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University of Houston launches plans for superconductor manufacturing institute

May 8, 2015 11:52 am | by University of Houston | Comments

The University of Houston will lead plans for an Advanced Superconductor Manufacturing Institute (ASMI), aimed at speeding the full commercialization of high-temperature superconductors. Energetics Inc. will support UH in this effort.

Pandora wins appeal against songwriters society ASCAP

May 8, 2015 11:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Internet streaming service Pandora in a dispute with the songwriters rights society ASCAP. ASCAP - the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers - had been seeking to raise what Pandora pays ...

Drone use poised to expand to newsrooms despite FAA limits

May 8, 2015 11:44 am | by SALLY HO, Associated Press | Comments

Newsgathering by drone is gaining traction as an industry practice, but how the technology can actually be used to cover the news of the day is murky given its legal limitations. The emerging technology has been used in ...

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5 things to know about the NSA court ruling

May 8, 2015 11:39 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline calling records of nearly every American. The ruling Thursday, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes as Congress considers whether to continue, end or ...

Google opens its first Asia startup campus in Seoul

May 8, 2015 11:36 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google's first campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Asia opened on Friday in a glitzy neighborhood of South Korea's capital Seoul. Google Inc. cited South Korea's flourishing startup scene and pervasive smartphone use as the reasons for ...

Quality of graphene and spatial imaging of reactivity depends on carbon surface

May 8, 2015 10:53 am | by Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences | Comments

A convenient procedure to visualize defects on graphene layers by mapping the surface of carbon materials with an appropriate contrast agent was introduced by a team of researchers from Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) involved ...

Spacecraft MESSENGER reveals Mercury's magnetic field secrets

May 8, 2015 8:10 am | by University of British Columbia | Comments

New data from MESSENGER, the spacecraft that orbited Mercury for four years before crashing into the planet a week ago, reveals Mercury's magnetic field is almost four billion years old. The discovery helps scientists piece together the history of Mercury, the closest ...

Nobel laureates, scholars discuss computation in the future of their fields

May 7, 2015 3:11 pm | by Brown University | Comments

John von Neumann was without doubt one of the 20th Century's greatest minds. He is considered to be one of the founders of digital computing, pioneered game theory as a model of decision-making, and made critical contributions in the fields of physics, applied mathematics, and engineering.

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Fresh evidence for how water reached Earth found in asteroid debris

May 7, 2015 3:07 pm | by University of Warwick | Comments

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth, new research strongly suggests. Published by the Royal Astronomical Society and led by the University of Warwick, the research ...

For marketers, esports an enticing way to reach millennials

May 7, 2015 3:00 pm | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | Comments

The latest ally in competitive gaming's fight for mainstream awareness just might be marketers. At an intimate, invite-only gathering this week at an exclusive seaside resort, executives from corporations like AT&T ...

High-altitude balloon class emphasizes hands-on learning

May 7, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

On a fine day in April a sizeable crowd gathered to watch as a helium-filled balloon rose, carrying into the sky several students’ projects from Prof. Vicki Coverstone’s high-altitude balloon class. The balloon would rise some 90,000 feet before popping from the ...

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For batteries, one material does it all

May 7, 2015 2:13 pm | by Univ. of Maryland | Comments

Engineers at the Univ. of Maryland have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it. "To my knowledge, there has never been any similar work reported," said Dr. Kang Xu of ...

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Researchers developing solution for GPS-denied environments

May 7, 2015 2:02 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

While the French police in “The DaVinci Code” were able to use a GPS chip to track symbologist Robert Langdon through the Louvre Museum after a curator was murdered, CSL Professor Soon-Jo Chung spoils their fun by noting that technology unfortunately it ...

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Code optimization yields three-fold increase in engine simulation speed

May 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

VERIFI has taken the next step in its work with Convergent Science, Inc., optimizing the code running the company’s CONVERGE engine modeling software and achieving a three-fold increase in speed. The new code allowed VERIFI to recently run the largest engine simulation conducted to date.

Appeals court says police can withhold license plate scans

May 7, 2015 10:53 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | Comments

Police don't have to disclose license plate records that advocacy groups sought to gauge how high-tech surveillance was being used, a California appeals court ruled Wednesday. The unanimous ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected a ...

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