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Microsoft Skips '9' as a Statement on Progress

October 1, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Brandon Bailey | News | Comments

Microsoft says the next version of its flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered around mobile devices and Internet services.

Underwater Robot Could Improve Port Security

September 29, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Larry Hardesty | News | Comments

Researchers have unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football,...

Tech May Help Smartphone Batteries

September 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Univ. of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

Researchers have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with...

Officials: Electronics Allowed on European Flights

September 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, David Rising | News | Comments

Passengers on European airlines may soon be able to use portable electronics, including...

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FAA Approves Moviemaking-drones

September 26, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Joan Lowy | News | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced.

Tool Forecasts Economic Impacts of Natural Gas Stations

September 26, 2014 7:00 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers have announced a tool for analyzing the economic impacts of building new compressed natural gas fueling stations. Mostly made up of methane, compressed natural gas is an alternative fuel for cars and trucks that can offer greenhouse gas benefits over gasoline.

ISS: Largest Earth-observing Satellites

September 26, 2014 7:00 am | by NASA | Videos | Comments

The International Space Station has been called a stepping stone to other worlds. NASA hasn't forgotten, however, that the behemoth space station is also on the doorstep of Earth.

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Media Multitasking Linked to Less Grey Matter

September 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Sussex | News | Comments

Simultaneously using mobile phones, laptops and other media devices could be changing the structure of our brains, according to research. A new study reveals that people who frequently use several media devices at the same time have lower grey matter density in one particular region of the brain compared to those who use just one device occasionally.

Air Traffic Plans Leave Out Drones

September 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Joan Lowy | News | Comments

Designers of the ambitious U.S. air traffic control system of the future neglected to take drones into account, raising questions about whether it can handle the escalating demand for the unmanned aircraft and predicted congestion in the sky.

Walking Rats Bring Clinical Trials Closer

September 25, 2014 7:00 am | by EPFL | Videos | Comments

Scientists have discovered how to control the limbs of a completely paralyzed rat in real time to help it walk again. Building on earlier work in rats, this new breakthrough is part of a more general therapy that could one day be implemented in rehabilitation programs for people with spinal cord injury. Clinical trials could start as early as next summer.

New Transistor is Big Step for Flexible Electronics

September 25, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Researchers are reporting a new inexpensive and simple way to make transparent, flexible transistors— the building blocks of electronics— that could help bring roll-up smartphones with see-through displays and other bendable gadgets to consumers in just a few years.

Congrats: India Joins the Ranks of Mars Explorers

September 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Katy Daigle | News | Comments

India triumphed in its first interplanetary mission, placing a satellite into orbit around Mars today and catapulting the country into an elite club of deep-space explorers. In scenes broadcast live on Indian TV, scientists broke into wild cheers as the orbiter's engines completed 24 minutes of burn time to maneuver the spacecraft into its designated place around the Red Planet.

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Island to Get Drone Delivery Service

September 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Deutsche Post DHL says it is starting Germany's first drone package delivery service, a test program transporting medicine to a pharmacy on a North Sea island.

Nutrition Modeling Produces Cheaper Beef, May Cut Methane

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Texas A&M AgriLife Research | News | Comments

Nutritional modeling systems have helped participating feedlot operators keep feed costs in check and produce beef more profitably. Now, these models have the potential to be applied to help reduce greenhouse emissions.

Naval Academy Wants Accredited Cybersecurity Major

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Brian Witte | News | Comments

A U.S. Naval Academy dean says he's hoping to have cybersecurity accredited as a major by 2016. No U.S. school currently has a cybersecurity degree accredited by a leading organization, and the academy hopes to be among the first.

Video Games May Streamline Education Research

September 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Washington State Univ. | News | Comments

A professor has figured out a dramatically easier and more cost-effective way to do research on science curriculum in the classroom– and it could include playing video games. Called computational modeling, it involves a computer “learning” student behavior and then “thinking” as students would.

Gov't Hackers Try to Break HealthCare.gov

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar | News | Comments

The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability— but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features. Those are among the conclusions of a report released today.

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LEGO-like Parts Make Building 3-D Labs-on-a-chip a Snap

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Southern California | News | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components, it is now possible to build a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand.

App to Bring Voices Back to Phones

September 23, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Michael Liedtke | News | Comments

Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. Microsoft's former chief software architect hopes to orchestrate voice's comeback through Talko, a mobile application being released today for the iPhone. A version for Android phones is expected in a few months.

Graphene Flaws Key to Better Electronic Nose

September 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets. The imperfections have unique electronic properties that the researchers were able to exploit to increase sensitivity to absorbed gas molecules by 300 times.

Image of the Week: Magnetized Fusion Technique Yields Results

September 23, 2014 7:00 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have produced a significant output of fusion neutrons, using a method fully functioning for only little more than a year.

SpaceX Launches 3-D Printer, ISS Gear

September 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Marcia Dunn | News | Comments

A SpaceX cargo ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Sunday, carrying the first 3-D printer for astronauts in orbit. In all, the unmanned Dragon capsule is delivering more than 5,000 pounds of space station supplies for NASA.

Sensor Gives Robot Greater Dexterity

September 22, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Larry Hardesty | Videos | Comments

Researchers have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is small enough to fit on a robot’s gripper and its processing algorithm is fast, so it can give the robot feedback in real time.

X-ray Vision Puts Plants, Dirt on World Stage

September 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by The Univ. of Nottingham | News | Comments

A multidisciplinary team of scientists are using some of the most advanced X-ray micro Computed Tomography scanners to learn how to design plant roots so they can interact better with soil and capture water and nutrients more efficiently. This non-invasive technology will help them unearth some of the answers to one of the biggest challenges facing the world today— global food security.

Collaboration Key to Innovation in the Life Sciences

September 19, 2014 9:11 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Considered to be at the forefront of microscopy technology in agriculture, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri supports education, industry and innovation under one roof.

Studies See Significant Drop in Rooftop, Utility-scale Solar Prices

September 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

The price of solar energy in the U.S. continues to fall substantially, according to the latest editions of two annual reports. A third report shows that local permitting and other regulatory procedures can significantly impact residential photovoltaic prices.

Crowdsourcing Key to Better Water in Rural India

September 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

headache for public health officials. To help address the challenge, a three-continent research consortium is evaluating a novel environmental crowdsourcing technique that relies on 53-cent test kits and the nation’s ubiquitous mobile phone service.

Skintight Spacesuits Offer More Movement, Freedom

September 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by MIT, Jennifer Chu | News | Comments

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, one may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. The suit would then be plugged in to a spacecraft’s power supply, triggering the coils to contract and essentially shrink-wrap the garment around the body.

Researchers Take Step Toward Lithium-sulfur Batteries

September 18, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

A fevered search for the next great high-energy, rechargeable battery technology is on. Scientists are reporting they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur batteries, which have the potential to leave today’s lithium-ion technology in the dust.

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