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NASA’s Kepler marks 1,000th exoplanet discovery

January 6, 2015 1:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

How many stars like our sun host planets like our Earth? NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study -- the 1,000th of which was recently...

14 best engineering shows on Netflix

January 6, 2015 12:39 pm | by Amanda Orson, Director of Communications, EngineerJobs.com | Blogs | Comments

So you didn’t plan to be spending the weekend inside. Or maybe you did, but post-Holiday television is even more terrible than you had initially anticipated. No worries! Netflix to the rescue! For cabin-feverish engineers and engineering students out there, here’s a quick...

AT&T not worried about network impact from connected cars

January 6, 2015 12:27 pm | by Ben Munson, Associate Editor, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The connected car is catching on and AT&T has an early lead in the space. Ralph de la Vega, CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions, said he expects within the next year or so that AT&T will hold a 50 percent share of the new connected car market. That’s a lot of new radios...

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Integrated controls and awareness define smart lighting

January 6, 2015 9:45 am | by Tom Griffiths, Marketing Manager, Sensor Driven Lighting for ams’ Emerging Sensing Strategies group | Blogs | Comments

With the label “smart” being applied to everything from phones to houses to snack foods, it’s fair to expect that everyone’s definition of smart lighting may not be quite the same. For more than a century, the architectural paradigm for controllable lighting has been ...

Hubble captures the Pillars of Creation twenty years on

January 6, 2015 9:29 am | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured many breathtaking images of the Universe, but one snapshot stands out from the rest: the Eagle Nebula's Pillars of Creation. In 1995 Hubble's iconic image revealed never-before-seen details in the giant columns and now the telescope is kickstarting...

Enclosures available in aluminum or plastic

January 6, 2015 9:11 am | OKW Enclosures, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

OKW has added new Round and Oval models to its elegant new range of SYNERGY electronic enclosures – its first to be manufactured from both plastic and aluminum. The new models mean the SYNERGY range now offers 36 enclosures in four types – Round, Oval, Square and...

If you talk to your thermostat, will it listen?

January 6, 2015 9:06 am | by Vineet Ganju, Conexant | Blogs | Comments

Interacting with the devices in a Smart Home using voice is a trend that has the biggest players in the consumer electronics space taking notice. From speakers that hear and respond to commands to intelligent thermostats and home appliances, a completely ...

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...

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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.

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."

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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...

‘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.

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...

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