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Photos of the Day: Stop being so stupid, voters tweet to Congress

October 2, 2013 9:08 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The roiling debate over the U.S. government shutdown is extending to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as fed-up Americans turn to social media to register their disgust with federal lawmakers for shutting down the government. Those posting pulled no punches, calling members of Congress "immature," `'stupid" and "idiots" who need to "grow up."

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Review: New Kindle good contender for Amazon users

October 2, 2013 6:16 am | by ANICK JESDANUN - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX tablet resembles Google's Nexus 7 in many ways — from its light weight to its sharp display. Both tablets run a version of Google's Android operating system, and they even have the same starting price of $229. The similarities end when you turn them on. Amazon.com...

Droplets get a charge out of jumping

October 2, 2013 12:00 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In a completely unexpected finding, MIT researchers have discovered that tiny water droplets that form on a superhydrophobic surface, and then “jump” away from that surface, carry an electric charge. The finding could lead to more efficient power plants and a new way of drawing power from the atmosphere, they say.

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Minutes, lives saved using litter assist in mine-resistant ambulances

October 2, 2013 12:00 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The Medical Support Systems Project Management Office at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity works with military, government and industry partners to improve equipment and evacuation capabilities, giving minutes back, saving lives....

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Projected-capacitive touch panel allows for up to 16 simultaneous touches

October 1, 2013 4:16 pm | Ocular LCD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ocular LCD announced the addition of an 18.5-inch projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panel to the Crystal Touch: TRUE Multi-Touch PLUS standard product line. Crystal Touch: TRUE Multi-Touch PLUS panels provide a true multi-touch interface with a pre-integrated, optically bonded, soda-lime cover glass with a decorative black border.

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Sub-miniature connector includes frequency range up to 100 GHz

October 1, 2013 3:21 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces immediate availability for Carlisle Interconnect Technologies' WMP series of sub-miniature, blind-mate interconnect solutions. The WMP series is ideal for complex, high performance microwave modules and systems where the use of a light weight connector is a primary issue.

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Digital meter ideal for lab applications

October 1, 2013 3:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Rex DD-4 Digital Durometer is the successor to the popular Rex DD-3. With its impressive list of features, the DD-4 is truly state-of-the-art and is the ideal instrument for lab use. Some of the new features are a new larger LCD display, USB data ports for computer compatibility, a locking feature to prevent accidental erasure of tolerances, automatic shutoff and low battery warning.

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DIY Hacks & How Tos: Pepper's Ghost

October 1, 2013 3:00 pm | Videos | Comments

Pepper's Ghost is a special effects technique for creating transparent ghostly images. This technique has been a staple of theaters and haunted houses since John Pepper popularized it in the 1800s. It works by reflecting an image of the ghost off of a sheet of plexiglass. This special effect is especially impressive because it can be performed live....

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This office-training parody will make you nostalgic for the '80s

October 1, 2013 2:50 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ah, the ‘80s ... the Cold War was winding down, Arnold Schwarzenegger was terminating box office receipts, and hokey office-training videos were at their peak. Grasshopper – a company that provides entrepreneurs with virtual phone systems – captured all that and more in their parody/viral marketing campaign, the “Epic 80s Entrepreneur Training Video.”

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'Waviness' explains why carbon nanotube forests have low stiffness

October 1, 2013 1:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study has found that "waviness" in forests of vertically-aligned carbon nanotubes dramatically reduces their stiffness, answering a long-standing question surrounding the tiny structures. Instead of being a detriment, the waviness may make the nanotube arrays more compliant and therefore useful as thermal interface material for conducting heat away from future high-powered integrated circuits.

CU, MIT breakthrough in photonics could allow for faster and faster electronics

October 1, 2013 1:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A pair of breakthroughs in the field of silicon photonics by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Micron Technology Inc. could allow for the trajectory of exponential improvement in microprocessors that began nearly half a century ago—known as Moore's Law...

Putting a face on a robot

October 1, 2013 12:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that older and younger people have varying preferences about what they would want a personal robot to look like. And they change their minds based on what the robot is supposed to do. Participants were shown a series of photos portraying either robotic, human or mixed human-robot faces and were asked to select the one that they would prefer for their robot's appearance.

Delta picks Microsoft for pilot tablets

October 1, 2013 12:47 pm | by JOSHUA FREED, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines plans to buy 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets for its pilots to replace the heavy bundles of books and maps they haul around now. Other airlines, including American and United, have been buying Apple's iPad for that purpose. Delta says the Surface tablets will save it $13 million per year in fuel and other costs.

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Review: Gear watch has potential, but falls short

October 1, 2013 12:43 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It didn't take long to see how a computerized wristwatch might help manage my digital life — or to see how Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch falls short. First, the potential: Smartwatches are supposed to offer quick access to many of the things you normally do on your phone, such as checking messages, taking photos, checking the weather and answering calls.

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Jellyfish wave shuts down Swedish nuke reactor

October 1, 2013 12:30 pm | by GARY PEACH, Associated Press | News | Comments

It wasn't a tsunami but it had the same effect: A huge cluster of jellyfish forced one of the world's largest nuclear reactors to shut down - a phenomenon that marine biologists say could become more common. Operators of the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in southeastern Sweden had to scramble reactor number three on Sunday after tons of jellyfish clogged the pipes that bring in cool water to the plant's turbines.  

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