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Researcher receives $1.2 million to create real-time seismic imaging system

October 3, 2014 8:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Dr. WenZhan Song, a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgia State University, has received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a real-time seismic imaging system using ambient noise....

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In a bad mood? Head to Facebook and find someone worse off

October 3, 2014 8:51 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When people are in a bad mood, they are more likely to actively search social networking sites like Facebook to find friends who are doing even worse than they are, a new study suggests.Researchers found that, in general, people use social media....

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New software for Google Glass provides captions for hard-of-hearing users

October 3, 2014 8:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly....

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Batteries included: A solar cell that stores its own power

October 3, 2014 8:40 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Is it a solar cell? Or a rechargeable battery? Actually, the patent-pending device invented at The Ohio State University is both: the world's first solar battery. In the October 3, 2014 issue of the journal Nature Communications, the researchers report....

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San Francisco expands free public Wi-Fi access

October 2, 2014 1:32 pm | Comments

San Francisco launched free Wi-Fi access at more than 30 public parks, plazas and recreation areas on Wednesday, thanks to a grant from Google. "Wi-Fi in our city's parks is another step toward a larger vision of connectivity for our City as a whole....

US appeals court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS

October 2, 2014 11:22 am | by MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that prosecutors can use evidence gathered after a GPS device was put on a suspect's van without a warrant. The decision is a blow to three Philadelphia brothers charged in a series of pharmacy robberies....

SEMICON Japan features “World of IoT” – a new show-within-a-show

October 2, 2014 11:15 am | Comments

Today, SEMI opens registration for the SEMICON Japan 2014 exposition and programs through its website at www.semiconjapan.org. SEMICON Japan 2014, Japan’s largest exhibition for the microelectronics manufacturing supply chain, will take place at Tokyo Big Sight....

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Germany's Rocket Internet makes bumpy market debut

October 2, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Germany's Rocket Internet AG, which specializes in launching e-commerce startups, has made a bumpy market debut - with its shares falling on their first day of trading in Frankfurt. Rocket was the second German tech company in as many days....

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Natick's cognitive science research helps steer Soldiers in the right direction

October 2, 2014 8:33 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

When the going gets tough, Dr. Tad Brunyé wants to help. A member of the Cognitive Science Team at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Brunyé is investigating spatial and non-spatial influences on Soldier navigation choices....

All directions are not created equal for nanoscale heat sources

October 1, 2014 5:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Thermal considerations are rapidly becoming one of the most serious design constraints in microelectronics, especially on submicron scale lengths. A study by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has shown that standard ...

Novel approach to magnetic measurements atom-by-atom

October 1, 2014 5:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Having the possibility to measure magnetic properties of materials at atomic precision is one of the important goals of today's experimental physics. Such measurement technique would give engineers and physicists an ultimate handle over magnetic properties....

Platinum meets its match in quantum dots from coal

October 1, 2014 5:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Graphene quantum dots created at Rice University grab onto graphene platelets like barnacles attach themselves to the hull of a boat. But these dots enhance the properties of the mothership, making them better than platinum catalysts for certain reactions....

Louisiana Tech University, CSC develop curriculum to support high-tech workforce needs

October 1, 2014 5:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Faculty from Louisiana Tech University's cyber engineering, computer science, and computer information systems programs, and research and development group hosted over 30 executives from CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT, last week....

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Stressed out: Research sheds new light on why rechargeable batteries fail

October 1, 2014 5:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Pity the poor lithium ion. Drawn relentlessly by its electrical charge, it surges from anode to cathode and back again, shouldering its way through an elaborate molecular obstacle course. This journey is essential to powering everything from cell phones....

New absorber will lead to better biosensors

October 1, 2014 5:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Biological sensors, or biosensors, are like technological canaries in the coalmine. By converting a biological response into an optical or electrical signal, they can alert us to dangers in our external and internal environments. They can sense toxic chemicals....

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