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A new design tool for metamaterials

February 9, 2015 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Metamaterials - artificial nanostructures engineered with electromagnetic properties not found in nature - offer tantalizing future prospects such as high resolution optical microscopes and superfast optical computers. To realize the vast potential of metamaterials, however, scientists ...

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The benefits of silicon carbide for sensors in harsh environments

February 9, 2015 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The use of silicon carbide as a semiconductor for mechanical and electrical sensor devices is showing promise for improved operations and safety in harsh working environments, according to new research from Griffith University. Experiments with silicon carbide grown ...

Dish's online TV package debuts with addition of AMC

February 9, 2015 3:34 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Dish Network's online television package, Sling TV, has made a formal debut Monday with additions to its previously announced lineup. The $20-a-month package now comes with AMC, joining a lineup of 11 other channels that include ESPN, CNN and the Disney Channel. That means subscribers ...

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Paris to ban the most polluting diesel vehicles by 2020

February 9, 2015 3:32 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has presented a plan to ban most diesel vehicles from the city by 2020 in order to lower air pollution. By July, diesel buses and trucks will be banned during the daytime from entering the city but not from the ring road around Paris, Hidalgo explained ...

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GE develops tiny, battery-less, bomb-sniffing stickers

February 9, 2015 2:57 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A tiny sticker inspired by the molecular structure of butterfly wings could detect the smallest traces of chemicals and explosives at airports, shipping ports, and other heavily trafficked areas, GE said. Radislav Potyrailo, a chemical sensing principal scientist at GE Global Research ...

Student winners of Space Tools Challenge announced

February 9, 2015 2:34 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A multipurpose maintenance tool designed by a high school student will be 3D printed on the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Space Tools Challenge. Winner Robert Hillan of Enterprise, Ala. designed the Multipurpose Precision Maintenance Tool (MPMT)....

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Naval leaders: Uncertainty will drive innovation for the future force

February 9, 2015 1:12 pm | by Office of Naval Research | Comments

At the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington D.C., Department of Navy leaders on Feb. 5 called for investment in new ideas and scientific research to keep the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps technologically superior in increasingly uncertain times....

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Lighting the world with Habitat for Humanity

February 9, 2015 11:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Hand-built Habitat for Humanity homes can not only provide shelter for those who need it, but save energy and promote the environment too, if they’re made with the right materials. To that end, New Jersey-based lighting company MaxLite announced a four-year, $1 million pledge to ...

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The camera sensor industry 'senses' change

February 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Thanks to increased use in smartphone and automotive cameras, the CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) industry reached $10 billion for the first time this year. That’s just the beginning of an enormous shift in the industry, said a Jan. 28 industry report from Yole Développement....

ARM acquisition aims to secure IoT communications

February 9, 2015 10:57 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor In Chief, Wireless Week, @andrewberg32 | Comments

Chip maker ARM has agreed to acquire Internet of Things (IoT) security player Offspark. Offspark specializes in IoT communications security. The company's PolarSSL technology is deployed in a variety of devices including sensor modules, communication modules and ...

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NASA scientist advances methane sounder to measure another greenhouse gas

February 9, 2015 9:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A NASA scientist who has played a key role developing and demonstrating a new technique for gathering around-the-clock global carbon-dioxide (CO2) measurements is applying the same general principles to develop a new laser instrument sensitive to another ...

Video game technology helps measure upper extremity movement

February 9, 2015 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital have developed a way to measure upper extremity movement in patients with muscular dystrophy using interactive video game technology. Their hope is to expand inclusion criteria for clinical trials to incorporate patients using ...

Hubble captures rare triple-moon conjunction

February 9, 2015 9:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Firing off a string of action snapshots like a sports photographer at a NASCAR race, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured the rare occurrence of three of Jupiter's largest moons racing across the banded face of the gas-giant planet: Europa, Callisto, and Io....

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Cyber-attacks rising in Utah, likely due to NSA facility

February 9, 2015 9:29 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | Comments

Utah state officials have seen what they describe as a sharp uptick in attempts to hack into state computers in the last two years, and they think it related to the NSA data center south of Salt Lake City. The increase began in early 2013 as international attention focused on ...

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Consumer security an emerging issue in new computerized cars

February 9, 2015 9:26 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, a member of the U.S. Senate is asserting. Basing his argument on information ...

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