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Carnegie Mellon combines hundreds of videos to reconstruct 3D motion without markers

July 17, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed techniques for combining the views of 480 video cameras mounted in a two-story geodesic dome to perform large-scale 3D motion reconstruction, including volleyball games, the swirl of air currents and even a cascade of confetti.

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Top flight students put Le Mans race car to the test

July 17, 2014 12:17 pm | by The University of Manchester | Comments

A group of top aerospace engineering students from the University of Manchester’s School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) had the chance to act as Formula 1 aerodynamicists for the day – and test a full-scale Le Mans LMP2 race car in a world-class wind tunnel.

Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

July 17, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April. With the Nokia deal, Microsoft's employee headcount rose from about 99,000 last year to 127,000 as of last month. Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that of...

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Imaging Without Limits: Phones Lead Growth but Innovative Applications Expanding the Market

July 16, 2014 6:18 pm | by SEMI | Comments

GRENOBLE, France — 16 July 2014 — To address the rising demands of imaging systems in mobile, medical, automotive and other technology applications, the Imaging Without Limits Conference (7-8 October) will be introduced at SEMICON Europa 2014 this year to address this surging market....

An anti-glare, anti-reflective display for mobile devices?

July 16, 2014 6:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

If you've ever tried to watch a video on a tablet on a sunny day, you know you have to tilt it at just the right angle to get rid of glare or invest in a special filter. But now scientists are reporting in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces that they've developed a novel glass surface that reduces both glare and reflection

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Taking great ideas from the lab to the fab

July 16, 2014 5:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Intel Corporation | Comments

A "valley of death" is well-known to entrepreneurs--the lull between government funding for research and industry support for prototypes and products. To confront this problem, in 2013 the National Science Foundation created a new program called InTrans to extend the life of the most high-impact NSF-funded research and help great ideas transition from lab to practice.

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NASA's Van Allen Probes show how to accelerate electrons

July 16, 2014 5:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

One of the great, unanswered questions for space weather scientists is just what creates two gigantic donuts of radiation surrounding Earth, called the Van Allen radiation belts. Recent data from the Van Allen Probes -- two nearly identical spacecraft that launched in 2012 -- address this question.

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Self-assembling nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning for cancer diagnosis

July 16, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumours, to help doctors diagnose cancer earlier. The new nanoparticle, developed by researchers at Imperial College London, boosts the effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning by specifically seeking out receptors that are found in cancerous cells.

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NOAA's GOES-R satellite Magnetometer ready for spacecraft integration

July 16, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Magnetometer instrument that will fly on NOAA's GOES-R satellite when it is launched in early 2016 has completed the development and testing phase and is ready to be integrated with the spacecraft. The Magnetometer will monitor magnetic field variations around the Earth and...

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Making a mental match: pairing a mechanical device with stroke patients

July 16, 2014 2:20 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

July 16, 2014 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech researchers have created a functional MRI-compatible hemiparesis rehab device that creates a long latency stretch reflex at the exact time as a brain signal. It is designed to assist stroke victims.  

Apple may pay $400M in digital book settlement

July 16, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple will pay up to $400 million to compensate consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company overturns a court decision attesting to its pivotal role in the collusion. The terms of the settlement disclosed in a Wednesday court filing came a month after...

India Cuts Import Duty On TV Categories

July 16, 2014 12:18 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

In a move that has significance for the TV industry in India, the Indian Government announced on July 10th that, effective immediately, import duties on CRT TV picture tubes as well as displays and other components used to manufacture flat panel TVs under 19” are now exempted from import duty.  The...

3M to spend about $885M to buy subsidiary stake

July 16, 2014 8:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

3M will take full control of its Sumitomo subsidiary by acquiring the 25 percent of the company that it doesn't already own for $885 million. The maker of Post-it notes established the subsidiary in 1961 as a joint venture with Sumitomo Electric Industries and NEC Corp. 3M acquired NEC's stake in...

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UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping

July 16, 2014 7:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The United Nations' top human rights official says her office sees strong evidence that governments on every continent are hiding their increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens' digital lives. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the lack of transparency...

Yale helps chart the heavens like never before, via Sloan Digital Sky Survey

July 15, 2014 9:19 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

The next phase of a global drive to map the night sky will bring the cosmos into greater focus than at any in human history. Yale University scientists are involved all of the major aspects of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an initiative that spans four continents and includes 200 astronomers at...

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