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A123: Apple Poached Engineers

February 19, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Battery maker A123 Systems is suing Apple, claiming it aggressively poached some key staff members in violation of their nondisclosure and non-compete agreements when they left A123.

 

Global rainfall satellites require massive overhaul

February 13, 2015 10:43 am | by Melissa Osgood, Cornell Univ. | News | Comments

Circling hundreds of miles above Earth, weather satellites are working round-the-clock to...

GM to build 200-mile electric car at Michigan plant

February 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General...

Cerebral palsy - it can be in your genes

February 12, 2015 11:29 am | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

An international research group led by a team at the University of Adelaide has made what they...

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Evolution of a natural gene network explored by Yale researchers

February 12, 2015 11:24 am | by Bill Hathaway, Yale Univ. | News | Comments

Scientists have extensive knowledge of how mutations of single genes during evolution can have a fitness cost or benefit for the host organism. However, genes are often embedded into complex regulatory networks. The role of these gene networks in evolution is less well understood. 

Tackling the "achilles' heel" of OLED displays

February 12, 2015 11:15 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Flexible smartphones and color-saturated television displays were some highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Showcase, held in January in Las Vegas.                 

Startup could change the way high school students practice music

February 12, 2015 11:09 am | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

A Purdue startup has developed a gamified learning management system that is being tested in Indiana high schools and could help music students develop better practice habits and assist teachers in distributing learning materials and announcements through a communication platform.

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SpaceX launches observatory on 3rd try, nixes landing test

February 12, 2015 11:04 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Wednesday.                    

Johnson & Johnson projects aim to spot who'll get a disease

February 12, 2015 10:58 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Imagine being able to identify people likely to develop a particular disease - and then stop it before it starts.                        

3-D printing aims to rewrite the script on cooking and tech

February 12, 2015 10:53 am | by Michelle Locke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Printed pastries with individually tailored nutrient levels. Ravioli that assemble themselves. Wedding cake toppers that are exact, tiny, renditions of the happy couple. It's all possible thanks to a fresh meeting of taste and technology that has chefs exploring what 3-D printing might mean for the future of food.

Power efficiency in the violin

February 11, 2015 12:32 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Acousticians and fluid dynamicists at MIT, along with violinmakers at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, have analyzed measurements from hundreds of Cremonese-era violins, identifying key design features that contribute to these particular violins’ acoustic power, or fullness of sound.

Bionic leaf

February 11, 2015 12:27 pm | by Elizabeth Cooney, HMS | News | Comments

Harvesting sunlight is a trick plants mastered more than a billion years ago, using solar energy to feed themselves from the air and water around them in the process we know as photosynthesis.           

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Eavesdropping concerns for Samsung smart TV's

February 11, 2015 12:21 pm | by Youkyung Lee - Associated Press | News | Comments

Voice recognition technology in Samsung's Internet-connected TVs captures and transmits nearby conversations.                         

Britain starts public trial of driverless cars

February 11, 2015 12:15 pm | by Sylvia Hui - Associated Press | News | Comments

Driverless cars are hitting Britain's public roads for the first time, giving a glimpse of future travel that's billed as safer and more efficient.                   

Let hackers in: experts say traps might be better than walls

February 11, 2015 12:08 pm | by Youkyung Lee - AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul.  

SpaceX calls off launch of space weather satellite

February 9, 2015 10:36 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX called off Sunday's planned launch of a deep-space observatory—and a revolutionary rocket-landing attempt—after a critical radar-tracking system failed. Former Vice President Al Gore, who first envisioned the observatory two decades ago, was on hand for the attempt.

Rocket booster aiming for ocean barge in redo of SpaceX test

February 7, 2015 4:19 pm | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer, Associated Press | News | Comments

A space weather satellite is poised to blast off Sunday for a destination 1 million miles away, but it's the rocket's ocean landing that is stealing the spotlight. The SpaceX company will take a second stab at landing a booster on a platform floating off the Florida coast; last month's experiment ended in a fireball.

