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Photos of the Day — BAT: The Buoyant Airborne Turbine

April 4, 2014 2:27 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Altaeros Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) integrates a shell, turbine, tethers, and a ground station to combine aerospace and wind turbine technology and solve many of the problems associated with wind energy. Floating at a height of 1,000 feet...

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Samsung dupes Obama: Why “selfie advertising” needs to stop

April 4, 2014 2:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

What do President Obama, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Lawrence have in common? They’ve all become unwitting props in a viral Samsung advertising campaign that relies on spontaneity, selfies, and tricking people — including the most powerful man in the world — into becoming brand ambassadors....

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April 2014: Digital ICs

April 4, 2014 12:17 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In the April issue, ECN is proud to announce the 2014 ECN IMPACT Award Finalists chosen to recognize the top products, tools, and services from 18 categories across the electronics design engineering field. The finalists were picked by our panel of esteemed judges selected for their expertise in one or more product category. We’ll announce the winners on May 6 at the EDS Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Understanding ultraviolet LED applications and precautions

April 4, 2014 9:47 am | by Vincent C. Forte, Chief Technology Officer of Marktech Optoelectronics | Blogs | Comments

Ultraviolet light occurs between the visible and x‐ray spectrums. The Ultraviolet wavelength range is specified as 10 nm to 400 nm; however, many optoelectronic companies also consider wavelengths as high as 430nm to be in the UV range. Ultraviolet light gets its name due to the “violet” color it produces....

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Putting the 'long term’ in long-term evolution

April 4, 2014 8:22 am | by Francis Sideco, Senior Director Consumer, Mobile, and IT Electronics at IHS | Blogs | Comments

Unlike its predecessors, many of which by this same point in their adoption cycle were already being prepared to transition to the next generation of cellular air interface technology; LTE appears to be living up to its long-term promise.  LTE, while gaining momentum...

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Suspected NKorean drones crude, reflect new threat

April 4, 2014 3:09 am | by Hyung-jin Kim - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by the North amid rising military tensions were crude and decidedly low-tech — equipped with cameras available on the Internet for hundreds of dollars — but underscore a potential new threat that must be taken...

Cheaper joints and digits bring the robot revolution closer

April 4, 2014 1:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Efforts to build robot hands and humanoids more cheaply could make them affordable enough for businesses and even homes.The Atlas humanoid robot, unveiled last year by Boston Dynamics, a company later acquired by Google, is a marvel. It can clamber over rubble and operate power tools....

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Dirty secrets of the new Facebook news feed and how to solve them

April 3, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

You've probably heard that Facebook has changed the algorithm of what shows up in your news feed but you don't know exactly how. That's because Facebook isn't telling you exactly how. The Facebook news feed algorithm, the complicated formula that...

All new cars to have backup cameras by 2018

April 3, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

Cameras are coming to your new car. According to new guidelines published Monday, the government is requiring all new cars to come equipped with rear visibility technology by 2018. The ruling comes from the United States Department of Transportation's National...

Scientists say new computer model amounts to a lot more than a hill of beans

April 3, 2014 4:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Crops that produce more while using less water seem like a dream for a world with a burgeoning population and already strained food and water resources. This dream is coming closer to reality for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers who have developed a new computer model....

Ouch! Computer system spots fake expressions of pain better than people

April 3, 2014 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Toronto has found that a computer–vision system can distinguish between real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than can humans....

New data show the immediate value of scientific research

April 3, 2014 4:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University research is a key component of the US economic ecosystem, returning the investment through enormous public value and impact on employment, business, and manufacturing nationwide. Using new data available to examine the short-term economic activity generated by science funding...

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Gravity measurements confirm subsurface ocean on Enceladus

April 3, 2014 4:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent pictures back to Earth depicting an icy Saturnian moon spewing water vapor and ice from fractures, known as "tiger stripes," in its frozen surface. It was big news that tiny Enceladus—a mere 500 kilometers in diameter—was such an active place...

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'Unzipping' poplars' biofuel potential

April 3, 2014 4:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel. The research, which appears in the current issue of Science, focuses on enhancing poplar trees....

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