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Demonstrating a driverless future

June 25, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the coming decades, we will likely commute to work and explore the countryside in autonomous, or driverless, cars capable of communicating with the roads they are traveling on. A convergence of technological innovations in embedded sensors, computer vision, artificial intelligence ...

Mining mountains of data for medical insights

June 25, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Epidemiologists know that an important piece of evidence is often staring you in the face – but it's not always easy to see the forest for the trees. Danish scientists recently teamed up with University of New Mexico researchers to test a powerful new method for predicting the progress of common diseases....

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Net energy analysis should become a standard policy tool, Stanford scientists say

June 25, 2014 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Policymakers should conduct "net energy analyses" when evaluating the long-term sustainability of energy technologies, according to new Stanford University research. Net energy analysis provides a quantitative way to compare the amount of energy a technology produces over its lifetime....

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All together now -- a lesson from Space Station 'ant-stronauts'

June 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A recent study on the International Space Station brings to mind Aesop's fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, and it is pretty amazing what we can learn from these industrious insects. The activities of a crew of ants that lived aboard the orbiting laboratory as part of the Ants in Space CSI-06 investigation are inspiring students and scientists alike....

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Recent progress in whole-lifecycle software architecture modeling

June 25, 2014 12:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The gradually increasing complexity of user requirements and runtime environments of software demands software to be of more capabilities and thus become more complex than ever. In the past several decades, there was a trend that the scale of software has been increasing continuously....

Nanoscale velcro used for molecule transport

June 25, 2014 12:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Biological membranes are like a guarded border. They separate the cell from the environment and at the same time control the import and export of molecules. The nuclear membrane can be crossed via many tiny pores. Scientists at the Biozentrum and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel ...

Evidence of the big fix?

June 25, 2014 11:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

There are many open questions that the Standard Model cannot answer. One of them is the smallness of the Higgs expectation value vh compared with the Planck scale. In their latest work, Dr Yuta Hamada, Dr Hikaru Kawai and Dr Kiyoharu Kawana at Kyoto University, consider the radiation S of the universe at the late stage as a function of vh....

World's first magnetic hose created

June 25, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The magnetic hose designed by the researchers consists of a ferromagnetic cylinder covered by a superconductor material, a surprisingly simple design given the complicated theoretical calculations and numerous lab tests it had to undergo. A 14-centimeter prototype was built....

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Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods

June 25, 2014 11:50 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | Comments

Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday. Drawing on a cache of leaked documents and months of forensic work ...

FDA outlines policy for overseeing nanotechnology

June 25, 2014 11:45 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | Comments

Federal regulators want to hear from companies using tiny, engineered micro-particles in their products, part of an effort to stay abreast of the growing field of nanotechnology. The Food and Drug Administration issued final recommendations Tuesday....

Crimes to crops: Drone display shows potential use

June 25, 2014 11:43 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | Comments

An unmanned aircraft the size of a push lawnmower was launched shortly after a report of a person being held at knifepoint. With red, green and white lights flashing below its rotors, the drone slowly circled the scene and relayed sharp images to those watching from afar on a digital screen....

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Judge: Warrantless bulk surveillance is legal

June 25, 2014 10:58 am | by NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has affirmed the legality of the U.S. government's bulk collection of phone and email data from foreign nationals living outside the country - including their contact with U.S. citizens - in denying a man's motion to dismiss his terrorism conviction. It was the first legal challenge to the government's bulk data-collection program....

Jacobsen Associates receives EAO Sales Achievement Award

June 25, 2014 9:54 am | Comments

EAO Corporation, the expert partner for Human Machine Interfaces, is pleased to announce that Jacobsen Associates of Horsham, PA has been presented with the 2013 EAO Sales Achievement Award. The annual award recognizes the outstanding performance of an independent manufacturers’ sales representative organization....

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Pilot study for SEPTA indicates annual energy savings exceeding $250K

June 25, 2014 8:37 am | Comments

ABB has released the results of a six-month pilot program of an innovative public transit energy storage system (ESS) designed to transform the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) from an inefficient energy consumer into both a smart consumer and producer of energy....

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Photos of the Day: Lego's mixed digital-physical blocks

June 25, 2014 8:12 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

On the heels of success with "The Lego Movie," the Danish toy company is giving kids a chance to put their own blocks on the screen, with a new product line that copies their creations into phone and tablet games. The Lego Fusion line will launch in August. Each $35 box will contain some 200 bricks and a special plate to build on....

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