Interesting Tech

collection of interesting topics on tech

Are robots too cute for comfort?

Written By: admin - Oct• 30•14

Why big-eyed droids are cause for concern

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Silicon Valley’s billion dollar failures

Written By: admin - Oct• 30•14

Silicon valley’s billion dollar start-up failures

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HaptoMime offers mid-air interaction system (w/ Video)

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

HaptoMime gives the word "touchscreen" a new meaning—one that will need to be carefully reworded, as HaptoMime involves a screen that you cannot touch. All the same, it enables interaction with floating images in the presence of ultrasonic tactile feedback. The proposed HaptoMime mid-air interaction system consists of four key components, the Aerial Imaging Plate, a liquid crystal display, an infrared touch sensor, and an ultrasonic phased array transducer.

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Russia offers US space station help after rocket explodes

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Russia on Wednesday offered to help the United States with deliveries to the International Space Station after an unmanned American supply rocket exploded on lift-off.

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South Korea spy agency says North hacking smartphones

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

North Korea attempted to hack tens of thousands of South Korean smartphones this year, using malware disguised in mobile gaming apps, the South’s spy agency said in a report submitted to parliament this week.

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Facebook shares dive as social network eyes future

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Facebook Tuesday reported its quarterly profit nearly doubled but saw its stock pounded after outlining a plan to invest heavily in the future instead of revelling in short-term riches.

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Singapore to deploy massive surveillance balloon

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Singapore will deploy a huge tethered surveillance balloon to boost its maritime and air security, the defence ministry has announced.

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VIDEO: The island disappearing into the sea

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The story of two families and one fragile Louisiana wetland

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Suspicious cyber activity detected at the White House

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

White House technicians recently detected suspicious activity on a computer network at the US presidential mansion, and have taken steps to resolve the issue, an official said Tuesday.

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New wave of online delivery gains momentum

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

App in hand, Jack Plater-Zyberk has delivered caviar, condoms, chicken nuggets, cases of beer and even a little black dress.

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Nintendo surprises with earnings

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Japanese video game giant Nintendo beat market expectations to post an operating profit of 215m yen in the July to September period.

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UK charity launches app to scan for suicidal tweets

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A suicide prevention charity on Wednesday launched a Twitter-scanning app designed to tip people off when their friends post potentially worrying messages.

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Vaccine ‘success’ raises hopes of saving koalas from chlamydia

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Australian scientists said Wednesday they have successfully tested a vaccine against chlamydia in wild koalas, in what they believe is a breakthrough in combating the sexually-transmitted disease ravaging the native marsupial.

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‘The Great Invisible’ shows blood spilled for oil

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The cameras have left, but tears continue to fall in the Gulf of Mexico, four years after the environmental catastrophe caused by an explosion on British oil giant BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig.

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Evolution of a robot care bear

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Eight years after a prototype was showcased in Scotland, a robot bear is being trialled in a children’s hospital in the US.

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White House Cites a Breach by Hackers

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Hackers recently breached an unclassified computer network used by President Obama’s senior staff, a White House official said Tuesday night.

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Stanford study finds brain abnormalities in chronic fatigue patients

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

An imaging study by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators has found distinct differences between the brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and those of healthy people.

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Prostate cancer medications linked with increased risk of heart-related deaths in men with cardiovascular problems

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A new study has found that certain prostate cancer medications are linked with an increased risk of dying from heart-related causes in men with congestive heart failure or prior heart attacks. Published in BJU International, the findings will help doctors and patients weigh the benefits and risks of the drugs.

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In Liberia, a Good or Very Bad Sign: Empty Hospital Beds

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Liberia has far fewer people being treated for Ebola than anticipated, but health officials are hesitant to declare victory.

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Rocket Bound for Space Station Explodes

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The unmanned cargo rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a NASA site in eastern Virginia.

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Global Health: Latrines May Not Improve Health of Poor Children

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A major study in India has stunned advocates of latrine building by showing that it may do little good.

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In Liberia, a Good or Very Bad Sign: Empty Hospital Beds

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Liberia has far fewer people being treated for Ebola than anticipated, but health officials are hesitant to declare victory.

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New York’s Rules to Let Travelers Pick Site for Isolation

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The Cuomo administration has issued a set of guidelines that go beyond federal recommendations but seek to allow individuals to spend their isolation in a location of their choice.

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Long Island Confronts Destructive Southern Pine Beetles

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The beetles, which have been moving northward as a result of warmer winters, were found in three places in Suffolk County in late September.

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US rocket explodes during launch

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

An unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station has exploded during its launch from the US state of Virginia.

