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Latest self-driving Google car heading to public streets

May 15, 2015 10:02 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The latest version of Google's self-driving car - a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel - will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant's mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years.

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Emails show FBI privacy concerns about license-plate readers

May 15, 2015 10:00 am | by ERIC TUCKER and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | Comments

The FBI has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in license-plate reader technology, but it halted a purchase order at least temporarily after lawyers raised privacy concerns about the surveillance three years ago, according to emails and other documents obtained by The Associated Press.

2015 IMPACT Awards Market Disruptor Winner

May 15, 2015 9:16 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

This award is designed to highlight any product from any category as one that forever changed the electronic engineering industry or a particular vertical within the industry. No matter what the specific product is, the focus should be on industry impact.

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ECN proudly presents the 2015 IMPACT Award Winners

May 15, 2015 8:40 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

On May 13th, 2015, ECN announced the winners of the 2015 IMPACT Awards in a lavish ceremony that took place in conjunction with EDS. ECN would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this year's event a smashing success....

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Within colors of bees and butterflies, an optical engineer’s dream is realized

May 15, 2015 8:03 am | by Yale University | Comments

Evolution has created in bees, butterflies, and beetles something optical engineers have been struggling to achieve for years — precisely organized biophotonic crystals that can be used to improve solar cells, fiber-optic cables, and even cosmetics and paints....

Robot Rodeo at Sandia Labs showcases bomb squad expertise

May 15, 2015 8:02 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Bomb squads from across the country saddled up their robots and are duking it out at the ninth annual Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise at Sandia National Laboratories. The five-day event offers a challenging platform for civilian and military bomb squad teams...

Optical diagnostics researcher at Sandia wins DOE Early Career award

May 15, 2015 8:02 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Christopher Kliewer has won a $2.5 million, five-year Early Career Research Program award from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science for his fundamental science proposal to develop new optical diagnostic tools to study...

Study: Six times more expensive to travel by car than by bicycle

May 13, 2015 10:50 am | by Lund University | Comments

It is six times more expensive for society - and for you individually - if you travel by car instead of cycling. This has been shown in a Lund University study of Copenhagen, a city of cyclists. It is the first time a ...

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New device could greatly improve speech and image recognition

May 13, 2015 9:59 am | by University of California - Riverside | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering and the Russian Academy of Sciences have successfully demonstrated pattern recognition using a magnonic holographic memory device....

University of Miami's RoboCanes win RoboCup US Open 2015

May 13, 2015 8:55 am | by University of Miami | Comments

The RoboCanes, the University of Miami's team of autonomous soccer-playing robots developed by students and faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences Computer Science Department, won the 2015 RoboCup US Open....

NASA funds SwRI instrument to date moon and Mars rocks

May 12, 2015 6:48 pm | by Southwest Research Institute | Comments

NASA has approved $2.6 million to advance development of Southwest Research Institute's (SwRI) Chemistry, Organics, and Dating Experiment (CODEX) instrument. The device will allow unmanned rovers to ...

Scientists unravel the mystery of the tubulin code

May 12, 2015 6:46 pm | by NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke | Comments

Driving down the highway, you encounter ever-changing signs -- speed limits, exits, food and gas options. Seeing these roadside markers may cause you to slow down, change lanes or start thinking about lunch....

Photos of the Day: Slow wind might be the latest thing in sustainable living

May 12, 2015 6:43 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Sailors know that wind can be a fickle servant and they’ve come up with ingenious ways to trap it in their sails. Wind turbine designers have recently developed their own tricks to beat the doldrums....

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Mapping and assessing ecosystems and their services for policy and decision making

May 12, 2015 6:33 pm | by Pensoft Publishers | Comments

Humankind benefits in multitude ways from biodiversity, ecosystems and the services they provide. Such services include for example the provisioning of drinking water, food security, air quality regulation or recreation.

The weakest magnetic field in the solar system

May 12, 2015 6:29 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | Comments

Magnetic fields easily penetrate matter. Creating a space practically devoid of magnetic fields thus presents a great challenge. An international team of physicists has now developed a shielding that dampens ...

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