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An ethics framework should be used to decide health standards for extended, exploratory spaceflights

April 3, 2014 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NASA should use an ethics framework when deciding whether, and under what conditions, spaceflights that venture outside low Earth orbit or extend beyond 30 days are acceptable if they do not meet current health standards, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine....

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Tiny power generator runs on spit

April 3, 2014 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Saliva-powered micro-sized microbial fuel cells can produce minute amounts of energy sufficient to run on-chip applications, according to an international team of engineers. Bruce E. Logan, Evan Pugh Professor and Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, Penn State, credited the idea....

New tweetment: Twitter users describe real-time migraine agony

April 3, 2014 12:57 pm | News | Comments

Someone's drilling an icicle into your temple, you're throwing up, and light and sound are unbearable. Yes, it's another migraine attack. But now in 140 characters on Twitter, you can share your agony with other sufferers. It indicates a trend toward the cathartic sharing of physical pain....

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Quantum cryptography for mobile phones

April 3, 2014 12:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Secure mobile communications underpin our society and through mobile phones, tablets and laptops we have become online consumers. The security of mobile transactions is obscure to most people but is absolutely essential if we are to stay protected from malicious online attacks, fraud and theft....

Fermi data tantalize with new clues to dark matter

April 3, 2014 12:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new study of gamma-ray light from the center of our galaxy makes the strongest case to date that some of this emission may arise from dark matter, an unknown substance making up most of the material universe. Using publicly available data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope....

Fighting cancer with lasers and nanoballoons that pop

April 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chemotherapeutic drugs excel at fighting cancer, but they're not so efficient at getting where they need to go. They often interact with blood, bone marrow and other healthy bodily systems. This dilutes the drugs and causes unwanted side effects.

Instrumentation and analysis tools offer safety-critical expertise and full verification for multicore platforms

April 3, 2014 12:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LDRA (Wirral, UK) announced its ability to provide verification of multicore systems to safety-critical standards. The need for greater processing power with reduced power consumption is driving the developers of safety-critical applications toward

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Korea Display Conference

April 3, 2014 11:29 am | Events

The Korea Display Conference is the biggest conference of its kind in the Korean display industry. The conference will be held on April 23rd-24th at El-Tower, Grace Hall in Yangjae, Seoul. With a line-up of 17 executive speakers from leading display companies...

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Engineering Update #52: Secret Pentagon spacecraft stays in orbit for 469 days

April 3, 2014 11:00 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In December of 2012, the Pentagon launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than 469 days, breaking its own longevity record. Since the X-37 has always been shrouded in secrecy, savvy observers posited all sorts of potential applications....

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Watch the world burn with this laser beam eyewear

April 3, 2014 10:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so you can’t actually purchase these glasses, but they just look really cool. Patrick Priebe, who created the glasses, makes it very clear that they are not for sale and you won’t get blue prints. Priebe, who has a history of creating weapons from movies (i.e. Ironman’s Laser Gauntlet), is a German laser weapons hobbyist....

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Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature

April 3, 2014 10:09 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices Wednesday as it seeks to gain traction in a highly competitive and lucrative market for smartphones. The assistant, Cortana, is named after an artificial-intelligence character in the company's "Halo" video games....

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Yahoo adds more security to thwart surveillance

April 3, 2014 9:53 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping. The measures announced Wednesday include the completion of a system that encrypts all information being transmitted from one Yahoo data center to another....

European parliament adopts 'net neutrality' law

April 3, 2014 9:52 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Parliament adopted a "net neutrality" bill on Thursday, barring Internet service providers from giving preference to some kinds of traffic on their networks - such as streaming video - when it profits them. The legislation responded to fears....

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Photos of the Day: Computers teach each other Pac-Man

April 3, 2014 9:35 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method for computers to teach other computers in a teach-student sort of relationship. The robots – called agents – were able to teach each other video games Pac-Man and Starcraft....

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NASA challenge invites students to design exploration systems

April 3, 2014 9:12 am | by NASA | News | Comments

College and university students have an opportunity to help design systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through NASA's Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. Applications for the fifth annual challenge will be accepted through April 30....

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