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Apple Reports $7.7 Billion Profit on Strong iPhone Sales

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

While rivals like Samsung are starting to show weakness in phone sales, Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in the third fiscal quarter, up 13 percent from the period a year ago.

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Microsoft brings two open source tools to Azure

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Following through on promises from new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft continues to add support for non-Microsoft technologies, allowing them to run well on the company’s Azure cloud hosting platform.

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What the Future Holds: Technology, Aided by Recession, Is Polarizing the Work World

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Routine tasks that follow well-defined procedures are especially likely to be taken over by computers, and the recession has sped this process up.

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Apple reports huge profit but sales disappoint

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Apple has racked up another hugely profitable quarter on sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, though its revenue growth was slower than expected. Apple on Tuesday reported a profit of $7.7 billion for the April-to-June quarter, up 12 percent on the same period last year and ahead of analyst estimates of $7.5 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.

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Square Feet: Former Verizon Buildings Sold for Conversions

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Verizon Communications has been selling many of its massive buildings in New York, which are being converted into condos, medical centers and hotels.

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We’ve locked up carbon dioxide by turning it to stone

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

How can we get rid of excess CO2? Geologist Juerg Matter knows how to stash it in rock so it can’t leak out again – the next step is to go big

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Intel releases its most reliable pro SSD

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Intel today unveiled what it called its most reliable SSD (solid-state drive) series to date; the drives are aimed at enterprise client users and small businesses. The new Intel SSD Pro 2500 drives are Intel’s first "Pro" series SSDs to be sold through third-party channels. The previous model, the Pro 1500, was sold exclusively by Intel to equipment makers.

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Scratching Privacy: What the Internet Can See From Your Cat Pictures

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Calling attention to “the wave of decreased privacy for all,” a professor has used cat pictures to build a site showing the locations of the cats and their owners.

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Bits Blog: Chinese Team Wins Biggest-Ever Prize in Professional Video Gaming

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The annual tournament for the online battle game Dota 2 concluded on Monday afternoon in Seattle with the five members of Team Newbee each $1 million richer.

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Bits Blog: Goodwill Investigating Possible Theft of Credit Card Data

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

An unusually high number of fraudulent purchases tied to cards used at its thrift stores led authorities to contact Goodwill on Friday about a possible data breach.

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Leaked ‘Windows 9′ screenshots reveal more detail about reborn Start menu

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

It’s no secret that an upcoming Windows update codenamed ‘Threshold’ will herald the return of the Start menu and allow Metro apps to operate in windowed mode. Heck, the image above came straight from Microsoft itself. But whenever fresh screenshots of the interface show up it’s always worth taking a look.

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Design Notebook: Putting Magic in the Mundane

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

David Rose, the author of “Enchanted Objects,” sees a future where we can all live like wizards.

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Bits Blog: Hackers Find Way to Outwit Tough Security at Banking Sites

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A new cyberattack allows criminals to bypass the security mechanisms at banks in Austria, Japan, Switzerland and Sweden.

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DealBook: How Wearable Technology Made Carmelo Anthony a Tech Investor

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

M7 Tech Partners, a venture capital partnership between Carmelo Anthony and a former NBC executive, will invest in wearable technology and other consumer tech companies.

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Lasers make fibre optic tubes out of thin air

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Corralling light using laser-heated air can let you send signals vast distances without the light getting lost. It could be used to detect explosives at a distance

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Sinosphere Blog: Twitter Acts Quickly on Suspect Pro-China Accounts

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Hours after an article about bogus Twitter accounts dedicated to spreading pro-China propaganda, Twitter appears to have hit the kill switch on a score of the suspect accounts.

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Sinosphere Blog: Chinese Now Prefer Mobile When Going Online

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The results of a new survey showed that more Chinese are heading online to send instant messages (through popular mobile apps like Tencent’s Weixin, or WeChat), listen to music, play video games and read.

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Cycling is a drag act in virtual wind tunnel

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A hideously complex mass of equations can tell you about air flow over your boat, F1 car or bike – while also making the prettiest images in engineering

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Bits Blog: Yahoo Acquires Flurry to Bolster Mobile Offerings

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The purchase will give Yahoo insight into how apps are used on the 1.4 billion mobile devices that run Flurry’s software, as well as access to Flurry’s mobile ad technology.

