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Detection thresholds drop with low-noise quantum cascade laser driver

January 13, 2015 3:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Electronic noise from Quantum Cascade Laser drivers has long limited the detection threshold of chemical sensors. No longer. Patented1 low noise technology is now available to both researchers and developers. Wavelength Electronics introduces the ...

Panel makers target 261 million LCD TV panels in 2015

January 13, 2015 3:32 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

In a recent survey, we observed that all LCD TV panel makers are increasing their business target for 2015. Their confidence comes from strong demand for LCD TV panels, the increasing variety of TV models, and the aggressiveness of leading brands like ...

NYC libraries pioneer free hot spot lending to 10,000

January 13, 2015 3:29 pm | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press | Comments

The New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents. The program - which offers the devices for up to a year, about a $1,000 value - seeks to bridge ...

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Obama's cybersecurity proposals part of decade-old programs

January 13, 2015 3:26 pm | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama says recent cyberthreats to Sony and the military's U.S. Central Command are reminders of the serious threats facing the U.S. Obama unveiled a proposal for cybersecurity legislation at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center....

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CES 2015: The weird, strange, and unique (Part 2)

January 13, 2015 2:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Every trade show has these — the quirky applications, bizarre exhibits, and general oddities that characterize a large, organized event. And CES goes above and beyond. Here’s a small sampling of what I saw, and be sure to check out part 1....

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White House video highlights Army's 3-D scanning capabilities

January 13, 2015 10:33 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The White House released a video documenting how a Smithsonian-led team created the first 3-D models of a president. The video highlights the use of an Army-funded Light Stage scanning system, which was key to creating the highest resolution digital model....

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Study: Small businesses pay up to 52% more in energy costs

January 13, 2015 9:52 am | Comments

A recent study by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) shows that energy costs are one of the top three business expenses for more than a third of all small businesses. To operate and effectively run their businesses, NFIB comments ...

Digital footprints are better judge of personality than friends and family

January 13, 2015 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new study, published today in the journal PNAS, compares the ability of computers and people to make accurate judgments about our personalities. People's judgments were based on their familiarity with the judged individual, while computer models used ...

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New catalyst process uses light, not metal, for rapid polymerization

January 13, 2015 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of chemistry and materials science experts from University of California, Santa Barbara and The Dow Chemical Company has created a novel way to overcome one of the major hurdles preventing the widespread use of controlled radical polymerization....

A novel inorganic material emitting laser light in solution is discovered

January 13, 2015 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The work, published in Nature Communications, demonstrates that the new material presents efficient and degradation-resistant laser emission in the blue, a spectral region of interest in applications such as spectroscopy or materials processing, among others....

Self-taught computer program finds super poker strategy

January 13, 2015 9:01 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | Comments

A computer program that taught itself to play poker has created nearly the best possible strategy for one version of the game, showing the value of techniques that may prove useful to help decision-making in medicine and other areas. The program considered 24 trillion ...

After gadgets and gizmos go home, CES exhibits get recycled

January 13, 2015 8:57 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | Comments

As exhibitors at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics packed up their booths last week, workers were just getting started recycling what was left behind. Convention-goer badges become room keys, vinyl banners get a new life....

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Air Force developing critical processors for satellites

January 12, 2015 2:15 pm | by 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Comments

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and a small business partner are developing technologies that they expect will enable successful use of high-power processors that operate on satellites with funding from the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program....

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World's most powerful camera receives funding approval

January 12, 2015 12:33 pm | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

The 3,200-megapixel centerpiece of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), which will provide unprecedented details of the universe and help address some of its biggest mysteries, has received key "Critical Decision 2" approval from the DOE....

New process transforms planar materials into 3D microarchitectures

January 12, 2015 12:31 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

Researchers, lead by MatSE professor John Rogers, have invented simple routes to complex classes of 3D micro/nanostructures in high performance materials, with relevance to electronics, photovoltaics, batteries, biomedical devices, and other ...

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