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Netflix's share of peak Internet traffic rises

May 14, 2014 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix increased its share of fixed-line Internet traffic in North America in the first half of 2014, accounting for 34 percent of data flowing to consumers during peak times, up from 32 percent in the latter half of 2013. That's according to a new report from Sandvine Inc., a Canadian networking services company.

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3 astronauts return to Earth

May 14, 2014 8:56 am | by DMITRY LOVETSKY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts who had spent a half-year aboard the International Space Station landed Wednesday in the steppes of Kazakhstan. The landing occurred on schedule with the capsule descending under a white parachute. It had undocked from the orbiting laboratory some 260 miles (418 kilometers) above the Earth about three hours earlier.

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Mudds create endowment for civil engineering students

May 13, 2014 5:24 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Texas A&M University and the engineering program hold many fond memories for Jamie and Dennis Mudd. Both earned degrees from Texas A&M, and they credit the engineering program for bringing them together. Jamie was employed at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Dennis was...

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Babu Makes Printing Receipts Obsolete

May 13, 2014 5:20 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

 For those tired of trying to find a receipt or hanging on to stacks and stacks of them, University of Illinois students are making organizing them easy and printing them irrelevant with an receipt reducing app called Babu.  Consumers can register an account and add any credit/debit card numbers they use through Babu’s secure app.

Sun rises on solar panels on White House roof

May 13, 2014 4:11 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technicians have finished installing solar panels on the White House roof, capping a project that President Barack Obama hopes will send a signal that renewable energy is feasible and environmentally shrewd. Obama said in 2010 that he would retrofit his family's new home with solar panels starting in 2011....

The doctor's in - through webcam, smartphone

May 13, 2014 4:07 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mark Matulaitis holds out his arms so the Parkinson's specialist can check his tremors. But this is no doctor's office: Matulaitis sits in his rural Maryland home as a neurologist a few hundred miles away examines him via the camera in his laptop....

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Solar-powered UAS provides “silent operation”

May 13, 2014 3:51 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Imagine a flying Prius with all the blather of a mime and you’ve got the Silent Falcon sUAS. This solar-powered small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) was one of the cooler wares on display at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2014 in sunny Orlando, Florida....

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MEMS nanoinjector for genetic modification of cells

May 13, 2014 12:40 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The ability to transfer a gene or DNA sequence from one animal into the genome of another plays a critical role in a wide range of medical research—including cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and diabetes. But the traditional method of transferring genetic material into a new cell, called "microinjection," has a serious downside.

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Chemists design molecules for controlling bacterial behavior

May 13, 2014 12:38 pm | by Syracuse University | News | Comments

Chemists in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University have figured out how to control multiple bacterial behaviors—potentially good news for the treatment of infectious diseases and other bacteria-associated issues, without causing drug resistance.  Yan-Yeung Luk, associate professor of chemistry, has spearheaded the discovery, in conjunction with his research lab at Syracuse University...

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GM recall shows gaps in air bag knowledge

May 13, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

General Motors' recall of 2.6 million small cars has shed light on an unsettling fact: Air bags might not always deploy when drivers — and federal regulators — expect them to. Thirteen people have died in crashes involving older GM cars...

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Teaching robots right from wrong

May 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Alexander Reid, Tufts University | News | Comments

Researchers from Tufts University, Brown University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are teaming with the U.S. Navy to explore technology that would pave the way for developing robots capable of making moral decisions. In a project funded by the Office of Naval Research and coordinated under the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative...

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Frost & Sullivan: Cost-effectiveness continues to drive opportunities for the global measurement gages market

May 13, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The global measurement gages market has limited technological advancement, thus pricing strategy is a key differentiator for companies operating in this space.  Realizing this, manufacturers are wooing price-sensitive end users by offshoring their manufacturing to cost-efficient countries in Asia. To continue rolling out cost-effective products, market participant are expanding their manufacturing capabilities in Asia-Pacific (APAC)...

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Central Semiconductor announces global distribution agreement with Digi-Key

May 13, 2014 12:20 pm | Central Semiconductor Corp., Digi-Key | News | Comments

Central Semiconductor Corp., and global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation announced a global distribution agreement. Central Semiconductor supplies leading edge discrete semiconductors for the latest high-tech products, from smart phones, tablets and laptop computers to bar code scanners, portable medical devices and telecom systems.

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Computing platform provides I/O design configurability

May 13, 2014 12:13 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Electronic Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduced the S50J Computing Platform, a rugged field-deployable system with abundant configurable I/O for design versatility. According to the company, virtually any I/O scheme can be supported using…

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Thin film resistors offer high accuracy

May 13, 2014 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new series of through-hole single-in-line thin film resistors. For high accuracy in precision, high-voltage instrumentation and amplifiers, the Vishay Dale Thin Film HVPS devices feature high resistance values to 10 MΩ, tight tolerances down to ± 0.01  percent, and high working voltages to 1800 V.

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