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IBM to Invest $3 Billion in Internet of Things Unit

March 31, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

IBM is investing $3 billion to build an "Internet of Things" division aimed at harnessing the massive trove of data collected by smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances and using it to ...

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Raytheon Lands $700 Million Air Force Contract

March 31, 2015 2:45 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense has sent out a bevy of big contracts, including a colossal $700,000,000 deal for Raytheon Technical Services Company...

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Brain-Machine Interface Controls Prosthetic Hand

March 31, 2015 1:32 pm | by University of Houston | Comments

A research team from the University of Houston has created an algorithm that allowed a man to grasp a bottle and other objects with a prosthetic hand, powered only by his thoughts. The technique, demonstrated with a 56-year-old ...

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New Discovery Leads to Soft, Energy-Efficient Robotic Wings

March 31, 2015 1:28 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Dielectric elastomers are novel materials for making actuators or motors with soft and lightweight properties that can undergo large active deformations with high-energy conversion efficiencies. This has made dielectric elastomers popular for ...

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Hector the Robot Prepared for Self-Awareness

March 31, 2015 11:55 am | by Bielefeld University | Comments

A year ago, researchers at Bielefeld University showed that their software endowed the walking robot Hector with a simple form of consciousness. Their new research goes one step forward: they have now developed a software architecture ...

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Lockheed Develops Protection Tech for Army Vehicles

March 31, 2015 11:42 am | by Lockheed Martin | Comments

Lockheed Martin is supporting the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) as they develop a new prototype controller for military vehicle active protection systems. The controller will allow armored ...

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Operating in Contested Environments

March 31, 2015 11:36 am | by DARPA | Comments

For decades, the United States has successfully countered the threats of competitor nations by harnessing advanced technologies to create exceedingly robust and capable military platforms. But as advanced technologies have become more ...

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Tech for Sub-Micron Optical Switches

March 31, 2015 11:09 am | by Rutgers University | Comments

A team that includes Rutgers University and National Institute of Standards and Technology scientists believes that a technology it is reporting this week in Nature Photonics could result in optical switches with sub-square-micron footprints ...

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Acura Racers Headed to New York

March 31, 2015 11:01 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Comments

Car manufacturers from around the world will have their wares on display at the New York International Auto Show from April 1 to April 12, including Acura with a new ILX endurance race car...

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Brilliant Factory Matches Parts with Tools

March 31, 2015 10:59 am | by GE Reports | Comments

Henry Ford was fond of saying that “nothing was particularly hard if you divided it into small jobs.” He followed his own advice, built the world’s first large-scale assembly lines that cranked out millions of Model Ts every year, and left ...

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Better Traffic Signals Can Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

March 31, 2015 10:51 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Sitting in traffic during rush hour is not just frustrating for drivers; it also adds unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. Now a study by researchers at MIT could lead to better ways of programming a city’s ...

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Intelligent Neuroprostheses Mimic Natural Motor Control

March 31, 2015 10:45 am | by Cognitive Neuroscience Society | Comments

Neuroscientists are taking inspiration from natural motor control to design new prosthetic devices that can better replace limb function. In new work, researchers have tested a range of brain-controlled devices - from wheelchairs to robots ...

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Wearable Tech Can Help with Public Speaking

March 31, 2015 10:38 am | by University of Rochester | Comments

Speaking in public is the top fear for many people. Now, researchers from the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Rochester have developed an intelligent user interface for "smart glasses" that gives real-time feedback to ...

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Green Energy Investments Surge 17% to $270B in 2014

March 31, 2015 10:33 am | by United Nations Environment Programme | Comments

Global investments in renewable energy rebounded strongly last year, registering a solid 17% increase after two years of declines and brushing aside the challenge from sharply lower crude oil prices. Major expansion of solar installations in ...

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Photos of the Day: Galileo Satellites Enclosed for Launch

March 31, 2015 10:04 am | by ESA | Comments

Thousands of engineers have worked on the seventh and eighth navigation satellites of Europe’s Galileo constellation in recent years.The team from ESA and builders OHB in the S3B building of Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana looked ...

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3D Printing Tech Providing 'Robohand' to 7-Year-Old Girl

March 31, 2015 9:39 am | by John Rogers, Associated Press | Comments

Seven-year-old Faith Lennox never thought she needed a left hand; after all, she couldn't remember losing hers when she was only 9 months old. But when it came to getting one custom made in a day by a ...

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