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Google's Internet search engine to pull info from users' Gmail accounts in latest expansion

August 8, 2012 3:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's Internet search engine is getting more personal by highlighting information drawn from its users' Gmail accounts on its main results page.

Cost-effective production of infrared lenses

August 8, 2012 3:25 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Rain pelts down on the roof of the car; it is difficult to make out anything in the pitch dark. Suddenly, a deer runs out of the forest and onto the road, but the driver cannot respond in time. When it comes to such dangerous situations, micro-bolometers constitute one way of "extending" the human eye and defusing such dangerous situations. They detect infrared rays – in other words, the heat emitted by a living creature – and in case of danger, warn the driver through an acoustic signal or a warning light. At about 2,000 euros, these devices are still quite expensive and are only being used in luxury-class vehicles.

With microchip real estate at a premium, Drexel engineers look for a wireless solution

August 8, 2012 3:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

PHILADELPHIA -- "Location, location, location": That age-old key to successful real estate investing has also been the driving mantra in microchip architecture. But with space on the tiny silicon chips at a premium, as demand for faster, smaller technology increases, engineers at Drexel University could be adding "bandwidth" and "frequency" to the chip design paradigm by adding wireless antennas to the chips.


Former Apple designer says Samsung phones looked similar

August 8, 2012 8:37 am | by Edwin Chan, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - The focus of Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics courtroom battle shifted to the iPhone's iconic display on Tuesday, as the U.S. company called on a former employee and award-winning graphic designer to back up claims that Samsung gadgets look "confusingly similar."

Facebook opens doors to real-money gambling in Britain

August 8, 2012 8:35 am | by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc will allow users in Britain to wager real money on its service, opening its doors to gambling for the first time as revenue growth slows at the world's No. 1 social network.

Starbucks to start accepting Square mobile payments

August 8, 2012 8:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Starbucks Corp. will soon be the first national chain to let customers pay with Square's mobile payment application.

Ten tips for smart battery implementation

August 7, 2012 4:47 pm | by Adam Hickerson, Raveon Technologies, | Blogs | Comments

Smart battery design starts with knowing the details of the system that is using the battery power. A battery does not make a system battery-powered. For operational lifetimes measured in days, weeks or years, power must be a design consideration from the ground up.

Wired Magazine: Where do earbuds come from?

August 7, 2012 4:14 pm | by Wired Magazine | Videos | Comments

Wired contributor Steven Leckart visits Plantronics, the company responsible for creating the headset that transmitted "One small step for man..." on the moon in 1969. Now, they make ear molds to collect data for improving headsets.- Wired Magazine


This week from NASA: Landing Curiousity, test firings for project Morpheus, International space station

August 7, 2012 4:02 pm | Videos | Comments

This week on @NASA Following a daring plunge through the Martian Atmosphere -- billed as 7-minutes of Terror, The Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity rover made a successful, on-target landing on the Red Planet in Gale Crater. Curiosity is scheduled to conduct a two-year mission to investigate the most intriguing places on Mars in an effort to determine if microbial life is possible on the planet. Also, engineers at the Johnson Space Center have conducted test firings of the Project Morpheus Lander, the quickest trip ever to the International Space Station of an unpiloted Russian Progress resupply ship, Marking History at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility and more! -NASA Television

Ultracapacitor modules are ideal for power conditioning, voltage sag compensation

August 7, 2012 3:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ioxus, Inc.announced it is offering thin cell ultracapacitor module designs worldwide for power conditioning and automated guided vehicle (AGV) applications. Ioxus THiNCAP™ iMOD™ modules consist of high power, thin, flexible ultracapacitor packs, instead of cylindrical cells, making them ideal for a variety of applications where small form factor is valued. The THiNCAP iMOD modules save space and weight, benefiting users with a reduced total cost of ownership as compared to batteries with longer life, higher cycle count, wider operational temperature range and reduced maintenance requiremen

Eco-computer with a natural wood look

August 7, 2012 2:28 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A work tool, a leisure activity resource, a personal assistant - computers are ubiquitous. Yet the environmental performance for today's computers leaves a lot to be desired: they rapidly become obsolete, typically contain toxic substances as flame retardants and have individual components that are difficult to recycle. Moreover, they consume plenty of power whose production, in turn, causes the release of CO2 into the atmosphere.

