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Software teaches computers to translate words to math

January 21, 2015 8:12 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Thanks to new software developed at the University of Illinois, machines now can learn to understand mathematical reasoning expressed in language, which could greatly improve search engines and access to data as well as boost mathematics education. Computer sciences ...

Solar plane pioneers lay out round-the-world flight plan

January 21, 2015 8:01 am | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | Comments

The team behind a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world said Tuesday the clean-energy plane will stop in India, China and the United States in a historic journey set to begin as early as next month. The lightweight Solar Impulse 2 ...

The first germanium-tin semiconductor laser for silicon chips

January 20, 2015 4:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from Forschungszentrum Juelich and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland in cooperation with international partners have presented the first semiconductor consisting solely of elements of main group IV. As a consequence, the germanium-tin (GeSn) laser can be ...

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New laser-patterning technique turns metals into supermaterials

January 20, 2015 4:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

By zapping ordinary metals with femtosecond laser pulses researchers from the University of Rochester in New York have created extraordinary new surfaces that efficiently absorb light, repel water and clean themselves. The multifunctional materials could ...

Hearing-aid "intervention" helps individuals gradually adjust to devices

January 20, 2015 4:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When individuals wear their hearing aids for the first time, they are flooded with sounds they have not heard in months or years; yet, previous research has shown that not all new sounds are welcomed. Ambient noises such as air conditioners, wind and background ...

$1B Switch data center near Reno will be world's biggest

January 20, 2015 3:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The largest lithium battery factory in the world is getting a new neighbor at an industrial park east of Reno - the world's biggest data center. Las Vegas-based Switch plans to invest $1 billion in the 3 million square foot "supernap" center....

Boston taxi drivers sue city over ride-hailing services

January 20, 2015 3:16 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A group of Boston taxi drivers is suing the city, saying officials have violated their rights by allowing online ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to operate without following the same rules taxis do. The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1yvQAyK ) the lawsuit filed ...

Amazon branching out from TV series to movie production

January 20, 2015 3:12 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming. Just five years after its launch, Amazon Studios says it will begin ...

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Boy, 13, builds Braille printer with Legos, starts company

January 20, 2015 3:10 pm | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | Comments

In Silicon Valley, it's never too early to become an entrepreneur. Just ask 13-year-old Shubham Banerjee. The California eighth-grader has launched a company to develop low-cost machines to print Braille, the tactile writing system for the visually impaired....

Photos of the Day: SpaceX rocket crash-lands on ocean barge

January 20, 2015 2:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

This image from video provided by SpaceX shows its booster rocket trying to land on a floating barge in the Atlantic after launch, in an unprecedented attempt that ended in a fiery explosion. The video released Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 shows the rocket hitting ...

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Innovative smart home system lands in the Netherlands

January 20, 2015 12:27 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

DigitalSTROM, the Swiss-German company behind a smart home system that utilizes a house’s existing electrical network, announced its expansion into the Dutch market on Thursday, Jan. 2. The Netherlands will be the fourth core market for the company....

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Navy to launch communication satellite Tuesday

January 20, 2015 10:43 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Blast off! The MUOS-3, a Lockheed Martin-built Navy communications satellite, is expected to launch from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 20. It will head into orbit aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket....

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New privacy concerns over government's health care website

January 20, 2015 10:05 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | Comments

A little-known side to the government's health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers. It works like this: When you apply for coverage on ...

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Sustainability challenged as many renewable resources max out

January 16, 2015 4:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The days of assuming natural resources can be swapped in and out to solve shortages - corn for oil, soy for beef - may be over. An international group of scientists demonstrate that many key resources have peaked in productivity, pointing to the sobering ...

Race of the electrons

January 16, 2015 4:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It is easy to measure electric current. But it is extremely hard to watch the individual electrons which make up this current. Electrons race through the metal with a speed of several million meters per second, and the distance they have to cover between two adjacent atoms ...

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