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Electric vehicle and roadway conference to showcase wireless charging
Organizers will welcome automotive industry leaders and academic experts from around the world for the two-day conference at Utah State University in Logan, Utah, May 16-17.
Digital media may be changing how you think
Tablet and laptop users beware. Using digital platforms such as tablets and laptops for reading may make you more inclined to focus on concrete details rather than interpreting information more abstractly, according to a new study published in the proceedings of ACM CHI '16, the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 7-12, 2016.
Scientists report world's first herbivorous filter-feeding marine reptile
In a paper published May 6 in Science Advances, Dr.
Large-scale study of Super Storm Sandy utility damage shows 'small' failures, big impact
A new study of the utility system impact of Super Storm Sandy shows the extent of the challenge faced by the upstate New York distribution grid and suggests what might be done to make the system more resilient against future storms.

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