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Watch: Scientists ‘herd’ cells in new approach to tissue engineering

March 12, 2014 4:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sometimes it only takes a quick jolt of electricity to get a swarm of cells moving in the right direction. Researchers at UC Berkeley found that an electrical current can be used to orchestrate the flow of a group of cells, an achievement that could establish the basis for more controlled forms of tissue engineering and for potential applications such as “smart bandages” that use electrical stimulation to help heal wounds.

California mulls how to regulate 'driverless cars'

March 12, 2014 3:43 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

California is trying to do something unusual in this age of rapidly evolving technology - get ahead of a big new development before it goes public. By the end of the year, the Department of Motor Vehicles must write rules to regulate cars that rely on computers - not the owner - to do the driving.

Inventor of Web calls for digital bill of rights

March 12, 2014 3:22 pm | News | Comments

The British inventor of the World Wide Web wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of his creation, Tim Berners-Lee says he hopes to spark a global conversation about the need to defend principles that have made the Web successful.

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Contactors suit solar applications to 1500 VDC

March 12, 2014 3:19 pm | Gigavac | Product Releases | Comments

GIGAVAC (Santa Barbara, CA) announced two additions to its High Voltage Contactor line of advanced switching solutions.  The HX21 and HX200 join the HX22 as the smallest UL508 recognized contactors for high current switching at 1000 VDC, according to the company. The series can

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Review: Asus Chromebox great as streaming device

March 12, 2014 3:08 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Devices that let you watch Netflix and other streaming video services on a big TV screen are popular, but there are limits to what you can watch. NBC, for instance, didn't make its Olympics apps compatible with Roku, Apple TV and Google's Chromecast. With HBO Go, Comcast subscribers can use Apple...

Oscilloscope offers powerful analysis tools at bandwidths from 200 MHz to 1 GHz, powerful analysis tools

March 12, 2014 2:32 pm | Rohde & Schwarz | Product Releases | Comments

The new R&S RTE from Rohde & Schwarz (Munich) is available with bandwidths from 200 MHz to 1 GHz. An acquisition rate of more than one million waveforms per second helps users find signal faults quickly. The scope's accurate digital trigger system with virtually no trigger jitter is

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Surface characteristics influence cellular growth on semiconductor material

March 12, 2014 2:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Changing the texture and surface characteristics of a semiconductor material at the nanoscale can influence the way that neural cells grow on the material. The finding stems from a study performed by researchers at North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Purdue University, and may have utility for developing future neural implants.

The next frontier in crowdsourcing: Your smartphone

March 12, 2014 2:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Researchers have shown that the swipe-to-unlock action can be replaced with useful data collection or micro-tasks.Rather than swiping the screen or entering a passcode to unlock the smartphone in my hand, I have to tell it how energetic the people around me are feeling by tapping one of four icons....

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This steering wheel accessory lets you surf the web (and kill pedestrians) while driving

March 12, 2014 12:44 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

We all like to text our friends, write memos, watch movies, and change diapers while behind the wheel, but how do we do so ergonomically? The AutoExec Wheelmate Work Tray allows you to be productive, keep your eyes off the road, and do so efficiently.

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The powerful promise of a puzzling new microscopic combustion engine

March 12, 2014 12:11 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Engineers have built a powerful microscopic engine that relies on the combustion of hydrogen and oxygen. One problem: nobody knows how it works.Engines have played a crucial part in the industrialization of the world. It’s hard to think of an innovation that has had more impact.

Multicore processors integrate OpenFlow-compatible software for SDN applications

March 12, 2014 10:54 am | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor (Austin, TX) introduced new VortiQa SDN solutions, which include VortiQa open network (ON) director and switch software, optimized to run on current and future generation Freescale QorIQ multicore communications processors. The software comes with

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SDN-based gateway router enables network connections on demand

March 12, 2014 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spark Integration Technologies, Inc. (Vancouver, BC) announced the release of version 4 of its Distrix Gateway Router. Based on open software-defined network (SDN) technology, Distrix 4 adds an array of features that extend the software's ability to dynamically create

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Real-time processing drives head-up display advances in cars

March 12, 2014 10:27 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Today’s automobile driver receives an overwhelming amount of information pertaining to the safe operation of their car like no time before. Whether it’s a GPS system mapping out precise directions from point a to point b with countless detours along the way, rendering the old paper map to history...

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Photos of the Day: Outlandish products and gadgets

March 12, 2014 9:25 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

What’s better than waking up to the smell of bacon? The correct answer is “absolutely nothing.” And if you put a strip of frozen bacon inside this device before you hit the sack, all your dreams (the bacon-themed ones) will come true. The clock is made with a mini-oven....

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This personal drone shocks intruders with 80,000 volts

March 12, 2014 8:56 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Who needs a gun when you have CUPID? And by Cupid, I don’t mean that fat cherub that comes out around February 14th to shoot people with arrows — though the shooting part isn’t that far off. This CUPID, which stands for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, is actually a personal security safety UAV.

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