Interesting Tech

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New hadrosaur noses into spotlight

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Call it the Jimmy Durante of dinosaurs – a newly discovered hadrosaur with a truly distinctive nasal profile. The new dinosaur, named Rhinorex condrupus by paleontologists from North Carolina State University and Brigham Young University, lived in what is now Utah approximately 75 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.

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Bits Blog: Big Weekend for Apple May Herald Strong Demand for iPhone 6

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Eager Apple fans have been lining up to experience the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and investors will be watching for clues about how well the new models will sell.

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eBay flaw has existed for months

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

A dangerous flaw that has exposed eBay customers to malicious websites has been affecting the site since at least February, the BBC has found.

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It’s no bubble: Insane dotcom valuations reveal how integral tech is to our lives

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

A recent flurry of business mergers and acquisitions and stock market flotations in the US has prompted some financial commentators to predict a new tech bubble.

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Graphene sensor tracks down cancer biomarkers

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer.

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Lockheed Martin successfully mates NOAA GOES-R satellite modules

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

A team of technicians and engineers at Lockheed Martin has successfully mated together the large system and propulsion modules of the first GOES-R series weather satellite at the company’s Space Systems facilities near Denver, Colorado. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R series (GOES-R) is NOAA’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites.

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DealBook: Latest Updates on the Alibaba I.P.O.

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

The Alibaba Group, the e-commerce behemoth in China, is making its debut as a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange today.

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Experiment with speeding ions verifies relativistic time dilation to new level of precision

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

(Phys.org) —A team of researchers working at the Experimental Storage Ring in Damstadt, Germany have conducted an experiment using ions pushed to 40 percent of the speed of light to verify time dilation to a new level of precision. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes how their experiment was conducted and how it allowed them to validate the time dilation prediction to just a few parts per billion.

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Alibaba makes Wall Street debut

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Alibaba made its long-awaited Wall Street debut Friday on the heels of a record stock offering that opens the door to global expansion for the Chinese online retail giant.

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Environmental pollutants make worms susceptible to cold

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Some pollutants are more harmful in a cold climate than in a hot, because they affect the temperature sensitivity of certain organisms. Now researchers from Danish universities have demonstrated how this happens, and it can help us better predict contamination risks, especially in the Arctic.

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NRL, aerospace industry hosts 10th annual CanSat Student Challenge

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Created in 2004 by the American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Texas CanSat Competition is an undergraduate and graduate level design-build-launch event simulating the end-to-end life cycle of a complex engineering project.

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How baryon acoustic oscillation reveals the expansion of the universe

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Imagine a stadium filled with people. With everyone is in their seats, waiting for the game to begin, there is an undercurrent of noise. A few words between friends, the scuffle of shoes, the creak of a chair. All of these little sounds fill the stadium with a background of white noise.

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DealBook: Live Blog: Tracking the Giant Alibaba I.P.O.

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

The Alibaba Group, the e-commerce behemoth in China, is making its debut as a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange today.

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Elucidating extremophilic ‘microbial dark matter’

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Genomes from novel lineages of bacteria and archaea in extreme environments have become accessible through techniques such as metagenomics and single-cell genomics.

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Seeing through the fog (and dust and snow) of war

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Degraded visibility—which encompasses diverse environmental conditions including severe weather, dust kicked up during takeoff and landing and poor visual contrast among different parts of terrain—often puts both the safety and effectiveness of tactical helicopter operations at risk. Current sensor systems that can provide the necessary visualization through obscurants struggle with latency and are too large, heavy and power-intensive to comply with military rotary wing operations.

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The Great Cold Spot in the cosmic microwave background

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

The cosmic microwave background (CMB) is the thermal afterglow of the primordial fireball we call the big bang. One of the striking features of the CMB is how remarkably uniform it is. Still, there are some small variations in temperature at various points in the sky. This is actually expected, and in fact the scale at which these fluctuations occur tells us a great deal about the structure of the universe. But there is also a fluctuation that isn’t expected, and its cause is a bit of a mystery. It is known as the CMB cold spot, and there has been much speculation as to its cause.

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How Paramecium protozoa claw their way to the top

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

The ability to swim upwards – towards the sun and food supplies – is vital for many aquatic microorganisms. Exactly how they are able to differentiate between above and below in often murky waters is still not understood today. An extremely simple trick of physics involving the self-organised balancing of two forces could offer a reliable and effective explanation of this phenomenon. This has been demonstrated by an international research team headed by Clemens Bechinger from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and the University of Stuttgart. Their discovery not only provides a plausible and elegant explanation for this natural behaviour called Gravitaxis, it could also be used to enable the self-organised steering of swimming microrobot swarms in the future.

