February 5, 2013
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  • Curiosity rover prepares for first drilling on Mars
    NASA's Mars rover is set to begin drilling into a rock in the planet's "John Klein" outcrop once it passes a series of hardware tests. The Curiosity rover's first-ever drilling will go just 0.8 inches into the ground, not deep enough to collect samples but enough to test whether the rock's material behaves as expected. Space.com (1/30)
  • Researchers team up on innovations using tiny LEDs
    Several British university research teams will work together over the next four years on technology that could enable development of a 1 Gbps broadcast network from micro LEDs. They also hope to use the tiny LEDs as pixels in huge light displays. The new technology is being called "li-fi." The Register (U.K.) (2/4)
  • Devices to monitor subsidence during tunnel building in Seattle
    Extensometers, crack gauges, automated survey machines, liquid level sensors, satellite-based interferometric radars and tiltmeters are just some of the technology tools being used to monitor signs of subsidence during the boring of Seattle's Highway 99 tunnel. Two hundred buildings above the tunnel route will be equipped with monitoring devices and about 700 devices will be added to sidewalks and streets. The Seattle Times (2/1)
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  • Manufacturing growth accelerates in the U.S.
    The Institute for Supply Management said its index of U.S. factory activity rose from 50.2 in December to 53.1 in January, its highest reading in nine months. The index for new orders jumped from 49.7 to 53.3. Reuters (2/1)
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  • Industry giants battle for cloud dominance
    Cloud computing is the latest tech battleground, with Google and Microsoft taking aim at segment leader Amazon. "The great tech wars are expanding into nearly every area of business, and cloud services are the latest battlefield. Amazon has captured the hearts and minds of developers, but Google and Microsoft are gaining ground," says Bill Coughran of Sequoia Capital. The Wall Street Journal (2/3)
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