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Drexel engineers improve strength and flexibility of atom-thick films

November 11, 2014 3:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Making a paper airplane in school used to mean trouble. Today it signals a promising discovery in materials science research that could help next-generation technology -like wearable energy storage devices- get off the ground. Researchers ...

Controlling genes with your thoughts

November 11, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It sounds like something from the scene in Star Wars where Master Yoda instructs the young Luke Skywalker to use the force to release his stricken X-Wing from the swamp: Marc Folcher and other researchers from the group led by Martin Fussenegger ...

Final countdown nears for 1st comet landing

November 11, 2014 2:49 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

How do you land a spacecraft on a comet that is streaking by at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph)? That's a problem scientists have been grappling with for more than a decade as they prepare for one of the most audacious space adventures ever....

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At a Glance: Pros, cons of mobile-payment systems

November 11, 2014 2:42 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Wireless? Bar codes? What's the best way to pay with your phone? Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you ...

Sandia releases interface to help standardize supercomputer power and energy systems

November 11, 2014 12:53 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

To help moderate the energy needs of increasingly power-hungry supercomputers, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have released an application programming interface (API) with the goal of standardizing measurement and control....

Supercomputing speeds advances in deep neural networks

November 11, 2014 10:53 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Thomas Huang's research team is developing algorithms for image recognition for those unlabeled images with research spilling over to multimedia. The focus is on biometrics (face recognition, emotional recognition), human computer interface (avatars) ...

Dutch try installing solar panels in bicycle path

November 11, 2014 10:19 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | Comments

A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets underway in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam. The path is built ...

Hacker-hit Tibetan monks 'detach from attachments'

November 11, 2014 10:15 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER and ASHWINI BHATIA, Associated Press | Comments

Buffeted by persistent cyberattacks, Tibetan monks are giving new meaning to their ancient creed: Detach from attachments. "Attachment can lead you to all sort of trouble and we Buddhists believe that non-attachment alone can lead you to happiness"....

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Microbot muscles: Chains of particles assemble and flex

November 11, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a step toward robots smaller than a grain of sand, University of Michigan researchers have shown how chains of self-assembling particles could serve as electrically activated muscles in the tiny machines. So-called microbots would be handy in ...

Mouser Electronics announces new partnership with Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame

November 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Mouser Electronics | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced at electronica today a new partnership with longtime Mouser customer Grant Imahara, a celebrity engineer, best known for his role on Mythbusters. As a practicing engineer, Grant can relate to engineers everywhere....

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GaN Systems’ power switching transistors offered to participants in Little Box Challenge

November 11, 2014 9:20 am | Comments

GaN Systems Inc is one of a number of manufacturers offering its devices to contestants entering the Little Box Challenge launched by Google and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  The Little Box Challenge is an open competition....

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Infographic: The drone revolution

November 11, 2014 8:39 am | by Dronestagram | Comments

Who are these drones about to revolutionize our lives? In order to help you to see more clearly about this new technology, Dronestagram has collected sufficient information to offer key market data. Who is the Drone Hobbyist today? Which devices ...

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Pilot program reveals asteroid's size for the first time

November 10, 2014 4:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When the double asteroid Patroclus-Menoetius passed directly in front of a star on the night of Oct. 20, a team of volunteer astronomers across the U.S. was waiting. Observing the event, known as an occultation, from multiple sites where each observer ...

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Wireless devices used by casual pilots vulnerable to hacking

November 10, 2014 4:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new class of apps and wireless devices used by private pilots during flights for everything from GPS information to data about nearby aircraft is vulnerable to a wide range of security attacks, which in some scenarios could lead to catastrophic ...

Design competition teams recognized for advancing voting technology

November 10, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society congratulates the two winners of the HFES 2014 Voting Design Competition: corporate winter Intuitive Company and academic winner Georgia Tech Student Chapter. The winners, along with the six other ...

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