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Study helps uncover mechanism behind solid-solid phase transitions

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Two solids made of the same elements but with different geometric arrangements of the atoms, or crystal phases, can produce materials with different properties. Coal and diamond offer a spectacular example of this effect.

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How the signal from light triggers biological action in bacteria

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Sunlight is the basis for all life on Earth so it should come as no surprise that many organisms have developed complex systems for detecting the quality and quantity of light in their environment. Plants, fungi, and many species of bacteria use light-sensitive proteins called phytochromes to control biological functions that respond to changes in light. In the bacterial species Deinococcus radiodurans, a red/far-red-light absorbing phytochrome controls the production of light-protective pigments. The structure of the phytochrome in the resting state has been solved, but the question of how the signal from light gets transformed into a biological action has remained elusive. Now, in work that was carried out at the BioCARS beamline 14-ID-B at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Photon Source, as well as at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility and the Swiss Light Source, researchers have collected structural data on the active state of the phytochrome sensory module that provide exciting new insights into how it transforms light into action. These findings fill in critical steps in our understanding of these complex sensory systems, manipulation of which may have many future applications in agriculture.

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Gaze-tracker lets you connect to devices with a glance

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

A headset computer that knows where you’re looking can connect you to your devices or to other people with just a look and a nod

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Winter in the southern uplands of Mars

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Over billions of years, the southern uplands of Mars have been pockmarked by numerous impact features, which are often so closely packed that they overlap. One such feature is Hooke crater, shown in this frost-tinged scene, imaged by ESA’s Mars Express during winter in the southern hemisphere.

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Five facts about NASA’s ISS-RapidScat

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

NASA’s ISS-RapidScat mission will observe ocean wind speed and direction over most of the globe, bringing a new eye on tropical storms, hurricanes and typhoons. Here are five fast facts about the mission.

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Saturn-circling Cassini spacecraft plumbs Titan’s seas next week

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Is the surf up yet on Titan? As the moon of Saturn moves towards northern summer, scientists are trying to spot signs of the winds picking up. This weekend, the Cassini spacecraft plans a look at the the largest body of liquid on Titan, Kraken Mare, to see if there are any waves on this huge hydrocarbon sea.

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Base-pairing protects DNA from UV damage

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich researchers have discovered a further function of the base-pairing that holds the two strands of the DNA double helix together: it plays a crucial role in protecting the DNA from the ultraviolet rays of the Sun.

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DealBook: Alibaba, With Its I.P.O., Mints Millionaires and Risk-Takers

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Alibaba has generously handed out stock to all levels of workers, creating a wealth diaspora rarely seen in China.

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Bits Blog: Home Depot Says Data From 56 Million Cards Was Taken in Breach

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

The breach, which went unnoticed for five months, has become the largest known attack on a retailer.

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Interactions of Earth’s smallest players have global impact

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

A new study reveals the interactions among bacteria and viruses that prey on them thriving in oxygen minimum zones—stretches of ocean starved for oxygen that occur around the globe. Understanding such microbial communities in their natural environments is an important step in understanding global processes, including climate.

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Google and Apple to force encryption

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Google and Apple commit to encrypting users’ data by default, to protect against hackers and the requests of law enforcement agencies.

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Apple’s smart watch could have us all self-monitoring

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

With its finger on your pulse, the Apple Watch will spawn a new generation of apps to monitor health, fitness and perhaps even emotions

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Ear ye, ear ye, otitis is common in dogs, and allergies are often to blame

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Ear inflammation, or otitis, is one of the most common medical problems that dogs experience; because there are many causes, it is important to seek veterinary care to prevent severe pain and damage to deeper structures of the ear, which may lead to dizziness and long-term hearing loss.

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Drivers fed up with slowing down at inactive roadwork sites

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Drivers frustrated at slowing down at inactive roadwork sites are ignoring reduced speed limits, a QUT study has found.

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Bits Blog: Home Depot Says Data From 56 Million Cards Was Taken in Breach

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

The breach, which went unnoticed for five months, has become the largest known attack on a retailer.

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Bits Blog: On Apple’s Big Weekend, All Eyes Will Be on the iPhone

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Eager Apple fans will line up this weekend to experience the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and investors will be watching for clues about how well the new models will sell.

