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Spansion joins ZigBee Alliance

July 1, 2014 10:09 am | Comments

Spansion Inc. announced it joined the ZigBee Alliance. Through active participation in the ZigBee Alliance, Spansion will continue to contribute to open standards and technology collaboration to accelerate the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT)....

Infographic: Tech conferences around the world Summer/Fall 2014

July 1, 2014 10:06 am | Comments

Check out this infographic for tech conferences happening across the industry (and around the world) for Summer and Fall 2014. Includes several recent conferences along with shows happening as early as October and as late as December....

EU slashes mobile data roaming fees by 55 percent

June 30, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more than halved. The European Commission says the new cap on the so-called roaming fees will be effective starting Tuesday, just in time for the summer holiday travel season....

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Caterpillar, Argonne undertake cooperative virtual engine design, control project

June 30, 2014 4:14 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Internal combustion engines are poised for dramatic breakthroughs in improving efficiency with lower emissions, thanks in part to low-temperature combustion regimes. Such regimes show great efficiency and emissions potential, but they present optimization and control challenges....

Photos of the Day: Flying saucer lands safely

June 30, 2014 3:28 pm | by NASA | Comments

This test was the first of three planned for the LDSD project, developed to evaluate new landing technologies for future Mars missions. While this initial test was designed to determine the flying ability of the vehicle, it also deployed two new landing technologies as a bonus....

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19th century math tactic gets a makeover -- and yields answers up to 200 times faster

June 30, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A relic from long before the age of supercomputers, the 169-year-old math strategy called the Jacobi iterative method is widely dismissed today as too slow to be useful. But thanks to a curious, numbers-savvy Johns Hopkins engineering student and his professor, it may soon get a new lease on life....

Researchers create quantum dots with single-atom precision

June 30, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of physicists from the Paul-Drude-Institut für Festkörperelektronik (PDI) in Berlin, Germany, NTT Basic Research Laboratories in Atsugi, Japan, and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has used a scanning tunneling microscope to create quantum dots with identical, deterministic sizes....

Silver in the washing machine

June 30, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

If it contains 'nano', it doesn't primarily leak 'nano': at least that's true for silver-coated textiles, explains Bernd Nowack of the Technology and Society division at Empa. During each wash cycle a certain amount of the silver coating is washed out of the textiles and ends up in the waste water....

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Green planning needed to maintain city buildings

June 30, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Green spaces in towns and cities need extra consideration as they may be damaging buildings in the area, according to new research from the Universities of Southampton and Surrey. When organic chemicals from trees and vegetation mix with air pollutants ...

Bosses use private social media more than staff

June 30, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The research shows that managers hold more negative attitudes to private use of social media at work than subordinates. About 11,000 Norwegian employees participated in the researchers' study Predictors of Use of Social Network Sites at Work....

Interlayer distance in graphite oxide gradually changes when water is added

June 30, 2014 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists from Umeå University and Humboldt University in Berlin have solved a mystery that has puzzled scientists for half a century. They show with the help of powerful microscopes that the distance between graphite oxide layers gradually increases when water molecules are added....

Researchers unzip nanotubes by shooting them at 15,000 mph

June 30, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Carbon nanotubes "unzipped" into graphene nanoribbons by a chemical process invented at Rice University are finding use in all kinds of projects, but Rice scientists have now found a chemical-free way to unzip them. The Rice lab of materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan discovered that nanotubes that hit a target ...

Google Glass taking fans closer to the action

June 30, 2014 12:11 pm | by JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. You have a ticket in the very top row for an NBA playoff game, and a courtside seat. The referees are reviewing a big play in the final seconds, and you are right there in front of them....

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'Bad' video game behavior increases players' moral sensitivity

June 30, 2014 10:22 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New evidence suggests heinous behavior played out in a virtual environment can lead to players' increased sensitivity toward the moral codes they violated.That is the surprising finding of a study led by Matthew Grizzard, PhD, assistant professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Communication....

Space-tested robot inspires medicine and manufacturing uses

June 30, 2014 9:26 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Humans doing difficult, repetitive tasks or those who need assistance with movement may soon get a helping hand - literally - thanks to robotic technology developed to serve astronauts in space. Robonaut, a human-like robot designed by NASA and General Motors (GM), has been on the International Space Station since February 2011....

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