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NASA Pursues Atom Optics to Detect the Imperceptible

October 19, 2012 1:24 pm | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

A pioneering technology capable of atomic-level precision is now being developed to detect what so far has remained imperceptible: gravitational waves or ripples in space-time caused by cataclysmic events including even the Big Bang itself.

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Robots That Perceive the World Like Humans

October 19, 2012 1:18 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | News | Comments

Perceive first, act afterwards.The architecture of most of today’s robots is underpinned by this control strategy.The eSMCs project has set itself the aim of changing the paradigm and generating more dynamic computer models in which action is not a mere consequence of perception but an integral part of the perception process.

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Lost in Debate: Reality of U.S.-China Ties

October 19, 2012 1:17 pm | by Charles Hutzler and Joe McDonald, Associated Press | News | Comments

For all the talk about getting tough on Beijing, the U.S. and China are deeply entwined, defying easy solutions to the friction and troubles that beset their relations. The two countries are the first and second largest economies in the world, doing nearly a half-trillion dollars in trade which in turn buoys the global economy.

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Manufacturing 3D Metallic Structures at the Nanoscale

October 19, 2012 12:41 pm | by Aalto University | News | Comments

The fabrication of many objects, machines, and devices around us rely on the controlled deformation of metals by industrial processes such as bending, shearing, and stamping. Is this technology transferrable to nanoscale? Can we build similarly complex devices and machines with very small dimensions?

Photo of the Day: Future Low-Boom Supersonic Aircraft

October 19, 2012 12:15 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

If human beings are ever to fly faster than the speed of sound from one side of the country to another, we first have to figure out how to reduce the level of sonic boom generated by supersonic flight.

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Gun Industry Thrives Under Obama

October 19, 2012 11:20 am | by Eileen Sullivan and Jack Gillum, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for the gun industry despite predictions by the National Rifle Association four years ago that he would be the "most anti-gun president in American history."

Laser Scanner and Tracker

October 19, 2012 11:15 am | by PD&D Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH (Neubeuern, Germany) has announced its new, hand-held laser scanner T-SCAN CS as well as the optical tracker T-TRACK CS. With the tracker T-TRACK CS, Steinbichler Optotechnik presents a new optical tracking system with universal application capabilities.

Industrial ATX Power Supply

October 19, 2012 11:05 am | by PD&D Staff | Winsystems Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

WinSystems (Arlington, TX) has introduced the PS-ATX150-0, a 150 W industrial power supply for ATX-compatible embedded Single Board Computers (SBCs). It supports ATX signals Power On/Off, Power Good, and Power Fail, allowing ATX-compatible SBCs to utilize sleep and suspend modes for energy savings during periods of processor or system inactivity.

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‘Smart’ Redundancy Modules

October 19, 2012 11:00 am | by PD&D Staff | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact’s (Middleton, PA) Quint ORing active redundancy modules use new auto current balancing (ACB) technology for precise load sharing. The ACB technology, coupled with load current monitoring, remote diagnostics, and visual indications, ensures maximum reliability in redundant power systems.

Google, Samsung to Sell Chrome Laptop for $249

October 19, 2012 9:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is dangling a low-priced laptop computer in front of consumers as rivals Microsoft and Apple prepare to release their latest gadgets. The lightweight computer unveiled Thursday will sell for $249 and is being made in a partnership with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., which also makes smartphones and tablet computers that run on Google's Android software.

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Photos of the Day: Watching $8M Capsize

October 19, 2012 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oracle Team USA is assessing the damage to its 72-foot catamaran, after it capsized and was swept by a strong current more than four miles past the Golden Gate Bridge before rescue boats could control it.

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Google Stock Plummets

October 19, 2012 9:47 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Internet search leader that prides itself on organizing the world's information lost control of its own data when a contractor released its third-quarter earnings report more than three hours before the numbers were supposed to come out.

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Feds Investigate Jeep Patriot Stalling Problem

October 19, 2012 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety regulators are investigating complaints that Jeep Patriot SUV engines can stall without warning at highway speeds. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects about 112,000 Patriots from the 2011 and 2012 model years.

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Grand Canyon Glass Skywalk Case in Court Again

October 19, 2012 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Las Vegas developer has been bounced between tribal and federal court in an effort to protect his financial interest in the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a popular glass bridge that extends from the canyon's edge on tribal land in western Arizona.

72-Foot Oracle Racer Crashes

October 19, 2012 9:40 am | by Bernie Wilson, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

As the hulls of his 72-foot catamaran dug into the waves on San Francisco Bay and the boat began to tumble stern over bow, America's Cup champion Jimmy Spithill of Oracle Racing thought only about his mates and how they'd come out of the scary crash.

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