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Global perspectives on a comet

April 14, 2014 11:15 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Seven photographers from around the globe received awards for their stunning images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) at the Northeast Astronomy Forum held at Rockland Community College today. The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Astronomical Sciences, Astronomy magazine and Discover...

Review: Siri-like Cortana fills Windows phone gap

April 14, 2014 8:10 am | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

"Yay, it's Nick! How can I help?" Thanks for asking, Cortana. And thanks for making the Windows phone software better, Microsoft. With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and...

Photos of the Day: The Navy's electromagnetic railguns

April 14, 2014 8:08 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Navy announced plans to install and test an electromagnetic railgun aboard a joint high-space vessel by fiscal year 2016. Using an electromagnetic force known as the Lorentz Force, the railgun rapidly accelerates and launches a 7 pound projectile at hypersonic speeds up to 2.4 kilometers per second....

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New study makes human involvement in climate change even harder to deny

April 14, 2014 7:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

Commentary If you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that made-man emissions from burning fossil fuels were directly related to severe, disruptive and persistent global weather patterns – often referred to as global warming or climate change – would...

NSA spy report among potential Pulitzer contenders

April 14, 2014 7:10 am | by Meghan Barr - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The Pulitzer Prizes, journalism's highest honor, will be announced Monday. Among the potential contenders are reporters who revealed the massive U.S. government surveillance effort. Revelations about the spy programs were first published in June in The Guardian and The Washington Post, which last...

Long-term predictions for Miami sea level rise could be available relatively soon

April 14, 2014 5:13 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Miami could know as early as 2020 how high sea levels will rise into the next century, according to a team of researchers including Florida International University scientist Rene Price.Price is also affiliated with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term...

NSA surveillance report among Pulitzer contenders

April 14, 2014 3:10 am | by Meghan Barr - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

A report that revealed the massive U.S. government surveillance effort is among the top finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. The Pulitzers, journalism's highest honor, will be announced on Monday. Revelations about the spy programs were first published in The Guardian and The Washington Post in...

Computer malfunctions in the ISS and NASA astronauts have to undertake a spacewalk

April 13, 2014 1:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

A backup computer installed on the external side of the orbiting lab is not responding to commands at the International Space Station (ISS) and there are possibilities that its rectification would need the astronauts to take a spacewalk. This computer...

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NSA reportedly used Heartbleed bug to spy; NSA and White House deny

April 12, 2014 4:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

The National Security Agency knew for at least two years about the massive Web security flaw Heartbleed and used it to gather critical intelligence, unidentified sources told Bloomberg Friday. This has, however, been denied by the White House and NSA....

Once-soaring tech stocks sink in sobering comedown

April 11, 2014 4:10 pm | by Barbara Ortutay - AP Technology Writers - Associated Press | Comments

The stock market's laws of gravity are inflicting pain on its highest fliers. Just look at the list of technology trailblazers whose values have plummeted from record highs during the past few weeks. Investors have re-focused on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples...

Increased time on Facebook could lead women to negative body images

April 11, 2014 2:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The mediated version of what women should look like has always been under scrutiny, particularly looking at actresses and fashion models. But what about body image from social networks and friends? A recent study by researchers in the United Kingdom and United States...

China looks to science and technology to fuel its economy

April 11, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Maintaining stability in the face of rapid change and growth, and proactively partaking in cooperative global ties in science and technology fields will be key in helping China become an innovation-based economy, according to Denis Simon, vice provost for International Strategic Initiatives at Arizona State University....

Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon

April 11, 2014 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material....

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Infographic: The impact of electrical engineering on 21st century innovation

April 11, 2014 2:41 pm | Comments

Check out this informative infographic that tracks the impact of electrical engineering on 21st century innovation. Starting back in the 1830s, when a telegraph used electric currents to communicate a message for the first time to iPhones and everything in between, the infographic relays a ton of useful information....

Industrial electronics chip market rebounds, invigorated by resurgent activity

April 11, 2014 1:19 pm | Comments

Powered by the freshly fueled gears of reviving economies, the global market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications overcame a serious fall in 2012 and roared back to life last year, boding well for an even more energetic 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

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