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In-Flight Sensor Tests a Step Toward Structural Health Monitoring for Safer Flights

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A flight test program is underway on nine commercial aircraft flying regular routes that are carrying sensors to monitor their structural health, alongside their routine maintenance. The flight tests are part of a Federal Aviation Administration certification process that will make the sensors widely available to U.S. airlines.

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ORNL Researchers Develop ‘Autotune’ Software to Make It Quicker, Easier and Cheaper to Model Energy Use of Buildings

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Building Energy Modeling (BEM) uses computer simulations to estimate energy use and guide the design of new buildings as well as energy improvements to existing buildings.

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New UT Dallas Technology May Lead to Prolonged Power in Mobile Devices

Researchers from the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn’t die after a few hours of heavy use

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Expert: Ride-Share App SideCar Now Counts Richard Branson as Investor & Fan

Expert can speak on the latest round of funding of SideCar, a disruptive ride-sharing app, including Richard Branson’s participation as investor. Rich Levandov, a partner in Avalon Ventures, one of the venture capital firms behind the new $15M round of funding of SideCar, has decades of experience in funding promising early-stage companies and can describe what features make a startup worth investing in, especially in the areas of IT and biotech.

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Blackout? Robots to the Rescue

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Michigan Technological University engineers has developed a tabletop model of robotic first responders that can bring power to places that need it the most—like communications towers.

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Live Long and Phosphor: Blue LED Breakthrough for Efficient Electronics

In a step that could lead to longer battery life in smartphones and lower power consumption for large-screen televisions, researchers at the University of Michigan have extended the lifetime of blue organic light emitting diodes by a factor of 10.

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Drivers, Don’t Trade in Your Smartphone for Google Glass … Yet

Texting while driving with Google Glass is clearly a distraction, a new University of Central Florida study has concluded -- but there is a twist. In the study texting Glass users outperformed smartphone users when regaining control of their vehicles after a traffic incident.

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University of Utah Engineers Unlock Potential for Faster Computing

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University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material – a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor – that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform lightning-fast calculations but don’t overheat. This new “topological insulator” behaves like an insulator on the inside but conducts electricity on the outside.

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New RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

A research team has developed a new search algorithm that improves a robot’s ability to find and navigate to tagged objects. The team has implemented their system in a PR2 robot, allowing it to travel through a home and correctly locate different types of tagged household objects, including a medication bottle, TV remote, phone and hair brush.

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Reflected Smartphone Transmissions Enable Gesture Control

University of Washington engineers have developed a new form of low-power wireless sensing technology that lets users "train" their smartphones to recognize and respond to specific hand gestures near the phone.

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