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Bird brains more precise than humans’

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

(Phys.org) —Birds have been found to display superior judgement of their body width compared to humans, in research to help design autonomous aircraft navigation systems.

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Kids with incarcerated dads more likely to be held back a grade

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

While proud classmates bring parents to school for Career Day, kids with imprisoned dads incur a double whammy: They are significantly more likely to be held back to repeat a grade, a Cornell and University of California, Irvine, study has found.

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Electric car breaks 200 mph barrier to set new land speed record

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

An electric car built by BYU engineering students has once again set a world land speed record, this time besting the previous mark by nearly 50 mph.

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Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

(Phys.org) —Faster, smaller, greener computers, capable of processing information up to 1,000 times faster than currently available models, could be made possible by replacing silicon with materials that can switch back and forth between different electrical states.

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Image: ESRO-4 readied for solar simulation testing

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

The ESRO-4 satellite being prepared for solar simulation testing in Building 24 of the ESTEC technical centre in early 1972.

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Halfway through Blue Dot mission

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Halfway through his six-month Blue Dot mission, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is sharing the International Space Station with only two colleagues: Maxim Suraev and Reid Wiseman.

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The eye of a zebrafish larva can distinguish between prey and predator

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Red or green? Small or large? Fast or slow? Humans and animals rely on their visual organs to classify objects in their environment. Decisions about how we best respond to moving objects in our environment are often made very quickly and unconsciously. The size of a moving object is obviously an important criterion. The rapid speed of a response suggests that specialised neural circuits in the visual system are responsible for recognising important object properties. If they are activated, they trigger the "fight" or "flight" signal in the brain. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research in Heidelberg have now shed light on how such circuits, which are likely to be crucial in classifying objects by size, function in the brain of the zebrafish larva.

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Particle detector finds hints of dark matter in space

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Researchers at MIT’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science have released new measurements that promise to shed light on the origin of dark matter.

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Fingertip sensor gives robot unprecedented dexterity

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Researchers at MIT and Northeastern University have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port.

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Scholar tracks the changing world of gay sexuality

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

With same-sex marriage now legalized in 19 states and laws making it impossible to ban homosexuals from serving in the military, gay, lesbian and bisexual people are now enjoying more freedoms and rights than ever before.

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‘Honeybee’ robots replicate swarm behaviour

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Computer scientists have created a low-cost, autonomous micro-robot which in large numbers can replicate the behaviour of swarming honeybees

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‘Lost chapel’ skeletons found holding hands after 700 years

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Some relationships last a lifetime – and University of Leicester archaeologists have discovered that they can last even longer after unearthing two skeletons at a lost chapel in Leicestershire that have been holding hands for 700 years.

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Lunadong fossils support theory of earlier dispersal of modern man

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

(Phys.org) —Scientists are now considering the possibility that the exodus of modern man from Africa may have been earlier than 60,000 years ago as traditionally thought. Christopher Bae, a paleoanthropologist at UH Mānoa, and Wei Wang of the Guangxi Museum of Nationalities in Nanning, China, led a team of researchers that discovered two teeth in Lunadong, a cave site located in Guangxi, southern China.

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Alibaba IPO to boost employee fortunes to $8 bn

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Employees of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba will see their fortunes swell to nearly $8 billion as the company prepares a massive US stock offering that could be valued at $25 billion.

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‘Miracle’ panda triplets open their eyes in Chinese zoo

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

A set of panda triplets, known as the world’s only surviving trio, have opened their eyes for the first time more than a month after their birth in a Chinese zoo.

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DealBook: Alibaba, With Its I.P.O., Mints Millionaires and Risk-Takers

Written By: admin - Sep• 20•14

Alibaba has generously handed out stock to all levels of workers, creating a wealth diaspora rarely seen in China.

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DealBook: Alibaba Raises $21.8 Billion in Initial Public Offering

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The Chinese Internet juggernaut priced its shares at $68 each, which will help make the initial stock sale one of the biggest on record.

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DealBook: Alibaba, With Its I.P.O., Mints Millionaires and Risk-Takers

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The Chinese city of Hangzhou is where Jack Ma started Alibaba and where many other people dream of lucrative start-ups.

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Small, fast, and crowded: Mammal traits amplify tick-borne illness

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

In the U.S., some 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually. Thousands also suffer from babesiosis and anaplasmosis, tick-borne ailments that can occur alone or as co-infections with Lyme disease. According to a new paper published in PLOS ONE, when small, fast-living mammals abound, so too does our risk of getting sick.

