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From quirky to revolutionary, the CES show has them all

January 9, 2015 2:31 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, BRANDON BAILEY and KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | Comments

Sure, the International CES show was chock full of connected cars, smart home sensors, music gear and computer gadgets, as you'd expect. There were even drones buzzing the 160,000-plus people that tromped across the 2.2 million square feet of exhibit space along the Las Vegas Strip. But if you didn't get to see some of these goodies, well, you just haven't lived.

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Map of mysterious molecules sheds new light on century-old puzzle

January 9, 2015 11:54 am | by Johns Hopkins University | Comments

By analyzing the light of hundreds of thousands of celestial objects, Johns Hopkins astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) have created a unique map of enigmatic molecules in our galaxy that are responsible for puzzling features in the light from stars.

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Energy Department announces $2.5M to improve wind forecasting

January 9, 2015 11:47 am | by U.S. Department of Energy | Comments

The Energy Department today announced $2.5 million for a new project to research the atmospheric processes that generate wind in mountain-valley regions. This in-depth research, conducted by Vaisala of Louisville, Colorado, will be used to improve the wind industry's weather...

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iPhone separation linked to physiological anxiety

January 9, 2015 11:45 am | by University of Missouri-Columbia | Comments

Cell phone use has become a common part of life as mobile devices have become one of the most popular ways to communicate. Even so, very little research exists on the impact of cell phone usage and specifically what happens when people are separated from their phones.

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On the road to emissions-free cars

January 9, 2015 9:31 am | by University of Delaware | Comments

A University of Delaware research team is considering the important question of what it will take to create an affordable emissions-free car. The question, an issue of engineering and economics, is being studied by a team led by Yushan Yan, Distinguished Professor of Engineering.

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Compact batteries enhanced by spontaneous silver matrix formations

January 9, 2015 9:27 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

In a promising lithium-based battery, the formation of a highly conductive silver matrix transforms a material otherwise plagued by low conductivity. To optimize these multi-metallic batteries--and enhance the flow of electricity--scientists needed a way to see where, when, and how these silver, nanoscale "bridges" emerge.

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Nissan, NASA to work on autonomous car technology

January 9, 2015 9:18 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

Japanese automaker Nissan and NASA are teaming up to advance the technology behind cars that drive autonomously. Yokohama-based Nissan Motor Co. and NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California, announced Thursday a five-year research-and-development...

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Govt considering using Internet, smartphones for 2020 census

January 9, 2015 9:16 am | by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press | Comments

The days of the census taker with clipboard in hand may be numbered. The Census Bureau plans to test digital tools in preparation for the 2020 census, a change that could save millions of dollars. People may be asked to fill out their census forms on the Internet instead of sending them through the mail.

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Coming to a car near you: auto technology at CES

January 9, 2015 9:13 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | Comments

Self-driving cars garner much of the attention, but in reality, we're years away from tooling around in something like Knight Rider's KITT. Coming sooner to a car near you: smartphone apps on dash displays, cruise control that adapts to cars around it, remote engine starting and more.

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AP sources: US did not 'hack back' against North Korea

January 9, 2015 9:12 am | by TED BRIDIS and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. government was not responsible for sustained electronic attacks that crippled North Korea's Internet infrastructure last month, just after President Barack Obama promised that his administration would respond to the hacker break-in at Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc...

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Sony Pictures CEO had 'no playbook' for mega-hack on studio

January 9, 2015 9:10 am | by Tami Abdollah, AP | Comments

The network was crippled. Days before Thanksgiving, Sony Pictures employees had logged onto computers that flashed a grim message from a hacker group calling itself Guardians of Peace. Soon personal information for tens of thousands of current and former workers was...

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Startup brings more efficient tools to Tanzania

January 8, 2015 3:26 pm | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | Comments

Back in 2009, alumna Jodie Wu ’09 launched Global Cycle Solutions (GCS) in Tanzania to bring small-scale farmers an innovative product she designed in MIT’s D-Lab: a bike-mounted maize sheller. Easily attached to a bike and powered by pedaling, the low-cost, cast-iron...

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3-D 'Pop-up' silicon structures: Transforming planar materials into 3-D microarchitectures

January 8, 2015 3:23 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | Comments

In the cover feature article of the journal, Science, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describe a unique process for geometrically transforming two dimensional (2D) micro/nanostructures into extended 3D layouts by exploiting mechanics principles similar to those found in children's 'pop-up' books.a

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Today in Engineering History: America's First Transcontinental Railroad

January 8, 2015 3:19 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor PDD, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

On this day in history, 1863, California Governor Leland Stanford broke ground for the Central Pacific Railroad in Sacramento. This event marked the beginning of America’s first transcontinental railroad. The Central Pacific Railroad was finally finished in Promontory, Utah in May 1869.

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Photos of the Day: This is how you train for the ISS

January 8, 2015 2:58 pm | by NASA | Comments

Training for a space mission is no joke. Those lucky enough to make it to the International Space Station are basically on their own and must be prepared for all situations. Every part of living on the ISS is practiced on earth in specialized training facilities to ensure that nothing...

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