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Visual Control of Big Data

August 15, 2014 8:34 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In the age of big data, visualization tools are vital. With a single glance at a graphic display, a human being can recognize patterns that a computer might fail to find even after hours of analysis. But what if there are aberrations in the ... 

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Field Campaign Demonstrates Two New Instruments

August 15, 2014 7:57 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Putting three radars on a plane to measure rainfall may seem like overkill. But for the Integrated Precipitation and Hydrology Experiment field campaign in North Carolina recently, more definitely was better. The three instruments, developed by the ... 

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Space Station Supply Ship Exits, Now Packing Trash

August 15, 2014 7:23 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

A commercial cargo ship has ended its monthlong space station visit. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station released the Cygnus supply ship, now full of trash for disposal early Friday. They parted company 260 miles above ...  

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Three-Wheeled Elio Gets Closer to Going On Sale

August 15, 2014 3:20 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of ...

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A Photo Worth a Thousand Images

August 15, 2014 12:10 am | by Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

New software developed by UC Berkeley computer scientists seeks to tame the vast amount of visual data in the world by generating a single photo that can represent massive clusters of images. This tool can give users the ...     

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Bill Would Expand Stealth Bomber Tax Credit

August 14, 2014 9:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dueling bidders for a major Pentagon stealth bomber contract would be eligible for massive tax credits under a bill that's on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. Brown has been pushing for an aerospace tax credit that could help companies create ...

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Quick Actuation in Heavy Duty Applications

August 14, 2014 5:22 pm | by PD&D Staff | Southco, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Southco has recently launched non-locking versions of its AC-30 and AC-40 Actuator styles that provide quick actuation in heavy duty applications. The AC-30 features push button actuation and simple installation for ...

Infrared LEDs from Osram

August 14, 2014 5:15 pm | by PD&D Staff | Osram Opto Semiconductors Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new Oslon Black SFH 4715A infrared LED (IRED) from Osram Opto Semiconductors offers a typical electro-optical efficiency of 48%. It also achieves a substantial reduction in cooling requirements, providing ...

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Intelligent Analog Integration

August 14, 2014 5:06 pm | by PD&D Staff | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology has announced an expansion  of its 8-bit PIC16F178X enhanced Mid-Range core microcontroller family with increased Flash memory densities, intelligent analog and digital ... 

How We Learn

August 14, 2014 4:32 pm | by The Old Lean Dude | Blogs | Comments

While I am an unabashed proponent of learning by doing, I have a list of books that have over the years been essential to me as a framework for experiential learning. Most of these books were written before 1990, and one of the most insightful ...

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Photos of the Day: A Self-Organizing Thousand-Robot Swarm

August 14, 2014 3:51 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

Just as trillions of individual cells can assemble into an intelligent organism, or a thousand starlings can form a great flowing murmuration across the sky, the Kilobots demonstrate how complexity can arise from very simple behaviors ...

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Autonomous Kilobots Arrange Themselves into Vast, Complex Shapes

August 14, 2014 3:50 pm | by Harvard University | News | Comments

The first thousand-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. “Form a sea star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to ...   

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Kemper Plant Starts Making Power Using Natural Gas

August 14, 2014 3:24 pm | by Jeff Amy - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi Power Co. says a key part of its $5.5 billion Kemper County power plant is operational. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. announced Thursday that it has put three power generating turbines into commercial operation ...  

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More Potential Problems for the Tesla Model S

August 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Tesla Model S was once the darling of Consumer Reports but a recent article states that the car now'has more than its share of problems ...                

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GE in Talks to Sell Historic Appliance Division

August 14, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric confirmed that it is considering the sale of its historic appliance division as part of its effort to focus on selling more complex and more profitable industrial equipment. The confirmation came after the Swedish appliance ...

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