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Ocean energy: EU leads in technology development and deployment

May 5, 2015 1:11 pm | by European Commission Joint Research Centre | Comments

New technologies in the last decade have shown slow but steady progress of ocean and sea energy power: about 30 tidal and 45 wave energy companies are currently at an advanced stage of technological development worldwide, many of them ...

High-tech sensors help kids keep eye on aging parents

May 5, 2015 1:08 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's 53-year-old son, Phil, checks it daily on his ...

Amazon Prime members will be able to stream free on JetBlue

May 5, 2015 1:01 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon wants to give JetBlue passengers a new option for tuning out that crying baby or talkative seat neighbor. The e-commerce company will let members of Amazon's $99 annual loyalty program Prime stream its instant video service for free on ...

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Photos of the Day: NASA flies 4 spacecraft in tight formation

May 5, 2015 12:10 pm | by NASA | Comments

It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission — an achievement enabled in part by four NASA-developed technologies that ...

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New centimeter-accurate GPS system could transform virtual reality and mobile devices

May 5, 2015 10:01 am | by University of Texas at Austin | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a centimeter-accurate GPS-based positioning system that could revolutionize geolocation on virtual reality headsets, cellphones and other technologies, making global positioning and ...

Puget Sound's clingfish could inspire better medical devices, whale tags

May 5, 2015 9:56 am | by University of Washington | Comments

Scooting around in the shallow, coastal waters of Puget Sound is one of the world's best suction cups. It's called the Northern clingfish, and its small, finger-sized body uses suction forces to hold up to 150 times its own body weight.

'Freezing a bullet' to find clues to ribosome assembly process

May 5, 2015 9:50 am | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

Ribosomes are vital to the function of all living cells. Using the genetic information from RNA, these large molecular complexes build proteins by linking amino acids together in a specific order. Scientists have known for more than half a century that these cellular ...

'Microcombing' creates stronger, more conductive carbon nanotube films

May 5, 2015 9:47 am | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and China's Suzhou Institute of Nano-Science and Nano-Biotics have developed an inexpensive technique called "microcombing" to align carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which can be used to create large, pure ...

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Google is starting small, thinking big with 'Project Fi'

May 5, 2015 9:42 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google wants the wireless services that connect mobile devices to digital content to be cheaper and more reliable. The reason has as much to do with the pursuit of profit as with trying to make smartphones more useful. More time ...

Pitt team follows zinc to uncover pathway that fine-tunes brain signaling

May 5, 2015 8:29 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Comments

A study team led by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who used specially developed technologies to "follow the zinc" have uncovered a previously unknown pathway the brain uses to fine-tune neural signaling -- and that may play a ...

Real stereotypes continue to exist in virtual worlds

May 5, 2015 8:27 am | by Penn State | Comments

Stereotypes related to gender and appearance that burden women in the real world could follow them into virtual ones, according to researchers. In a study of how people interacted with avatars in an online game, women received less help from ...

Combining computer vision and brain computer interface for faster mine detection

May 5, 2015 8:24 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have combined sophisticated computer vision algorithms and a brain-computer interface to find mines in sonar images of the ocean floor. The study shows that the new method speeds detection up....

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Google tractor-beams Star Wars universe into Knowledge Graph

May 5, 2015 8:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Star Wars fans no longer have to search their feelings to discover the truth. They can just Google it. The search engine and the Lucasfilm movie franchise said Monday they have put information from the Star Wars universe into Google's Knowledge Graph....

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Arnold Spielberg & the birth of personal computing

May 5, 2015 8:17 am | by GE Reports | Comments

From Thomas Edison to former President Ronald Reagan and novelist Kurt Vonnegut, GE has employed a number of luminaries over the course of its 123-year history. One famous last name that’s been missing from this list is Spielberg.

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Space technology 'could reduce cost of renewable energy'

May 4, 2015 2:09 pm | by University of Strathclyde | Comments

Space-based radar technology could be harnessed by the renewable energy sector to drive down costs, according to academics at the University of Strathclyde. The SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) technology is currently used to ...

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