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5 questions about the historic comet landing

November 13, 2014 8:59 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

The European Space Agency has achieved a historic first - landing a washing machine-sized spacecraft on a comet speeding through our solar system at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph). Here are answers to five questions about the space mission....

People feel loss of control of personal info

November 13, 2014 8:55 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It's been 15 years since Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy infamously quipped "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." You'd think we would have gotten the message by now, with all the news of online data breaches, revelations about ...

NASA statement on successful Rosetta Comet landing

November 12, 2014 5:32 pm | by NASA | Comments

The following statement is from John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, about the successful comet landing by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft: “We congratulate ...

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Supercomputers enable high-resolution climate models, truer simulation of extreme weather

November 12, 2014 5:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But using some of the most powerful supercomputers now available, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) climate scientist ...

Large TV size growth outpaces smaller sizes during festive Diwali season

November 12, 2014 4:53 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Demand for larger screen sizes, primarily 32” and 40”, increased during the Indian Diwali Festival season from September 17 to October 7. Unlike prior years, there was demand for 32” and 40” sizes in both semi-urban and rural areas. A top source ...

Fighting crime through crowdsourcing

November 12, 2014 4:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Crowdsourcing utilizes the input of a crowd of online users to collaboratively solve problems. To advance this emerging technology, researchers at the University of Miami are developing a computing model that uses crowdsourcing to combine and ...

Moving cameras talk to each other to identify, track pedestrians

November 12, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It's not uncommon to see cameras mounted on store ceilings, propped up in public places or placed inside subways, buses and even on the dashboards of cars. Cameras record our world down to the second. This can be a powerful surveillance tool on ...

A piece of the quantum puzzle

November 12, 2014 4:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

While the Martinis Lab at UC Santa Barbara has been focusing on quantum computation, former postdoctoral fellow Pedram Roushan and several colleagues have been exploring qubits (quantum bits) for quantum simulation on a smaller scale....

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Review: No cash, cards, just mobile pay for a week

November 12, 2014 4:24 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Attempt at your own risk: For an entire week, I left all my cash and credit cards at home to see how well wallet-free mobile services work in the real world. Apple Pay has gotten a lot of attention in recent weeks, but there are lots of other ...

US-China deal could end fees on $1T in tech sales

November 12, 2014 4:19 pm | by MARLEY JAY, AP Business Writer | Comments

A trade deal between the U.S. and China could end tariffs on $1 trillion in global sales of semiconductors, MRI machines, GPS devices, printer ink cartridges, video game consoles and other high-tech items. President Barack Obama, in Beijing for the ...

Drone sightings up dramatically

November 12, 2014 4:13 pm | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

More than a million small drone aircraft have been sold in the past few years, and a growing number of them are turning up in the skies near airports and airliners, posing a risk of collision. Reports of drone sightings near other planes, helicopters ...

Ethanol and heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel production

November 12, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel to conventional fossil ones. The EU policies of boosting biodiesel have achieved its implementation in the transport fuels market and increasingly its sustainable nature is being taken into account. Thus, up to 86% ...

3D-printing self-learning robots

November 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by University of Oslo | Comments

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom. This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other ...

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Electronic 'tongue' to ensure food quality

November 12, 2014 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. Or it could someday monitor water for pollutants or test blood for signs of disease. With an eye toward these applications, scientists ...

NYU professor wins premier award in the data visualization field

November 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) presented the 2014 Visualization Technical Achievement Award to Claudio Silva, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of ...

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