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Dynamic encryption keeps secrets

October 7, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A method ensuring that all telephone calls are encrypted and that eavesdroppers are unable to decrypt information in order to obtain secrets. This is a brief definition of dynamic encryption, the brainchild of Professor Lars Ramkilde Knudsen from DTU....

Scientist strives for superhuman vision

October 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Leda Zimmerman, MIT Spectrum | Comments

All through his childhood, Ramesh Raskar wished fervently for eyes in the back of his head. “I had the notion that the world did not exist if I wasn’t looking at it, so I would constantly turn around to see if it was there behind me.” Although this head-spinning habit faded ...

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NREL software tool a boon for wind industry

October 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Wind energy is blowing away skeptics—it's so close to achieving cost parity with fossil fuels that just a little extra efficiency is all that is likely needed to push it into the mainstream and past the Energy Department's goal of 20% wind energy by 2030....

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Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley

October 7, 2014 1:41 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling....

President Obama honors nation's top scientists and innovators

October 7, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

President Obama today announced a new group of recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation--the nation's highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology....

NJIT to work with the defense and aerospace industries to maintain US military readiness

October 7, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With defense budgets shrinking in the wake of Congressional spending cuts and a sharp reduction in U.S. forces abroad, NJIT has been given the opportunity by the federal government to examine the defense industry in New Jersey for its capacity....

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First-ever global life cycle assessment of renewable energy future

October 7, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A future where electricity comes mostly from low-carbon sources is not only feasible in terms of material demand, but will significantly reduce air pollution, a study published in the 6 October Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says....

Hewlett-Packard's rise, fall and future

October 7, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A plaque that reads "Birthplace of `Silicon Valley'" marks the garage in Palo Alto, California, where Hewlett-Packard Co. got its start in the late 1930s. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard became friends studying engineering at nearby Stanford University....

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New York cancels phone booth transmitter program

October 7, 2014 8:49 am | by JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press | Comments

The city has scuttled an outdoor media company's project slated to install in payphone booths thousands of transmitters that could track people's movements by sending signals to their smartphones. Titan, which sells ad space in more than 5,000 phone kiosks ...

Talking to your car can be dangerous, studies say

October 7, 2014 2:29 am | by Joan Lowy - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better. The systems let drivers do things like tune the radio, send a text message, or make a phone call while keeping their eyes on the...

Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley

October 7, 2014 12:29 am | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren't just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley's balance of power and splitting up businesses. Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling....

New way to make foams could lead to lightweight, sustainable materials

October 6, 2014 10:35 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new type of foam – called capillary foam – that solves many of the problems faced by traditional foams. The foam could be used to make lightweight, sustainable materials....

Navy's autonomous swarmboats can overwhelm adversaries

October 6, 2014 11:26 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As autonomy and unmanned systems grow in importance for naval operations, officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced today a technological breakthrough that will allow any unmanned surface vehicle (USV) to not only protect Navy ships....

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Online games and remote experiments could reduce scientific fraud

October 6, 2014 11:22 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

One way to combat the rising level of errors and fraud in life sciences research is through massive online laboratories, which use videogames to engage large numbers of non-professional investigators and prevent scientists from manually testing....

Facebook tightens research guidelines

October 6, 2014 11:19 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook has tightened its research guidelines following uproar over its disclosure this summer that it allowed researchers to manipulate users' feeds to see if their moods could be changed. At issue was study in which Facebook allowed researchers....

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