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Tape: Scientist Offers to Build Nuke Bomb Targeting New York

January 29, 2015 9:34 am | by Russell Contreras, Associated Press | News | Comments

A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to build 40 nuclear weapons for Venezuela in 10 years and design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for "money and power," according to secret FBI recordings ...

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Hybrid Memory Device for Superconducting Computing

January 29, 2015 9:34 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

A team of NIST scientists has devised and demonstrated a novel nanoscale memory technology for superconducting computing that could hasten the advent of an urgently awaited, low-energy alternative to power-hungry conventional data centers ...

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State Declares Electronic Cigarettes a Health Threat

January 29, 2015 9:30 am | by Fenit Nirappil, Associated Press | News | Comments

California health officials Wednesday declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in seeking tighter controls as ...  

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Battle of the Big Phones

January 29, 2015 9:26 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its October-December profit sank, with an ...     

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Engineering Seismic Retrofits That Don't Break the Bank

January 29, 2015 9:24 am | by National Science Foundation | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the state-of-the-art Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using a full-scale model building to test new ways to protect structures from earthquakes and potentially save ...

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Teardown: AC Voltage Standard

January 29, 2015 9:20 am | by EEVblog | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the EEVblog Teardown, Dave does some performance checks and then tears down a Krohn Hite EDC 4601 0.05% 6 decade 1ppm resolution 0-1000V AC voltage standard ...           

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Laser Co-Creator Charles Townes, a Nobel Laureate, Dies

January 29, 2015 9:10 am | by Lisa Leff, Associated Press | News | Comments

Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast. On the tranquil morning of April 26, 1951, Townes scribbled a theory on scrap paper that ...

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Brainstorm: Rapid Prototyping Materials (Part 3)

January 29, 2015 9:07 am | by Buddy Byrum, Vice President of Product & Channel Management at 3D Systems | Blogs | Comments

Advances in rapid prototyping materials include improvements in tear and thermal resistance, shape memory, stiffness, and photorealistic color. In terms of composite printing, 3D Systems has announced a new elastomer material, with up to ...

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Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft Ready for Demonstration Flights

January 28, 2015 5:12 pm | by Boeing | News | Comments

The Boeing Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) program is ready for customer demonstration flights, having completed the baseline ground and flight testing of the aircraft mission systems. Flights for prospective customers around the world are ...

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Nissan Recalls SUVs to Fix Electrical Shorts, Hood Latches

January 28, 2015 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nissan is recalling nearly 768,000 SUVs worldwide to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The larger Nissan recall announced Wednesday covers more than 552,000 Rogue small SUVs from ...     

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The True Form B Reed Switch – How’d They Do That?

January 28, 2015 5:08 pm | by David Posey, HSI Sensing | Articles | Comments

Recently the release of our HSR-376R - the world’s first true Form B reed switch - has been getting a lot of attention. And a lot of people have been asking how exactly it works and how it was developed. I’ll attempt to answer ...   

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Google Awards $5.25M in Moon Prizes

January 28, 2015 5:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Google awarded $5.25 million in total to five teams in the Google Lunar X-Prize, the goal of which is to land a private spacecraft on the Moon, on Jan. 26. This prize was an optional part of the Lunar X-Prize contest, which was first announced on ...

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Misfit Wants This Wristband to Synch with Your Smart Home

January 28, 2015 4:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity tracker. On. Jan. 27 the company released details about Misfit Bolt, a smart bulb that can personalize home lighting using the Flash wristband, and a ...

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U.S. Issues New Requirements to Improve Defibrillator Safety

January 28, 2015 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of heart-zapping defibrillators to submit more data on the emergency care devices after years of recalls and manufacturing problems ...         

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MCU Provides 10x Energy Improvement with Subthreshold Tech

January 28, 2015 1:48 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

Each year, microcontroller (MCU) companies announce upgrades or additions to new and improved MCU families. However, one company’s recent announcement is producing more excitement and discussion than normal. The company claims that wearable ...

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