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Electromagnetic waves linked to particle fallout in Earth's atmosphere

January 6, 2015 9:04 am | by Dartmouth College | News | Comments

In a new study that sheds light on space weather's impact on Earth, Dartmouth researchers and their colleagues show for the first time that plasma waves buffeting the planet's radiation belts are responsible for scattering charged particles into the atmosphere. The study is the...

Green walls, effective acoustic insulation

January 6, 2015 9:01 am | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

Zaloa Azkorra, an agricultural engineer of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country, is conducting research at the University School of Mining and Public Works Engineering into the benefits provided by green walls. The researcher has concluded that walls comprising plants...

'Glowing' new nanotechnology guides cancer surgery

January 6, 2015 8:59 am | by Oregon State University | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells - a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer cells after a tumor is removed.

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SpaceX calls off launch to space station at last minute

January 6, 2015 8:55 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX called off its planned flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday because of rocket trouble. The unmanned Falcon rocket was supposed to blast off before sunrise. But the countdown was halted with just over a minute remaining. The soonest SpaceX can try again is Friday morning...

TV makers design for streaming video to stay relevant

January 6, 2015 8:52 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Does anyone just watch TV anymore? The dramatic shift toward online and mobile viewing is driving television set makers to design as much for streaming video as for watching broadcast or cable channels. raditional TV is far from dead, but these days viewers care less about...

Sony Corp. CEO breaks silence on 'The Interview' hack

January 6, 2015 8:50 am | by BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony Corp.'s top corporate executive on Monday condemned the recent hacking assault against its film division, saying his employees were victims of a "vicious and malicious cyberattack," while adding that he's proud of them for standing against "the extortionist efforts of criminals."

At CES gadget show: Dish gives cord-cutters live sports

January 6, 2015 8:48 am | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive — until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday...

At The Gadget Show: Curved phones, smarter homes, fuel cells

January 6, 2015 8:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Go ahead, peek at our patents. Toyota will allow others to use several thousand of its patented or patent-pending technologies for free to speed the development of its hydrogen-powered car dubbed Mirai, due to be sold in the U.S. by October.Elsewhere, would-be novelists got a...

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‘Iron Sun’ key explanation of how stars transmit energy

January 6, 2015 7:31 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have been able to determine experimentally, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from the center of the sun to near the edge of...

Crowd science provides major boost for research

January 5, 2015 10:30 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Crowd science is making possible research projects that might otherwise be out of reach, tapping thousands of volunteers to help with such tasks as classifying animal photos, studying astronomical images, counting sea stars and examining cancer cell images. Also known as “citizen science,” these...

NASA detects record-breaking outburst from Milky Way’s black hole

January 5, 2015 5:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises questions about the behavior of this giant black hole and its surrounding environment.

Student scientists ready to launch experiments to ISS

January 5, 2015 2:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Students will look to the skies this week when SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station lifts off at 6:18 a.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 6, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will carry scientific research...

Single-chip processors offer lower power consumption

January 5, 2015 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

congatec AG is expanding its successful product range with the 5th generation Intel® Core™ processor platform up to Intel® Core™ i7-5650U on COM Express Computer-On-Modules and Thin Mini-ITX motherboards. The single-chip processors feature a low power consumption of just 15W TDP.

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Predicting how drivers will react

January 5, 2015 9:22 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have solved a 70 year old mystery in traffic research: an until now inexplicable jerkiness when we steer a vehicle. The discovery may lead to safety systems in cars that can correct dangerous steering movements before they occur.

The road to more efficient biofuel

January 5, 2015 9:10 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | News | Comments

Plant geneticists including Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Siobhan Brady at the University of California, Davis, have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.

NASA explores inflatable spacecraft technology

January 5, 2015 9:04 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the Red planet is just one of many engineering challenges the agency faces as it eyes an ambitious goal of sending humans into deep space later this century.

US says NKorea sanctions step 1 in Sony response

January 5, 2015 9:02 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States says its new round of sanctions against North Korea is just the opening salvo in its response to an unprecedented cyberattack on Sony. Yet there may be little else the U.S. can do to further isolate a country that already has few friends in the world.Even the latest...

N. Korea blasts US for sanctions over Sony attack

January 5, 2015 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea on Sunday criticized the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures — the latest fallout from a Hollywood movie depicting the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...

Las Vegas airport preps for tech-savvy travelers

January 5, 2015 8:56 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the gadgets of the future are only just arriving in Las Vegas for the annual International CES show, officials at the city's main airport are updating a decades-old terminal to cater to legions of tech-savvy travelers. By Friday at McCarran International Airport, a couple...

Raise your home's IQ: smart gadgets take center stage at CES

January 5, 2015 8:54 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet...

CES 2015 will be the Internet of Things’ coming-out party

January 5, 2015 8:38 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

CES — now in its 48th year! — has always been the premier showcase for new and emerging technologies. While several heavyweights, including Microsoft, have bowed out (and Apple never had a presence), the show is bigger than ever with 150,000 attendees....

Design challenges for wearables

January 5, 2015 8:35 am | by Karen Lightman, executive director, MEMS Industry Group | Blogs | Comments

This holiday season, most of my friends/family received some form of wearable device as a gift. Even my 84-year-old dad is joining the wearable bandwagon and is finally giving himself what should probably be termed the original “wearable” -- a hearing aid. As executive...

The key to using Bluetooth Smart in asset tracking

January 5, 2015 5:45 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Asset tracking can conventionally mean many things but in general it’s about keeping track of objects, which could be anything from containers crossing the Atlantic Ocean safely to making sure fire extinguishers stay put at schools. How can Bluetooth® make asset tracking easier...

Improving consumer experience through enhanced mobile connectivity

January 4, 2015 3:11 pm | by Vikas Paliwal, Senior Business Development Manager, Mixed-Signal Business Unit, Toshiba America Electronic Components | Blogs | Comments

With the advent of multiple mobile connectivity solutions, users have come to realize the benefits of a range of wireless technologies — each tailored to perform the specific task at hand in the best possible manner. Although 2015 will continue to be ...

How to build your own laser blaster

January 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Qfusion Labs | News | Comments

Stop the Grinch from reaching Santa! We love to build fun things and for this Christmas season, we spent a couple of hours creating this holiday-themed Laser Blaster game. How the gameplay works: Squeeze the trigger on the gun to start the game. The Grinch...  

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