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Photos of the Day: Railguns, robots, and shark drones at the Naval Future Force Expo

February 6, 2015 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

ECN’s Digital Editor, Jason Lomberg, paid a visit to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC yesterday, and this is what caught his eye. In particular, the Navy unveiled their electromagnetic railgun to the public for the first time, along with showcasing ...

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Micromem demonstrates UAV installation of power line monitoring mounting system

March 6, 2015 2:22 pm | Comments

Micromem Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that it has successfully demonstrated the installation of the mounting system that will be used to house its patent pending Power Line Condition Monitoring sensor suite using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)....

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Apple supplier to open $1.4 billion factory

March 6, 2015 1:39 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Japan Display, the company allegedly tapped to supply smartphone screens for upcoming Apple products, will be opening a $1.4 billion factory, according to Reuters sources. The factory in Ishikawa, Japan is expected to start working in 2016....

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3-D imaging reveals hidden forces behind clogs, jams, avalanches, earthquakes

March 6, 2015 10:38 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Pick up a handful of sand, and it flows through your fingers like a liquid. But when you walk on the beach, the sand supports your weight like a solid. What happens to the forces between the jumbled sand grains when you step on them to keep you from sinking?

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Photos of the Day: The F-35's helmet-mounted display system

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The F-35's helmet-mounted display system (HMDS), from Rockwell Collins, offers a 360-degree view that allows for unparalleled situational awareness. The 2.25kg carbon fibre-shelled helmet uses a form of x-ray technology to render the floor of the cockpit transparent....

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Cebit 2015: DIY printing custom touch-sensitive displays

March 6, 2015 10:08 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The researchers are presenting their award-winning approach at the computer trade show Cebit in Hanover from March 16th to March 20th (Hall 9, Booth 13). The postcard shows a vintage automobile. With the push of a button ...

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Reliance on smartphones linked to lazy thinking

March 6, 2015 10:01 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Our smartphones help us find a phone number quickly, provide us with instant directions and recommend restaurants, but new research indicates that this convenience at our fingertips is making it easy for us to avoid thinking for ourselves....

A breakthrough in nonlinear optics research

March 6, 2015 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A method to selectively enhance or inhibit optical nonlinearities in a chip-scale device has been developed by scientists, led by the University of Sydney. The researchers from the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems, (CUDOS) based at the University ...

Making our highways safer and more efficient

March 6, 2015 9:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

All over the world, gridlock, stop and go driving and constant and sometimes dangerous lane changes are a daily frustration for highway motorists. However, new research by Dr Xiaobo Qu from Griffith University in Queensland, Australia ...

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Achieving gender equality in science, engineering and medicine

March 6, 2015 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Gender equality has not yet been achieved in science, medicine, and engineering, but The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF), through its Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering, is committed to making sure progress is made. NYSCF convened the Inaugural Meeting ...

Scientists report breakthrough in detecting methane

March 6, 2015 9:27 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Methane is one hot gas. It's a prominent component of natural gas, an important atmospheric gas, and a product of both biology and chemical reactions. Its presence was recently confirmed in the atmosphere of Mars by NASA's Curiosity Rover and it has made ...

Astronomers see star explode 4 times

March 6, 2015 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers have glimpsed a far off and ancient star exploding, not once, but four times. The exploding star, or supernova, was directly behind a cluster of huge galaxies, whose mass is so great that they warp space-time....

Mysterious dwarf planet Ceres gets ready for the spotlight

March 6, 2015 9:22 am | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | Comments

The mysterious dwarf planet Ceres is ready for its close-up. Located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres is the largest unexplored space rock in the inner solar system. But that distinction ends Friday ...

Google providing car insurance quotes in latest expansion

March 6, 2015 9:16 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google is helping California drivers shop for car insurance as part of a new service that could foreshadow the Internet company's latest attempt to shake up a long-established industry. The feature unveiled Thursday compares auto insurance quotes from up to ...

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'Homebrew' email servers: Genius as well as sneaky?

March 6, 2015 9:14 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY and NANCY BENAC, Associated Press | Comments

No, it's not always a room filled with wires and glowing blue lights. It's probably not even the size of your furnace. The personal email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton during her time as secretary of state was probably about the size of your office desktop computer and ...

Chinese New Year Holiday: LCD TV sales recover as expected

March 6, 2015 9:04 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Based on recent supply chain checks, LCD TV sales recovered during the three weeks of the Chinese New Year holiday, from 2 February to 22 February 2015, unlike the weakness we saw during the same period in 2014. Our preliminary estimate is that LCD TV sales volume totaled 3.7 million units, a 4% ...

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