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Obama Says U.S. Must Catch Up to Ensure Drones Are Safe

January 27, 2015 9:07 am | by Joan Lowy & Calvin Woodward, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama says U.S. laws and regulations haven't yet caught up with technological developments that have made drones readily available. Obama is responding to the small drone that crashed on the White House grounds while ... 

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Designing Cradle to Cradle Certified Products for the Circular Economy

January 26, 2015 5:08 pm | by Stacy Glass, VP, Built Environment at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute | News | Comments

The call for a transition to a circular economy is rapidly gaining recognition worldwide. It seeks a change from the linear “take, make, waste” approach that dominated the first industrial revolution to a circular system in which ...  

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Canadian Space Tech to Help Sick Children

January 26, 2015 4:42 pm | by Canadian Space Agency | News | Comments

Not much rivals the dexterity of a good surgeon's hands. But humans being humans, fatigue or even tremors after a long day at the hospital can make things challenging, especially when operating on small children ...     

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IBM 'Flatly Denies' Report of Mass Layoffs

January 26, 2015 4:33 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

IBM is pooh-poohing a published report that the giant technology company is planning a big reorganization and massive job cuts affecting more than 100,000 people. The company disclosed plans for some layoffs last week, but it says ...  

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Border Protection Lends a Hand for Super Bowl Security

January 26, 2015 4:29 pm | by Astrid Galvan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines that are typically deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border have been brought to the Super Bowl venue to assist with the security effort. The X-ray machines are mobile and the size of a ...

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Google Planning to Sell Wireless Phone Service

January 26, 2015 4:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday. If everything falls into place, Google could offer discounted wireless data plans that ...

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Death Toll from GM Ignition Switches Rises to at Least 50

January 26, 2015 3:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 50 people have died in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday ...       

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German Electronics Manufacturing Going Strong

January 26, 2015 2:36 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

Germany exported more electronics to China than to the United States for the first time in 2014, with the amount exported to the United States also rising by 3.2 percent. Exports to China (primarily automation technology, industrial control and ...

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Today in Engineering History: Robotic Spacecraft Misses Moon By 22,000 Miles

January 26, 2015 2:27 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

On this day in history, 1962, NASA launched the Ranger 3 robotic spacecraft from Cape Canaveral. Its purpose was to transmit pictures of the lunar surface to stations on Earth during a 10 minute flight before impacting on the Moon ...  

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This Neurostimulator Makes People Cry

January 26, 2015 12:59 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

A Stanford University fellow developed implantable neurostimulators to create tears for people who suffer from dry eye. The devices, a little larger than a fingernail, work in pairs. One is inserted into the mucous membrane in the ...  

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Graphene Edges Can Be Tailor-Made

January 26, 2015 12:32 pm | by Rice University | News | Comments

Theoretical physicists at Rice University are living on the edge as they study the astounding properties of graphene. In a new study, they figure out how researchers can fracture graphene nanoribbons to get the edges they need for applications ... 

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Scientists 'Bend' Elastic Waves with New Metamaterials

January 26, 2015 12:26 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbia | News | Comments

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered "elastic" waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent ...

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Scientists Set Quantum Speed Limit

January 26, 2015 12:20 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a "quantum speed limit" on processes ranging from quantum computing and tunneling to optical switching ...   

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Infrared Imaging Technique Operates at High Temperatures

January 26, 2015 12:07 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

From aerial surveillance to cancer detection, mid-wavelength infrared (MWIR) radiation has a wide range of applications. And as the uses for high-sensitivity, high-resolution imaging continue to expand, MWIR sources are becoming more ... 

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Researchers Develop Magnetic Graphene

January 26, 2015 12:03 pm | by University of California - Riverside | News | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has many desirable properties. Magnetism alas is not one of them. Magnetism can be induced in graphene by doping it with magnetic impurities, but this doping tends to ...

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