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Moving cameras talk to each other to identify, track pedestrians

November 12, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It's not uncommon to see cameras mounted on store ceilings, propped up in public places or placed inside subways, buses and even on the dashboards of cars. Cameras record our world down to the second. This can be a powerful surveillance tool on ...

A piece of the quantum puzzle

November 12, 2014 4:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

While the Martinis Lab at UC Santa Barbara has been focusing on quantum computation, former postdoctoral fellow Pedram Roushan and several colleagues have been exploring qubits (quantum bits) for quantum simulation on a smaller scale....

Review: No cash, cards, just mobile pay for a week

November 12, 2014 4:24 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Attempt at your own risk: For an entire week, I left all my cash and credit cards at home to see how well wallet-free mobile services work in the real world. Apple Pay has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks, but there are lots of other ...

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US-China deal could end fees on $1T in tech sales

November 12, 2014 4:19 pm | by MARLEY JAY, AP Business Writer | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items. President Barack Obama, in Beijing for the ...

Drone sightings up dramatically

November 12, 2014 4:13 pm | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters ...

Ethanol and heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel production

November 12, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel to conventional fossil ones. The EU policies of boosting biodiesel have achieved its implementation in the transport fuels market and increasingly its sustainable nature is being taken into account. Thus, up to 86% ...

3D-printing self-learning robots

November 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by University of Oslo | Comments

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom. This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other ...

Electronic 'tongue' to ensure food quality

November 12, 2014 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. Or it could someday monitor water for pollutants or test blood for signs of disease. With an eye toward these applications, scientists ...

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NYU professor wins premier award in the data visualization field

November 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) presented the 2014 Visualization Technical Achievement Award to Claudio Silva, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of ...

Program models more detailed evolutionary networks from genetic data

November 12, 2014 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The tree has been an effective model of evolution for 150 years, but a Rice University computer scientist believes it's far too simple to illustrate the breadth of current knowledge. Rice researcher Luay Nakhleh and his group have developed ...

Researchers test first 'smart spaces' using light to send data

November 12, 2014 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

One of the problems in the high-tech field of visible light communication (VLC) - or using light to send data wirelessly - is decidedly low tech: The data transmission stops whenever the light is blocked by people's movements, shadows or other ...

A timeline of comet probe's 10-year journey

November 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The European Space Agency said it landed a spacecraft on a comet Wednesday for the first time ever. The Philae craft pulled off the audacious landing hours after it was released toward the giant ball of dust and ice by the unmanned Rosetta ...

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Supercomputing beyond genealogy reveals surprising European ancestors

November 12, 2014 9:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What if you researched your family's genealogy, and a mysterious stranger turned out to be an ancestor? That's the surprising feeling had by a team of scientists who peered back into Europe's murky prehistoric past thousands of years ago. With ...

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Microtubes create cozy space for neurons to grow, and grow fast

November 12, 2014 9:31 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Tiny, thin microtubes could provide a scaffold for neuron cultures to grow so that researchers can study neural networks, their growth and repair, yielding insights into treatment for degenerative neurological conditions or restoring nerve ...

Notre Dame network physicists create model to predict traffic patterns

November 12, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have designed a simple, yet highly accurate traffic prediction model for roadway transportation networks. They have recently published their work in the journal Nature Communications. "Transportation networks ...

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