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Assuring the reliability of solar panels

April 22, 2015 1:10 pm | by DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is co-leading an international push to assure the reliability of solar panels--an assurance demanded by customers, manufacturers, lenders, and utilities....

Review: Plenty of options for HBO online, not enough time

April 22, 2015 11:43 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

HBO Now, the cable channel's new stand-alone streaming service, is both a blessing and a curse. Like HBO Go, the app that cable and satellite TV subscribers have, HBO Now gives you instant access to new TV episodes and movies, along with programs from ...

Duke/UNC collaboration trying to fix human ailments at molecular level

April 22, 2015 9:02 am | by Duke University | Comments

Anyone who has been sickened by the flu or a bout of food poisoning knows that viruses and bacteria can be powerful adversaries. But in recent decades, they have also become unlikely allies as scientists have turned bits and pieces of these infectious agents into tools ...

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Apple’s Force Touch -- enhancing the existing touchscreen user experience

April 22, 2015 8:02 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

On March 9, Apple announced the Apple Watch and new MacBook at its Spring Forward event. The company also acclaimed its Force Touch (with Taptic Engine) as a new concept in these products. Apple previously seemed more interested in pressure-sensing technology, as it applied for a stylus use...

Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph

April 22, 2015 7:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.

Computer model adds ease, precision to managing Asian carp

April 22, 2015 7:01 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

  The likelihood of Asian carp eggs being kept in suspension and hatching in the St. Joseph River in Michigan has been further evaluated using a model that examines a range of multiple flow and water temperature scenarios. Results illustrate the highest percentage of Asian carp eggs at risk...

Cost-efficiency of plug-in hybrids calculated a thousand times faster

April 21, 2015 9:51 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Plug-in hybrids have low fuel consumption, but require more costly parts than cars with a regular combustion engine.

Traffic emissions may pollute 1 in 3 Canadian homes

April 21, 2015 9:47 am | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | Comments

A trio of recently published studies from a team of University of Toronto engineers has found that air pollution could be spreading up to three times farther than thought--contributing to varying levels of air quality across cities.

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Hurdles to US climate change action are in economics and politics, not divided science

April 21, 2015 9:45 am | by Springer | Comments

The U.S. Congress successfully hears the "supermajority" consensus on the reality and causes of climate change, according to scientists from Texas A&M University, Idaho State University, and University of Oklahoma. In a paper published ...

Google shaking up search recommendations on smartphones

April 21, 2015 9:41 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals

April 21, 2015 9:40 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH AP Business Writer | Comments

Japan's space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers.

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Photos of the Day: Chevrolet debuts FNR — a vision of the future

April 20, 2015 3:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The FNR imagines what a fully autonomous, electric vehicle might look like many years from now and is meant to appeal to young, Chinese consumers. The concept's design from the minds at GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center does a pretty neat magic trick, too....

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OSU innovation boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold

April 20, 2015 1:35 pm | by Oregon State University | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information. The technology could be integrated with existing WiFi systems to reduce bandwidth problems in ...

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NASA exercises contract option for White Sands Test Facility

April 20, 2015 1:01 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA is exercising its second cost-plus-award-fee option to extend the period of performance with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide test evaluation and support services at the agency's White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico....

Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids

April 20, 2015 12:25 pm | by University of Strathclyde | Comments

An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionise modern-day hearing aid systems. Ground-breaking research by the University of Strathclyde, and the MRC/CSO Institute ...

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