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Netflix, Growing, Envisions Expansion Abroad

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The company reported its business grew in the second quarter thanks to international customers and little adverse effect from an announced price increase.

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Drones on a Different Mission

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A fleet of remote-controlled aircraft has been deployed, and operators trained, not to conduct military operations, but to protect natural resources around the world.

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DealBook: Alibaba Says It Relies on Markets, Not Connections

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

In response to an article about the political connections of some of its shareholders, Alibaba discounted the notion that their backgrounds helped drive its business.

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Weinstein Company Plans to Release ‘One Chance’ on Yahoo’s Free Streaming Site

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The film, which had its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, will arrive in theaters in the fall, after it appears on Yahoo Screen.

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Bits Blog: Rand Paul Talks Tech

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The libertarian senator told a group of young, conservative techies that tech will make obsolete much government regulation. He told them to tailor the message: Not no government, just minimal government, maximum tech.

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DealBook: Paul Singer’s Hedge Fund Expected to Consider Activist Options for EMC

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Elliott Management, the fund, has built up a position in the computer storage company worth at least $1 billion, hoping to push for a breakup, people briefed on the matter said.

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Own the record-breaking scramjet NASA and Russia built

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

In its day, this CIAM-NASA HFL "Kholod" scramjet was the fastest thing in the air. Just the thing for your private museum

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Smart goggles let helicopter pilots see through fog

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

An augmented reality headset may allow the pilots of business jets and helicopters to take off and land in fog, torrential rain, snow and dust storms

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Galaxy mapper’s first discovery: surprise space debris

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The Gaia satellite is being hit by far more micrometeoroids than anticipated, which might spell trouble for spacecraft headed to the same orbital position

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Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside, a new federally sponsored geological study concludes.

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The electric slide dance of DNA knots

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

DNA has the nasty habit of getting tangled and forming knots. Scientists study these knots to understand their function and learn how to disentangle them (e.g. useful for gene sequencing techniques). Cristian Micheletti, professor at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and his team have been carrying out research in which they simulate these knots and their dynamics. In their latest paper, just published in the journal Soft Matter, Micheletti together with Marco Di Stefano, first author and PhD student at SISSA, and colleagues from Ljubljana and San Diego devised and tested a method based on the application of electric fields and "optical tweezers".

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New report takes stock of jellyfish in UK seas

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

2013 proved a record year for jellyfish sightings, large numbers already reported through 2014

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Rising temperatures hinder Indian wheat production

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Geographers at the University of Southampton have found a link between increasing average temperatures in India and a reduction in wheat production.

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A crystal wedding in the nanocosmos

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the Vienna University of Technology and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Lublin have succeeded in embedding nearly perfect semiconductor crystals into a silicon nanowire. With this new method of producing hybrid nanowires, very fast and multi-functional processing units can be accommodated on a single chip in the future. The research results will be published in the journal Nano Research.

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Museum workers pronounce dobsonfly found in China, largest aquatic insect

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Workers with the Insect Museum of West China, who were recently given several very large dragon-fly looking insects, with long teeth, by locals in a part of Sichuan, have declared it, a giant dobsonfly the largest known aquatic insect in the world alive today. The find displaces the previous record holder, the South American helicopter damselfly, by just two centimeters.

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Blood flow lends insights to bird flight and motion

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The blood flow to leg bones in birds has been shown to correlate to their locomotion patterns.

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Study finds missing piece of biogeochemical puzzle in aquifer

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A study published in Scienceby researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and co-authored by Georgia Tech may dramatically shift our understanding of the complex dance of microbes and minerals that takes place in aquifers deep underground. This dance affects groundwater quality, the fate of contaminants in the ground and the emerging science of carbon sequestration.

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New etching process builds custom nanostructures for X-ray optics

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have invented a customizable chemical etching process that can be used to manufacture high-performance focusing devices for the brightest X-ray sources on the planet, as well as to make other nanoscale structures such as biosensors and battery electrodes.

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EU sets 30% energy savings target

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Members of the European Union will have to boost their energy efficiency by 30% by 2030 according to Commission.