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Salt destroying fertile land – UN

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

About 2,000 hectares of fertile land are lost each day due to damage caused by salt, according to a UN analysis.

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Rocket Bound for Space Station Explodes

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The unmanned cargo rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a NASA site in eastern Virginia.

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Apple Pay Runs Afoul of MCX, a Group With a Rival Product

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Rite Aid and CVS are not accepting Apple Pay because they belong to a consortium of retailers planning to release their own mobile payment system next year.

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Graphene boosts thermal conductivity of popular plastic

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Laminate material could find use in electronic and lighting devices

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Samaritans app flags worrying tweets

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

An app launched by Samaritans notifies Twitter users if people they follow seem to be distressed.

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Simulator lets you feel gun’s kick

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

What if you had a killer product on your hands – literally?

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Urges 21-Day Quarantine for Troops Working in Ebola Zone

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey’s recommendation comes a day after the C.D.C. issued new guidelines on how civilian health workers should be treated on their return to the United States.

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DealBook: Facebook’s $21.8 Billion WhatsApp Acquisition Lost $138 Million Last Year

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Based on the data in a new securities filing, Mark Zuckerberg’s company paid about 2,000 times annual revenue for WhatsApp.

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A day without data

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Is it possible to not share any information?

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A battle for ant sperm

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

And you thought the sexual battles between people could get weird and fierce? Try ants. In a new study, biologists at the University of Vermont have discovered some queen ants that make sexual bondage into a life and death fight.

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The bee’s knees for identifying genetic triggers of novel adult traits

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Scientists have long sought to identify the specific DNA changes that can trigger new traits, allowing species to adapt. But when animals develop a new trait, are the mutations within the part of the DNA that makes proteins, or, in the master switches that control the gene, modulating its activity to turn on or off?

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F.T.C. Accuses AT&T of Deceiving Smartphone Customers With Unlimited Data Plans

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The Federal Trade Commission said smartphone customers who signed up for an unlimited data plan often found their data speeds reduced if they were in the top 5 percent of users.

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Facebook warns spending to rise

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Facebook has warned that its spending will increase sharply next year, slowing its revenue growth in the fourth quarter.

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VIDEO: 1000C lava reaches homes in Hawaii

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A lava flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is now drawing close to homes.

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X-ray shows sick tortoise swallowed turtle pendant

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The source of a sick tortoise’s discomfort became clear after a south Florida veterinarian took an X-ray: The animal had swallowed a turtle pendant.

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FBI says it faked AP story to catch bomb suspect

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The FBI is confirming it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007.

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Commercial supply rocket explodes at liftoff

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

An unmanned commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site.

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VIDEO: Moment unmanned rocket explodes

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

An unmanned cargo rocket has exploded seconds after lifting off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia.

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Rocket Heading to International Space Station Explodes; No One Is Hurt

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The unmanned cargo rocket exploded seconds after liftoff from a NASA site in eastern Virginia.

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Mark Zuckerberg Talks of Spending, and Facebook Stock Drops

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Even as the social network reported big increases in revenue and profit, investors appeared skittish at the prospect of rising costs.

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DealBook: Facebook’s $21.8 Billion WhatsApp Acquisition Lost $138 Million Last Year

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Based on the data in a new securities filing, Mark Zuckerberg’s company paid about 2,000 times annual revenue for WhatsApp.

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Bits Blog: Report Analyzes Extent of Data Breaches in California

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The information of more than 18.5 million California residents was compromised in 2013, according to Kamala D. Harris, California’s attorney general.

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LRO spacecraft captures images of LADEE’s impact crater

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has spied a new crater on the lunar surface; one made from the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission.

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Basics: Ebola and the Vast Viral Universe

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

By all evidence, researchers say, viruses like Ebola have been parasitizing living cells since the first cells arose on earth nearly four billion years ago. Some say that viruses actually invented cells.

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Mobile Ad Growth Helps Facebook Revenue Rise 59%

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Most of Facebook’s revenue comes from advertising, and the company said that two-thirds of those dollars now come from ads on mobile devices.

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Facebook beats expectations

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Despite better than expected revenue, profit and user numbers Facebook shares fall in after-hours trading in New York.

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Obama Defends C.D.C.’s Ebola Rules as ‘Sensible, Based in Science’

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The administration also explained an order requiring quarantines for soldiers in West Africa who have contact with Ebola patients.

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Facebook’s advertising revenue soars in 3Q

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant’s overall advertising business.

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Judge shoots down Noriega ‘Call of Duty’ lawsuit

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A California judge on Tuesday shot down a lawsuit filed by former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega after his likeness appeared in a "Call of Duty" video game.

