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Nanotracer tester tells about wells

February 24, 2014 10:13 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A tabletop device invented at Rice University can tell how efficiently a nanoparticle would travel through a well and may provide a wealth of information for oil and gas producers. The device gathers data on how tracers – microscopic particles that can be pumped into and recovered from wells – move through deep rock formations....

Why the self-driving car will be the greatest technology of all time (seriously)

February 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am in desperate need of a self-driving car. We’re talking desperate. I would pay a considerable amount of money — in this circumstance not only does the self-driving car exist, it is widely available and I have hit the lottery — for a self-driving car.

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Spring Windows update to address use on non-touch devices; phone update also planned

February 24, 2014 9:51 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 Microsoft will update its Windows system this spring to address some of the gripes people have had when they use devices without touch capabilities. Windows 8 and last fall's 8.1 update were designed for a touch environment. But some of the gesture commands don't translate well when using traditional mouse and keyboard controls. Among other things, Microsoft Corp. will add search, power and settings buttons to the Start page...  

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Rinspeed XchangE autonomous concept car

February 24, 2014 9:48 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Autonomous driving is set to become reality in the near future. While the major automakers are putting the finishing touches on the technology, the Swiss idea factory Rinspeed puts man at the center of the autonomous car. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show Rinspeed presents the "XchangE" study to the public in a world premiere.

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Stream of stars in Andromeda satellite galaxy shows cosmic collision

February 24, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Andromeda Galaxy is surrounded by a swarm of small satellite galaxies. Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute, among others, have detected a stream of stars in one of the Andromeda Galaxy's outer satellite galaxies, a dwarf galaxy called Andromeda II.

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Netflix reaches deal with Comcast to ensure smoother streaming of TV shows, movies

February 24, 2014 9:39 am | by Steve Rothwell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Netflix has reached a deal with Comcast to ensure that its TV shows and movies are streamed smoothly to households, the first deal the online video streaming service has reached with an Internet service provider. The two companies said in a joint statement Sunday they're establishing a more direct connection to provide a better service to customers that will also allow for future growth in Netflix traffic.

New process uses recyclable catalyst to create porous materials

February 24, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of UConn chemists has discovered a new way of making a class of porous materials that allows for greater manufacturing controls and has significantly broader applications than the longtime industry standard. The process, more than three years in the making, has resulted in the creation of more than 60 new families of materials so far, with the potential for many more.

New, inexpensive production materials boost promise of hydrogen fuel

February 24, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Generating electricity is not the only way to turn sunlight into energy we can use on demand. The sun can also drive reactions to create chemical fuels, such as hydrogen, that can in turn power cars, trucks and trains. The trouble with solar fuel production is the cost of producing the sun-capturing semiconductors and the catalysts to generate fuel.

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Are electric vehicles worth it?

February 24, 2014 9:16 am | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Last year alone, the U.S. sold almost 100,000 plug-in electric vehicles. That’s nearly double the purchase rate of 2012. But as more consumers and experts grow to love EVs, at least as many vehemently hate them. Are electric vehicles a worthwhile investment or just another craze?

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Plastic Electronics 2014

February 24, 2014 9:15 am | Events

The Plastic Electronics Exhibition is the place for leading companies in the printed, flexible, organic and inorganic large area electronics (OLAE) industries to demonstrate and connect to the technologies and people driving the future of plastic electronics design and manufacturing.

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SEMICON Europa 2014

February 24, 2014 9:11 am | Events

SEMICON Europa 2014 will feature more than 100 hours of technical sessions and presentations focused on critical industry topics that are shaping the design and manufacturing of semiconductors, MEMS, printed and flexible electronics, and other related technologies.

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Evolution in US cellphone plans over past year

February 24, 2014 9:03 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In the old days, U.S. wireless customers typically paid $100 or $200 for a phone and agreed to a two-year service contract. Although the phone actually cost hundreds of dollars more, wireless companies made up for it through the monthly service fees for voice, text and data. T-Mobile decided last spring to stop subsidizing phones and padding the service fees.

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NBC says it's pleased with its Sochi Olympic experience

February 24, 2014 8:53 am | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

NBC Universal's Sochi performance is partly measured in gold, too. Televising the Olympics is a complex, multi-million dollar business venture that seems to have more riding on it every two years. Beyond attracting millions of people to the broadcast network each night, NBC used the Sochi games to popularize streaming video, develop a cable sports network and launch entertainment programs.

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Engineering Update 46: The United Arab Emirates' drone delivery service

February 24, 2014 8:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Consumers who fell in love with Amazon's 30-minute drone delivery service but can't wait for the mountain of red tape and regulations standing in the way of "Amazon Prime Air" now have an alternative — move to the United Arab Emirates!

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Samsung unveils smartwatches with fitness features, addressing shortcoming in original Gear

February 24, 2014 8:45 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung unveiled two new computerized wristwatches on Sunday, this time including health sensors and related fitness features to give people a reason to buy one. Samsung's first Galaxy Gear smartwatch came out last fall amid much fanfare, but it landed with a thud in the marketplace. Wearable devices that succeeded tended to be fitness products such as the Fitbit.

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