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Apple may pay $400M in digital book settlement

July 16, 2014 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple will pay up to $400 million to compensate consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company overturns a court decision attesting to its pivotal role in the collusion. The terms of the settlement disclosed in a Wednesday court filing came a month after...

India Cuts Import Duty On TV Categories

July 16, 2014 12:18 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

In a move that has significance for the TV industry in India, the Indian Government announced on July 10th that, effective immediately, import duties on CRT TV picture tubes as well as displays and other components used to manufacture flat panel TVs under 19” are now exempted from import duty.  The...

3M to spend about $885M to buy subsidiary stake

July 16, 2014 8:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

3M will take full control of its Sumitomo subsidiary by acquiring the 25 percent of the company that it doesn't already own for $885 million. The maker of Post-it notes established the subsidiary in 1961 as a joint venture with Sumitomo Electric Industries and NEC Corp. 3M acquired NEC's stake in...

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UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping

July 16, 2014 7:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The United Nations' top human rights official says her office sees strong evidence that governments on every continent are hiding their increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens' digital lives. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the lack of transparency...

Yale helps chart the heavens like never before, via Sloan Digital Sky Survey

July 15, 2014 9:19 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

The next phase of a global drive to map the night sky will bring the cosmos into greater focus than at any in human history. Yale University scientists are involved all of the major aspects of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an initiative that spans four continents and includes 200 astronomers at...

Rice nanophotonics experts create powerful molecular sensor

July 15, 2014 4:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanophotonics experts at Rice University have created a unique sensor that amplifies the optical signature of molecules by about 100 billion times. Newly published tests found the device could accurately identify the composition and structure of individual molecules containing fewer than 20 atoms....

Molecular 'eat now' signal makes cells devour dying neighbors

July 15, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers has devised a Pac-Man-style power pellet that gets normally mild-mannered cells to gobble up their undesirable neighbors. The development may point the way to therapies that enlist patients' own cells to better fend off infection and even cancer, the researchers say....

Research alliance for the digital revolution

July 15, 2014 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Partners from industry and science are joining forces in a novel collaborative research alliance to address the future-oriented fields of automation and digitalization. Siemens is the first company to forge a research alliance with universities and research institutes that will utilize a new, fully integrated approach....

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3-D nanostructure could benefit nanoelectronics, gas storage

July 15, 2014 4:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A three-dimensional porous nanostructure would have a balance of strength, toughness and ability to transfer heat that could benefit nanoelectronics, gas storage and composite materials that perform multiple functions, according to engineers at Rice University....

Fundamental chemistry findings could help extend Moore's Law

July 15, 2014 4:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Over the years, computer chips have gotten smaller thanks to advances in materials science and manufacturing technologies. This march of progress, the doubling of transistors on a microprocessor roughly every two years, is called Moore's Law. But there's one component of the chip-making process in need of an overhaul if Moore's law is to continue....

Drones: Next big thing in aviation is small

July 15, 2014 4:12 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | Comments

The next big thing in aviation may be really small. With some no bigger than a hummingbird, the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow are tiny compared with the titans of the sky, such as the Airbus 380 or the Boeing Dreamliner....

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Technology patented by Dr. Schneider will make highway barriers more safe

July 15, 2014 12:19 pm | by Texas A&M University | Comments

LifeNet Systems Inc. recently purchased license to a patent on a technology invented in NASA’s Johnson Space Center, by Dr. William Schneider , professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. James Locke in 2001. This technology will make highway safety barriers safer....

Photos of the Day: Homeland Security's robotic tuna

July 15, 2014 10:23 am | by U.S. Department of Homeland Security | Comments

Inspired by the real tuna, BIOSwimmer is a UUV designed for high maneuverability in harsh environments, with a flexible aft section and appropriately placed sets of pectoral and other fins. For those cluttered and hard-to-reach underwater places where inspection is necessary, the tuna-inspired frame is an optimal design....

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Older adults nearly twice as likely to have memories affected by distractions

July 15, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Older people are nearly twice as likely as their younger counterparts to have their memory and cognitive processes impaired by environmental distractions (such as irrelevant speech or written words presented along with target stimuli), according to a new study from psychologists at Rice University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine....

Labs characterize carbon for batteries

July 15, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries could benefit from a theoretical model created at Rice University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that predicts how carbon components will perform. The model is based on intrinsic characteristics of materials used as battery electrodes....

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