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Google buys drone maker Titan Aerospace

April 15, 2014 2:02 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems. Financial terms were not disclosed. Google Inc. said Monday that atmospheric satellites could also be used in disaster relief....

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Mini module powered by Intel Atom E3800 & Celeron N2930/J1900 processors

April 15, 2014 1:52 pm | Comments

Advantech (Irvine, CA) announced the debut of SOM-7567 COM Express Mini Type 10 module, featuring Intel Atom E3800/Celeron N2930/J1900 with significant CPU and graphics performance improvements. Measuring only 84 x 55mm, SOM-7567 supports onboard memory up to 4GB....

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Relieving electric vehicle range anxiety with improved batteries

April 15, 2014 1:13 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Electric vehicles could travel farther and more renewable energy could be stored with lithium-sulfur batteries that use a unique powdery nanomaterial. Researchers added the powder, a kind of nanomaterial called a metal organic framework , to the battery's cathode to capture problematic...

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Light guide plate makers feel the pressure from direct LED backlights

April 15, 2014 11:15 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

On April 9th, the stock price of Lumens, a Korean LED package maker and one of main LED venders for Samsung TV, fell by 14%, close to the maximum price swing on the KOSDAQ exchange. Given that Lumens had announced 14% operating profits....

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At once-verdant delta, prologue of ecological tale begins

April 15, 2014 11:15 am | by Blaine Friedlander | Comments

Where once the Colorado River flowed with 5 trillion gallons of water into its verdant delta at the Gulf of California, that gush has trickled to zero. Cornell and Paleontological Research Institution researchers gathered baseline samples to understand the delta’s ecological profile.

Photos of the Day: The amazing, foldable V-22 Osprey

April 15, 2014 8:18 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Consider this an “oldie but goodie.” The V-22 Osprey is the world’s first production tiltrotor aircraft. It’s also capable of both vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) and short takeoff and landing (STOL). But one of the Osprey’s coolest features is its ability to fold its rotors back for compact storage capabilities....

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Low-cost, hydrogen-powered forklifts with rapid refueling, zero emissions coming soon

April 15, 2014 8:14 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

LIVERMORE, Calif.— Zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell systems soon could be powering the forklifts used in warehouses and other industrial settings at lower costs and with faster refueling times than ever before, courtesy of a partnership between Sandia National Laboratories and Hawaii Hydrogen...

The underappreciated ties between art and innovation

April 15, 2014 7:13 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Author Sarah Lewis discusses some counterintuitive pathways to breakthroughs.The path to a great achievement—whether it is a technological innovation or a masterwork of art—is almost never direct. On the contrary, creative breakthroughs often come after wrenching failures....

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Tiny particles could help verify goods

April 14, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a 2013 United Nations report. These illicit products — which include electronics, automotive and aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, and food — can pose safety risks....

Glasses strong as steel: A fast way to find the best

April 14, 2014 3:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at Yale University have devised a dramatically faster way of identifying and characterizing complex alloys known as bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), a versatile type of pliable glass that's stronger than steel. Using traditional methods, it usually takes a full day....

Combs of light accelerate communication

April 14, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources allow for transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers – this has now been demonstrated by researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)....

Novel technique developed by NUS scientists opens door to better solar cells

April 14, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of scientists, led by Assistant Professor Andrivo Rusydi from the Department of Physics at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Science, has successfully developed a technique to study the interface between materials....

Piezotronics and piezo-phototronics leading to unprecedented active electronics and optoelectronics

April 14, 2014 3:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New technologies for developing electronics and optoelectronics with tunable/adaptive functionalities and performance are critical to emerging applications in wearable technology, communication, pervasive computing, human-machine interfacing and biomedical diagnostics....

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Quantum manipulation: Filling the gap between quantum and classical world

April 14, 2014 3:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Quantum superposition is a fundamental and also intriguing property of the quantum world. Because of superposition, a quantum system can be in two different states simultaneously, like a cat that can be both "dead" and "alive" at the same time....

Better climate predictions within grasp

April 14, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A proposed satellite mission - that will improve our understanding of the consequences of climate change and could save the global economy up to $30 trillion - has received funding to develop a more detailed design of the technology and identify partners....

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