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Lava nears Hawaii home; officials close schools

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

After slowly snaking through unoccupied land for weeks, a river of asphalt-black lava has entered a residential property on Hawaii’s Big Island.

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Facebook revenues beat expectations

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Despite better than expected revenue, profit and user numbers Facebook shares fall in after-hours trading in New York.

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Facebook Revenue Up as Mobile Advertising Grows

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Mobile ads represented 66 percent of social network’s advertising revenue.

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Reuters Breakingviews: Twitter’s Valuation Tips Back Toward Earth

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Investors knocked more than $3 billion off Twitter’s worth despite sales doubling. Blame the company’s overdone value multiples.

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Amber Joy Vinson, Dallas Nurse Treated for Ebola, Released From Hospital

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The nurse was one of two caregivers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who treated a Liberian man with the virus and contracted the disease.

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Thousands in Hungary march against Internet tax

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Tens of thousands of protesters have marched against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015.

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NY voters to decide on digital legislation

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

If New York voters approve proposition No. 2 on the ballot next week, their 213 legislators will join the digital age. Their desks in the ornate chambers of the Capitol will have computers instead of thick stacks of bills they’re supposed to read.

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Noriega fails to sue Call of Duty

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The former dictator of Panama, Manuel Noriega, fails in his attempt to sue Activision after a character based on him appeared in a Call of Duty game.

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Giant tortoise ‘miraculous’ recovery

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A new study confirms that giant tortoise numbers on one of the Galapagos Islands have bounced back thanks to captive breeding.

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Amgen outlines growth plan, rules out break-up

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Biotechnology company Amgen, facing pressure from activist investor Daniel Loeb, Tuesday unveiled plans to implement deeper job cuts, lift shareholder payouts and increase revenues to more than $20 billion in 2015.

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Bits Blog: Report Analyzes Extent of Data Breaches in California

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The information of more than 18.5 million California residents was compromised in 2013, according to Kamala D. Harris, California’s attorney general.

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Google seeks way to search bodies for disease

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Google is exploring a way to search inside people’s bodies for early signs of deadly illnesses such as cancer or heart disease.

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Bits Blog: Xiaomi’s Hugo Barra Says He Is an Apple Fan, but Not a Copycat

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

An Apple executive recently called the design of Xiaomi’s phones “theft.” In return, Mr. Barra pointed out that parts of Apple’s new phones are a bit like handsets from HTC.

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Politics can interact with evolution to shape human destiny

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Politics can have unintentional evolutionary consequences that may cause hastily issued policies to cascade into global, multigenerational problems, according to political scientists.

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Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

New research by physicists from Brown University puts the profound strangeness of quantum mechanics in a nutshell—or, more accurately, in a helium bubble.

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Reuters Breakingviews: Twitter’s Valuation Tips Back Toward Earth

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Investors knocked more than $3 billion off Twitter’s worth despite sales doubling. Blame the company’s overdone value multiples.

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Caption competition: CERN seeks help

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The scientists have an archive of around 250,000 pictures taken between 1955 to 1985 they want to identify – and they want the public’s help.

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Global Health: Latrines May Not Improve Health of Poor Children

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A major study in India has stunned advocates of latrine building by showing that it may do little good.

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US eyes cyber ‘deterrence’ to stop hackers

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The US military is looking to flex its muscles in cyberspace as a "deterrence" to hackers eyeing potential American targets, the nation’s top cyber cop said Tuesday.

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Boulder team wins International Water Prize

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Groundbreaking work by a group of Boulder scientists has been recognized this month with one of the world’s most prestigious awards for innovations related to water resources.

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Pair bonding reinforced in the brain

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

In addition to their song, songbirds also have an extensive repertoire of calls. While the species-specific song must be learned as a young bird, most calls are, as in the case of all other birds, innate. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute in Seewiesen have now discovered that in zebra finches the song control system in the brain is also active during simple communication calls. This relationship between unlearned calls and an area of the brain responsible for learned vocalisations is important for understanding the evolution of song learning in songbirds.

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Glacier song

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Mountain glaciers represent one of the largest repositories of fresh water in alpine regions. However, little is known about the processes by which water moves through these systems. In this study published in Geology on 24 Oct. 2014, David S. Heeszel and colleagues use seismic recordings collected near Lake Gornersee in the Swiss Alps to look for signs of water moving through fractures near the glacier bed. Analysis of these recordings reveals, for the first time, that harmonic tremor occurs within mountain glaciers and that individual icequakes at the glacier base can exhibit harmonic properties.

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AT&T Accused of Deceiving Consumers on Unlimited Data Plan

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The Federal Trade Commission said smartphone customers who signed up for an unlimited data plan often found their data speeds reduced if they were in the top 5 percent of users.

