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Russian diplomat's tweet dooms the International Space Station

May 16, 2014 7:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 Lest you think Twitter breakups are just for the younger generation, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin let fly with a tweet that confused a lot of people on Tuesday. After a press conference with the media, Rogozin tweeted, “@fka_roscosmos doesn’t plan

Engineering Update 58: Ground-based laser burns through enemy boats

May 15, 2014 10:35 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

We've previously discussed the Navy's Laser Weapon System (or LaWS), a solid-state laser capable of burning through drones and small enemy boats with the lethality of a blowtorch. But in the meantime, Lockheed Martin has been hard at work developing a prototype ground-based laser....

Smithsonian to fly drones for 'Future' festival

May 15, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is getting some competition from the Smithsonian Institution in testing personal delivery drones for the future. Smithsonian magazine is hosting its second "The Future is Here" festival this weekend and plans to test fly drones and a human jetpack near the National Mall....

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Teen invents, sells medical devices

May 14, 2014 12:18 pm | by Amy Nile, The Daily Herald | News | Comments

He isn't old enough to drive, but a Snohomish entrepreneur already is gaining national attention for his inventions. Suman Mulumudi, 15, showed off the digital stethoscope he invented on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" last Thursday. Mulumudi, a freshman at Lakeside School in Seattle, is developing that device and another medical tool he invented last summer.

New implanted devices wrap around tissues

May 14, 2014 12:13 pm | by LaKisha Ladson, UT Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Tokyo have created electronic devices that become soft when implanted inside the body and can deploy to grip 3-D objects, such as large tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. These biologically adaptive, flexible transistors might one day help doctors learn more about what is happening inside the body, and stimulate the body for treatments.

Virginia Tech updates football helmet ratings, 5 new helmets meet 5-star mark

May 14, 2014 9:11 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Virginia Tech has updated results of its adult football helmet ratings, which are designed to identify key differences between the abilities of individual helmets to reduce the risk of concussion. All five of the new adult football helmets introduced this spring earned the five-star mark, which is the highest rating awarded by the Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings™.

Sony sinks to $1.3B quarterly loss on PC expenses

May 14, 2014 9:08 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Corp. sank to a 138 billion yen ($1.3 billion) quarterly loss, hit by costs from selling its personal computer business, and is forecasting more red ink as it struggles to execute a long-promised turnaround. The Tokyo-based maker of the PlayStation 4 game machine, Bravia TVs and Walkman digital player also reported...

Samsung apologizes to sickened chip workers

May 14, 2014 8:59 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia galvanized a movement to hold the company to account.

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Netflix's share of peak Internet traffic rises

May 14, 2014 8:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Netflix increased its share of fixed-line Internet traffic in North America in the first half of 2014, accounting for 34 percent of data flowing to consumers during peak times, up from 32 percent in the latter half of 2013. That's according to a new report from Sandvine Inc., a Canadian networking services company.

GM recall shows gaps in air bag knowledge

May 13, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

General Motors' recall of 2.6 million small cars has shed light on an unsettling fact: Air bags might not always deploy when drivers — and federal regulators — expect them to. Thirteen people have died in crashes involving older GM cars...

Teaching robots right from wrong

May 13, 2014 12:30 pm | by Alexander Reid, Tufts University | News | Comments

Researchers from Tufts University, Brown University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are teaming with the U.S. Navy to explore technology that would pave the way for developing robots capable of making moral decisions. In a project funded by the Office of Naval Research and coordinated under the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative...

Motherboard is based on AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform

May 13, 2014 11:23 am | Congatec, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

congatec AG (Deggendorf, Germany) introduced an industrial Mini-ITX motherboard. The new embedded motherboards will meet the same standards and quality as the established Computer-On-Modules from congatec. This Mini ITX board is…

Photos of the Day: Washington Monument reopens after 3 years

May 13, 2014 9:21 am | by The Associated Press | Blogs | Comments

In this Saturday, May 10, 2014 photo, Bob Vogel, superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks, points out a repaired crack inside the Washington Monument during a press preview prior to the re-opening of the monument, in Washington. With more than 150 cracks patched and repaired in its white marble, the Washington Monument is set to reopen for the first time since a 2011 earthquake caused widespread damage. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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Dangerous nitrogen pollution could be halved

May 13, 2014 8:55 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Ambitious mitigation efforts, however, could decrease the pollution by 50 percent. The analysis is the very first to quantify this. "Nitrogen is an irreplaceable nutrient and a true life-saver as it helps agriculture to feed a growing world population – but it is unfortunately also a dangerous pollutant..."

