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'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects

November 19, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways--some simple and some involving new technologies--to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester ...

Could object in space be a jettisoned black hole?

November 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In his general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein predicted that there are such things as gravitational waves. In fact, the very existence of these waves is the linchpin of the entire theory. Despite the great lengths that physicists have gone to in ...

An alternative to the 'Turing Test' for artificial intelligence

November 19, 2014 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Georgia Tech professor is offering an alternative to the celebrated "Turing Test" to determine whether a machine or computer program exhibits human-level intelligence. The Turing Test - originally called the Imitation Game - was proposed by ...

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Paper electronics could make health care more accessible

November 19, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Flexible electronic sensors based on paper -- an inexpensive material -- have the potential to some day cut the price of a wide range of medical tools, from helpful robots to diagnostic tests. Scientists have now developed a fast, low-cost ...

Could hydrogen vehicles take over as the 'green' car of choice?

November 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Now that car makers have demonstrated through hybrid vehicle success that consumers want less-polluting tailpipes, they are shifting even greener. In 2015, Toyota will roll out the first hydrogen fuel-cell car for personal use that emits only ...

Preparing for an energy-constrained future

November 19, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some time this century, the era of cheap and abundant energy will end, and Western industrial civilization will likely begin a long, slow descent toward a resource-limited future characterized by "involuntary simplicity." That's the picture painted by ...

Spooky alignment of quasars across billions of light-years

November 19, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Quasars are galaxies with very active supermassive black holes at their centres. These black holes are surrounded by spinning discs of extremely hot material that is often spewed out in long jets along their axes of rotation. Quasars can shine more ...

Why a federal ruling could stymie the drone industry

November 19, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

A new ruling from the National Transportation Safety Board is rocking the commercial drone industry to its core.The ruling states that unmanned aerial vehicles are, in fact, aircraft, which places them within the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration and ...

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Universal contact interconnects designed for right-angle applications

November 19, 2014 12:00 pm | Itt Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Corporation (Santa Ana, CA) and its Cannon brand announced a new offering of universal-contact connectors for perpendicular/right angle configurations at electronica 2014. Driven by the growing medical industry need for a low-cost ...

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Top 10 products from electronica 2014

November 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show presented by WDD's very own Janine Mooney and Meaghan Ziemba....

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Airport parking valet robots take flight

November 19, 2014 10:41 am | by Chris Warner | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret to travelers that navigating the airport can be a stressful experience, and perhaps the biggest reason is because time is in very short supply. From the long lines to check in and pass through security to the congested highways nearby, many ...

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FETC 2015

November 19, 2014 10:02 am | Events

Discover the future of education technology at FETC 2015. For 34 years the most dynamic and creative minds in the learning landscape—educators, administrators, district-level leaders, state and national policy leaders—have converged at FETC to take ...

Deadline is Thursday to enter STEM Excellence Awards

November 19, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Educators implementing the growing field of STEM into their everyday school curriculum will have the opportunity to be honored for their efforts at FETC 2015, one of the largest conferences in the nation devoted entirely to education technology. New ...

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Scientists get to the heart of fool's gold as a solar material

November 19, 2014 9:43 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite — a cheap compound ...

Clean energy 'bio batteries' a step closer

November 19, 2014 9:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) are a step closer to enhancing the generation of clean energy from bacteria. A report published today shows how electrons hop across otherwise electrically insulating areas of bacterial proteins, and that ...

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