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Detailing the engineering behind the Titanic

February 12, 2015 2:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Bill Hammack unearthed three journals at the University of Illinois library that detailed the engineering behind the Titanic and its sister ships, the Olympic and Britannic, between 1909 and 1911. Hammack, known as engineerguy ...

Lab-in-a-box takes aim at doctors' computer activity

February 12, 2015 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

They call it "the Lab-in-a-Box." According to Nadir Weibel, a research scientist in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department at the University of California, San Diego, inside the box are assorted sensors ...

Crystal pattern mapping can recover obliterated serial numbers in metals

February 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a technique for mapping deformation in metals that can recover destroyed serial numbers on metal objects such as firearms ...

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Mouser signs global distribution deal with Digilent

February 12, 2015 2:03 pm | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced that it has reached a distribution agreement with Digilent Inc., a subsidiary of National Instruments. Diligent is a leading engineering design company serving students ...

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Are analogue quantum computers still wishful thinking?

February 12, 2015 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Traditional computational tools are simply not powerful enough to solve some complex optimisation problems, like, for example, protein folding. Quantum annealing, a potentially successful implementation of analogue quantum computing ...

An international network of experts on intelligent systems

February 12, 2015 1:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Equipping machines with the necessary intelligence that will enable them to recognize how to make life easier for their human users all by themselves: To further this research, Bielefeld University is strengthening its ...

Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to know

February 12, 2015 1:38 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The next phishing email you get could be from your boss. With high-profile security breaches on the rise, from Sony Pictures to Anthem, companies are on the defensive. And they want to make sure their employees ...

FireEye is "first in the door" on big cyber attacks

February 12, 2015 1:34 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

They're the emergency responders of the computer industry. CEO David DeWalt of Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm FireEye refers to his digital investigators as "cyber SEALs" - as in Navy SEALs, not the cuddly sea mammals....

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Oculus Rift Alternative Immersis VR raises $101,000 on Kickstarter

February 12, 2015 8:39 am | Comments

French Virtual Reality startup successfully funds its Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign of $100,000 for Immersis. Virtual reality immersion has become one of the most discussed technology subjects since Oculus Rift debuted on ...

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Photos of the Day: Restored 'Flying Pancake' unveiled by retirees

February 12, 2015 8:26 am | by the National Air & Space Museum | Comments

On February 10, 2012, retired Vought employees unveiled the one-of-a-kind Vought V-173 Flying Pancake, after eight years of restoration work. The Flying Pancake dates to World War II when the Chance Vought Division of the United Aircraft Corporation ...

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Mythbusters' Grant Imahara tours Mouser's distribution center

February 12, 2015 6:08 am | by Mythbusters' Grant Imahara tours Mouser's distribution center | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, today released a video with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, best known for his role on TV’s Mythbusters, touring Mouser’s state-of-the-art warehouse....

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How robots teach kids to empathize

February 11, 2015 1:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A middle school teacher in Hawaii is filling his classroom with robots. They play pool, lick stamps, wax surfboards, and pick up food with chopsticks, and Robert Walker has been introducing them to his classes since 2011....

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Better batteries inspired by lowly snail shells

February 11, 2015 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists are using biology to improve the properties of lithium ion batteries. Researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have isolated a peptide, a type of biological molecule, which binds strongly to lithium manganese nickel ...

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Wikipedia use -- nothing to be ashamed about

February 11, 2015 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Academics and students alike should be making better use of Wikipedia, a major study of digital technology use in Higher Education has recommended. The Australia-UK collaboration led by Professor Neil Selwyn from ...

Novel high-power microwave generator

February 11, 2015 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

High-power microwaves are frequently used in civil applications, such as radar and communication systems, heating and current drive of plasmas in fusion devices, and acceleration in high-energy linear colliders. They can also be used ...

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