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Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery

April 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of ...

Industry: Digital music sales match physical for 1st time

April 17, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's annual report said digital and physical sales each accounted for 46 percent of ...

'Game of Thrones' hit by piracy from Twitter-owned app users

April 17, 2015 2:17 pm | by LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer | Comments

HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the dubious honor of being popular with both pirates and viewers. After its fifth season began Sunday, users of a Twitter-owned live-streaming app shared the fantasy drama....

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Germanwings crash could prompt remote override tech review

April 17, 2015 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Germanwings crash last month was an "unbelievable horror" for the families of those killed, compounded by the apparent senselessness of the co-pilot's actions in bringing down the plane, German President Joachim Gauck told hundreds of victims' relatives ...

A thumbnail track pad

April 17, 2015 2:12 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab are developing a new wearable device that turns the user's thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad. They envision that the technology could let users control wireless devices when their hands are full -- answering the ...

Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

April 17, 2015 1:51 pm | by Kansas State University | Comments

The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering ...

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Disney researchers use passive UHF RFID tags to detect how people interact with objects

April 17, 2015 1:39 pm | by Disney Research | Comments

Disney Research has demonstrated that battery-free, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to cheaply and unobtrusively determine how people use and interact with daily objects, enabling new types of interactive play, smart homes and work environments ...

Optical resonance-based biosensors designed for medical applications

April 17, 2015 1:04 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | Comments

A telecommunications engineer of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre, has designed in his Ph.D. thesis optical resonance-based biosensors for use in medical applications like, for example, the detecting of celiac disease. Besides achieving greater resolution ...

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A blueprint for clearing the skies of space debris

April 17, 2015 12:58 pm | by RIKEN | Comments

An international team of scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris. The proposal, published in Acta Astronautica, combines a super-wide field-of-view telescope, developed by RIKEN's EUSO team ...

Lab technique simultaneously reveals structure and function of proteins critical in DNA repair

April 17, 2015 12:02 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

By combining two highly innovative experimental techniques, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have for the first time simultaneously observed the structure and the correlated function of specific proteins critical in the repair of DNA, providing definitive ...

Review: Adobe PDF tool is great, but casual users won't need

April 17, 2015 10:56 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

No doubt you've run across your share of PDF documents in your work and personal life. Adobe's Portable Document Format has become a common way to publish newsletters, instruction manuals and even tax forms. Creating your own PDF document is easy, with features built into ...

Nokia aims to become networks giant with Alcatel-Lucent deal

April 17, 2015 10:54 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press | Comments

Nokia will buy ailing French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent for around 15.6 billion euros ($16.5 billion) through a public exchange of shares in France and the United States, in a bid to become a leading global networks operator. Though Alcatel-Lucent has been racking up billions of euros of losses since ...

F-35 program 'on right track'

April 17, 2015 9:55 am | by Terri Moon Cronk, DoD News, Defense Media Activity | Comments

Despite its numerous setbacks, the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is on the right track to meet aircraft delivery deadlines, the program’s executive officer told a House Armed Services Committee panel April 14....

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Netflix enthralls viewers in 1Q with original programming

April 17, 2015 9:29 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as "House of Cards" lure subscribers at a quickening pace. Netflix said Wednesday that it gained 4.9 million subscribers in the first three months of the year, more than any other quarter ...

Yahoo chooses to stay with Microsoft in updated search deal

April 17, 2015 9:25 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Yahoo and Microsoft will keep working together on Internet search, but Yahoo is getting more control over the how the search results are presented. An agreement announced Thursday extends a search partnership that Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. forged in 2009 while they were being ...

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