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Photos of the Day: Martian flying saucer preps for flight test

May 21, 2014 8:38 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project, a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle, has completed final assembly at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. This experimental flight test is designed to investigate breakthrough technologies that will benefit future Mars missions, including those involving human exploration....

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ECE alum's app provides instant translation of foreign lanaguages

May 20, 2014 6:21 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

Illinois alum Ryan Rogowski made news again last week as the company he co-founded, Waygo, announced it had rolled out an app for the Android and told an audience at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) that he eventually sees the app adding languages and working in the Google Glass Environment....

3.5-inch LCD module visible in direct sunlight with brightness settings as low as 100 nits

May 20, 2014 3:17 pm | Sharp Microelectronicsn | Product Releases | Comments

Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (Camas, WA) announced a new 3.5-inch (diagonal) TFT LCD module (LQ035Q3DY01) featuring Sharp’s proprietary Progressive Super View (PSV) technology. PSV enables viewability in direct sunlight with brightness settings as low as 100 nits....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Harwin Inc. wins for Packaging and Interconnects

May 20, 2014 2:00 pm | Harwin, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Harwin’s (Salem, NH) Gecko (G125 series) connectors provide a high reliability, high performance, micro-miniature interconnect solution for cable and PCB applications. They provide a low profile, dual row cable-to- board and board-to-board interconnect solution which is suitable for stacking and cable mating....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Ocular LCD, Inc. wins for Optoelectronics

May 20, 2014 1:47 pm | Ocular LCD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ocular LCD, Inc. (Dallas, TX) introduces PCAP touch panels specifically designed for outdoor and marine applications. Crystal Touch, Ocular’s premier line of projected capacitive touch panels, provides a robust touch solution with increased optical clarity, durability, and scratch resistance....

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Space-based solar farm

May 20, 2014 1:34 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Researchers from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), have created a technology road map for a space-based solar power system that will include a 1-gigawatt commercial system, man-made island studded with 5 billion tiny rectifying antennas, and a microwave beam....

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Reading privacy policy lowers trust

May 20, 2014 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Website privacy policies are almost obligatory for many online services, but for anyone who reads these often unwieldy documents, trust in the provider is more commonly reduced than gained, according to US researchers. Almost every commercial website, social network, search engine and banking site has a privacy policy....

Stem cells as a future source for eco-friendly meat

May 20, 2014 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The scientific progress that has made it possible to dream of a future in which faulty organs could be regrown from stem cells also holds potential as an ethical and greener source for meat. So say scientists who suggest in the Cell Press journal Trends in Biotechnology that every town or village could one day have its very own small-scale, cultured meat factory....

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Professors' super waterproof surfaces cause water to bounce like a ball

May 20, 2014 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a basement lab on BYU's campus, mechanical engineering professor Julie Crockett analyzes water as it bounces like a ball and rolls down a ramp. This phenomenon occurs because Crockett and her colleague Dan Maynes have created a sloped channel that is super-hydrophobic, or a surface that is extremely difficult to wet....

Termite genome lays roadmap for 'greener' control measures

May 20, 2014 1:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of international researchers has sequenced the genome of the Nevada dampwood termite, providing an inside look into the biology of the social insect and uncovering new genetic targets for pest control. Michael Scharf, a Purdue University professor of entomology who participated in the collaborative study, said the genome could help researchers....

Scientists study biomechanics behind amazing ant strength

May 20, 2014 1:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A recent study into the biomechanics of the necks of ants – a common insect that can amazingly lift objects many times heavier than its own body – might unlock one of nature's little mysteries and, quite possibly, open the door to advancements in robotic engineering....

Engineers build world's smallest, fastest nanomotor

May 20, 2014 1:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running tiny synthetic motor to date. The team's nanomotor is an important step toward developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body....

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Deal negotiation: How chip makers can stem revenue erosion

May 20, 2014 1:12 pm | by Chanan Greenberg | Blogs | Comments

Consumers expect more performance from their computing devices, whether it’s a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It needs to have more capabilities, be faster and use less power. But, there’s a catch – it needs to cost the same or less than last year’s model....

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4 major phone carriers providing text-to-911

May 20, 2014 1:01 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sometimes a voice call to 911 just won't work, such as for deaf people in need of help or in certain domestic violence cases. Now, in a big step toward moving the nation's emergency dispatch system out of voice-only technology that dates to the 1960s ...

Photos of the Day: "Glorious Leader!" satirizes North Korea with unicorns and Dennis Rodman

May 20, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Remember when North Korea’s “Glorious Leader”, Kim Jong-un, singlehandedly defeated the entire United States with help from Dennis Rodman and unicorns? Yeah, me neither, but this brilliant satire does. And it sprung from the most unlikely source — the video game world....

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