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K computer runs largest ever ensemble simulation of global weather

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Ensemble forecasting is a key part of weather forecasting today. Computers typically run multiple simulations, called ensembles, using slightly different initial conditions or assumptions, and then analyze them together to try to improve forecasts. Now, using Japan’s flagship 10-petaFLOPS K computer, researchers from the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) have succeeded in running 10,240 parallel simulations of global weather, the largest number ever performed, using data assimilation to reduce the range of uncertainties.

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Where have all the swallows gone?

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Extinction: the permanent loss of a species. It is deeply troubling—and scientists and birdwatchers are ringing the alarm about a bird species that only a few decades ago was widespread and very common.

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Company converts coconut husk fibers into materials for cars and homes

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

When Elisa Teipel, and her collaborators began their research several years ago, their goal was to take an agricultural waste product of little value—in this case, fibers extracted from coconut husks—and turn it into an environmentally-friendly, valuable commodity.

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Ancient genetic material from caries bacterium obtained for the first time

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Streptococcus mutans, one of the principal bacteria that cause dental caries, has increased the change in its genetic material over time, possibly coinciding with dietary change linked to the expansion of humanity.

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Scientists use DNA analysis to prevent extinction of only native rabbit in Maine and New Hampshire

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Scientists with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station are working to restore New Hampshire and Maine’s only native rabbit after new research based on genetic monitoring has found that in the last decade, cottontail populations in northern New England have become more isolated and seen a 50 percent contraction of their range.

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Designing exascale computers

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

"Imagine a heart surgeon operating to repair a blocked coronary artery. Someday soon, the surgeon might run a detailed computer simulation of blood flowing through the patient’s arteries, showing how millions of red blood cells jostle and tumble through the small vessels. The simulation would identify the best repair strategy.

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Scientists find way to maintain quantum entanglement in amplified signals

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Physicists Sergei Filippov (MIPT and Russian Quantum Center at Skolkovo) and Mario Ziman (Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and the Institute of Physics in Bratislava, Slovakia) have found a way to preserve quantum entanglement of particles passing through an amplifier and, conversely, when transmitting a signal over long distances. Details are provided in an article published in the journal Physical Review A.

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Developing the next evolution in underwater communication

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Think about how far telecommunications have come in the past century, from the telegraph, to the wireless telephone, to being able to access the Internet from nearly anywhere on the planet. Along that path are a series of small evolutions that, when viewed from a distance, are revolutionary.

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Chinese scientists search for evidence of dark matter particles with new underground PandaX detector

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The new PandaX facility, located deep underground in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan, hosts a large liquid-xenon detector designed to search for direct evidence of dark matter interactions with the nuclei of xenon and to observe 136Xe double-beta decay.

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Should we listen to our genes, or does mother know best?

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Breaking the mould of inherited family characteristics could help you survive in a fast-changing world, scientists have discovered.

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Watch the Falcon 9 rocket booster descend into the ocean for its "soft" landing (w/ Video)

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

SpaceX today released video from the Falcon 9 first stage flyback and landing video from the July 14 launch of six ORBCOMM advanced telecommunications satellites. This was a test of the reusability of the Falcon 9′s first stage and its flyback and landing system. It splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean, and SpaceX called it a "soft" landing, even though the booster did not survive the splashdown. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted on July 14 that the rocket booster reentry, landing burn and leg deployment worked well, but the hull of the first stage "lost integrity right after splashdown (aka kaboom)." He later reported that detailed review of rocket telemetry showed the booster took a "body slam, maybe from a self-generated wave."

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Compact vibration harvester power supply with highest efficiency opens door to "fix-and-forget" sensor nodes

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

OMRON and Holst Centre/imec have unveiled a prototype of an extremely compact vibrational energy harvesting DC power supply with worlds’ highest efficiency. The prototype will be demonstrated at the TECHNO-FRONTIER2014 exhibition in Tokyo from July 23rd till July 25th. Combining OMRON’s electret energy harvester with a Holst Centre/imec power management IC, it can convert and store energy from vibrations in the µW range with high efficiency to the driving voltage of general sensors. The prototype measures just 5 x 6 cm – with potential to shrink as small as 2 x 2 cm. Its small size, light weight (15.4 gram) and user-variable output voltage are ideal for a wide-range of autonomous wireless sensor node applications in the industrial and consumer domains, particularly in inaccessible locations.