A simple way to help cities monitor traffic more accurately

August 7, 2012 2:25 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cities count the number of cars on the road in order to plan everything from the timing of stoplights to road repairs. But the in-road metal detectors that do the counting can make errors – most often by registering that a car is present when one isn't.

Testers fear reality of genetically modified Olympians

August 7, 2012 2:19 pm | by Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - There have been "marathon mice", "Schwarzenegger mice" and dogs whose wasted muscles were repaired with injected substances that switch off key genes. It may not be long before we get the first genetically modified athlete.


Mini Minis in athletics cause big branding stir

August 7, 2012 12:49 pm | by Karolos Grohmann, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Remote-controlled miniatures of Mini cars whizzing around the athletics stadium to shuttle javelins, discus and hammers back to the athletes have triggered branding questions at what are strictly ad-free Olympic venues at the London Games.

Hybrid SoC integrates HomePlug Green PHY and ZigBee

August 7, 2012 12:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Greenvity Communications introduced what it asserts is the world’s first hybrid system-on-chip (SoC) family that integrates powerline communication (PLC) and wireless capabilities on a single chip. The Greenvity Hybrii chip family supports both the HomePlug Green PHY PLC and ZigBee worldwide

EMI test receiver is presented as world’s fastest

August 7, 2012 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new R&S ESR test receiver is available in two different models for frequencies ranging from 10 Hz to 3 GHz or 7 GHz to meet the requirements of all users who perform EMC certification on commercial equipment. The R&S ESR covers

PBS Off Book: Seeing Beyond the Human Eye

August 7, 2012 10:20 am | by PBS Off Book | Videos | Comments

Technology defies the boundaries of human perception. From photomicrography to astrophotography, size and distance are no longer barriers, and through slow-mo and timelapse, we are allowed to see time and humanity in a new light. Through our curiosity and thirst for the unknown, the beauty of the universe can now be explored beyond the limits of the naked eye. - PBS Off Book

Are "smart" pills the future of medication?

August 7, 2012 8:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have trouble remembering to take your meds? Only about 50 percent of people take medication according to a doctor’s recommendation, according to the World Health Organization. Luckily, some companies are now developing “smart” meds to track your prescription habits.  

Apple won't include YouTube app in new mobile software

August 6, 2012 4:24 pm | by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's new version of its iPhone and iPad software will not include a pre-packaged app for Google Inc's popular video website, YouTube, Apple said on Monday.

EBay tests same-day delivery with big retailers

August 6, 2012 4:23 pm | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - EBay Inc is testing a same-day delivery service with big retailers including Target Corp, Best Buy Co and Toys "R" Us Inc, as the world's largest online marketplace steps up competition with rival Inc.

Enclosures designed for hazardous area applications

August 6, 2012 2:56 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduces a complete family of increased safety enclosures and related solutions for the process automation industry. Part of the company’s Explosion Protection Equipment (EPE) portfolio, the wide range of enclosure styles and sizes provide optimal design configurations for nearly all Ex e and Ex ia hazardous area applications, including oil and gas.

Lab in the Wild asks: What's your Internet like?

August 6, 2012 2:36 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Cambridge, Mass – August 6, 2012 - One size fits all? Not on the Web. Users from different countries and cultures actually interact with information in different ways. To explore how people click and tap through the vast network of online offerings, a team of computer scientists from Harvard have launched the "Lab in the Wild".

Intelligent cars warn each other

August 6, 2012 2:15 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The "Safe Intelligent Mobility – Test Field Germany (simTD)" research project aims to help drivers select the best routes, detect obstacles before they see them and cut emissions through energy-efficient driving. To achieve these goals, researchers have electronically networked cars with each other and their infrastructure, known as car-to-car and car-to-x communication. Over the coming months, 120 cars will be testing the simTD consortium's system in real life – putting it through its paces on the highways, country roads and city streets in and around Frankfurt. This new system brought scientists together with private companies and public organizations.

Touch your philodendron and control your computer

August 6, 2012 11:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Disney Research technology turns any plant into an interactive device

What Will a Smart Grid in India Look Like?

August 6, 2012 9:53 am | by IMS Research | News | Comments

This week’s widespread power failures in India have highlighted a number of problems that exist in the electrical grid there. A report from IMS Research (recently acquired by IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS)) on Distribution Automation Equipment – 2012 Edition analyzes the regional differences between distribution automation adoption globally, including developing countries such as India, and what role smart grid technologies will play in helping to solve these problems.

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