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Google expects public in driverless cars in 2 to 5 years

January 15, 2015 2:35 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years. Chris Urmson says the cars would still be test vehicles, and Google would collect data on how they interact with other vehicles and pedestrians....

Facebook founder launches free Internet project in Colombia

January 15, 2015 2:32 pm | by JOSHUA GOODMAN and BARBARA ORTUTAY, Associated Press | Comments

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg traveled to Colombia on Wednesday to bring his global Internet-access initiative to Latin America. In an event with President Juan Manuel Santos, the billionaire explained how even low-end mobile phone users in Colombia will now ...

Amazon executive hopes for era of peace with publishers

January 15, 2015 2:12 pm | by HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer | Comments

The overseer of Amazon.com's Kindle e-book and publishing divisions is preaching peace. With a monthslong standoff between Amazon and Hachette Book Group over e-book revenues settled and a multiyear agreement in place, Amazon senior vice president ...

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Why a Samsung takeover of Blackberry could make sense

January 15, 2015 2:09 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung and Blackberry have splashed frigid water on a report that Samsung wants to make a $7.5 billion takeover offer for the struggling Canadian device maker. That, however, did not stop tech industry watchers from dissecting all the possibilities....

Smartphones at CES 2015 indicate brand shift

January 15, 2015 11:32 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

We saw practically no new innovations or product releases from top smartphone makers this year at CES. However, smaller, less-known smartphone manufacturers took full advantage of the event. In terms of number of products introduced, TCL Alcatel took ...

Photos of the Day: The 3D-printed Shelby Cobra is unveiled

January 15, 2015 8:36 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

With a 3-D printed twist on an automotive icon, the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showcased additive manufacturing research at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. ORNL’s newest 3-D printed vehicle pays ...

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Decoding the gravitational evolution of dark matter halos

January 14, 2015 3:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Kavli IPMU and their collaborators have revealed that considering environmental effects such as a gravitational tidal force spread over a scale much larger than a galaxy cluster is indispensable to explain the distribution and evolution of ...

A new step towards using graphene in electronic applications

January 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Few materials have received as much attention from the scientific world or have raised so many hopes with a view to their potential deployment in new applications as graphene has. This is largely due to its superlative properties: it is the thinnest material in ...

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Stargazers begin hunt for planets

January 14, 2015 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Warwick scientists have begun searching for planets after the unveiling of twelve robotically controlled telescopes. The telescopes, which form a wide-field observing system called the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), aim to detect ...

How can we engage in direct modeling for computational fluid dynamics?

January 14, 2015 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Direct modeling for computational fluid dynamics provides an effective methodology to develop multi-scale numerical algorithms for flow simulation in all regimes from rarefied to continuum ones, which will help to improve the conventional CFD methods which ...

Video series explores the state and future of technological convergence

January 14, 2015 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

You may have come across the acronyms -- NBIC (nano-bio-info-cogno) or BANG (bits-atoms-neurons-genes) -- but what exactly do these grammatical mash-ups mean for our economy and society? They refer to "technological convergence," a concept where ...

Researchers test flexible, three-dimensional supercapacitors

January 14, 2015 2:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Rice University scientists advanced their recent development of laser-induced graphene (LIG) by producing and testing stacked, three-dimensional supercapacitors, energy-storage devices that are important for portable, flexible electronics....

Experts explore the medical safety needs of civilian space travel

January 14, 2015 2:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The commercial aviation industry has medical care standards, as does NASA for traditional space missions, and the emerging commercial space transportation industry will need to define medical care practices as well. The unique risks posed by commercial spaceflight ...

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People conform to the norm -- even if the norm is a computer

January 14, 2015 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Often enough it is human nature to conform. This tendency makes us follow the lead of computers, even if the machines give us the wrong advice. This is the finding of a study in Springer's journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review that investigates how ...

3-D facial imaging may aid in early detection of autism

January 14, 2015 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders diagnosed in patients who exhibit a shared core of symptoms, including delays in learning to communicate and interact socially. Early detection of autism in children is the key for treatments to be ...

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