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China insists wealthy countries should improve emission targets

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Wealthy countries should increase their emission commitments if a global pact on climate change is to be reached next year, China’s top UN climate negotiator said Friday.

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Asian stars enlisted to fight African rhino poaching

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Increasingly desperate South African conversationists are turning to a multi-national team of "rhino ambassadors" to try to end the scourge of poaching—and Vietnamese pop diva Hong Nhung has been recruited for a good reason.

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For legume plants, a new route from shoot to root

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

A new study shows that legume plants regulate their symbiotic relationship with soil bacteria by using cytokinins—signaling molecules— that are transmitted through the plant structure from leaves into the roots to control the number of bacteria-holding nodules in the roots. This collaborative study was conducted by researchers from the National Institute for Basic Biology, the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI), and the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science in Japan.

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Chinese buyers lead charge in iPhone 6 global debut

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Buyers from China, deprived of the latest iPhone launch at home, were Friday among the first in line in Japan to grab the "6" and its new large-screen cousin as Apple hit back at rivals.

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Militants threaten ancient sites in Iraq, Syria

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia—from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

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3D printer telescope snaps moon pics

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

A university is showing the first photographs taken by a £100 telescope built from parts made by a 3D printer.

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Alibaba mega IPO caps founder Jack Ma success tale

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

When Jack Ma founded Alibaba 15 years ago he insisted the e-commerce venture should see itself as competing against Silicon Valley, not other Chinese companies. That bold ambition from a time when China was still a corporate backwater has been vindicated this week by Alibaba completing a mammoth sale of shares to investors in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba’s IPO

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in China’s Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.

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Review: Larger iPhones eliminate reason to switch

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

It’s easy to dismiss Apple’s new iPhones as merely catching up to Android.

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Privacy groups take 2nd hit on license plate data

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

A California judge’s ruling against a tech entrepreneur seeking access to records kept secret in government databases detailing the comings and goings of millions of cars in the San Diego area via license plate scans was the second legal setback within a month for privacy advocates.

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Ig Nobel winner: Using pork to stop nosebleeds

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

There’s some truth to the effectiveness of folk remedies and old wives’ tales when it comes to serious medical issues, according to findings by a team from Detroit Medical Center.

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‘Artificial eye’ to detect particles

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible.

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Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbors

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Research to be published this Friday shows that massive galaxies in the universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead ‘snacking’ on nearby galaxies.Astronomers looked at more than 22,000 galaxies and found that while smaller galaxies are very efficient at creating stars from gas, the most massive galaxies are much less efficient at star formation, producing hardly any new stars themselves, and instead grow by eating other galaxies.

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Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbors

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to research by Australian scientists.

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Bits Blog: Home Depot Says Data From 56 Million Cards Was Taken in Breach

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The breach, which went unnoticed for five months, has become the largest known attack on a retailer.

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Physical constant is constant even in strong gravitational fields

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

An international team of physicists has shown that the mass ratio between protons and electrons is the same in weak and in very strong gravitational fields. Their study, which was partly funded by the FOM Foundation, is published online on 18 September 2014 in Physical Review Letters.

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DealBook: Alibaba Raises $21.8 Billion in Initial Public Offering

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The Chinese Internet juggernaut priced its shares at $68 each, which will help make the initial stock sale one of the biggest on record.

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IAC, Owner of Match and Tinder, Makes Moves in Online Dating

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Under Barry Diller, IAC/InterActiveCorp has been increasing its presence in an online market that has become increasingly crowded.

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Bits Blog: Apple and Amazon Take Baby Steps Toward Digital Sharing

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Sharing things in the digital world hasn’t caught up with the physical world because licensing and copyright issues are a lot trickier to navigate than handing someone a book.

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DealBook: Alibaba, With Its I.P.O., Mints Millionaires and Risk-Takers

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The Chinese city of Hangzhou is where Jack Ma started Alibaba and where many other people dream of lucrative start-ups.

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World Briefing: Syria: Opposition Investigates Vaccine

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Officials of the Syrian opposition coalition said they had created a commission of inquiry into the deaths of children caused by adulterated measles vaccine administered this week.

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Fear of Ebola Drives Mob to Kill Officials in Guinea

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Eight people were killed near a remote village in Guinea after a rock-hurling mob attacked them, claiming they had come to spread the Ebola virus.

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As Moscow’s Landfills Near Limits, Recyclers Do Whatever It Takes

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

A small but growing movement is working to make it easier to recycle household waste, and advocates say Moscow’s brimming landfills could use the relief.

