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Lenovo Hires Ashton Kutcher as Product Engineer

October 30, 2013 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer-maker Lenovo has hired tech-savvy actor Ashton Kutcher to help design and pitch its latest line of tablets, dubbing the Hollywood star a "product engineer" who can bring his ideas along with his image. It's the latest tech foray for the ...

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Joystick Advances Independent Voting

October 30, 2013 1:43 pm | by Andy Henion, Michigan State University | News | Comments

A voting joystick created at Michigan State University could eventually enable people with dexterity impairments, senior citizens and others to exercise their right to cast ballots independently. On Nov. 5, many will vote absentee – or skip voting altogether – because of ...

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Improving Light and Heat Spectra Measurements

October 30, 2013 1:37 pm | by Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) | News | Comments

Whether you want to investigate objects in space, characterize the quality of light sources, optimize photovoltaics modules or analyze chemical compounds, measuring the spectrum of light- or heat sources is often the method of choice. Conventional procedures thereby ...

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Bionic Hand Designed and 3D Printed in Bedroom

October 30, 2013 1:33 pm | by BBC | Videos | Comments

A young engineer based near Bristol has designed and built a prototype bionic hand in his bedroom. Roboticist Joel Gibbard, 23, developed the prosthetic using parts made on ...            

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Design at Home in its Community

October 30, 2013 1:17 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

When TED Fellow Xavier Vilalta was commissioned to create a multistory shopping mall in Addis Ababa, he panicked. Other centers represented everything he hated about contemporary architecture: wasteful, glass towers requiring tons of energy ...

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Life in the 'Digital Now'

October 30, 2013 1:13 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

One year ago, Abha Dawesar was living in blacked-out Manhattan post-Sandy, scrounging for power to connect. As a novelist, she was struck by this metaphor: Have our lives now become fixated on the drive to digitally connect, while we ... 

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Recycling Valuable Materials Used in TVs, Car Batteries, Cell Phones

October 30, 2013 12:33 pm | by Michael Bernstein, American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Many of today's technologies, from hybrid car batteries to flat-screen televisions, rely on materials known as rare earth elements (REEs) that are in short supply, but researchers are reporting development of a new method to recycle them from ...

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A Crash-Happy Flying Robot Takes Flight

October 30, 2013 12:26 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Gimball bumps into and ricochets off of obstacles, rather than avoiding them. This 34 centimeter in diameter spherical flying robot buzzes around the most unpredictable, chaotic environments, without the need for fragile detection sensors. This resiliency to injury, inspired by insects, is ...

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Go Ahead, Dunk Your Cell Phone in Salt Water

October 30, 2013 12:23 pm | by Catherine Meyers, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Barrier films, used in everything from food and drug packaging to consumer electronics and solar cells, help prevent your food from spoiling, help to preserve medication, and protect your electronics from damage due to ...    

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The World’s Most Powerful Terahertz Quantum Cascade Laser

October 30, 2013 12:21 pm | by Vienna University of Technology | News | Comments

Terahertz waves are invisible, but incredibly useful; they can penetrate many materials which are opaque to visible light and they are perfect for detecting a variety of molecules. Terahertz radiation can be produced using ...   

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Seeing in the Dark with IR Radiation

October 30, 2013 12:15 pm | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Thermal infrared (IR) energy is emitted from all things that have a temperature greater than absolute zero. Human eyes, primarily sensitive to shorter wavelength visible light, are unable to detect or differentiate between the ...   

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Vibrating Micro Plates Bring Order to Overcrowded Radio Spectrum

October 30, 2013 12:07 pm | by University of Twente | News | Comments

GSM, WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G, GPS: a smartphone already has to handle many wireless standards. And this number will only increase further. There are still no good filters to keep all those future standards separate. Researchers at the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology have taken ...

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Dell Closes on Deal to Go Private

October 30, 2013 11:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michael Dell and investment firm Silver Lake Partners have completed their $24.9 billion buyout of Dell Inc. The computer company said Tuesday that its shares will stop trading at the end of the day, closing its quarter-century run as ...

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Panasonic, Tesla Sign Deal to Expand Cell Supply

October 30, 2013 11:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors has signed a deal with Japan's Panasonic Corp. to expand its supply of battery cells. Under the pact announced early Wednesday, Panasonic will supply nearly ...        

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Textured Front Panel Displays

October 30, 2013 11:26 am | by PD&D Staff | Nameplates For Industry, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Custom front panels that are highly durable and feature clear distortion-free windows combined with bright finishes and selective texturing are being introduced by Nameplates For Industry. Texturite Selective Textured Front Panels are ...

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