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Nano-chip Sniffs Out Explosives Better than Dogs

July 23, 2014 1:47 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv Univ. | News | Comments

Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs to safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks. A revolutionary new electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors is about to make their job much easier.


Developed-country E-waste Harming Developing Countries

July 23, 2014 9:37 am | by ACS | News | Comments

As local and national governments struggle to deal with ever-growing piles of electronic waste (...

RFID Tags Reveal Beehive Dynamics

July 23, 2014 9:23 am | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey...

Infographic: British Supermarket Powered by Food Waste

July 23, 2014 9:03 am | by Sainsbury's | News | Comments

British supermarket Sainsbury's has announced plans for one of its grocery stores to come off...

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Supercomputer Helps Improve Rare-earth Metal Purification

July 22, 2014 2:53 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory | News | Comments

Using the second fastest supercomputer in the world, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is attempting to develop a more efficient process for purifying rare-earth materials.                              

NIST Instrument Enables High-speed Tissue Imaging

July 22, 2014 2:28 pm | by NIST | News | Comments

A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Cleveland Clinic, has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues based on characteristic molecular vibration "signatures." The new technique is an advanced form of the widely used spontaneous Raman spectroscopy.

Method Rapidly Reconstructs Animal’s Development

July 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

New imaging technology is transforming how scientists see the cellular universe, showing the form and movement of once grainy and blurred structures in stunning detail. Researchers have developed a computational method that can rapidly track 3-D movements of cells in these images. This allows them to essentially automate much of the time-consuming process of reconstructing an animal's developmental building plan cell by cell.


Device Adds Two Robotic Fingers to Hand

July 21, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Jennifer Chu | Videos | Comments

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now, a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers.

Laser Sheds Light on Fundamental Dynamics

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Kansas State Univ. | News | Comments

Ultrafast X-ray laser research has provided scientists with a snapshot of a fundamental molecular phenomenon. The finding sheds new light on microscopic electron motion in molecules.

Political Unrest May Cloud MH17's Black Box Info

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Conversation, Yijun Yu | News | Comments

Normally, when a crashed aircraft’s black box is recovered, it can reveal exactly what happened to cause the disaster. But, in the case of MH17, the political instability between Ukraine and Russia could hamper operations.

System Can Virtually Eliminate Delays in Server Farms

July 18, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, Larry Hardesty | News | Comments

In an experiment, a new network-management system reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data center by 99.6 percent— virtually doing away with queues.

Math Could Speed Internet

July 17, 2014 12:22 pm | by Aalborg Univ. | News | Comments

Mathematical equations can make Internet communication via computer, mobile phone or satellite many times faster and more secure than today. Results from new software are attracting attention in the international technology media.


Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 11:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft has announced the biggest layoffs in its history, saying it will cut up to 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its staff as it works to cut down on management layers and integrate the Nokia cellphone business it bought in April.

Lawyers: Emails, Photos Shouldn't Die with You

July 16, 2014 1:03 pm | by Associated Press, Anne Flaherty | News | Comments

When you die, should your loved ones have access to your Facebook, Yahoo and other online accounts? A group of influential lawyers says yes, unless you specify otherwise in a will. The Uniform Law Commission was expected to endorse a plan today to automatically give loved ones access to— but not control of— all digital accounts, unless otherwise specified.

Glass Surface Reduces Glare, Reflection

July 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

If you’ve ever tried to watch a video on a tablet on a sunny day, you know you have to tilt it at just the right angle to get rid of glare or invest in a special filter. But, scientists are reporting that they’ve developed a novel glass surface that reduces both glare and reflection, which continue to plague even the best mobile displays today.

Mental Health App Can Predict Well-being

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by MIT, Rob Matheson | News | Comments

An app can analyze smartphone data to remotely predict when patients with mental illnesses are symptomatic.

Next Big Thing in Aviation is Small

July 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Danica Kirka | News | Comments

With some no bigger than a hummingbird, drones are the hottest things at this week's Farnborough International Airshow. The drone industry, military and non-military, is growing and could, according to some, see investments of nearly $90 billion over the next 10 years.


Porous Materials Key to Next-gen Green Tech

July 16, 2014 7:00 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Every machine and device in your life wastes a lot of energy through the loss of heat. But thermoelectric devices can harness that wasted heat, and possibly provide the green tech energy efficiency that's needed for a sustainable future. Now, a new study shows how porous substances can act as thermoelectric materials.

Jumping Water Can Produce Electricity

July 15, 2014 7:00 am | by MIT, David Chandler | News | Comments

Last year, researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity that might be used to power electronic devices.

3-D Printing to Mark New Era for Medical Training

July 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Monash Univ. | News | Comments

The creators of a unique kit containing anatomical body parts produced by 3-D printing say it will revolutionize medical education and training, especially in countries where cadaver use is problematic.

Researchers Develop Tunable Nanoantennas

July 15, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Illinois | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary research team has developed a novel, tunable nanoantenna that paves the way for new kinds of plasmonic-based optomechanical systems whereby plasmonic field enhancement can actuate mechanical motion.

Drone Finds Survivors Through Phones

July 15, 2014 7:00 am | by EPFL | News | Comments

A grad student has developed a system for locating a person via his or her mobile phone with a drone. This device could be used to find victims in natural disasters.

Magnets Pump Efficiency into Motors

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

Researchers are using new magnetic materials to develop revolutionary electrical motors and generators that promise significant energy savings. They have used the new motors to develop patented highly efficient water pump systems with potential widespread application.

Scientists Create World’s First Photonic Router

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Weizmann Institute | News | Comments

Scientists have demonstrated for the first time a photonic router– a quantum device based on a single atom that enables routing of single photons by single photons. This achievement is another step toward overcoming the difficulties in building quantum computers.

iPads, Devices May Cause Rash

July 14, 2014 8:26 am | by Associated Press, Lindsey Tanner | News | Comments

Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic devices, including laptops and cellphones. But it was an Apple iPad that caused an itchy body rash on an 11-year-old boy recently treated at a San Diego hospital.

Approach May Improve Hurricane Forecasting

July 14, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science | Videos | Comments

New research suggests that physical conditions at the air-sea interface— where the ocean and atmosphere meet— is a key component to improve forecast models. The study offers a new method to aid in-storm intensity prediction of hurricanes.

Arrays of Electrons Key to Scalable Quantum Computers

July 14, 2014 7:00 am | by RIKEN | News | Comments

A single electron trapped in a semiconductor nanostructure can form the most basic of building blocks for a quantum computer. However, before practical quantum computers can be realized, scientists need to develop a scalable architecture that allows full control over individual electrons in computational arrays.

Company Unveils 18-inch Flexible Display

July 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Associated Press, Youkyung Lee | News | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs. The South Korean display panel maker says the flexible display has a resolution of 1,200 by 810 pixels and maintains its function when it is rolled up.

Inventor Makes Solar Panels for Roads, Highways

July 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Nicholas Geranios | News | Comments

The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

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