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Building a Better Semiconductor

June 29, 2015 11:44 am | by Michigan State University | News | Comments

Research led by Michigan State University could someday lead to the development of new and improved semiconductors. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, the scientists ...

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Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensor May Take Smartphone Security to New Level

June 29, 2015 11:36 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Fingerprint sensor technology currently used in smartphones like the iPhone 6 produces a two-dimensional image of a finger's surface, which can be spoofed fairly easily with a printed image of ...

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Patent Reform Moving Forward

June 29, 2015 11:33 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

The America Invents Act was passed in September 2011, and included several substantive changes to the Patent Code. In an exclusive interview with PD&D, Colette Reiner Mayer, a patent and trade secret...

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Making New Materials with Micro-Explosions

June 29, 2015 11:26 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Scientists have made exotic new materials by creating laser-induced micro-explosions in silicon, the common computer chip material. The new technique could lead to the simple creation and ...

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Major Step for Implantable Drug-Delivery Device

June 29, 2015 11:21 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

An implantable, microchip-based device may soon replace the injections and pills now needed to treat chronic diseases: Earlier this month, MIT spinout Microchips Biotech partnered with a ...

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European Regulators Clear Siemens' Buyout of Dresser-Rand

June 29, 2015 11:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European regulators have cleared Siemens' $7.6 billion acquisition of the U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand. The German electronics and engineering company is ...

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Fear of Longer Commutes Puts Pressure on U.S. Cities to Act

June 29, 2015 11:07 am | by Joan Lowy & Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

At 4:35 a.m. each weekday, Stan Paul drives out of his Southern California suburb with 10 passengers in a van, headed to his job as an undergraduate counselor at the University of ...

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Boeing 727 Aircraft Converted into Genuine Hotel in Costa Rica

June 29, 2015 10:55 am | by Jake Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

Nestled on the limits of Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica is perhaps the most comfortable aircraft in the world. The Costa Verde hotel is a two bedroom, two bathroom suite consisting of a re-purposed...

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Microsoft Lenses May Improve Oculus Rift Visuals

June 29, 2015 10:50 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter | Industry Briefs | Comments

A Microsoft employee from a new "LensFactory" program at Microsoft Research claims to have crafted lenses that bring improved clarity and sharper colors to images displayed in the Oculus Rift DK2 ...

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Hawaii Governor Says State Supports Telescope Construction

June 29, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hawaii Gov. David Ige says recent attempts to block the road to the summit of Mauna Kea were unlawful and unacceptable. Hundreds of protesters had flocked to Mauna Kea ...

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Many Options, No Single Solution to Nation's Traffic Snarls

June 29, 2015 10:26 am | by Joan Lowy & Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. Build more roads ...

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Popular Elsewhere, High-Speed Rail Remains Elusive in the U.S.

June 29, 2015 10:18 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Travelers easily whiz from city to city on high-speed trains in many parts of South America, Asia and Europe. Since the first high-speed lines began operating more than 50 years ago in ...

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Smithsonian to Improve Ethics Policies on Research Funding

June 29, 2015 10:08 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

After revelations that a scientist failed to disclose his funding sources for climate change research, the Smithsonian Institution said Friday it is improving its ethics and disclosure policies ...

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Plane Crashes into Home, Killing 3 Aboard; Residents Escape

June 29, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A small plane crashed into a house Sunday evening, killing three people on board, police said, but residents managed to flee as fire engulfed the home. The Beechcraft BE36 aircraft crashed ...

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Investigators at Alaska Site of Plane Crash That Killed 9

June 29, 2015 10:05 am | by Becky Bohrer & Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press | News | Comments

A team of aviation investigators has been working in a remote, mountainous site in southeast Alaska to determine what caused the crash of a sightseeing plane that killed eight ...

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