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Data from U-2 spy plane caused computer issue

May 6, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The primary air traffic control system around Los Angeles shut down last week because data from the a U-2 spy plane's flight plan confused software that helps track and route aircraft around the region, the Federal Aviation Administration...

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Apple awarded $119M, but who's winning the fight?

May 6, 2014 10:20 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

When a jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $119 million for copying features of the iPhone, it was the latest chapter in the worldwide legal fight between the top two smartphone companies. Friday's damage award was far less than the $2.2... 

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Taking the Lead Out of a Promising Solar Cell

May 6, 2014 9:55 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Northwestern University researchers are the first to develop a new solar cell with good efficiency that uses tin instead of lead perovskite as the harvester of light. The low-cost, environmentally friendly solar cell can be made easily using...

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Game Developers Say Success Hinges on more than just Programming Skills

May 6, 2014 9:49 am | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Aspiring game developers may want to bone up on their interpersonal skills. A forthcoming study from North Carolina State University and Microsoft Research finds that game developers need a suite of non-programming skills – including...   

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Genetic approach helps design broadband metamaterial

May 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

A specially formed material that can provide custom broadband absorption in the infrared can be identified and manufactured using "genetic algorithms," according to Penn State engineers, who say these metamaterials can shield objects from...

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Terahertz Imaging on the Cheap

May 6, 2014 9:27 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Terahertz imaging, which is already familiar from airport security checkpoints, has a number of other promising applications — from explosives detection to collision avoidance in cars. Like sonar or radar, terahertz imaging produces an image...

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Paper Examines Clues for Superconductivity in an Iron-Based Material

May 6, 2014 9:22 am | by ORNL | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of...   

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Electronics that Stretch at the Molecular Level

May 6, 2014 9:12 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Today's flexible electronics are already enabling a new generation of wearable sensors and other mobile electronic devices. But these flexible electronics, in which very thin semiconductor materials are applied to a thin, flexible substrate...

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Former Air Force Major General headlines ECN IMPACT Awards

May 6, 2014 8:58 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The ECN IMPACT Awards celebrate innovation across the design engineering landscape, and the awards ceremony’s keynote speaker could teach us all a lesson or two on leadership. Formerly a Major General in the United States Air Force, Steve Sargeant parlayed his impressive military career into a top leadership role with a prestigious test and measurement company....

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Neuron UCAV, Rafale Fighter, & Falcon 7X Business Jet formation flight

May 5, 2014 11:49 pm | Videos | Comments

On March 20, 2014, Dassault Aviation organized a formation flight of the nEUROn Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. This was the first time in the world that a combat drone flew in formation with other aircraft....

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Space Station research shows that hardy little space travelers could colonize Mars

May 5, 2014 11:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the movies, humans often fear invaders from Mars. These days, scientists are more concerned about invaders to Mars, in the form of micro-organisms from Earth. Three recent scientific papers examined the risks of interplanetary exchange....

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Smart-meter ICs maintain accuracy down to standby-power levels for accurate billing

May 5, 2014 11:14 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

New smart-meter chips from STMicroelectronics (Geneva) are said to enable utility companies to improve billing by measuring accurately down to extremely low power levels. The STPM3 devices prevent such losses by keeping the meter accuracy down to…

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The FCC’s open Internet proposal: We will all pay for express lanes

May 5, 2014 10:43 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it would propose new rules that allow companies to pay Internet service providers to use “express lanes” to deliver their content while all other legal Internet traffic will flow through an all-access lane. FCC chairman Tom Wheeler outlined three criteria that would enable this tiered system...

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Excessive regulations turning scientists into bureaucrats

May 5, 2014 8:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Excessive regulations are consuming scientists' time and wasting taxpayer dollars, says a report released today by the National Science Board (NSB), the policymaking body of the National Science Foundation and advisor to Congress and the President....

Photos of the Day: Electric dragster to break 200 MPH barrier

May 5, 2014 6:46 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Legendary racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits who, 50 years ago, broke the 200 MPH barrier in a gas-powered dragster, and now, at 82 years old, Garlits is set to beat 200 MPH again – this time in an electric dragster, the Swamp Rat 37. The Swamp Rat 37 features a lithium-polymer battery....

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