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Photos of the Day: Astronauts Complete Spacewalk at ISS

February 23, 2015 9:48 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Altogether, Wilmore and Virts have 764 feet of cable to run outside the space station. They got off to a strong start Saturday, rigging eight power and data lines, or about 340 feet. The extensive rewiring is needed to prepare for ...  

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Astronauts Complete First of 3 Spacewalks

February 23, 2015 9:39 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts routed more than 300 feet of cable outside the International Space Station on Saturday, tricky and tiring advance work for the arrival of new American-made crew capsules. It was the first of three spacewalks ...  

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Rights Groups Call for Action Over Alleged Phone Hack

February 23, 2015 9:33 am | by Sylvia Hui, Associated Press | News | Comments

Rights organizations on Friday called for urgent steps to be taken to protect private calls and online communications after allegations that U.S. and British agencies hacked into the networks of a major SIM card maker. The World Wide ...

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French Minister Discusses Terrorist Propaganda with Google

February 23, 2015 9:25 am | by Olga R. Rodriguez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The French interior minister said he asked Google, Facebook and Twitter to work directly with French officials during investigations and to immediately remove terrorist propaganda when authorities alert them to it. On Jan. 7, two gunmen ...

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Startup Points Fingers Over Ad Software Security Flaws

February 23, 2015 9:18 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A little-known Silicon Valley startup was caught in a firestorm of criticism this week for making software that exposed Lenovo laptop users to hackers bent on stealing personal information. But Superfish Inc. has also won praise for ... 

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Defense System Helps U.S. Fight Biological Warfare

February 23, 2015 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A unique chamber designed to improve the nation's readiness against biological warfare has debuted at a U.S. Army facility in Utah. The Dugway Proving Ground, which is about 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, now is home to ...  

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Apple Invests $1.9B in European Data Hubs

February 23, 2015 9:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple says it's investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, its largest such project in Europe to date. The hubs will power Apple Inc.'s online services ...

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Reusable Endoscope Among 3 Design Fails This Week

February 20, 2015 1:05 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

While no official recall has been issued yet, the FDA is warning the medical community that a recent “superbug” outbreak may be due to the use of reusable endoscopes ...           

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Atomically Thin Gas & Chemical Sensors Made from Molybdenum Disulfide

February 20, 2015 1:04 pm | by Sean Nealon, University of California – Riverside | News | Comments

Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has proved to be one of the most promising. Single-layer and few-layer molybdenum disulfide devices have been proposed for electronic, optoelectronic and energy applications. A team of researchers, led by engineers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering, have developed another potential application: sensors. ..

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Bar-Ilan U Researcher Observes God Particle Analog in Superconductors

February 20, 2015 1:03 pm | by Elana Oberlander, Bar-Ilan University | News | Comments

A research team led by Israeli and German physicists has closed a circle, by reporting the first-ever observations of the Higgs mode in superconducting materials ...            

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Making Multicore Chips Faster & Smarter

February 20, 2015 12:41 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Computer chips’ clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores, which can execute computations in parallel ...

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Challenges for Doctors Using Fitness Trackers & Apps

February 20, 2015 12:34 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

More hospitals and doctors are starting to use data from fitness trackers and health apps to help treat patients. But they are moving cautiously. The technology has a lot of potential, but there are key challenges to work out ...       

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NASA, ESA Telescopes Give Shape to Furious Black Hole Winds

February 20, 2015 12:31 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array and ESA’s XMM-Newton telescope are showing that  fierce winds from a supermassive black hole blow outward in all directions - a phenomenon that had been suspected, but difficult to prove until now ...

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Today in Engineering History: First American Orbits Earth

February 20, 2015 11:53 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. To be considered for the mission Glenn had to meet a series of requirements, including a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Other requirements included ...

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Going to Space without Going to Space

February 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Angelo Vermeulen, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

"We will start inhabiting outer space," says NASA crew commander Angelo Vermeulen. "It might take 50 years or it might take 500 years, but it’s going to happen." In this charming talk, the TED Senior Fellow describes some of his official ...

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