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  • NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities for Venus Exploration

    spectrum.ieee.org 16 Dec '14, 4pm

    Many of the reasons that we’d want to go to Venus are identical to the reasons that we’d want to go to Mars, or anywhere else in the solar system, beginning with the desire to learn and explore. With the notable exception of the European Space Agency’s Venus Express orbiter, the secon...

  • Japanese Company Creating Robotic Action Figures

    Japanese Company Creating Robotic Action Figures

    spectrum.ieee.org 17 Dec '14, 7pm

    Action figures that pose themselves may be the next big thing in Japan’s billion dollar plastic model industry. Speecys, a robotics company founded in 2001 by Tomoaki Kasuga (following a stint working on Sony’s robot dog Aibo), has unveiled what it calls the world’s first “Motion Figu...

  • Skype's Real-Time Translator Previews English and Spanish

    Skype's Real-Time Translator Previews English and Spanish

    spectrum.ieee.org 17 Dec '14, 6pm

    Skype conversations between people who speak different languages could soon become the norm for an interconnected world. Skype has kicked off the first preview of its real-time translation service for spoken English and Spanish, along with translation options for more than 40 language...

  • Jaguar Plans a (Partially) Transparent Car

    Jaguar Plans a (Partially) Transparent Car

    spectrum.ieee.org 17 Dec '14, 2pm

    Jaguar Land Rover is developing a system to allow a driver to see right through pillars and posts. By thus eliminating blind spots, it could be among the first augmented-reality techniques to go beyond entertaining people and actually save their lives. Cameras pointing outside the car...

  • Semiconductor Start-Ups Get their Own Accelerator

    Semiconductor Start-Ups Get Their Own Accelerator

    spectrum.ieee.org 17 Dec '14, 3pm

    Silicon Valley used to have lots of places that incubated new technologies. They were called research labs, and they were funded and nurtured by big tech companies, like Xerox and Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft . Those research labs have shrunk dramatically, and have moved away from nu...

  • Measure Planck's Constant and Define the Kilogram with LEGOs

    Measure Planck's Constant and Define the Kilogram with LEGOs

    spectrum.ieee.org 15 Dec '14, 9pm

    , the NIST researchers (joined by collaborators from the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland and the Computational Instrumentation Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) show how to build—and understand—a Watt balance that can measure Planck’s constant and...

  • For Self-driving Cars, Another Maker of Maps to Steer By

    For Self-driving Cars, Another Maker of Maps to Steer By

    spectrum.ieee.org 16 Dec '14, 7pm

    Google’s competitor in the race to map the world in preparation for self-driving cars is already HERE. That was not a typo. HERE is the maps division of Nokia , the company best known as a maker of cellular handsets (although it unceremoniously hung up on its phone business just over ...

  • Cell Towers Can Double As Cheap Radar Systems

    Cell Towers Can Double As Cheap Radar Systems

    spectrum.ieee.org 16 Dec '14, 9pm

    How do you see ships without a pricey radar system? The question has troubled seaports around the world as they work to improve security. Without radar installations, it can be hard for port employees to detect small ships like those employed by pirates or by the terrorists who attack...

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