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Photos of the Day: CES 2015

January 7, 2015 3:55 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Consumer Electronic Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and it's where a lot of the major players make their announcements for the year about the new technology. For the 2015 show, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg hit the show floor. Here ECN offers a roundup of a...

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Fuel cells offer next-generation energy source

January 7, 2015 2:23 pm | by Institute for Basic Science | Comments

The Center for Nanoparticle Research at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has succeeded in proposing a new method to enhance fuel cell efficiency with the simultaneous removal of toxic heavy metal ions. The direct methanol fuel cell (DFMC) has been a promising energy...

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Powering ships with alternative energy sources

January 7, 2015 2:18 pm | by Fraunhofer | Comments

To make ships more eco-efficient, engineers have been working with alternative fuels. A Norwegian engineer is currently pursuing a new approach: With Vindskip, he has designed a cargo ship that is powered by wind and gas. Software developed by Fraunhofer researchers will...

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Why wave energy is cheaper than wind power

January 7, 2015 2:09 pm | by Oregon State University | Comments

A new analysis suggests that large-scale wave energy systems developed in the Pacific Northwest should be comparatively steady, dependable and able to be integrated into the overall energy grid at lower costs than some other forms of alternative energy, including wind power...

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Ensuring security for networks of the future

January 7, 2015 8:57 am | by Franhofer | Comments

Company networks are inflexible – they are made up of many components that require a good deal of effort to be connected together. That’s why networks of the future will be controlled by a central unit. However, this makes them a target for hackers. At CeBIT, Fraunhofer...

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Astronomers to Earth: You've got some newly found near-twins

January 7, 2015 8:55 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Earth has a few more near-twin planets outside our solar system, tantalizing possibilities in the search for extraterrestrial life. Astronomers announced Tuesday that depending on definitions, they have confirmed three or four more planets that are about the same size as Earth...

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NASA’s Kepler marks 1,000th exoplanet discovery

January 6, 2015 1:29 pm | by NASA | Comments

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study -- the 1,000th of which was recently...

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AT&T not worried about network impact from connected cars

January 6, 2015 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | Comments

The connected car is catching on and AT&T has an early lead in the space. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, said he expects within the next year or so that AT&T will hold a 50 percent share of the new connected car market. That’s a lot of new radios...

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Hubble captures the Pillars of Creation twenty years on

January 6, 2015 9:29 am | by European Space Agency | Comments

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured many breathtaking images of the Universe, but one snapshot stands out from the rest: the Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation. In 1995 Hubble's iconic image revealed never-before-seen details in the giant columns and now the telescope is kickstarting...

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Electromagnetic waves linked to particle fallout in Earth's atmosphere

January 6, 2015 9:04 am | by Dartmouth College | Comments

In a new study that sheds light on space weather's impact on Earth, Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues show for the first time that plasma waves buffeting the planet's radiation belts are responsible for scattering charged particles into the atmosphere. The study is the...

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Green walls, effective acoustic insulation

January 6, 2015 9:01 am | by University of the Basque Country | Comments

Zaloa Azkorra, an agricultural engineer of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, is conducting research at the University School of Mining and Public Works Engineering into the benefits provided by green walls. The researcher has concluded that walls comprising plants...

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'Glowing' new nanotechnology guides cancer surgery

January 6, 2015 8:59 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells - a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer cells after a tumor is removed.

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SpaceX calls off launch to space station at last minute

January 6, 2015 8:55 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

SpaceX called off its planned flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble. The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was halted with just over a minute remaining. The soonest SpaceX can try again is Friday morning...

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TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant

January 6, 2015 8:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels. raditional TV is far from dead, but these days viewers care less about...

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Sony Corp. CEO breaks silence on 'The Interview' hack

January 6, 2015 8:50 am | by BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | Comments

Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Monday condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and malicious cyberattack," while adding that he's proud of them for standing against "the extortionist efforts of criminals."

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