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High school STEM Engineering Program will incorporate 3-D design and printing projects in fall curriculum

August 12, 2014 9:05 am | Comments

The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education's (CIJE) CIJE-Tech programs in schools nationwide will add advanced 3-D printing and software design as part of its CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program. The CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program ...

Synthetic bones may help in search for shock wave defense

August 12, 2014 8:19 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Shock waves from battlefield explosions are invisible threats for U.S. Soldiers and their top-of-the-line combat helmets, but with new studies in synthetic human physiology, researchers are learning how to lessen blast wave effects on the brain....

The world's leading trade fair for the electronics industry is 50

August 11, 2014 4:45 pm | Comments

The world's leading trade fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2014. Since 1964, electronica has been showing the electronic trends of tomorrow and providing a comprehensive overview of the international industry....

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The future of the automobile at electronica 2014: Connectivity, lighting and autonomous driving

August 11, 2014 4:39 pm | Comments

In the future, mobility will to a large extent be influenced by developments in automotive electronics. The latest buzzwords include energy efficiency, electromobility, connected car and autonomous driving. This year, some 1,500 exhibitors will demonstrate these....

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Scarcity of elements in products like smartphones needs addressing, say scientists

August 11, 2014 3:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Many of today's technological innovations from the iPhone to electric motors for hybrid cars require the use of materials — elements — that are scarce or difficult to obtain. As demand for these devices grows, the problem of dwindling critical element supplies must be addressed....

The grass really is greener on TV and computer screens, thanks to quantum dots

August 11, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

High-tech specks called quantum dots could bring brighter, more vibrant color to mass market TVs, tablets, phones and other displays. Today, a scientist will describe a new technology called 3M quantum dot enhancement film (QDEF) that efficiently makes liquid crystal display (LCD) screens more richly colored....

Physicists create water tractor beam

August 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach. The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered they can control water flow patterns....

Astrophysicists detect destruction of 3 stars by black holes

August 11, 2014 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have reported registering three possible occasions of the total destruction of stars by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies....

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'Seeing' through virtual touch is believing

August 11, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Visual impairment comes in many forms, and it's on the rise in America. A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians....

Nanocubes get in a twist

August 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanocubes are anything but child's play. Weizmann Institute scientists have used them to create surprisingly yarn-like strands: They showed that given the right conditions, cube-shaped nanoparticles are able to align into winding helical structures....

Customized surface inspection

August 11, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Before a workpiece leaves the production plant, it is subjected to rigorous inspection: because even the most infinitesimal fracture or impact point could diminish the reliability or durability of a component. And when it comes to safety-critical applications – such as in the automotive or aerospace industries ...

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All-you-can-eat at the end of the universe

August 11, 2014 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

At the ends of the Universe there are black holes with masses equaling billions of our sun. These giant bodies – quasars – feed on interstellar gas, swallowing large quantities of it non-stop. Thus they reveal their existence: The light that is emitted by the gas as it is sucked in....

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Expert wants to help nab Russian password thieves

August 11, 2014 10:55 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

The hackers are a tight knit group, 10 or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs. But in their down time, the cybercriminals have spent the past seven months gathering a hoard of personal data, stealing 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists....

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China tightens grip on instant messaging services

August 11, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China's government tightened control over popular instant messaging services Thursday after telling South Korea that access to some foreign services was blocked because they were used to exchange terrorism-related information. The government announced that only established media companies ...

Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

August 11, 2014 10:51 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts. Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle ...

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