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Kris Hauser: Building smarter robots

September 2, 2014 10:20 am | by Duke University | Comments

Kris Hauser, an expert in computer science, informatics and robotics, joined both the electrical and computer engineering department and the mechanical engineering and materials science department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering on August 3, 2014....

Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms

September 2, 2014 9:09 am | by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press | Comments

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information....

Mysteries of space dust revealed

September 2, 2014 8:17 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA’s Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks open a door to studying the origins of the solar system and possibly the origin of life itself. This is the first time synchrotron....

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New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

August 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers. Samsung's latest version can do more without a smartphone to go with it. LG's has a round screen. Apple is also believed to be working on its own...

Neuroscientists watch imagination happening in the brain

August 28, 2014 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one," sang John Lennon in his 1971 song Imagine. And thanks to the dreams of a BYU student, we now know more about where and how imagination happens in our brains. Stefania Ashby and her faculty mentor devised experiments....

Filter technology -- uses inert gas to bore holes in high-quality steel

August 28, 2014 2:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Two early-stage venture capital investors are joining the i3 Membrane GmbH startup in August 2014. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) of Bonn and Innovationsstarter Fonds of Hamburg are investing in development and marketing of a novel filter technology....

Quantum physics enables revolutionary imaging method

August 28, 2014 2:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), and the University of Vienna have developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique with strikingly counterintuitive features....

Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

August 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Samsung has unveiled a computerized wristwatch that can do more without a smartphone to go with it, while LG has one with a round design. Thursday's announcements come as technology companies prepare for the holiday shopping season. Apple is also believed to be working on its own smartwatch, and...

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New analytical technology reveals 'nanomechanical' surface traits

August 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new research platform uses a laser to measure the "nanomechanical" properties of tiny structures undergoing stress and heating, an approach likely to yield insights to improve designs for microelectronics and batteries. This new technique, called nanomechanical Raman spectroscopy ...

A new, tunable device for spintronics

August 28, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Spin-charge converters are important devices in spintronics, an electronic which is not only based on the charge of electrons but also on their spin and the spin-related magnetism. Spin-charge converters enable the transformation of electric into magnetic signals and vice versa....

Small molecule acts as on-off switch for nature's antibiotic factory

August 28, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have identified the developmental on-off switch for Streptomyces, a group of soil microbes that produce more than two-thirds of the world's naturally derived antibiotic medicines. Their hope now would be to see whether it is possible....

Nanoscale assembly line

August 28, 2014 2:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Cars, planes and many electronic products are now built with the help of sophisticated assembly lines. Mobile assembly carriers, on to which the objects are fixed, are an important part of these assembly lines. In the case of a car body, the assembly components are attached....

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey ...

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Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

August 28, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology....

NASA's TRMM Satellite sees powerful towering storms in Cristobal

August 28, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

NASA's TRMM satellite identified areas of heavy rainfall occurring in Hurricane Cristobal as it continued strengthening on approach to Bermuda. NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite flew above Hurricane Cristobal on August 26 at 11:35 UTC (7:35 a.m. EDT) gathering rainfall data....

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