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Heads up, World Cup teams: The robots are coming

July 11, 2014 1:14 pm | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | Comments

When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month's international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years....

Top Army brass defend troubled intelligence system

July 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

When Gen. John Campbell, the Army's vice chief of staff, appeared last year at a budget hearing on Capitol Hill, he cited his son's experiences as a soldier in Afghanistan to answer a senator's tough questions about a troubled intelligence technology system....

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Scientists turn to public to help pay for research

July 11, 2014 10:47 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | Comments

In over three decades of studying ferns, Duke University professor Kathleen Pryer has received her share of grant money. But for her newest project, she's getting help from a retired nurse in Canada and a 17-year-old in Arkansas. It's her first foray into the modern-day world of crowdfunding....

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Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

July 11, 2014 10:44 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, to generate electricity....

NYC police see risks with drones' popularity

July 11, 2014 10:39 am | by TOM HAYS, Associated Press | Comments

One private drone crash-landed in midtown Manhattan. Another caused alarm by hovering over Times Square amid tight security during Super Bowl week. Most recently, authorities say, another had a close brush with a police helicopter near the George Washington Bridge....

Isola relocates its Asia-Pacific Technology Center in Taiwan

July 11, 2014 10:17 am | Comments

Isola Group S.a r.l. announced the relocation of its Asia-Pacific Technology Center from Singapore to a new state-of-the art facility located in Yangmei, Taiwan. The company's manufacturing operations in Singapore are not affected by this announcement. The new Technology Center in Taiwan is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2014; customer support will not be affected by the relocation.

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Leading space experts to discuss the search for life beyond earth

July 11, 2014 10:16 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA Television will air a panel discussion of leading science and engineering experts on Monday, July 14, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. EDT, who will describe the scientific and technological roadmap that will lead to the discovery of potentially habitable worlds among the stars....

PC shipment slump bottoms out

July 11, 2014 9:14 am | by Mae Anderson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe. PC sales have fallen in recent years, hurt by surging demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Tough economic conditions around the world...

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Controlling contamination in open algae ponds for biofuels

July 11, 2014 8:47 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Biofuels derived from the oils produced by algae may offer a low-cost sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. To achieve this goal, optimization of cost effective strategies for large-scale algae cultivation, such as in open pond systems, is needed. Sapphire Energy has developed an innovative solution....

New paths into the world of quasiparticles

July 11, 2014 8:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Christian Roos' research team at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Innsbruck has established a new experimental platform for investigating quantum phenomena: In a string of trapped ultracold ions they can precisely initialise....

ASU-led study yields first snapshots of water splitting in photosynthesis

July 11, 2014 8:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team, led by Arizona State University scientists, has published today in Nature a groundbreaking study that shows the first snapshots of photosynthesis in action as it splits water into protons, electrons and oxygen, the process that maintains Earth's oxygen atmosphere....

LG Display unveils 18-inch flexible display

July 11, 2014 5:14 am | by Youkyung Lee - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs. The South Korean display panel maker said Friday the flexible display has a resolution of 1200 pixels by 810 pixels and maintains...

Postcards from the photosynthetic edge

July 10, 2014 3:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A crucial piece of the puzzle behind nature's ability to split the water molecule during photosynthesis that could help advance the development of artificial photosynthesis for clean, green and renewable energy has been provided by an international collaboration of scientists led by researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory....

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Study cracks how the brain processes emotions

July 10, 2014 2:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Although feelings are personal and subjective, the human brain turns them into a standard code that objectively represents emotions across different senses, situations and even people, reports a new study by Cornell University neuroscientist Adam Anderson....

Signal may send cancer's cellular factories into overdrive

July 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A network of signals active in almost all types of cancer sends the protein factories in our cells into overdrive, and may help fuel a tumour's uncontrolled growth, new research suggests. Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, identified a molecular trigger responsible for ratcheting up activity of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)....

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