CES 2014: SmarterShade uses optical filters to revolutionize window shades

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This demo at the CES 2014 from small business SmarterShade shows one of several possible applications for their window shading technology--images hidden in glass revealed by the precise position of optical filters. Though smart window technology has been around for a while, cheaper, more adaptable options are needed. SmarterShade is one of nearly 30 exhibitors funded by NSF this week at Eureka Park, which features new grassroots technology. Read more: http://go.usa.gov/ZPvk

Science Behind the News: Tornadoes

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Tornadoes are violent, twisting columns of air with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour that can tear communities apart. Josh Wurman, an atmospheric scientist, explains that tornadoes develop in a special type of thunderstorm called a supercell, but that there are still mysteries to unravel.

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Science Behind the News: Quantum Computing

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Imagine if engineers could build a computer to be millions of times faster than anything that exists today, yet so small it’s microscopic. John Preskill, a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, explains the science behind quantum computing, the next great frontier in computer science. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Predictive Policing

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"The Los Angeles Police Department is using a new tactic in their fight against crime called “predictive policing.” It's a computer program that was originally developed by a team at UCLA, including mathematician Andrea Bertozzi and anthropologist Jeff Brantingham. “Science Behind the News” is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Opinion Polls and Random Sampling

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During political elections, news organizations often use public opinion polls to help gauge which candidate is the front runner, and why. University of Michigan's Dr. Vincent Hutchings explains the science of random sampling that makes it possible to query a few hundred or thousand people and use that data to accurately determine how the general public might vote. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn. Provided by the National Science Foundation & NBC...

Science Behind the News: Impacts on Jupiter

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The impact of comets on the surface of Jupiter are a fairly common experience. At the University of Central Florida, astronomers Joseph Harrington and Csaba Palotai are leading a project that studies precisely how these impacts happen, and also provides valuable information about what might happen if such a comet struck Earth. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Influenza & Flu Vaccines

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Every flu season, Americans battle coughs, fevers and body aches. The flu is a respiratory illness caused by a virus, a pathogen that causes disease in the human body. To understand how the flu is caught, spread and treated, Duke University's Katia Koelle explains the biology of a virus and how it is transmitted. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Extrasolar Planets

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Extrasolar planets, or exoplanets, are planets that orbit stars other than our sun. Astronomers like Dr. William Welsh at San Diego State University primarily use two methods to detect these distant planets: Doppler and Transit methods. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Drug-Resistant Bacteria

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As disease-causing bacteria becomes increasingly resistant to antibiotics, scientists like Erin Carlson from Indiana University are turning to natural sources to find new medicines. "Science Behind the News” is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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Science Behind the News: Crowdsourcing

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When humans and computers work together, they can find solutions to many different types of problems. Luis von Ahn, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, explains the science behind crowdsourcing and how the concept is helping solve such diverse problems as digitizing books online and translating the web to foreign languages. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

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