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Ocular wins 2014 ECN IMPACT Award

May 7, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

Ocular today announced they have been selected as an ECN IMPACT Award winner for their Crystal Touch panels designed for outdoor and marine applications. Winners were announced yesterday evening at an ECN-hosted reception at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas....

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Driverless car test site gets industry partners

May 7, 2014 11:08 am | by David Runk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors, Ford and Toyota are joining the University of Michigan in establishing a testing site for driverless cars that will simulate a cityscape, and will work with the school to help make such vehicles commercially viable, officials...

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Dogs, technology & the future of disaster response

May 7, 2014 11:02 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Imagine a team of humans, dogs, robots and drones swooping onto the scene in the aftermath of a disaster and working together to find and rescue anyone trapped in collapsed buildings. That’s the goal of a team of researchers from around...

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Europe mulls flight recorder changes after jet saga

May 7, 2014 10:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Aviation Safety Agency is proposing to improve aircraft flight recorders and underwater locating devices in response to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Nearly two months after the Malaysian jet went missing...

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Tornado-stricken town rebuilds with clean energy

May 7, 2014 10:47 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a mammoth tornado wiped out most of this rural Kansas community in 2007, supporters of clean energy in the state seized on an unusual opportunity to rebuild a town from the ground up with the latest green technology. They came up with...

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IBM partners with universities on Watson projects

May 7, 2014 10:40 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Students at seven of the country's top computer science universities will get a chance to try out IBM's famous cognitive computing system as part of new classes set for next fall. The partnership between Armonk, New York-based IBM and the...

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News media challenge ban on journalism drones

May 7, 2014 10:32 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a dozen media organizations challenged the U.S. government's ban on the use of drones by journalists Tuesday, saying the Federal Aviation Administration's position violates constitutional free press protections for news gathering...

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Intel, PC makers broaden support for Chromebooks

May 7, 2014 10:28 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Another wave of laptop computers running on Google's Chrome operating system will be hitting stores this summer in the latest challenge to Microsoft's dominant Windows franchise. The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new...

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Xcel, Solar Groups Agree on State Incentives

May 7, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Xcel Energy and two solar industry groups have made a joint interim proposal to Colorado utility regulators on incentives that encourage customers to put panels on their roofs, they said Tuesday. In announcing their agreement a day before...

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These wind turbines will blow you away

May 7, 2014 10:16 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Michael Jordan used to say that talent won games but teamwork and intelligence won championships. He had the Chicago Bulls in mind, but he could have been talking about wind turbines. When wind turbines harness breeze, they let out an uneven...

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Navy readies UAV for summer sea trials

May 7, 2014 10:10 am | by Naval Air Systems Command | News | Comments

The X-47B unmanned combat air system is gearing up for shore-based flight test activities in preparation for the next round of sea trials this summer.The program’s test team will conduct various test events with the X-47B over the next few...

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Discovery offers new possibilities for clean energy research

May 7, 2014 10:02 am | by University of Houston | News | Comments

University of Houston physicists have discovered a new thermoelectric material offering high performance at temperatures ranging from room temperature up to 300 degrees Celsius, or about 573 degrees Fahrenheit." This new material is better...

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Photos of the Day: TTI's kick-off breakfast at EDS 2014

May 7, 2014 9:41 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

TTI, a Fort Worth-based distributor of passive, interconnect, and electromechanical components, hosted a breakfast on Tuesday morning, and their discussions ranged from the state of the industry to TTI's goals and forecasts. You may recall that, in 2000, TTI acquired Mouser Electronics....

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Astronomers harness the galaxy’s biggest telescope to make most precise measurement of spinning star

May 7, 2014 9:32 am | by International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research | News | Comments

An international team of astronomers has made a measurement of a distant neutron star that is one million times more precise than the previous world’s best. The researchers were able to use the interstellar medium, the ‘empty’ space between...

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Staying on task in the automated cockpit

May 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Human Factors and Ergonomic Society | News | Comments

Automation in the cockpit is traditionally believed to free pilots’ attention from mundane flight tasks and allow them to focus on the big picture or prepare for any unexpected events during flight. However, a new study published in Human...

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