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Gene Therapy May Improve Cochlear Implants

April 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Lauran Neergaard | News | Comments

Researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants. They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing.

Google Maps Enables Time Traveling

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Michael Liedtke | News | Comments

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps. The new twist on time...

Man Among First in U.S. to Get Bionic Eye

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mike Householder | News | Comments

Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Roger Pontz has been almost completely blind...

Graphene, Nanotubes Pair for Ultracapacitors

April 23, 2014 7:00 am | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

By combining the powers of two single-atom-thick carbon structures, researchers have created a...

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MRI Sensor May Help Diagnose, Fight Cancer

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by MIT, Anne Trafton | News | Comments

An injectable sensor that enables long-term monitoring of oxygen levels could aid cancer diagnosis and treatment. Using this kind of sensor, doctors may be able to better determine radiation doses and monitor whether treatments are having the desired effect.

Plan Would Speed Approval of Medical Devices

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA has unveiled a proposal designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.

Google Sets Challenge for Nonprofits

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Brett Zongker | News | Comments

Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. The tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work.

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Researcher Takes Step Toward Nanoscale Electronics

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Rochester | News | Comments

Scientists are facing a number of barriers as they try to develop circuits that are microscopic in size, including how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule. Now, an assistant professor of chemical engineering has done just that, thereby taking us one step closer to nanoscale circuitry.

TSA Improvements Stem from Behavior Studies

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

A recent study offers insight into how a federal transportation security officer’s thought process can influence decisions made during airport baggage screening. These findings are helping the TSA improve the performance of its security officers.

Healthcare Site Vulnerable to Heartbleed

April 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Julie Pace | News | Comments

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

Camera System Lights Cancer Path

April 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Cornell Univ. | Videos | Comments

With a new, commercially available camera system using nanoparticles that make cancer cells glow, the way is lit for surgeons to diagnose and remove tumors.

Asian Pollution Affects World’s Weather

April 18, 2014 12:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

The first study that combines different scales into one model to simulate the effects of Asian pollution on the Pacific storm track has shown that the pollution can influence weather over much of the world. These results show that using multiple scales in one model greatly improves the accuracy of climate simulations.

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Satellites Can Monitor Volcanoes

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Sophie Bushwick | News | Comments

Predicting when a volcano will blow its top takes constant monitoring. Researchers are now looking to satellites as a valuable eye in the sky, since they can observe the ground around volcanoes for signs of deformation.

NASA's Moon-orbiting Robot Crashes

April 18, 2014 8:32 am | by Associated Press, Marcia Dunn | News | Comments

NASA's small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon.

Team Visualizes New Crystallization Process

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Researchers have combined a tiny, bright X-ray beam with high-speed X-ray cameras to shoot a movie showing how organic molecules form different types of ordered structures or crystals.

Sensor Efficiently Detects Ozone

April 18, 2014 7:00 am | by Network of Valencian Universities for the Promotion of R&D (RUVID) | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a more effective ozone sensor than the ones currently available. The new sensor detects this gas faster and in lower amounts.

‘Global Soundscapes Day’ to Record Sounds of Earth

April 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers are collaborating around the globe for a special Earth Day experience on Tuesday, April 22, designed to capture up to 1 million natural sound recordings and upload them for preservation.

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Bionic Ankle Mimics Biology

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by MIT, Rob Matheson | News | Comments

An associate professor of media arts and sciences gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. He designs— and wears— bionic leg prostheses that he says, “emulate nature,” by mimicking the functions and power of biological knees, ankles and calves.

Submarine Search is Successful, Yet Yields No Results

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Margie Mason | News | Comments

Investigators have been analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane. The tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft.

Barcode Makes Counterfeiting Harder

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | News | Comments

Counterfeiters, beware: scientists are reporting the development of a new type of inexpensive barcode that, when added to documents or currency, could foil attempts at making forgeries.

Scans May Help Predict Recovery from Vegetative State

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Jamie Sleigh, Catherine Warnaby | News | Comments

Positron emission tomography, which looks at energy uptake in different parts of the brain, could be particularly good at determining more accurately which people in a minimally conscious state or suffering from unresponsive wakefulness syndrome might regain consciousness.

Ants Inspire Help for Human Evacuees

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

An escape route mapping system, based on the behavior of ant colonies, could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack. The system builds a map showing the shortest routes to shelters, and provides regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via smartphones.

Composite Materials Can Repeatedly Heal Themselves

April 16, 2014 1:32 pm | by Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology | News | Comments

Scientists have created a 3-D vascular system that allows for high-performance composite materials, such as fiberglass, to heal autonomously, and repeatedly.

Method May Impede Illicit Nuclear Trafficking

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

Coupling commercially available spectral X-ray detectors with a specialized algorithm can improve the detection of uranium and plutonium in small, layered objects such as baggage. This approach enhances the detection powers of X-ray imaging and may provide a new tool to impede nuclear trafficking.

Microscope Will Help Early Detection of Cancer, Diseases

April 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Arkansas | News | Comments

An engineering researcher has developed an inexpensive, endoscopic microscope capable of producing high-resolution, sub-cellular images of tissue in real time. The fiber-optic device, which is portable, re-usable and easily packaged with conventional endoscopes, will help clinicians detect and diagnose early-stage diseases.

Lasers Enable Observation of Frantic Electrons

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Kansas | News | Comments

A research team has used high-powered lasers to track the speed and movement of electrons inside an innovative material that is just one atom thick.

Image of the Week: How to Wash Eyes in Space

April 15, 2014 7:00 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Imagine you are an astronaut on the ISS and a fleck of dust gets in your eye. How do you wash it out? Engineers came up with the idea seen in this picture.

Many Too Lazy to Protect Online Security

April 14, 2014 12:04 pm | by Victoria Univ. of Wellington | News | Comments

Around 80 percent of home computer users who admit they don’t take measures to protect their online security cite laziness as the reason.

Borrowing from Astronomy Sharpens Microscopic Images

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

The complexity of biology can befuddle even the most sophisticated light microscopes. Biological samples bend light in unpredictable ways, returning difficult-to-interpret information to the microscope and distorting the resulting image. New imaging technology rapidly corrects for these distortions and sharpens high-resolution images over large volumes of tissue.

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