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'Microcombing' Creates Stronger, More Conductive Carbon Nanotube Films

May 5, 2015 11:29 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and China's Suzhou Institute of Nano-Science and Nano-Biotics have developed an inexpensive technique called "microcombing" to align carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which can be ...

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Designing a Squishier Robot

May 5, 2015 11:26 am | by University of Pittsburgh | News | Comments

For decades, robots have advanced the efficiency of human activity. Typically, however, robots are formed from bulky, stiff materials and require connections to external power sources; these features limit their dexterity and ...

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IoT Roundup: 28 Billion Devices Predicted by 2020

May 5, 2015 11:10 am | by Megan Crouse Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Round Ups | Comments

 The Internet of Things is getting bigger, with a predicted 26 billion objects talking to the internet and to one another by 2020. Data centers in particular need to make sure that their infrastructure is robust enough to support so many connected things ...

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How to Reduce the 'Perhaps' in Safety-Critical Applications

May 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Dr. Jerry Cox, CEO & Founder, Blendics | Articles | Comments

In a perfect world of chip design, there would be no margin of error. However, as many engineers and only a few programmers know, digital signals do not instantly change from 0 to 1 or vice versa. It may take less than a ...

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High-Tech Sensors Help Kids Keep Eye on Aging Parents

May 5, 2015 10:22 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Each time 81-year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80-year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook ...

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Photos of the Day: NASA Flies 4 Spacecraft in Tight Formation

May 5, 2015 10:08 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA has never before flown a mission dedicated exclusively to studying this phenomenon, let alone with four precisely aligned, spinning spacecraft, each roughly the size of Fenway Park when each of the satellite’s eight ...

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'Warp Drive' Skeptics Express Concerns

May 5, 2015 10:08 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | News | Comments

Since NASA researchers announced that the "impossible" EmDrive has been tested, many critics have expressed their concerns ...

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Technologies Enable Ambitious MMS Mission

May 5, 2015 10:01 am | by Lori Keesey, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission — an achievement enabled in part by ...

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Hook Home Connects Smart Devices on a Budget

May 5, 2015 10:01 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | News | Comments

A new competitor in the smart home realm is Hook, a home automation hub billed as “home automation on a budget” ...

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Google Is Starting Small, Thinking Big with 'Project Fi'

May 5, 2015 9:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google wants the wireless services that connect mobile devices to digital content to be cheaper and more reliable. The reason has as much to do with the pursuit of profit as with trying to make smartphones more useful ...

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Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal Over Energy Regulation

May 5, 2015 9:49 am | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a dispute over a regulation that offers financial incentives to factories, retailers and other large electricity users to reduce their power consumption. The justices agreed to review a lower ...

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Astronaut Brews, Sips First Fresh Espresso in Space

May 5, 2015 9:30 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The first Italian woman in space is now the world's first orbiting barista. Over the weekend, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti fired up the first espresso machine in space. She posted a photo of herself on ...

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 97

May 5, 2015 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Families of at least 97 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensated by the automaker. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate ...

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GM to Invest $174M in Kansas Plant

May 5, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will invest $174 million in its Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kansas, to pay for new equipment and technology to produce the 2016 Malibu, company officials announced Monday. Production of the midsize sedan ...

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VW CEO Vows Progress on Costs After Leadership Struggle

May 5, 2015 9:20 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Volkswagen's CEO said the company is tackling its problems in the wake of a leadership struggle and promised progress on lowering costs and raising profitability. Martin Winterkorn said the company's new assembly ...

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