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Special delivery: Marines dial up faster logistics at tech demo

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Marines in Hawaii recently demonstrated that handheld devices and automation software could speed delivery of critical supplies to the front lines and even help planners determine when and where items will be needed ahead of time.

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Are ‘flops’ a success in basketball? Researchers reveal widespread cheating is not beneficial after all

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A lack of sufficient punishment for deception facilitates "flopping" in basketball, according to new research from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU), which revealed that two-thirds of the falls were found to be intentional. Based on the research, the authors believe that players and teams are unaware of the cost/benefit analysis of "flopping" or the negative effect of falling if no offensive foul is awarded, which is indeed the case 90 percent of the time.

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Swiss firm says it can make near invisible solar modules

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A Swiss research and development company said Tuesday it had discovered a way to make white solar modules, which can blend with a building’s "skin" to become virtually invisible.

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YouTube considers offering ad-free subscription

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

YouTube viewers might get the option of paid subscriptions for ad-free access to the popular online video-sharing service.

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‘Ambulance drone’ prototype unveiled in Holland

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A Dutch-based student on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of an "ambulance drone", a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes.

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Cold moon Enceladus has heart of warm fluff

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Known for shooting spectacular plumes of water into space, Saturn’s tiny moon keeps warm thanks to a core that is slushy and soft rather than rock solid

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Digital hearing aids ‘distort music’

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Wearers of digital hearing aids struggle to listen to recorded music because of the way the devices process sound, research suggests.

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Russian Government Linked to More Cybersecurity Breaches

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Researchers say hackers have for seven years been using sophisticated techniques to break into computer networks around the world.

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Giant tortoises gain a foothold on a Galapagos Island

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A population of endangered giant tortoises, which once dwindled to just over a dozen, has recovered on the Galapagos island of Española, a finding described as "a true story of success and hope in conservation" by the lead author of a study published today (Oct. 28).

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FTC says AT&T misled customers with unlimited data

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

AT&T is being sued by the government over allegations it misled millions of smartphone customers about its unlimited data plans.

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Nearly half of Calif. affected by hacks in 2013

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

The number of Californians whose personal data was hacked last year jumped sixfold to 18.5 million accounts and as many as one-third of those people will become victims of fraud, says California Attorney General Kamala Harris, in a new report on data breaches in the nation’s biggest state.

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Google developing a cancer detector

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.

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Google developing a cancer detector

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Google is attempting to diagnose cancers, heart attack risks and other ailments with a system that combines nanoparticles and a wrist-worn sensor.

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NASA gets a stare from Cyclone Nilofar’s 14 mile-wide eye

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Tropical Cyclone Nilofar developed an eye on Oct. 28 that seemed to stare at NASA’s Terra satellite as it passed overhead in space. Warnings are already in effect from the India Meteorological Department as Nilofar is forecast to make landfall in northwestern India.

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Forum highlights technology tested on Space Station for deep space exploration

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Investigations on the International Space Station are not only helping astronauts live and work in space, but also are perfecting valuable tools and technologies that may help us at home and as humans travel to new destinations in our solar system.

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New and updated resource on STEM education, workforce

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

It just became a lot easier for educators, students, parents, policymakers and business leaders to learn more about national trends in education and jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Ana’s remnants raining and gusting in British Columbia, Canada

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

NOAA’s GOES-West satellite captured an image of post-tropical cyclone Ana’s remnant clouds raining on British Columbia, Canada today, Oct. 28. Wind warnings along some coastal sections of British Columbia continued today as the storm moved through the region.

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Remnants of tropical depression soaking Central America

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

NASA’s Terra satellite passed over Tropical Storm Hanna on Oct. 27 when it made landfall near the northern Nicaragua and southern Honduras border.

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Do financial experts make better investments?

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Financial experts do not make higher returns on their own investments than untrained investors, according to research by a Michigan State University business scholar.

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VIDEO: Lava nears homes in Hawaii

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

A lave flow from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is now drawing close to homes.

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Twitter shares sink on worries about usage

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Shares in Twitter sank more than 12 percent Tuesday as disappointing user numbers overshadowed a doubling of income in its third quarter and sparked several analyst downgrades.

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Bits Blog: Travel Search Site Hipmunk Cuts Yahoo Deal

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Hipmunk is a tiny company but it’s finding creative new ways to market itself that don’t require spending a fortune. On Tuesday, it plans to announce a deal with Yahoo.

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Bits Blog: Apple Pay Already a Huge Hit, Cook Says

Written By: admin - Oct• 29•14

Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, said that one million credit cards had been activated on Apple Pay in the first three days that the mobile payment system was live.

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