014 10:01 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Published in the journal Nature, the discovery could revolutionise fuel cells and other hydrogen-based technologies as they require a barrier that only allow protons - hydrogen atoms stripped off their electrons - to pass through. In addition, graphene membranes could be used...

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Large TV Screen Size Growth Outpaces Smaller Sizes During Festive Diwali Season

November 26, 2014 8:56 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Demand for larger screen sizes, primarily 32” and 40”, increased during the Indian Diwali Festival season from September 17 to October 7. Unlike prior years, there was demand for 32” and 40” sizes in both semi-urban and rural areas. A top source at a leading flat panel TV brand disclosed that rural...

State safety award goes to Sandia engineer

November 26, 2014 8:53 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Luis G. Amezcua, a surveillance assessment engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, began his safety career in Mexico helping improve safety standards in the construction industry. His career has followed an interesting trajectory. Amezcua received the New Mexico Safety...

MIT grads launch all-terrain wheelchair in U.S.

November 25, 2014 4:13 pm | by Alissa Mallinson, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering | Comments

Global Research Innovation and Technology (GRIT), an MIT MechE spinoff started by Tish Scolnik ’10, Mario Bollini ’09 SM ’12, Benjamin Judge ’11 MEng ’12, and Assistant Professor Amos Winter SM ’05 PhD ’11, recently launched a successful Kickstarter ...

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New device could make large biocircuits practical

November 25, 2014 4:10 pm | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers have made great progress in recent years in the design and creation of biological circuits — systems that, like electronic circuits, can take a number of different inputs and deliver a particular kind of output. But while individual components ...

Are virtual money transactions really anonymous?

November 25, 2014 4:07 pm | by University of Luxembourg | Comments

Bitcoin is the new money: minted and exchanged on the Internet. Faster and cheaper than a bank, the service is attracting attention from all over the world. But a big question remains: are the transactions really anonymous? Several research groups ...

Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation

November 25, 2014 4:03 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. NASA says it churned out a replica of the face plate for ...

Photos of the Day: China's J-31 stealth fighter

November 25, 2014 3:52 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Shenyang J-31 (aka, “Gyrfalcon” or “Snowy Owl”) is a mid-sized, twin-engine stealth fighter intended for medium and low-altitude missions like close-air support, aerial bombardment, and suppression of enemy air defenses. With a twin-rudder, twin-engine configuration ...

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Laser lift-off enables breakthrough in flexible electronics

November 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Flexible electronics have been touted as the next generation in electronics in various areas, ranging from consumer electronics to bio-integrated medical devices. In spite of their merits, insufficient performance of organic materials arising from ...

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A hybrid vehicle that delivers DNA

November 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn't measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies....

Study supports free 'super Wi-Fi'

November 25, 2014 2:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Wireless data transmission largely takes place via WLAN networks, such as WiFi. However, these networks are currently limited to high frequency ranges at 2 GHz and above and, hence, have a limited range. The authors of the study, Arnd Weber ...

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