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FBI: Surveillance flights by the book, rarely track phones

June 18, 2015 2:38 pm | by Eileen Sullivan, Jack Gillum & Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FBI assured Congress in an unusual, confidential briefing that its plane surveillance program is a by-the-books operation short on high-definition cameras — with some planes equipped with binoculars — and said only five times in five years has it tracked cellphones from the sky...

X-Ray imaging reveals secrets in battery materials

June 18, 2015 2:33 pm | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

In a new study, researchers explain why one particular cathode material works well at high voltages, while most other cathodes do not. The insights, published in the 19 June issue of the journal Science, could help battery developers design rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that operate at higher voltages...

Carbon nanoparticles you can make at home

June 18, 2015 2:27 pm | by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Researchers have found an easy way to produce carbon nanoparticles that are small enough to evade the body's immune system, reflect light in the near-infrared range for easy detection, and carry payloads of pharmaceutical drugs to targeted tissues...

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Penn research simplifies recycling of rare-earth magnets

June 18, 2015 2:22 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Despite their ubiquity in consumer electronics, rare-earth metals are, as their name suggests, hard to come by. Mining and purifying them is an expensive, labor-intensive and ecologically devastating process...

California reveals details of self-driving car accidents

June 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads...

Watch the first full-color HD videos of Earth from space

June 18, 2015 11:23 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

An HD camera mounted to the International Space Station (ISS) released its first videos of Earth from space. And they’re pretty impressive...

This is the DoD's new hoverbike

June 17, 2015 3:37 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Hoverbike is not a word you generally hear associated with the Department of Defense (DoD), but a recent announcement by

AT&T hit with $100M fine for 'unlimited' data plans

June 17, 2015 2:13 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T Mobility LLC has been slapped with a $100 million fine for offering consumers "unlimited" data, but then slowing their Internet speeds after they reached a certain amount...

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Finding a way to prevent fires in next-gen Lithium batteries

June 17, 2015 2:03 pm | by DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | News | Comments

In a study that could improve the safety of next-generation batteries, researchers discovered that adding two chemicals to the electrolyte of a lithium metal battery prevents the formation of dendrites - "fingers" of lithium that pierce the barrier between the battery's halves, causing it to short out, overheat and sometimes burst into flame...

Engineering researchers make innovative use of LEGO

June 17, 2015 1:58 pm | by New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering | News | Comments

With even preschoolers using computers and video games, students at all levels now expect to modify and control their own experiments and receive immediate feedback. Responding to that trend, a trio of New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering researchers has developed a wheeled mobile robot and accompanying lesson plans for middle school teachers...

Can mature, low-cost, high-performance LCD technology be extended to flexible displays?

June 17, 2015 12:02 pm | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

The flexible AMOLED based Galaxy S6 Edge, Apple Watch, and other wearable display products are now generating a significant amount of market excitement...

Hands down, Google nails it with Project Soli

June 17, 2015 11:04 am | by Sarah Goncalves, Associate Editor, WDD | @SarahG_WDD | Blogs | Comments

Without a single exchange of words, think about how often you use your hands to say something. You see a friend and wave hello. You get cut-off by the mini-van on the interstate and raise a finger. Facebook has even marketed on the power of the gesture by integrating the “thumbs up” symbol on its site, functioning as your own personal stamp of approval on someone’s cat video...

Researchers advance mobile augmented reality technology

June 17, 2015 10:51 am | by David Robertson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

Anyone who has seen a spy movie remembers their favorite agent donning special eyewear or using a device to scan surrounding objects and extract information about them. Once an action movie fantasy, augmented reality technology is now almost, well, reality...

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LEDs send the bulb's classic shape the way of the LP

June 17, 2015 10:30 am | by GE Reports Staff | News | Comments

The iconic shape of the light bulb has become the universal symbol for bright ideas ever since Thomas Edison patented the first one 135 years ago. But nothing lasts forever...

New chip credit cards putting squeeze on small businesses

June 17, 2015 10:21 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

New credit and debit cards with computer chips are putting the squeeze on small businesses...

What is the next big thing in LEDs?

June 16, 2015 4:45 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

There are a numerous dynamics that we expect to have huge influence on the electronics industry this year allowing marked improvements in energy efficiency, with LED lighting being just one of these...

The policies behind conflict materials

June 16, 2015 4:35 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Since the end of World War II, the commercial sector of the electronics industry has operated with comparatively little influence due to geopolitical conflicts...

Challenges and solutions for thermocouple signal conditioning

June 16, 2015 4:25 pm | by John Austin, Product Marketing Manager, Analog and Interface Products Division, Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

The thermocouple is one of the oldest and most widely used components for measuring temperature...

Designer electronics out of the printer

June 16, 2015 1:36 pm | by Technische Universitaet Muenchen | News | Comments

They are thin, light-weight, flexible and can be produced cost- and energy-efficiently: printed microelectronic components made of synthetics. Flexible displays and touch screens, glowing films, RFID tags and solar cells represent a future market...

NASA signs agreements to advance agency's journey to Mars

June 16, 2015 1:29 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden signed agreements with two European partners to advance Mars exploration and our journey to the Red Planet during meetings Tuesday at the Paris Air Show...

Can personal devices interfere with hospital care?

June 16, 2015 1:14 pm | by Concordia University | News | Comments

Thousands of patients die each year in hospitals across North America due to medical errors that could be prevented were doctors and nurses provided with instant access to patient records via wireless technology...

Einstein saves the quantum cat

June 16, 2015 12:28 pm | by University of Vienna | News | Comments

In 1915 Albert Einstein formulated the theory of general relativity which fundamentally changed our understanding of gravity. He explained gravity as the manifestation of the curvature of space and time...

Renewable energy from evaporating water

June 16, 2015 12:18 pm | by Columbia University | News | Comments

An immensely powerful yet invisible force pulls water from the earth to the top of the tallest redwood and delivers snow to the tops of the Himalayas. Yet despite the power of evaporating water, its potential to propel self-sufficient devices or produce electricity has remained largely untapped -- until now...

Scientists find methane in Mars meteorites

June 16, 2015 11:48 am | by Yale University | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has discovered traces of methane in Martian meteorites, a possible clue in the search for life on the Red Planet...

Unmanned aircraft test flights to detect mock pipeline hazards

June 16, 2015 11:44 am | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Unmanned aircraft researchers compared with a Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership during Virginia Tech tested new sensor record designed to detect potentially disruptive activities along appetite tube routes...

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