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Beyond silicon: New semiconductor moves spintronics toward reality

February 19, 2015 10:08 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new semiconductor compound is bringing fresh momentum to the field of spintronics, an emerging breed of computing device that may lead to smaller, faster, less power-hungry electronics. Created from a unique low-symmetry crystal structure ...

Supercomputer simulations explore how an air-reed instrument generates air flow and sound

February 19, 2015 10:06 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Hiroshi Yokoyama and his colleagues at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology in collaboration with researchers at YAMAHA Corporation have succeeded in directly predicting sound radiating from a recorder ...

Does dark matter cause mass extinctions and geologic upheavals?

February 19, 2015 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research by New York University Biology Professor Michael Rampino concludes that Earth's infrequent but predictable path around and through our Galaxy's disc may have a direct and significant effect on geological and biological phenomena occurring ...


Researchers build atomically thin gas and chemical sensors

February 19, 2015 9:51 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The relatively recent discovery of graphene, a two-dimensional layered material with unusual and attractive electronic, optical and thermal properties, led scientists to search for other atomically thin materials with unique properties. Molybdenum disulfide ...

Man charged in biggest US hacking scheme pleads not guilty

February 19, 2015 8:55 am | by DAVID PORTER, Associated Press | Comments

A Russian citizen pleaded not guilty Tuesday to an 11-count indictment charging him and four others with running what authorities have called the largest criminal computer hacking scheme ever prosecuted in the United States. Vladimir Drinkman appeared in ...

Juggling too many remotes? Try this touch screen

February 19, 2015 8:52 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

How many remotes does it take to watch television, stream Netflix or record your favorite show on DVR? The Ray Super Remote wants to declutter your coffee table and become the central nervous system of all ...


Did NSA plant spyware in computers shipped abroad?

February 19, 2015 8:47 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world? A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said ...


Proposed rules for drones envision routine commercial use

February 18, 2015 10:04 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

Drone on, the government says. Just not through the night sky. Or close to an airport. Or out of the operator's sight. And probably not winging its way with a pizza or package, any time soon. Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday ...


Iran spokeswoman says it's concerned by cybersecurity report

February 18, 2015 9:58 am | by AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press | Comments

Iran is concerned by a Russian cybersecurity firm's report suggesting a new family of malicious programs and worms is infecting computers there and elsewhere in the world, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday. Without naming the United States ...

Remcom announces benefits of time-domain electromagnetic simulation

February 18, 2015 9:45 am | Comments

Remcom announces unique benefits of time-domain electromagnetic simulation for automotive radar sensors via XFdtd® 3D EM Simulation Software.  XFdtd enables simulations of full sensor models with a bumper’s fascia ...


Air Force tests satellite network against worst-case scenario

February 18, 2015 9:04 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

The Air Force recently tested whether its high-powered communications satellites could be operated from a mobile ground unit in case of a nuclear war. In January, after about six months of testing, the exercise proved that the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) ...


Fast-growing LED power supply market provides great opportunities

February 18, 2015 8:45 am | by IHS | Comments

The market for power supplies used for light-emitting diode (LED) lighting applications will expand to more than $9 billion by 2019, up from approximately $3 billion in 2013. Growth is being driven by the rapid transition ...


Hackathon helps students invent musical instruments

February 17, 2015 5:24 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A distorted commotion of sounds filled the room. Electronic scratches, drum beats and eerie echoes flowed from the musical instruments. About 50 Georgia Tech students hammered, drilled and plucked strings as they raced to put the finishing touches on the devices they created....


Poor decision-making can lead to cybersecurity breaches

February 17, 2015 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Recent high-profile security breaches, such as those at Target, Anthem Inc. and Sony Pictures, have attracted scrutiny to how the seemingly minor decisions of individuals can have major cybersecurity consequences. In a presentation at this year's ...

Some bilinguals use emoticons more when chatting in non-native language

February 17, 2015 1:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Sometimes, a smile can say everything. But has :-) -- the emoticon version of a happy grin -- crossed that line into becoming a socially acceptable way of communicating? For some bilingual speakers, it turns out emoticons often are useful ...


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