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Eco-pottery product from water treatment sludge

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Sludge is a by-product of water treatment. Sludge is produced during the clarification and filtration process in the water treatment system. It is also produced from the accumulated solids removed from sedimentation basin or settling tank.

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Ultra high definition TVs boost LG Display profit

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

(AP)—LG Display Co. said profit for the April-June quarter more than doubled as a stronger won reduced the value of its foreign debt and the World Cup boosted demand for ultra-high-definition TVs.

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Engineers recall five-year planning for nation’s largest federally owned wind project

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Within the world of wind power, Kurt Myers and his engineering team are like Swiss Army knives in a silverware drawer. In his career as a wind energy systems expert, Myers has become a leading consultant in federal wind and solar developments. He travels as a Department of Energy contractor to influence regional, national and international energy research and development projects.

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Brand new technology detects probiotic organisms in food

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

In the food industr, ity is very important to ensure the quality and safety of products consumed by the population to improve their properties and reduce foodborne illness. Therefore, a team of Mexican researchers developed a sensing microbiosensor that detects beneficial bacteria. This micromechanical device, which is known for being inexpensive, fast, selective and reliable, is the first of its kind manufactured in the country, and has been used to evaluate the growth of L. plantarum 299vm, a probiotic microorganism useful in the development of fermented dairy products.

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Windows systems set to be ‘unified’

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Microsoft’s chief executive details plans to "converge" the various Windows operating systems to aid app creators.

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Agricultural trade appears unaffected by BC carbon tax

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

British Columbia’s carbon tax does not appear to have had a measurable impact on international agricultural trade, despite concerns it would greatly reduce the BC industry’s competitiveness, according to new analysis commissioned by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).

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Angry Bitcoin investors demand answers at Tokyo creditors’ meet

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Bitcoin investors voiced anger Wednesday after the first creditors’ meeting for failed Tokyo trading exchange MtGox, whose spectacular collapse hammered the digital currency’s reputation and left a trail of unanswered questions.

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Lives and deaths of sibling stars

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

This beautiful star cluster, NGC 3293, is found 8000 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina (The Keel). This cluster was first spotted by the French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille in 1751, during his stay in what is now South Africa, using a tiny telescope with an aperture of just 12 millimetres. It is one of the brightest clusters in the southern sky and can be easily seen with the naked eye on a dark clear night.

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Telerobotics puts robot power at your fingertips

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

At the Smart America Expo in Washington, D.C., in June, scientists showed off cyber-dogs and disaster drones, smart grids and smart healthcare systems, all intended to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

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1 dead, 2 injured by SW Fla. lightning strike

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

(AP)—A lightning strike has killed one person and injured two others on Fort Myers Beach in southwest Florida.

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Heatstroke kills three in Japan, thousands hospitalised

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Sweltering temperatures across Japan have left at least three people dead and 3,000 others taken to hospital with heatstroke in the course of a week, officials said Wednesday.

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Drugmaker GSK slashes annual profits forecast

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday slashed its 2014 profits forecast as second-quarter earnings sank on the back of weak US trade, adverse currency moves and a Chinese bribery probe.

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Researchers study bamboo for engineered building material

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Bamboo construction has traditionally been rather straightforward: Entire stalks are used to create latticed edifices, or woven in strips to form wall-sized screens. The effect can be stunning, and also practical in parts of the world where bamboo thrives.

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Microfluidics and nanofluidics research provide inexpensive ways to analyze blood and filter water (w/ Video)

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Rohit Karnik, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, addresses real-world challenges with his microfluidics and nanofluidics research. The studies that Karnik and his team have conducted on fluid flow at the molecular level have uncovered important data about fluid’s unique behavior, and has led to the development of new technologies that can potentially solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.

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Hurricane Imaging Radiometer prepared for deployment

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer, known as HIRAD, will fly aboard one of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft during NASA’s Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel or HS3 mission from Wallops beginning August 26 through September 29.

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Achieving chemical-free natural cosmetics with the power of enzymes

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A EUR 7 million EU-funded project has been launched with the intention of replacing chemical cosmetic production techniques with eco-friendly alternatives. By doing so, the OPTIBIOCAT project hopes to provide the natural cosmetics sector with the necessary technical sophistication to meet growing consumer demand for natural, environmentally friendly products.

