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Cloud-computing revolution applies to evolution

September 10, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to two Rice University computer science groups will allow them to build cloud-computing tools to help analyze evolutionary patterns. With the three-year grant, Christopher Jermaine and Luay Nakhleh ...

'Electronic skin' could improve early breast cancer detection

September 10, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and shape ...

Scientists express concern over long-term vision for satellite-based research

September 10, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. has more than 30 civilian, Earth-observing satellites circling the planet, providing scientists with a torrent of crucial environmental and climate information. More satellites are on deck to launch in the next few years. But, according to an article ...

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Penn engineers advance understanding of graphene's friction properties

September 10, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of engineers from the University of Pennsylvania has made a discovery regarding the surface properties of graphene, the Nobel-prize winning material that consists of an atomically thin sheet of carbon atoms....

Where to grab space debris

September 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Objects in space tend to spin — and spin in a way that's totally different from the way they spin on earth. Understanding how objects are spinning, where their centers of mass are, and how their mass is distributed is crucial to any number....

Advanced light source sets microscopy record

September 10, 2014 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A record-setting X-ray microscopy experiment may have ushered in a new era for nanoscale imaging. Working at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), a collaboration of researchers used low energy....

ASU astrophysicists to probe how early universe made chemical elements

September 10, 2014 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the beginning, all was hydrogen – and helium, plus a bit of lithium. Three elements in all. Today's universe, however, has nearly a hundred naturally occurring elements, with thousands of variants (isotopes), and more likely to come. Figuring out how ...

Smartphones may aid in dietary self-monitoring

September 10, 2014 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smartphones have seen wide adoption among Americans in recent years because of their ease of use and adaptability. With that in mind, researchers from Arizona State University examined how smartphone use affected weight loss goals and determined....

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New method to detect prize particle for future quantum computing

September 10, 2014 12:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Quantum computing relies on the laws of quantum mechanics to process vast amounts of information and calculations simultaneously, with far more power than current computers. However, development of quantum computers has been limited....

MIG and IEEE SA produce new standard for IoT, e-health, connected vehicle, aug. reality

September 10, 2014 12:54 pm | News | Comments

IEEE, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced the availability of the IEEE 2700-2014 “Standard for Sensor Performance Parameter Definitions,” recently approved by the IEEE....

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Photos of the Day: Apple Watch looks to be another winner

September 10, 2014 12:36 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As computerized wristwatches go, the upcoming Apple Watch looks impressive. I like that it will come in two sizes, so the watch won't feel giant on smaller hands, as some competing watches do. I also like that Apple will offer a variety of straps....

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Thin is in: Coin cell holders aid miniaturization by reducing profile

September 10, 2014 11:55 am | by Thomas Blaha, President, Memory Protection Devices | Articles | Comments

Sleek is now chic, as consumers are clamoring for ergonomically-designed, space-saving devices.The drive for miniaturization extends to virtually all electronic devices, forcing design engineers to become increasingly creative in finding ways to pack....

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Engineering Live: The Beginning of the End for Wearable Devices

September 10, 2014 10:54 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

In 2013, wearable devices began to take off in the consumer and medical industries, particularly with fitness and health tracking devices. The NPD group believes that the market will swell to 91 million units in 2015, but some insiders predict....

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Engineering Live: The Beginning of the End for Wearable Devices (On Demand)

September 10, 2014 10:23 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

In 2013, wearable devices began to take off in the consumer and medical industries, particularly with fitness and health tracking devices. Click on the start button above to check out the on-demand version of ECN’s Engineering Live....

Eye-catching thermal stability

September 10, 2014 10:20 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

The petroleum-mining sector has developed drilling technologies and methods that have greatly increased well depths over the years. The average well depth increased only 64 percent from 3,635 to 5,964 feet between 1949 and 2008, according to ...

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