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Sensors Turn Skin into a Touch-Sensitive Space for Mobile Devices

March 4, 2015 12:08 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

Someone wearing a smartwatch can look at a calendar or receive e-mails without having to reach further than their wrist. However, the interaction area offered by the watch face is both fixed and small, making it difficult to actually hit ...

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Kids & Robots Learn to Write Together

March 4, 2015 11:52 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

A little girl lines up plastic letters fitted with QR codes in front of a little humanoid robot. The robot struggles to reproduce them on a tablet – especially the loop of the letter p. The girl kindly steps in to help, writing out ...  

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Energy-Generating Cloth Could Replace Batteries in Wearables

March 4, 2015 11:43 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

From light-up shoes to smart watches, wearable electronics are gaining traction among consumers, but these gadgets' versatility is still held back by the stiff, short-lived batteries that are required. These limitations, however, could ...

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MakerBot Introduces Starter Lab for Educational Institutions

March 4, 2015 10:37 am | by MakerBot | News | Comments

The New Media Consortium Horizon Report 2015, Higher Education edition, recently identified one of its top trends in education as advancing cultures of change and innovation. MakerBot sees the adoption of desktop 3D printing in the ...  

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Gun Activist Puts 'Bounty' on 3D Printer

March 4, 2015 10:22 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Gun-rights activist Cody Wilson has offered $15,000 to anyone who will sell him a MarkForged Mark One 3D printer on which he can print durable firearms. In 2013 Wilson successfully fired the first fully 3D printed gun, a pistol called ...

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Lawmakers Try Again to Pass 'Toxic Toy' Bill

March 4, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two New York state lawmakers have reintroduced legislation intended to ban the use of toxic chemicals in children's toys — but the legislation continues to face opposition from toy manufacturers ...

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NASA Swarmies Shuffle Through Field Tests

March 4, 2015 9:59 am | by Steven Siceloff, ​NASA's Kennedy Space Center | News | Comments

Months of lab work has led to this chilly day – by Florida standards – with four small, wheeled robots moving around the parking lot outside the Launch Control Center while their leader, Kurt Leucht, keeps electronic tabs on them ...  

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Auto Industry, Batteries Expected to Bolster Graphite Market

March 4, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter | News | Comments

A newly released report expects auto production and lithium-ion batteries to bolster the U.S. graphite market by nearly 30 percent by 2020. The analysis by New York-based PMR Research projects the ...

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Watching Alloys Change from Liquid to Solid Could Lead to Better Metals

March 4, 2015 9:54 am | by NASA | News | Comments

If you put a camera in the ice machine and watched water turn into ice, the process would look simple. But the mechanism behind liquids turning to solids is actually quite complex, and understanding it better could improve design ...  

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WWII Warship Found by Microsoft Co-Founder

March 4, 2015 9:46 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul Allen and his research team have found the wreckage of a massive Japanese World War II battleship off the Philippines near where it sank more than 70 years ago ...

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Photos of the Day: Massive WWII Battleship Discovered

March 4, 2015 9:44 am | by Vulcan | News | Comments

Paul G. Allen and his team of researchers located the Musashi, a WWII Japanese battleship considered one of the two largest and most technologically advanced battleships in naval history ...

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5 Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

March 4, 2015 9:30 am | by Joakim Ahlström | Blogs | Comments

Do you have the courage to confront your fears? If you don’t they will subconsciously influence your decisions and actions. These five fears are particularly important to acknowledge if you want to succeed with continuous improvement ...

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Apple, Android Browsers Vulnerable to 'FREAK Attack'

March 4, 2015 9:25 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as "FREAK attack." There's no evidence so far that any hackers have ...

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Why Your Laptop Battery Won't Kill You

March 4, 2015 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

News on Tuesday that major U.S. airlines are no longer going to ship powerful lithium-ion batteries might lead some to fret about the safety of their personal electronic devices. Those people can relax ...

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Toyota Promotes U.S. Execs, Gives Power to North American CEO

March 4, 2015 9:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has announced sweeping management changes that consolidate power with North American CEO Jim Lentz and promote some U.S. executives to senior posts in Japan. Lentz, who previously led sales and marketing, will head ...

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