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Protein evolution follows a modular principle

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Proteins impart shape and stability to cells, drive metabolic processes and transmit signals. To perform these manifold tasks, they fold into complex three-dimensional shapes. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen have now discovered that proteins can be constructed of similar amino acid chains even when their three-dimensional shapes differ significantly. This suggests that the proteins that exist today arose from common precursors. Presumably, in the course of evolution they were built up from smaller fragments according to a modular principle.

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DealBook: LinkedIn Makes Another Deal, Buying Bizo

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The social network for professional is paying about $175 million for a firm that lets marketers identify new business prospects and target them with relevant content.

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The first direct-diode laser bright enough to cut and weld metal

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Diode lasers—used in laser pointers, barcode scanners, DVD players, and other low-power applications—are perhaps the most efficient, compact, and low-cost lasers available.

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Minimising drag to maximise results

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

One of the most exciting parts of the Tour de France for spectators is the tactical vying for spots in the breakaway group at the front of the pack.

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Midyear jobs outlook: What you need to know about IT hiring, skills, and benefits

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

IT staffing firms and employment researchers released a flurry of data as the first half of the year came to a close. The bottom line? The second half of 2014 is looking good for job-hunting IT pros, particularly if they possess coveted skills. IT employment numbers are rising, employers are forging ahead with hiring plans, and CIOs are confident about hiring budgets. Here come the numbers.

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BBC trials high-frame-rate TV

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The BBC is experimenting with new ways to deliver TV coverage of live events, with a series of trials at the Commonwealth Games.

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Perthites wanted for study on the Aussie lingo

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

We all know that Australians speak English differently from the way it’s spoken in the UK or the US, and many of us are aware that Perth people have a slightly different version of the language from, say, Melbournians – but a young French linguist is hoping to recruit 120 Perthites to discover exactly how people in WA’s capital use the Queen’s English.

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North Atlantic right whale’s prospects tied to climate

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A pleasant scientific surprise: The North Atlantic right whale population – once projected for extinction – exhibited an unexpected increase in calf production and population size during the past decade.

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Research finds charter schools nationwide more cost-effective, produce greater ROI

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A first-ever report released July 22 by the University of Arkansas, which ties charter school funding to achievement, finds that public charter schools are more productive than traditional public schools in all 28 states included in analyses of cost-effectiveness and return on investment.

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Funding review casting shadow over Portuguese research could cloud other countries

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Every five years, the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) reviews its research institutes from Astronomy to Zoology. But this year, for the first time, the FCT contracted the European Science Foundation (ESF) for the job. FCT’s resulting reallocation of funding will impact upon the career of more than 5,000 researchers – a third of the total in the country.

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Finding the ‘heart’ of an obstacle to superconductivity

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A team at Cornell and Brookhaven National Laboratory has discovered that previously observed density waves that seem to suppress superconductivity are linked to an electronic "broken symmetry," offering an important clue to why superconductivity doesn’t happen at higher temperatures.

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Heat testing the miniature Aausat 4 satellite

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The miniature Aausat satellite undergoes repeated temperature variations in a vacuum chamber, cooling the CubeSat to –10°C and heating it to +45°C for more than two weeks. This harsh baptism will make sure that it can cope with the conditions in space.

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Support for carbon tax grows when revenue fuels renewable energy

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A carbon tax with revenues used to fund renewable energy programs gained support from 60 percent of Americans, according to a University of Michigan poll.

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Wildlife hospitals save 16,000 animals in four years

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Birds are the most commonly rescued wildlife in Queensland, with the laughing kookaburra among our hardiest species, according to new research from The University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus.

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Cyber-theft hits eBay’s Stubhub

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The ticket reselling service Stubhub, owned by eBay, announces that more than 1,000 of its customer accounts have been broken into.

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New meteor shower "just a memory" of what once was there

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The weak display of last month’s Camelopardalids meteor shower, the result of the close passage of comet 209P/LINEAR, may have disappointed backyard observers, but this never-before-seen shower now has scientists excited. An analysis of airborne and ground-based observations published in the latest issue of the Journal of the International Meteor Organization finds that this comet’s dust was unusually fragile, and had fallen apart into undersized meteors that were largely invisible.

