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Carnegie Mellon researchers use inkblots to improve security of online passwords

November 7, 2013 1:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists have developed a new password system that incorporates inkblots to provide an extra measure of protection when, as so often occurs, lists of passwords get stolen from websites. This new type of password, dubbed a GOTCHA, would be suitable for protecting high-value accounts...

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Georgia Tech warns of threats to cloud data storage, mobile devices in latest 'emerging cyber threat'

November 7, 2013 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As more businesses find their way into the cloud, few engage in security measures beyond those provided by the associated cloud storage firm, a new report from Georgia Tech notes. Even fewer seek heightened data protection because of concerns that usability and access to remote data would be significantly reduced.

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UC's SmartLight more than a bright idea, it's a revolution in interior lighting ready to shine

November 7, 2013 1:37 pm | by University of Cincinnati | News | Comments

A pair of University of Cincinnati researchers has seen the light – a bright, powerful light – and it just might change the future of how building interiors are brightened. In fact, that light comes directly from the sun. And with the help of tiny, electrofluidic cells and a series of open-air "ducts..."

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Georgia Tech Develops Inkjet-Based Circuits at Fraction of Time and Cost

November 7, 2013 1:12 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Georgia Tech, the University of Tokyo, and Microsoft Research have developed a novel method to rapidly and cheaply make electrical circuits by printing them with commodity inkjet printers and off-the-shelf materials. For about $300 in equipment costs, anyone can produce working electrical circuits in the 60 seconds it takes to print them.

Engineering Update #32: The world's fastest civilian aircraft

November 7, 2013 11:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Cessna citation X was recently confirmed by the FAA as the fastest civilian aircraft in the world blowing past the current record holder, the Gulfstream G650 at a speed of mach .935 to the Gulfstreams unimpressive Mach .925. On the other side of the speed scale, the town of Milton-Keynes in England is replacing its public buses with a pod system that will rocket passengers around the city at a whiplash-inducing 12 mph.

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Photos of the Day: US media consumption to rise to 15.5 hours a day -- per person -- by 2015

November 7, 2013 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study by a researcher at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, says that by 2015, the sum of media asked for and delivered to consumers on mobile devices and to their homes would take more than 15 hours a day to see or hear.

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Kit provides easy, step-by-step 3D gesture system development

November 6, 2013 5:09 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the new MGC3130 Hillstar Development Kit for 3D gesturing systems. The kit provides designers with an easy, step-by-step approach to develop 3D gesturing systems with the company’s MGC3130 – a single-chip 3D gesture/free space position tracking solution

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Critics blast Google's antitrust offer

November 6, 2013 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Details of Google's offer to resolve an investigation by European regulators into the company's alleged abuse of its dominant position in the search market have emerged. Here's a look at what's at stake. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY At the center of the debate is Google's tendency to "artificially"...

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Antenna booster designed to provide worldwide, multiband mobile coverage

November 6, 2013 4:33 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. announces immediate availability and full design support of the new mXTEND antenna booster from Fractus, S.A. (Fractus). The mXTEND (part number FR01-S4-250) is specifically designed to provide multiband performance in mobile and other wireless devices....

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1200 watt power supply achieves 94% platinum efficiency

November 6, 2013 4:14 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata announced today the D1U54P series of 54mm wide 1200 Watt front-end power supplies from Murata Power Solutions. With industry leading efficiency of greater than 94% and a power density in excess of 28 Watts per cubic inch, these low-profile units measure only 54.5 x 321.5 x 40 mm and fit the industry standard 1U package format.

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Monkeys use minds to move 2 virtual arms

November 6, 2013 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a study led by Duke researchers, monkeys have learned to control the movement of both arms on an avatar using just their brain activity. The findings, published Nov. 6, 2013, in the journal Science Translational Medicine, advance efforts to develop bilateral movement in brain-controlled prosthetic devices for severely paralyzed patients.

Reference platform promises fast, secure smart meter designs

November 6, 2013 3:55 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduced its Capistrano reference platform targeting designers of smart meters looking to reduce time to market, attain higher accuracy, and secure their designs. Using the company's Zeus metering SoC, Capistrano protects designs with advanced cryptography, physical attack

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Stanford researchers surprised to find how neural circuits identify information needed for decisions

November 6, 2013 3:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

While eating lunch you notice an insect buzzing around your plate. Its color and motion could both influence how you respond. If the insect was yellow and black you might decide it was a bee and move away. Conversely, you might simply be annoyed at the buzzing motion and shoo the insect away.

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A sight for sore eyes: New accuracy for 60mm mortars

November 6, 2013 3:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The handheld mortar has long been a staple for the U.S. Marine Corps, and yesterday the weapon got a major boost as combat instructors at Marine Corps Base Quantico successfully conducted a live-fire demonstration of a new mortar sight, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

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Human touch makes robots smarter: On learning context-driven user preferences

November 6, 2013 3:05 pm | Videos | Comments

In this video, the robot does not know how to move a knife safely and learns through Interactive zero-G and tablet touch user interaction on Baxter for grocery checkout application. With high degree-of-freedom manipulators, one needs to find a trajectory that is not only valid from a geometric point-of-view (i.e., feasible and obstacle-free, the criterion that most existing planners focus on), but also satisfy the user's preferences.

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