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Which Prototyping Hardware Is Right for You?

January 28, 2015 10:15 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing in many fields requires prototyping hardware to be efficient, quick, and cost-effective. Phidgets, based in Canada, outlined three different brand options in a whitepaper from which manufacturers can choose to help create usable ...

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Vietnam War-Era Helicopter Crashes, Killing 4 Soldiers

January 28, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An American-built helicopter once used in the Vietnam War crashed Wednesday during a training mission in the Southeast Asian nation, killing all four soldiers aboard, the military said. Lt. Gen. Vo Van Tuan, army deputy chief of staff, said ...

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New Pathway to Valleytronics Discovered

January 28, 2015 9:56 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional ...  

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Nanoscale Mirrored Cavities Amplify, Connect Quantum Memories

January 28, 2015 9:51 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | News | Comments

By constructing tiny "mirrors" to trap light around impurity atoms in diamond crystals, the team dramatically increased the efficiency with which photons transmit information about those atoms' electronic spin states, which can be used to ...

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Microsoft Tanks 10 percent, Hit by 4 Downgrades on Earnings

January 28, 2015 9:44 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft shares plunged 10 percent Tuesday after the software giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations but warned that a weak PC market and a strong dollar will curb growth this year. Many analysts slashed price targets ...

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Obama Sees Need to Move on Drone Rules Now

January 28, 2015 9:41 am | by Josh Lederman & Calvin Woodward, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed on the White House grounds — flown by an off-duty intelligence employee — shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure commercial and consumer drones are used safely ...  

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Ballooning Offers Platform for Research in a Space-Like Environment

January 28, 2015 9:39 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

New discoveries are being made on an annual basis by researchers flying their instruments on a high-altitude balloon platform. Ease of access to ballooning, relatively low cost and the potential for quick turn-around response times create a large ...

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Surgeon General: 'Desperate Need of Clarity' on E-Cigarettes

January 28, 2015 9:33 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Public health officials are "in desperate need of clarity" on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies, the nation's newly appointed surgeon general said Tuesday. Dr. Vivek Murthy, whose predecessors have been instrumental in guiding ...

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New Instrument to Study the Extreme Universe Unveiled

January 28, 2015 9:32 am | by World Scientific | News | Comments

What are the high-energy processes in the Universe that occur in the immediate vicinity of a black hole? To study a question like this one cannot simply utilize a high-resolution telescope. Even with the best available telescopes, it is ...

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Google Expanding Fiber Service

January 28, 2015 9:31 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google said Tuesday it has selected four metro areas in the Southeast to receive its fiber optic service that can deliver Internet speeds at more than 50 times the national broadband average. The company said it will bring ...   

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Scandal Plagued, Gov't Backed Green-Energy Company Fails

January 28, 2015 9:29 am | by Ronnie Greene & Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press | News | Comments

On paper, the pitch was simple: A green energy company backed by $217 million in U.S. government loans would convert one of Africa's poorest countries into the world's first biomass-driven economy. But the plan to help collapsed ...  

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Ex-Los Alamos Scientist to Be Sentenced in Nuke Spy Sting

January 28, 2015 9:21 am | by Russell Contreras, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist who pleaded guilty to trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon is set to be sentenced. Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni, pleaded guilty in ...  

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Former Samsung Engineer Develops File Sharing App

January 28, 2015 9:20 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A former Samsung semiconductor design engineer has developed a file-sharing mobile app that is gaining ground in the United States, and has been a boon for Samsung, too. Nicole Kim worked for Samsung for six years, then took her career to ...

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CommScope Buying Some of TE Connectivity Ops for about $3B

January 28, 2015 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CommScope is buying TE Connectivity's telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for about $3 billion, which will help diversify its operations and broaden its geographic reach. The businesses, made up of 65 facilities and approximately ...

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Photos of the Day: 'World's First Family Robot' Raises $2M

January 28, 2015 9:13 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Weighing six pounds, the robot stands 11 inches tall with a six-inch base. The team experimented with a variety of glass, metals, and plastics, to achieve a sturdy and lightweight design. The final iteration uses aluminum, ABS plastic ...

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