UN weighs laws for future 'killer robots'

May 13, 2014 8:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GENEVA (AP) — Diplomats urged the adoption of new international laws Tuesday that could govern the use of "killer robots" if the technology becomes reality someday. At the first United Nations meeting devoted to the subject, representatives began trying to define the limits and responsibilities of so-called lethal autonomous weapons systems that could go beyond human-directed drones.

Group sues UK eavesdropping agency over hacking

May 13, 2014 8:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A rights group is suing Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency over cyberattacks revealed by former intelligence worker Edward Snowden, saying it's the first time the agency has been sued over hacking. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by Privacy International, joins a slew of legal challenges spawned by Snowden's disclosures.

Indonesia bans video sharing site for nudity

May 13, 2014 8:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indonesia banned the popular video sharing site Vimeo, saying it contains nudity, which officials in the world's most populous Muslim country consider to be pornographic material. Information and Communication Minister Tiffatul Sembiring said in a statement Monday that he made the decision after receiving complaints from the public. He said the site content was against Indonesia's anti-pornography law.

FCC revising Internet rules after public backlash

May 13, 2014 8:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is broadening the scope of his proposed open Internet rules and suggesting tougher standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lanes on their networks. According to an FCC official, Wheeler made revisions after the commission received 35,000 public comments —many of them expressing outrage.

European court: Google must yield on personal info

May 13, 2014 8:39 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

People should have some say over the results that pop up when they conduct a search of their own name online, Europe's highest court said Tuesday. In a landmark decision, The Court of Justice of the European Union said Google must listen and sometimes comply when individuals ask the Internet search giant to remove links to newspaper articles or websites containing personal information.

Quadriplegic races 'Vette with help from AF Performance Lab

May 12, 2014 12:39 pm | by Ted Theopolos, U.S. Air Force | News | Comments

Human performance technologies developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory, along with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., were on display here May 6 as quadriplegic Sam Schmidt, a former Indy Racing League driver, got back behind the wheel once again. The test took place on the 7,500 foot runway just south of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Will 3D-printing food ever be mainstream?

May 12, 2014 12:36 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PDD | Blogs | Comments

News of 3D printing has been ubiquitous as of late, and while the technology has been a disruptor in many markets, its applicability in the food industry is still questionable. One food 3D printer, which sought funding on Kickstarter, is the Foodini; and although it separates itself from current food printers as it is able to print both sweet and savory foods, many have still questioned the viability of 3D printing food.

600-V energy-efficient Trench IGBTs are optimized for a complete power range spectrum

May 12, 2014 11:31 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) expanded its portfolio of 600-V insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) in a variety of packages. The new rugged, reliable IRxx46xx Series of devices are optimized for a complete power range spectrum.

Patient stem cells used to make 'heart disease-on-a-chip'

May 12, 2014 8:57 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Harvard scientists have merged stem cell and 'organ-on-a-chip' technologies to grow, for the first time, functioning human heart tissue carrying an inherited cardiovascular disease. The research appears to be a big step forward for personalized medicine, as it is working proof that a chunk of tissue containing a patient's specific genetic disorder can be replicated in the laboratory.

Court sides with US in cell-tracking records case

May 12, 2014 8:52 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Justice Department does not have to turn over information on cases involving warrantless cellphone tracking if the cases ended without a defendant's conviction, a divided federal appeals court ruled Friday in upholding privacy protections for people acquitted of crimes.

Nintendo apologizes for lack of virtual equality

May 12, 2014 8:51 am | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Write | News | Comments

Nintendo is apologizing and pledging to be more inclusive after being criticized for not recognizing same-sex relationships in English editions of a life-simulator video game. The publisher said that while it was too late to change the current game, it was committed to building virtual equality into future versions if they're produced.

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