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2-D electronics take a step forward

June 10, 2013 12:27 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Scientists at ORNL have advanced on the goal of two-dimensional electronics with a method to control the growth of uniform atomic layers of molybdenum disulfide (MDS). MDS, a semiconductor, is one of a trilogy of materials needed to make functioning 2-D electronic components.

When will my computer understand me?

June 10, 2013 12:25 pm | by The University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

For more than 50 years, linguists and computer scientists have tried to get computers to understand human language by programming semantics as software. Driven initially by efforts to translate Russian scientific texts during the Cold War (and more recently by the value of information retrieval and data analysis tools), these efforts have met with mixed success.

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China marks decade of human spaceflight

June 10, 2013 12:15 pm | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's astronauts have braved the tension of docking with a space station and performed delicate tasks outside their orbiting capsule, but now face a more down-to-earth job that is perhaps equally challenging: Talking to young people about science.

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New app helping Venezuelans find scarce items

June 10, 2013 12:10 pm | by FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Harried Venezuelans who devote hours scouring supermarkets for increasingly scarce food basics and toilet paper have just received some digital help thanks to a young software developer. A free application for mobile devices written by Jose Augusto Montiel lets people notify one another where flour, sugar, milk, cooking oil and toilet paper are for sale.

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NSA claims know-how to ensure no illegal spying

June 10, 2013 12:07 pm | by KIMBERLY DOZIER, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

The supersecret agency with the power and legal authority to gather electronic communications worldwide to hunt U.S. adversaries says it has the technical know-how to ensure it's not illegally spying on Americans. But mistakes do happen in data-sifting conducted mostly by machines, not humans.

Intelligence chief defends Internet spying program

June 10, 2013 11:59 am | by JIM KUHNHENN LARA JAKES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eager to quell a domestic furor over U.S. spying, the nation's top intelligence official stressed Saturday that a previously undisclosed program for tapping into Internet usage is authorized by Congress, falls under strict supervision of a secret court and cannot intentionally target a U.S. citizen.

10 Years of Screaming at Circuits

June 10, 2013 11:53 am | by Screaming Circuits | Blogs | Comments

ladies and gentlemen and engineers of all ages... Screaming Circuits, A Milwaukee Electronics company, is celebrating ten years of specializing in speedy prototype assembly.In honor of your great support, we're having a party! Come and see where it all happens....

Obama: US, China sailing 'uncharted' cyberwaters

June 10, 2013 11:48 am | by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

The United States and China are in "uncharted waters" as they tackle the contentious issue of cybersecurity, President Barack Obama said following the opening round of talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a summit in the California desert.

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Introduction to Fractional Factorial Designed Experiments

June 10, 2013 11:41 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | Blogs | Comments

Scientific inquiry is aided by sensible application of statistical tools. I grew up around the best minds in applied statistics. My father was an eminent applied statistican, and George Box (the person in the video) was often around our house … Continue reading →

Globally, people resigned to little privacy online

June 10, 2013 11:29 am | by FRANK BAJAK & JACK CHANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. government snooping does not surprise global Internet users, who say they already have few expectations of online privacy as governments increasingly monitor people's digital lives and Internet companies often acquiesce. Concerned privacy activists called on people to better protect their digital data.

NSA revelations force question: What do we want?

June 10, 2013 11:06 am | by ADAM GELLER, AP National Writer | News | Comments

We knew that the technology was there. We knew that the law might allow it. As we stood under a security camera at a street corner, connected with friends online or talked on a smartphone equipped with GPS, we knew, too, it was conceivable that we might be monitored.

Yes, manufacturing is back in the U.S.

June 10, 2013 10:56 am | by Harry Moser, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

PD&D Executive Editor David Mantey recently published the article “Is It Possible to Bring Manufacturing Back to the U.S.?” The article offers some good insight on the reshoring debate, as well as some common misinterpretation of the subject. Mr. Mantey and his subject Mr. Young acknowledge that reshoring, or not offshoring, has become a viable alternative in the consciousness of the business world.

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'One giant leap' toward a NASA Armstrong center?

June 10, 2013 10:37 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Neil Armstrong's name is attached to a lunar crater, an asteroid, more than a dozen schools and a museum, but not a single NASA facility is christened in honor of the man whose "giant leap" made him the first to walk on the moon. All that could soon change on the fringes of the Mojave Desert...

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Denials in surveillance program require decoding

June 10, 2013 10:29 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google CEO Larry Page and Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg are denying reports that depict two of the Internet's most influential companies as willing participants in a secret government program that gives the National Security Agency unfettered access to email and other personal information transmitted on various online services.

Display system comes with a controller-only option

June 10, 2013 10:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division announces the release of the next generation of its Parker Factory Display (PFD) visualization system. PFD offers unprecedented flexibility and impact for delivering critical messages to associates on the factory floor.

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