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Photos of the Day: A smartgun that calls for automated backup

December 3, 2014 | by ECN Staff | Comments

The .9 mm pistol would contain a chip that communicated with the officer’s smart phone to send a “yellow” alert when the gun is drawn and a “red” alert when fired. Santa Cruz Sheriff Phil Wowak — whose department is testing the new system ...

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Making smart materials even smarter

January 30, 2015 10:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Pablo Tarazaga speaks of solid structures such as aluminum beams as if they were living organisms. From his unique mechanical engineering perspective Tarazaga, of Virginia Tech, wants to grow mechanical waves in solid, one- and two-dimensional materials to ...

Army, Air Force Joint Interoperability provides intelligence products for consumers

January 30, 2015 10:13 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command and the Air Force's 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing are taking the lead in guiding military intelligence units in the analysis of intelligence and creation of the clearest possible products for ...

`Anonymized' credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

January 30, 2015 9:48 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | Comments

Credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included - and this is after companies "anonymized" the transaction ...

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How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?

January 30, 2015 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins. Those factors have left some investors ...

SXSW names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:29 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet of Things, wearables ...

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Drone maker restricts D.C. flights

January 29, 2015 4:10 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

The maker of the drone that crash-landed on the White House lawn is reportedly publishing a firmware update that would restrict the quadcopters from flying within Washington, D.C.’s restricted airspace. The company, SZ DJI Technology Co. of Shenzhen, China ...

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Researchers produce two bio-fuels from a single algae

January 29, 2015 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A common algae commercially grown to make fish food holds promise as a source for both biodiesel and jet fuel, according to a new study published in the journal Energy & Fuels. The researchers, led by Greg O'Neil of Western Washington University ...

Mental health monitoring through 'selfie' videos and social media tracking

January 29, 2015 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed an innovative approach to turn any computer or smartphone with a camera into a personal mental health monitoring device. In a paper to be presented this week at the American Association for Artificial ...

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Building Ontario’s most gender-diverse engineering class

January 29, 2015 3:24 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

The first-year class of engineering students at the University of Toronto is 30 percent women, a record number for both the university and the province. National numbers, expected later this year, could show University of Toronto as Canada’s most gender-diverse ...

Using solar chips to monitor windows

January 29, 2015 2:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It happens all too often in the cold times of the year: You open the window in the morning for fresh air and forget to shut it again. A thermostat reports cold temperatures, and the heating is turned up full blast - right out the window. But open windows are a ...

Study analyses internet, mobile, and video game effects on young users

January 29, 2015 2:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A study conducted by researchers at the UAB, the Catalan Institute of Health (ICS) and the FPCEE Blanquerna (Ramon Llull University), and which included the methodological support of the Institute for Primary Healthcare Research (IDIAP Jordi Gol), has analysed the use ...

Bio-inspired autonomous vehicles expand Navy littoral capabilities

January 29, 2015 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have taken inspiration from nature -- from fish, in particular -- to design and develop novel underwater propulsion, control, and sensing solutions for near-shore and littoral zone missions. Autonomous underwater vehicles ...

Could a new proposed particle help detect dark matter?

January 29, 2015 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the University of Southampton have proposed a new fundamental particle which could explain why no one has managed to detect 'Dark Matter', the elusive missing 85 per cent of the Universe's mass. Dark Matter is thought to exist because of its gravitational ...

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Elon Musk headlines Space Station research and development conference

January 29, 2015 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Independence Day is not the only important fourth this July. Hot on the heels of the holiday is the fourth annual International Space Station (ISS) Research and Development Conference, which takes place in Boston July 7 to 9. Launching this year's event is a keynote speaker who lives ...

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Virtual trainer takes serious approach to electronic warfare

January 29, 2015 2:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Missiles are launched at a Navy ship, and Sailors must decide in a matter of seconds how to keep from getting hit. Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix prepares Sailors for exactly this scenario, and was named "Best Government-Developed Serious Game" in the ...

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