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Tomorrow's Tech-Most-Wanted at Eureka Park

January 2, 2015 3:57 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Smarter home systems, better batteries, more wearable tech, and totally outside-the-box electronics with the potential to usher in the next generation of high-tech living can be found in one place in January. That place is Eureka Park, an area dedicated to up-and-coming technology born from fundamental science and ... 

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Innate Behavior Determines How We Steer Our Car

January 2, 2015 9:54 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have solved a 70 year old mystery in traffic research: an until now inexplicable jerkiness when we steer a vehicle. The discovery may lead to safety systems in cars that can correct dangerous steering movements before they occur. The ability to predict what a driver is ... 

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New Cell Marking Technique to Help Understand How Our Brain Works

January 2, 2015 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to mark individual brain cells to help improve our understanding of how the brain works. In neuroscience research, it is a challenge to individually label cells and to track them over space or time. Our brain has billions of cells and to be able to ... 

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3D Culture System for Pancreatic Cancer May Change Therapeutic Approaches

January 2, 2015 9:09 am | by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Comments

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, with only 6 percent of patients surviving five years after diagnosis. Today, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and The Lustgarten Foundation jointly announce the development of a new model system to grow both normal and cancerous pancreatic cells in the ... 

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Detecting Extraterrestrial Life Through Motion

January 2, 2015 9:00 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne | Comments

Looking for life on other planets is not straightforward. It usually relies on chemical detection, which might be limited or even completely irrelevant to alien biology. On the other hand, motion is a trait of all life, and can be used to identify microorganisms without any need of chemical foreknowledge. EPFL scientists have now ... 

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Taking the Grunt Work Out of Web Development

December 23, 2014 3:09 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News | Comments

A Web page today is the result of a number of interacting components — like cascading style sheets, XML code, ad hoc database queries, and JavaScript functions. For all but the most rudimentary sites, keeping track of how these different elements interact, refer to each other, and pass data back and forth can be a time-consuming ... 

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This Flying Device is Becoming a Popular Holiday Gift

December 23, 2014 1:41 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Santa's sleigh isn't the only thing flying this holiday season. Flying devices that often carry cameras and can be navigated remotely by smartphones or controllers — have "taken off" as popular gifts as novices have become just as interested in the devices as serious hobbyists. The demand has grown as the industry and ...

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Smartphone Thumb Skills are Altering Our Brains

December 23, 2014 1:16 pm | by University of Zurich | Comments

Every region of the body -- from the toes to the jaw and tongue -- has a particular processing area in our emotional center in the brain, the somatosensory cortex. These areas are flexible and can change. In the case of violinists, for instance, the area representing the fingers that guide the instrument is larger than ... 

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'Mind the Gap' Between Atomically Thin Materials

December 23, 2014 1:06 pm | by Penn State | Comments

When it comes to engineering single-layer atomic structures, "minding the gap" will help researchers create artificial electronic materials one atomic layer at a time, according to a team of materials scientists. The gap is a miniscule vacuum that researchers in Penn State's Center for 2-Dimensional and Layered Materials believe is an energy ... 

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Creating the Fastest Outdoor Wireless Internet Connection in the World

December 23, 2014 12:22 pm | by Lancaster University | Comments

The ground-breaking £2.8 million TWEETHER project, funded by Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever, will set an important milestone in ‘millimeter wave technology’ for high speed wireless mobile and fixed point Internet. Millimeter waves - extremely high frequency waves found in the spectrum ... 

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Is Space-Based Solar Power the Energy of the Future?

December 23, 2014 12:10 pm | by Peter Shadbolt, for CNN | Comments

In space there's no atmosphere, it's never cloudy, and in geosynchronous orbits it's never night: a perfect place for a solar power station to harvest uninterrupted power 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The concept has been around since the 1940s when science fiction writer Isaac Asimov posited the idea of a ... 

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It's Down to the Wire for Online Shopping

December 23, 2014 11:56 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | Comments

As the holiday shopping season winds down, FedEx, UPS and online retailers are using the last few days to try to avoid the problems that occurred last year when severe winter weather and a surge in late orders from shoppers caused delivery delays. UPS spent $500 million this year upgrading its systems and processes ...

Security Flaws Allow Global Cellular Eavesdropping

December 23, 2014 10:38 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | Comments

Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem. The issue affects a telecommunications standard called Signaling System 7, or SS7, which is used ... 

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Photos of the Day: Nasa Captures Holiday Lights from Space

December 23, 2014 10:05 am | by NASA | Comments

Nighttime lights in the suburbs and outskirts of cities in the United States can be between 30 percent and 50 percent brighter in December, when compared to the rest of the year. Here, a house in Virginia is decorated for the holiday season....

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API Technologies Partners with Young Mind Awards

December 23, 2014 9:20 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

API Technologies Corp., a leading provider of high performance RF/microwave, power, and security solutions, is now a wireless vertical market partner of the Advantage Business Media (ABM) ”Young Mind Awards.“  This unique engineering competition challenges middle school, high school, and undergraduate students to ... 

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