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Smashing science: Livermore scientists discover how explosives respond to shockwaves

December 12, 2013 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have combined ultrafast time-resolved experimental measurements with theory to reveal how an explosive responds to a high-impact shock. The work involved advances in both ultrafast experimental shock wave methods and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation techniques....

Graphene-based nano-antennas may enable networks of tiny machines

December 12, 2013 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Networks of nanometer-scale machines offer exciting potential applications in medicine, industry, environmental protection and defense, but until now there's been one very small problem: the limited capability of nanoscale antennas fabricated from traditional metallic components.

Gov't: 1 in 14 fell prey to identity theft in 2012

December 12, 2013 2:06 pm | by PETE YOST, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government says 1 out of every 14 Americans age 16 or older was a target or a victim of identity theft, a crime imposing a heavy emotional toll on many of its victims. According to a national household survey of 70,000 people issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, identity theft resulted in $24.7 billion in financial losses last year.

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Engineering Update #37: A drone-hacking drone

December 12, 2013 2:00 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode is brought to you by Components Corporation. In this week's Engineering Update: A drone that hijacks other drones, mid-air: The Skyjack seeks out wireless signals of other UAVs and take control of them, even while in flight.

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Brazil gov't may backtrack on auto safety laws

December 12, 2013 1:35 pm | by BRADLEY BROOKS, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Brazilian government may delay "by one or two years" the implementation of a law requiring automakers to install frontal air bags and anti-lock braking systems in all new cars, the finance minister said Wednesday. Safety advocates decried the idea of any delay, saying that in terms of safety, Brazilian cars are already decades behind...

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China asks pilots to master low-visibility landing

December 12, 2013 12:32 pm | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese aviation authorities will soon require captains of domestic flights into Beijing to master low-visibility landings to combat chronic flight delays that have been worsened by heavy smog. Beijing Capital International Airport, China's busiest, has the worst record for flight delays of any major international airport...

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Bulgaria to seek Toshiba investment in building new reactor

December 12, 2013 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bulgaria's state-owned energy company will negotiate with Japan's Toshiba Corp. for investment in building a new reactor at the country's only nuclear power plant, according to local media. Under a government-approved plan, Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD will ask the Japanese heavy machinery maker to provide up to 30 percent of the funding...

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Gift Guide: Do homework when buying tablet for kid

December 12, 2013 9:46 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Tablet computers are expected to top many kids' holiday lists, but parents need to do their homework first. Kids' tablets range from educational toys that perform more like hand-hand gaming devices to Android tablets good for whole family.

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NASA audit finds Google execs saved on jet fuel

December 12, 2013 9:41 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

An aircraft fleet owned by Google's founders and former CEO received improper discounts on jet fuel that saved the three billionaires up to $5.3 million dating back to depths of the Great Recession in 2009, according to a government report released Wednesday.

Photos of the Day: Amazon grocery delivery rolls into San Francisco

December 12, 2013 9:35 am | News | Comments

Amazon.com Inc.'s grocery delivery service is rolling into San Francisco. The online retailer said it is expanding its AmazonFresh service into its third city after testing it in Los Angeles and Seattle. The service provides same-day and early-morning delivery of more than 500,000 Amazon products....

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Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 12, 2013 7:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work. The audit released Thursday by the Fair...

SKorea court: Apple didn't violate Samsung patents

December 12, 2013 12:23 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A Seoul court rejected Samsung's claim that iPhone and iPad models violated three of its patents, another setback for the South Korean electronics giant in a global battle with Apple over rights to technologies that power smartphones and tablets. A Seoul Central District Court judge ruled...

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Display module features CoreAVI software drivers to deliver 20-year lifecycle support

December 11, 2013 4:53 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Defense Solutions has introduced its highest performance embedded graphics module, the new VPX3-716 3U OpenVPX six head graphics display card, its first based on AMD’s next generation embedded Radeon Adelaar GPU. The rugged VPX3-716 module is designed for use on deployed airborne and ground vehicle platforms....

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Robot representatives open doors for the isolated

December 11, 2013 2:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Psychologists from the University of Exeter are leading a major project looking at how robots can enable people to interact in public spaces – without actually being there. The £2 million three-year project, Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)...

Countdown to zero: New 'zero-dimensional' carbon nanotube may lead to superthin electronics

December 11, 2013 2:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Synthetic, man-made cells and ultrathin electronics built from a new form of "zero-dimensional" carbon nanotube may be possible through research at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. The research, ""Zero-Dimensional" Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes," was published in the journal Angewandte Chemie.

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