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Programming safety into self-driving cars

February 4, 2015 11:21 am | by Aaron Dubrow, NSF | News | Comments

For decades, researchers in artificial intelligence, or AI, worked on specialized problems, developing theoretical concepts and workable algorithms for various aspects of the field. Computer vision, planning and reasoning experts all struggled independently in areas that many thought would be easy to solve, but which proved incredibly difficult.

Top 10 challenges facing global pharmaceutical supply chains

February 3, 2015 8:25 am | by Robert Polner, New York Univ. | News | Comments

Ten years after the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness reported on the need for better coordination in the global fight against disease, global pharmaceutical supply chains remain fragmented and lack coordination, facing at least 10 fundamental challenges, according to a newly published paper.

Satellite to help manage water woes

February 2, 2015 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A NASA satellite lifted off this weekend with the hope it will transmit data that will help the world do a better job of preparing for floods and droughts. The satellite is on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers get ready for drought conditions.

Wrangling over pesticide ingredients comes to a head in 2015

January 16, 2015 1:06 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Consumer advocates are fighting a new rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency that aims to address concerns over “inert” ingredients, including fragrances and dyes, in pesticides for non-food use. They say the proposal, which could become final this year, doesn’t go far enough to protect human health and the environment from the ingredients’ potential impacts.

ISS evacuated one side during leak scare

January 14, 2015 4:48 pm | by Marcia Dunn, Associated Press | News | Comments

NASA evacuated astronauts from its side of the International Space Station today after an alarm indicated a possible toxic leak. Officials later said a false sensor reading or computer problem likely set off the alarm, rather than an actual leak of ammonia coolant.

Self-driving cars: Lower-cost navigation system developed

January 14, 2015 11:31 am | by Gabe Cherry, Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

A new software system developed at the Univ. of Michigan uses video game technology to help solve one of the most daunting hurdles facing self-driving and automated cars—the high cost of the laser scanners they use to determine their location. Ryan Wolcott, a U-M doctoral candidate in computer science and engineering, estimates that it could shave thousands of dollars from the cost of these vehicles.

GM to release affordable 200-mile e-Car in 2017

January 12, 2015 10:28 am | by Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors plans to start selling an affordable electric car in 2017 that will be able to go 200 miles on a single charge. A person briefed on the matter told The Associated Press that GM plans to start selling a $30,000 battery powered family car called the Chevrolet Bolt sometime in 2017.

NASA inflates chance of landing astronauts on Mars

January 5, 2015 9:28 am | by Brock Vergakis, Associated Press | News | Comments

Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the Red planet is just one of many engineering challenges the agency faces as it eyes an ambitious goal of sending humans into deep space later this century.

Researchers: IMF Policies Hindered Ebola Response

December 30, 2014 9:32 am | by Michelle Faul, Associated Press | News | Comments

 Professors from three leading British universities say International Monetary Fund policies favoring international debt repayment over social spending contributed to the Ebola crisis by hampering health care in the three worst-hit West African countries.

Foldscope Beta Testers Share the Wonders of the Microcosmos

December 30, 2014 9:21 am | by Stanford Medicine | News | Comments

The holidays came early for citizen-scientists who received the first batch of Foldscope build-your-own paper microscope kits from Stanford’s Prakash Lab over the last several months. These beta testers have begun sharing a variety of fascinating images, videos, tips and ideas on the Foldscope Explore website.

How 'The Interview's' VOD Grosses Could Change the Game

December 30, 2014 9:05 am | by Lindsey Bahr, AP Film Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony appears to have a win-win with "The Interview." Not only did the studio score a moral victory by releasing the film in the face of hacker threats, the movie made at least $15 million from more than 2 million digital rentals and purchases in its first four days.

Biomedical team creates ‘nerve on a chip’

December 26, 2014 4:04 pm | by Tulane University | News | Comments

Michael J. Moore and J. Lowry Curley first met in the laboratory as professor and student. Now the two Tulane University researchers have started a new biomedical company that’s winning praise and awards.                                        

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