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Obama to announce $240M in new pledges for STEM education

March 23, 2015 9:09 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math. At the White House Science Fair on Monday ...

The welding system of the future is self-learning

March 20, 2015 2:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) is developing an entirely new kind of welding system, one which solves quality and productivity problems related to automated and mechanised welding. The system is self-adjusting, flexible, and adaptable....

First proof of isolated attosecond pulse generation at the carbon K-edge

March 20, 2015 2:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a recent study, "Spatiotemporal isolation of attosecond pulses in the soft X-ray water window " published in Nature Communications by the Attoscience and Ultrafast Optics Group, led by ICREA Professor at ICFO Jens Biegert, the generation of isolated attosecond pulses ...

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New approach uses 'twisted light' to increase efficiency of quantum cryptography systems

March 20, 2015 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the University of Rochester and their collaborators have developed a way to transfer 2.05 bits per photon by using "twisted light." This remarkable achievement is possible because the researchers used the orbital angular momentum of the photons ...

Streaming TV services: What you get, what it costs

March 20, 2015 2:27 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Sony jumped into the pay-television business Wednesday with an online package of more than 50 channels starting at $50 a month. It's the most complete of the Internet-only offerings, but also the most expensive. In the works for more than a year, the PlayStation Vue service could drive more people ...

Can't remember your password? Here are 2 new ways to log in

March 20, 2015 2:23 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked....

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Physicist seeks answers on supermassive black holes with the next-gen X-ray telescope

March 20, 2015 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Waterloo Professor Brian McNamara along with two Canadian astronomers will be part of the science working group directing ASTRO-H, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA's) newest flagship x-ray astronomy observatory....

Photos of the Day: Test flights for Mars landing tech

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by NASA | Comments

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been developing cutting-edge technologies that would enable spacecraft to land at a specific location on Mars — or any other planetary body — with more precision than ever before....

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Texas Instruments funds statue of female engineer on Illinois' campus

March 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

At a dedication this week for two spaces named for Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, Steve Lyle remarked on the company's next step in supporting engineering students at Illinois: funding for a statue depicting a female ...

Sandia showcases biology breakthroughs available for licensing

March 20, 2015 12:02 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Technologies developed in Sandia National Laboratories’ biosciences program could soon find their way into doctors’ offices — devices like wearable microneedles that continuously analyze electrolyte levels and a lab-on-a-disk that can test a drop of blood for 64 different diseases ....

Discovering drop-in biofuels to leverage petroleum refineries

March 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

In the search for abundant and sustainable options to petroleum-derived fuels, biofuels stand out as a promising alternative. An NREL study is determining which biomass-derived oxygenates are most commercially feasible in drop-in fuels that are compatible with existing engines and fuel ...

As Explorer loses ground, Microsoft readies new web browser

March 20, 2015 10:22 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program. Microsoft has built a new web browser designed for the modern web....

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US turns to rewards in hunt for overseas cyber criminals

March 20, 2015 10:19 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | Comments

The FBI considers Evgeniy Bogachev one of the world's most prolific and brilliant cyber criminals, slapping his photos - bald, beefy-faced and smiling faintly - on "Wanted" fliers posted online. The Russian would be an ideal target for prosecution - if only the Justice Department could find him.

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Outgoing NSA lawyer helped preserve controversial programs

March 20, 2015 10:13 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

When news of secret National Security Agency surveillance programs began breaking in June 2013, even government insiders had questions. Often, Raj De was the man with the answers. The Harvard-trained lawyer, who departed last week as NSA general counsel ...

China web freedom group faces online disruption

March 20, 2015 10:10 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S.-subsidized advocacy group that helps Internet users inside China bypass blockages on censored content says it is suffering a mysterious denial-of-service attack disrupting its operations. Greatfire.org says the attack started two days ago and Internet traffic ...

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