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Dot Earth Blog: Researchers Question Expansion of Antarctica’s Fringe of Sea Ice

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Antarctic sea ice may not be expanding as much as recent estimates concluded.

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U.K. grocery store to power itself on biogas generated from its own food waste

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has announced that it plans to power one of its grocery stores using only biogas generated from its own food waste. The store in Cannock, West Midlands is approximately one mile away from one of British based Biffa’s waste management systems, and will get its power from a single dedicated line.

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Australian researchers pioneer a ‘Google street view’ of galaxies

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A new home-grown instrument based on bundles of optical fibres is giving Australian astronomers the first ‘Google street view’ of the cosmos—incredibly detailed views of huge numbers of galaxies.

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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates 15th anniversary

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Fifteen years ago, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision.

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Google to face privacy suit over new user data policy

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A California court has allowed a privacy class action suit against Google to continue, though only in part. After evaluating each claim of each sub-class in the suit, Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal has allowed two claims of the "Android Application Disclosure Subclass," which includes all persons and entities in the U.S. that acquired an Android-powered device between Aug. 19, 2004 and the present, and downloaded at least one Android application through the Android Market or Google Play.

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Bats ‘fly by polarised light’

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Zoologists find that bats use the pattern of polarised light in the sky at sunset to help them navigate.

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Exotic state of matter propels quantum computing theory

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

So far it exists mainly in theory, but if invented, the large-scale quantum computer would change computing forever. Rather than the classical data-encoding method using binary digits, a quantum computer would process information millions of times faster through the use of quantum states of matter.

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Bits Blog: With the Blessing of Bill Gates, an Unlikely Summertime Best Seller

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Microsoft’s co-founder has resurrected “Business Adventures,” a book published in 1969, and made it a best seller by declaring it his favorite business book.

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Windows systems set to be merged

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Microsoft announces that it plans to create a single operating system to power smartphones, tablets, PCs and Xbox consoles.

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Zero-day flaws in Tails aren’t for sale, vulnerability broker says

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

A company that specializes in selling information on software vulnerabilities has reignited a debate over the handling of such information, especially when it pertains to privacy-focused tools. Exodus Intelligence, based in Austin, Texas, tweeted on Monday it had found several vulnerabilities in Tails, an operating system and suite of applications designed to make it harder to track a user’s activity online.

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Bits Blog: The New Nigerian Email Swindle

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Researchers have found that recent cyberattacks are being orchestrated by people behind the Nigerian 419 swindle, in which foreign victims are tricked into transferring money.

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Microsoft revenue lifted by cloud sales to businesses

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Strong sales of cloud products to businesses helped lift Microsoft’s revenue by 18 percent last quarter, though its profits declined. Revenue for the quarter ended June 30 was $23.4 billion, up from $19.9 billion last year and ahead of the consensus analyst estimate of $23 billion, according to a poll by Thomson Reuters.

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5 takeaways from the Apple earnings call

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed.

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Oracle builds on BlueKai acquisition with Data Cloud

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

Oracle is combining its BlueKai consumer data aggregation platform with other parts of its catalog to create Oracle Data Cloud, a data-as-a-service offering aimed at companies that want to reach customers and prospects across multiple channels. As part of Data Cloud, Oracle is offering two services. The first is Oracle DaaS for Marketing, a subscription-based product that provides access to large pools of anonymized user data.

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Deep sea mining licences issued

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The UN’s seabed authority issues exploration licences that accelerate a search for valuable minerals on the ocean floor.

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DealBook: LinkedIn Makes Another Deal, Buying Bizo

Written By: admin - Jul• 24•14

The social network for professional is paying about $175 million for a firm that lets marketers identify new business prospects and target them with relevant content.

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Facebook to release open source library for iOS interface development

Written By: admin - Jul• 23•14

Facebook within a few weeks plans to release an open source library intended to help developers build native Apple iOS apps with a smooth, responsive user interfaces.

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Porn filter shunned by UK net users

Written By: admin - Jul• 23•14

The vast majority of new broadband customers are declining to sign up to "child friendly" filters when prompted to do so by UK service providers.

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