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National Briefing | Science: Global Heat Records Set for Month and Season

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The globe smashed more heat records last month, including earth’s hottest August and summer, federal meteorologists said.

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Ebola Presents Challenge, and an Opportunity, for U.N. Leader

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

For Ban Ki-moon, in his seventh year leading the United Nations, Ebola represents a crucial test — but also an opportunity to lead the global response in fighting the outbreak.

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Slippery banana study wins Ig Nobel

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Research that investigated why bananas are slippery when you step on them wins one of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes.

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Larry Ellison Says He Is Done as Chief at Oracle

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The top job at the database giant will be shared by Mark V. Hurd, now co-president, and Safra Catz, who is co-president and chief financial officer.

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Bits Blog: Home Depot Says Data From 56 Million Cards Taken in Breach

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The breach, which went unnoticed for five months, has become the largest known attack on a retailer.

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DealBook: Alibaba Raises $21.8 Billion in Initial Public Offering

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The Chinese Internet juggernaut priced its shares at $68 each, which will help make the initial stock sale one of the biggest on record.

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Oracle boss Larry Ellison steps down

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Multi-billionaire Oracle boss Larry Ellison steps aside to focus on product engineering, as Mark Hurd and Safra Catz are named as co-chief executives.

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DealBook: SAP Buys Concur Technologies for $8.3 Billion

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The company will pay $129 a share, a 20 percent premium to Concur’s closing price on Wednesday, expanding its suite of web services offerings.

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Bits Blog: Net Neutrality Comments to F.C.C. Overwhelmingly One-Sided, Study Says

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The Sunlight Foundation found that less than 1 percent of the comments about net neutrality sent to the F.C.C. were clearly opposed to net neutrality.

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DealBook: To Mark I.P.O., Alibaba to Make Gift to Its New Market Home

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Alibaba is expected to give an intricate Tao doll, patterned after the mascot for its Taobao marketplace, to the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, as a sign of respect.

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Bits Blog: Twilio to Send Multimedia to Phones

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The company, which offers mobile messaging services, said it could now handle images and video, which means things like picture identification can get to your phone for pennies.

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Microsoft cuts more than 2,000 jobs

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Microsoft announces another 2,100 redundancies as part of a target to cut 18,000 jobs, about 14% of its workforce.

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Bits Blog: Upgrading to iOS 8 on an Old Phone? Prepare for Trouble, but Do It Anyway

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Apple’s new operating system, iOS 8, is going to struggle to run on your old phone or tablet. But it offers enough security features to merit switching anyway.

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Bits Blog: News Corp. and Google in a War of Words

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The publishing giant accused the search giant of being a “vast, powerful, often unaccountable bureaucracy,” and Google fired back with a tabloid reference to a hamster sandwich.

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US opens ‘drone zones’ for a year of pioneer testing

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

From farming to firefighting, drones will soon fly into everyday life in the US – the Federal Aviation Administration has six flight zones paving the way

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India’s farmers turn to technology

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

India’s farmers turn to tech to cope with climate change

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Bits Blog: F.T.C. Fines Yelp and TinyCo for Violating Children’s Privacy Rules

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The commission found that the companies violated a privacy act known as Coppa in part because they didn’t obtain parental consent before collecting information from children under 13.

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Terrance Paul, Developer of Teaching Software, Dies at 67

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Mr. Paul with his wife, Judi, created computerized teaching programs like Accelerated Reader that were widely adopted in American schools over the last 25 years.

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Bits Blog: Amazon Refreshes Its Kindle Line

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The updated tablets aim at a variety of audiences: from adults who want to work on their tablets to children.

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Ellison Says He Is Done as Chief at Oracle

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The top job at the database giant will be shared by Mark V. Hurd, now co-president, and Safra Catz, who is co-president and chief financial officer.

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Forest land rights need global focus

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world’s tropical forests, a report says.

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Bits Blog: Home Depot Says Data From 56 Million Cards Taken in Breach

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The breach, which went unnoticed for five months, has become the largest known attack on a retailer.

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Rio’s Olympic golf course in legal bunker

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The return of golf to the Olympics after what will be 112 years by the time Rio hosts South America’s first Games in 2016 comes amid accusations environmental laws were got round to build the facility in a nature reserve, horrifying ecologists.

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‘Artificial eye’ to detect particles

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible.

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Twitpic to stay alive with new owner

Written By: admin - Sep• 19•14

Twitpic is being acquired in a deal that will give renewed life to the widely used service for sharing pictures on Twitter.

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