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Pi aims for the sky with Raspberry Pi 2

February 2, 2015 12:20 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Today, element14 launched the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, adding speed and memory to the $35 credit-card sized computer in its first major upgrade since 2012. The Raspberry Pi 2 Model B has six times the speed and two times the memory of its ...


Just whose Internet is it? New federal rules may answer that

February 2, 2015 10:32 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

Whose Internet is it anyway? Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says he's keeping that question in mind as he pitches the biggest regulatory shake-up to the telecommunications industry since 1996....

Gates talks philanthropy, fighting disease in Reddit AMA

February 2, 2015 10:22 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA on Jan. 29 to talk about philanthropy, drinking water made from recycled human feces, and artificial intelligence in a question-and-answer spanning 14,569 comments. In one notable post, Gates said that ...


App lets anyone see for the blind

February 2, 2015 10:02 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or answers a question with which the user may need help.....


Global semiconductor industry posts record sales in 2014

February 2, 2015 8:54 am | Comments

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), representing U.S. leadership in semiconductor manufacturing and design, today announced that the global semiconductor industry posted record sales totaling $335.8 billion in 2014, an increase ...

The quest for efficiency in thermoelectric nanowires

February 2, 2015 8:12 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Efficiency is big in the tiny world of thermoelectric nanowires.Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say better materials and manufacturing techniques for the nanowires could allow carmakers to harvest power from the heat wasted by exhaust systems....

Recreating Dick Tracy's wrist radio with Apple Watch

January 30, 2015 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Conceptualized from Dick Tracy's wrist radio, the Apple Watch will not only allow users to communicate with anybody using a smartphone, but is also expected to immerse users into the experience of telexistance: the sensation of their counterparts being physically ...

New method allows for greater variation in band gap tunability

January 30, 2015 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

If you can't find the ideal material, then design a new one. Northwestern University's James Rondinelli uses quantum mechanical calculations to predict and design the properties of new materials by working at the atom-level. His group's latest achievement ...


Evidence mounts for quantum criticality theory

January 30, 2015 3:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new study by a team of physicists at Rice University, Zhejiang University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Florida State University and the Max Planck Institute adds to the growing body of evidence supporting a theory that strange electronic behaviors ...

Smartphone Snapshot: Samsung getting squeezed

January 30, 2015 2:46 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The runaway success of Apple's newest iPhone has fueled a dramatic shift in the global market: the California tech giant is now neck-and-neck with South Korea's Samsung for the title of world's leading seller of smartphones. Apple set the standard for modern ...

Powerful tool promises to change the way scientists view proteins

January 30, 2015 12:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Life scientists now have access to a publicly available web resource that streamlines and simplifies the process of gleaning insight from 3D protein structures. Known as Aquaria, the powerful tool is announced today in Nature Methods. The Aquaria project was led by ...

Los Alamos develops new technique for growing high-efficiency perovskite solar cells

January 30, 2015 12:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

This week in the journal Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers reveal a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals. "These perovskite crystals offer ...

Complex environments push 'brain' evolution

January 30, 2015 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Little animations trying to master a computer game are teaching neuroscience researchers how the brain evolves when faced with difficult tasks. Neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have programmed animated critters that ...


New light-converting materials point to cheaper, more efficient solar power

January 30, 2015 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applications Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs....

Building trustworthy big data algorithms

January 30, 2015 10:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Much of our reams of data sit in large databases of unstructured text. Finding insights among emails, text documents, and websites is extremely difficult unless we can search, characterize, and classify their text data in a meaningful way. One of the leading ...


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