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Better Police Surveillance Technologies Come with a Cost

November 12, 2013 9:57 am | by Phil Ciciora, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | News | Comments

The ever-increasing adoption of digital surveillance technologies by local police departments may dramatically improve the efficiency of criminal investigations, but it also creates the opportunity for abuse and misuse ...     

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HotSpot: Sensors Smell Meth Labs, Bombs

November 12, 2013 9:51 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, sesnors smell meth labs and bombs; a smartphone app that increases driver safety in low visibility situations; flexible batteries made from carbon nanotubes; and a Smart SesnorTag that shortens design time for Bluetooth app development ...

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Millions at Stake at 2nd Apple-Samsung Trial

November 12, 2013 9:30 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters. In courts, government tribunals, and regulatory agencies around the world ...

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The Secret, Dirty Cost of Obama's Green Power Push

November 12, 2013 9:13 am | by Dina Cappiello and Matt Apuzzo, Associated Press | News | Comments

The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America's push for green energy: The brown gashes where rain has washed away the soil. The polluted streams that dump fertilizer into the water supply. Even the cemetery that ...     

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Kickstarter of the Week: Raising the Electrically Dead

November 11, 2013 12:32 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

The Touch Board turns touch into sound, and much more. “Things that were once electrically dead suddenly become a point of interaction for computing,” explains Matt Johnson of Bare Conductive. Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Bare Conductive’s campaign is ...

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Marines Boost Energy, Lighten Load

November 11, 2013 12:14 pm | by Eric Beidel, Office of Naval Research | News | Comments

In an effort to move toward increased energy independence in the field, Marines used a wearable solar-powered system to extend the battery life of crucial electronic devices during a recent field exercise. The Marine Austere Patrolling System (MAPS) combines ...

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Iran Opens Air Defense Missile Production Plant

November 11, 2013 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Iran's defense minister has inaugurated a missile production plant aimed at improving the country's air defense capabilities. The semiofficial Fars news agency quoted Gen. Hossein Dehghan as saying ...       

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Methane-Munching Microorganisms Meddle with Metals

November 11, 2013 12:03 pm | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

On the continental margins, where the seafloor drops hundreds of meters below the water’s surface, low temperatures and high pressure lock methane inside ice crystals. Called methane hydrates, these crystals are a potential energy source, but they are also a potential source of global warming if ...

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All Aboard the Nanotrain Network

November 11, 2013 11:38 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Tiny self-assembling transport networks, powered by nano-scale motors and controlled by DNA, have been developed by scientists at Oxford University and Warwick University. The system can construct its own network of tracks spanning ...  

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Levitating Foam Liquid Under the Spell of Magnetic Fields

November 11, 2013 11:34 am | by Springer | News | Comments

Foams fascinate, partly due to their short lifespan. Foams change as fluid drains out of their structure over time. It is precisely their ephemeral nature which has, until now, prevented scientists from experimentally probing their ... 

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Cooling When There's Too Much Heat

November 11, 2013 11:30 am | by Nancy W. Stauffer, MIT | News | Comments

When an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011, knocking out emergency power supplies, crews sprayed seawater on the reactors to cool them — to no avail. One possible reason ...     

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How to Turn Any Material or Surface into a Sensor

November 11, 2013 11:28 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Bare Conductive is interested in developing ways to interact with computing that isn’t necessarily with a screen. The Touch Board is just a tiny piece of that. The company thinks there is a huge scope for new types of...    

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New Polymers React and Move to Light

November 11, 2013 11:12 am | by John Fedele, University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

Microvehicles and other devices that can change shape or move with no power source other than a beam of light may be possible through research led by the University of Pittsburgh. The researchers are investigating ...    

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Japan Starts Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

November 11, 2013 11:10 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japan switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima on Monday, feeding electricity to the grid tethered to the tsunami-crippled nuclear plant onshore. The wind farm ...      

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Self-Clinching Captive Panel Screws

November 11, 2013 10:53 am | by PD&D Staff | Pennengineering | Product Releases | Comments

PEM Type PFC4 self-clinching captive panel screws from PennEngineering introduce fastener solutions engineered to install permanently and reliably into ...

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