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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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Navy wants to increase use of sonar-emitting buoys

January 26, 2015 9:39 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Navy is seeking permits to expand sonar and other training exercises off the Pacific Coast, a proposal raising concerns from animal advocates who say that more sonar-emitting buoys would harm whales and other creatures that live in the water....

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5 ways drones could affect the American food supply

January 26, 2015 9:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union....

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Sheriffs want popular police-tracking app disabled

January 26, 2015 9:31 am | by EILEEN SULLIVAN, Associated Press | Comments

Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. They say one of the technology industry's most popular mobile apps could put officers' lives ...

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Turkish court orders Facebook pages blocked

January 26, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has ordered authorities to block access in the country to Facebook pages that "insult" the Prophet Muhammad, in the latest move to censor the Internet. The Anadolu Agency says a court in Ankara issued ...

New process transforms planar materials into 3D microarchitectures

January 26, 2015 8:21 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

In the cover feature article of the journal, Science, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign describe a unique process for geometrically transforming two dimensional (2D) micro/nanostructures into extended 3D layouts ...

There's more to lightning than meets the eye

January 26, 2015 8:12 am | by Duke University | Comments

To study an electrical storm’s internal wiring, researchers watch for either Very High Frequency (VHF) waves caused by the breakdown of air in front of a bolt’s path or radio waves produced by the movement of electrons. While previous studies have ...

CEA declares war on patent trolls

January 23, 2015 1:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Why create a product when you could file a lawsuit instead? That’s the modus operandi of “patent trolls,” those who abuse patent litigation laws, and the Consumer Electronics Association is urging United States citizens to ask the government to crack down ...

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Creating a smarter connection between man and machine

January 23, 2015 1:51 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

As smart technology becomes more and more common in the medical field, new materials are developed to facilitate connection between the body and the devices that help it thrive. A new conductive coating could enable electrode miniaturization and more ...

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DOE to announce plans for geothermal R&D at Stanford Geothermal Workshop

January 23, 2015 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Jay Nathwani, acting director of the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Office, will discuss the DOE's plans to accelerate the development of geothermal energy at the 40th annual Stanford Geothermal Workshop. The event takes place Jan. 26-28 at ...

H.E.S.S. finds three extremely luminous gamma-ray sources

January 23, 2015 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Wits scientists are part of a multinational team of astronomers working on the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.) telescopes that have again demonstrated its excellent capabilities in searching for high-energy gamma rays. In the latest discovery, H.E.S.S. found three ...

Calculating the future of solar-fuel refineries

January 23, 2015 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has developed a new tool to help plot the future of solar fuels. In a paper recently published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, a team led by chemical and biological engineering Professors ...

Silver nanowires demonstrate unexpected self-healing mechanism

January 23, 2015 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency, indium tin oxide is one of the most widely used materials for touchscreens, plasma displays, and flexible electronics. But its rapidly escalating price has forced the electronics industry to search for ...

New technique helps probe performance of organic solar cell materials

January 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research team led by North Carolina State University has developed a new technique for determining the role that a material's structure has on the efficiency of organic solar cells, which are candidates for low-cost, next generation solar power. The researchers have used ...

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LG to launch curved G Flex 2 smartphone next week

January 23, 2015 1:10 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it will start selling a new curved smartphone next week in its latest effort to bring the curve to a mass market. The South Korean company said Thursday that the G Flex 2 will be launched locally on Jan. 30 and overseas in coming months....

Twitter can predict rates of coronary heart disease

January 23, 2015 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what's on their minds. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have ...

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