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Radio Telescopes Settle Pleiades Controversy

August 29, 2014 2:00 pm | by National Radio Astronomy Observatory | News | Comments

Astronomers have used a worldwide network of radio telescopes to resolve a controversy over the distance to a famous star cluster— a controversy that posed a potential challenge to scientists' basic understanding of how stars form and evolve. The new work shows that the measurement made by a cosmic-mapping research satellite was wrong.

Neuroscientists Watch Imagination in Action

August 29, 2014 7:00 am | by Brigham Young Univ. | News | Comments

Thanks to the dreams of a student, we now know more about where and how imagination happens in...

Tech Creates Next-gen Holograms for Info Storage

August 29, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Cambridge | News | Comments

Holograms made of tiny particles of silver could double the amount of information that can be...

Old Tires Get a Second Chance in Batteries

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in...

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Astronomers Combine Lenses for Best View of Merging Galaxies

August 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by ESO | News | Comments

The famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes used a magnifying lens to reveal barely visible but important evidence. Astronomers are now combining the power of many telescopes on Earth and in space with a vastly larger form of cosmic lens to study a case of vigorous star formation in the early Universe.

Biomimetic Photodetector Sees Color

August 26, 2014 7:00 am | by Rice Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have created a CMOS-compatible, biomimetic color photodetector that directly responds to red, green and blue light in much the same way the human eye does.

Project Aims to Decipher Cryptography with Phones

August 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by EPFL | News | Comments

Modern cryptography is not infallible. All encryption types, among which we can find the widely used RSA, can theoretically be broken. If so, how do we ensure that our data remains protected? The answer lies on the time and computational effort required to break the code.

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Two Satellites Are in Wrong Orbit

August 25, 2014 8:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system that would rival America's GPS network.

Super-absorbing Ring Key to Ultimate Camera

August 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Oxford | News | Comments

A quantum effect in which excited atoms team up to emit an enhanced pulse of light can be turned on its head to create super-absorbing systems to make the ultimate camera.

GPS Stations See Huge Water Loss in Western U.S.

August 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western U.S., enough to blanket the region with four inches of water, according to a study. Researchers arrived at the conclusion by measuring the level of the earth's crust with a network of GPS stations that is normally used to predict earthquakes.

3-D Printers Produce Custom Medical Implants

August 22, 2014 7:00 am | by Louisiana Tech Univ. | News | Comments

A team of researchers has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3-D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.

Algorithm Lets Drones Monitor Their Health

August 22, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Jennifer Chu | News | Comments

A team has developed an algorithm that enables a drone to monitor aspects of its “health” in real time. With the algorithm, a drone can predict its fuel level and the condition of its propellers, cameras and other sensors throughout a flight, and take proactive measures— for example, rerouting to a charging station— if needed.

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Drones Banned Over Appalachian Trail

August 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands.

Laser May Remove Pin Pricks from Diabetics' Lives

August 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Princeton Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood.

Research Key to Cyborg Moth 'Biobots'

August 21, 2014 7:00 am | by North Carolina State Univ. | Videos | Comments

Researchers have developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals moths use to control those muscles. The work opens the door to the development of remotely controlled moths, or “biobots,” for use in emergency response.

The Factory of the Future Will Be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 20, 2014 1:33 pm | by Andrew Dugenske and Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Articles | Comments

The Factories of the Future multi-annual roadmap for the years 2014-2020 under Horizon 2020, the European Union (EU) Framework Program for Research and Innovation, sets a vision that echoes similar projects worldwide.

Neuroscience Tools Explore Connections Between Consumers, Media

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Rob Matheson | News | Comments

It’s often said that humans are wired to connect: the neural wiring that helps us read the emotions and actions of other people may be a foundation for human empathy. But for the past eight years, research has been using neuroscience technologies that gauge subconscious emotions by monitoring brain and body activity to show just how powerfully we also connect to media and marketing communications.

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Cheap Graphene Rubber Bands Can Monitor Health

August 20, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Surrey | News | Comments

Although body motion sensors already exist in different forms, they have not been widely used because of their complexity and cost of production. Now, researchers have treated common elastic bands with graphene to create a flexible sensor that is sensitive enough for medical use and can be made cheaply.

Gov't Won't Reveal Health Site's Security Measures

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Jack Gillum | News | Comments

The Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could potentially allow hackers to break in.

'Lightning Rods' Channel Electricity Through Air

August 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Arizona | News | Comments

By zapping the air with a pair of powerful laser bursts, researchers have created highly focused pathways that can channel electricity through the atmosphere. The technique can potentially direct an electrical discharge up to 33 feet away or more, shattering previous distance records for transmitting electricity through air.

Image of the Week: Astronauts Release Tiny Satellite

August 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Marcia Dunn | News | Comments

Spacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth. Russian Oleg Artemiev cast the four-inch box off with his gloved right hand from the ISS. The nanosatellite gently tumbled as it cleared the vicinity of the orbiting complex, precisely as planned.

U.S. Wants Cars to Talk to Each Other

August 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Joan Lowy | News | Comments

The Obama administration has said it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

Laser Makes Cooler Microscope

August 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Australian National Univ. | News | Comments

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus.

Cheap, Small, Green Car Comes Closer to Market

August 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dee-Ann Durbin | News | Comments

Your next commuter car could have two seats, three wheels and get 84 miles to the gallon. Elio Motors wants to revolutionize U.S. roads with its tiny car, which is the same length as a Honda Fit but half the weight. With a starting price of $6,800, it's also less than half the cost.

Tool IDs Aberrant Results, Recomputes Visualizations

August 15, 2014 2:00 pm | by MIT, Larry Hardesty | News | Comments

Scientists have released a data-visualization tool that lets users highlight aberrations and possible patterns in a graphical display. The tool then automatically determines which data sources are responsible for which results.

Harvard Creates Robot Flash Mob

August 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Harvard Univ. | Videos | Comments

Through commands, autonomous devices arranged selves into vast, complex shapes in the first 1,000-robot flash mob.

Model Predicts Performance of Hybrid Rice

August 14, 2014 7:00 am | by UC Riverside | News | Comments

Genomic prediction, a new field of quantitative genetics, is a statistical approach to predicting the value of an economically important trait in a plant, such as yield or disease resistance. Now, a research team has used the method to predict the performance of hybrid rice— the yield, growth-rate and disease resistance. The new technology could potentially revolutionize hybrid breeding in agriculture.

Contact Lens Detects Glaucoma

August 14, 2014 7:00 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

Scientists have developed a single-use contact lens capable of measuring intraocular pressure continuously for 24 hours. This could track glaucoma day and night— a minor revolution for specialists.

FDA Approves Machine to Preserve Donated Lungs

August 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health regulators have approved a novel device that can preserve donated lungs outside the body for possible transplantation into critically ill patients.

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