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Designing Tomorrow's Air Traffic Control Systems

October 15, 2014 11:28 am | by Aaron Dubrow, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

On a good day, flying can be a comfortable and efficient way to travel. But all too often, weather or overcbooking can cause delays that ripple through the system, inducing missed flights, anxiety, discomfort and lots of lost time and money ...

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Animals Help People, Get Their Own App

October 15, 2014 11:12 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Highlighting these unexpected similarities between what animals do and what people are trying to do is a new strategy Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are using to hopefully increase public awareness about animals and ...  

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Programming Computers in Everyday Language

October 15, 2014 10:51 am | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Computers speak a language of their own. They can only be programmed by those, who know the code. Computer scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are presently working on a software that directly translates natural ...  

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A Brighter Design for Low-Cost, 'Greener' LED Bulbs

October 15, 2014 10:38 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

The phase-out of traditional incandescent bulbs in the U.S. and elsewhere, as well as a growing interest in energy efficiency, has given LED lighting a sales boost. However, that trend could be short-lived as key materials known as rare ...

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Brighter, New Energy-Saving Flat Panel Lights

October 15, 2014 10:30 am | by Zhengzheng Zhang, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Even as the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has enshrined light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the single most significant and disruptive energy-efficient lighting solution of today, scientists around the world continue unabated to search for the ...

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GE Gas Turbines to Help Provide Uninterrupted Power in Iraq

October 15, 2014 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

GE has signed a contract with ENKA to supply power generation equipment for a new 750-megawatt combined-cycle plant being developed by Qaiwan Group in Iraq. GE will provide four 9E gas turbines and one steam turbine for a ...   

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'Smart' Material with Some Nerve

October 15, 2014 10:19 am | by Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have taken proteins from nerve cells and used them to create a "smart" material that is extremely sensitive to its environment. This marriage of materials science and biology ...  

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Thanks to NASA, Photo-Based 3D Modeling Is Set to Explode

October 15, 2014 10:18 am | by Matt Ball, Line/Shape/Space | Blogs | Comments

Accurate 3D modeling of reality can be a difficult and expensive endeavor. High-end lidar imagers use remote-sensing technology to measure distance by directing lasers at an object and analyzing the reflected light. These instruments, which ...

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Future Computers Built from Magnetic 'Tornadoes'

October 15, 2014 10:11 am | by University of Sheffield | News | Comments

Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. A team from the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations ...

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'Super Tower' to Be Among World's Tallest Skyscrapers

October 15, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Higher than a bird, almost as high as some planes. It's Super Tower. And it's coming to Bangkok. A Thai property developer has announced plans to build a skyscraper in the Thai capital that will be among the 10 tallest buildings in the world ...

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Qualcomm Buying CSR in $2.5 Billion Deal

October 15, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Qualcomm is buying British chip maker CSR in a deal worth approximately $2.5 billion as it pushes aggressively into technology that connects devices over the Internet. CSR concentrates on the auto, consumer, and voice and music segments ...

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Rosetta Selflessly Beams Back Comet Selfie

October 15, 2014 10:03 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A camera aboard the European Space Agency’s Philae lander snapped this “selfie” of one of the Rosetta spacecraft’s 52-foot-long (16-meter) solar arrays, with comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko hovering in the background some 10 miles ...  

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Retinal Prosthesis Provides Light-&-Darkness Differentiation

October 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Duke Medicine | Videos | Comments

Larry Hester, 66, has been blind for half his life from a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. In September, 2014, an electronic stimulator was surgically implanted in his left eye. On October 1st, 2014 Duke eye surgeon Dr. Paul Hahn turned ...

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Better Camera Gives Samsung a Note-Worthy Phone

October 15, 2014 9:59 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With Apple's release of larger-screen iPhones last month, Samsung's flagship Galaxy phones no longer have the distinction of being "the next big thing," as Samsung's ads like to tout. But there's still plenty to like in Samsung's phones ...

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Photos of the Day: Kia's Diesel-Electric Concept Car

October 15, 2014 9:54 am | by Kia | News | Comments

The Kia Optima T-Hybrid (turbo hybrid) concept is powered by the model’s existing 1.7-litre CRDi turbo-diesel engine, paired with a small electric motor, powered by a 48V lead-carbon battery ...         

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