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Why Alfred Hitchcock grabs your attention

July 27, 2015 9:22 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

The movies of Alfred Hitchcock have made palms sweat and pulses race for more than 65 years. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have now learned how the Master of Suspense affects audiences' brains. Their study measured brain activity while people watched clips from Hitchcock and other suspenseful films...

Smart hydrogel coating creates 'stick-slip' control of capillary action

July 27, 2015 9:19 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Coating the inside of glass microtubes with a polymer hydrogel material dramatically alters the way capillary forces draw water into the tiny structures, researchers have found. The discovery could provide...

Superfast fluorescence sets new speed record

July 27, 2015 9:17 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Researchers have developed an ultrafast light-emitting device that can flip on and off 90 billion times a second and could form the basis of optical computing....

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Mystery beach blast in Rhode Island blamed on hydrogen gas

July 27, 2015 9:12 am | by AMY ANTHONY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A mysterious blast on a Rhode Island beach likely was caused by the combustion of hydrogen gas that had built up because of a corroded copper cable under the sand, investigators announced Friday....

Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice

July 27, 2015 9:10 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice. The team responsible for the New Horizons flyby of Pluto last week released new pictures Friday of the previously unexplored world on the edge of the solar system...

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Deep-sea mining looms on horizon as UN body issues contracts

July 27, 2015 9:08 am | by DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deep oceans span more than half the globe and their frigid depths have long been known to contain vast, untapped deposits of prized minerals. These treasures of the abyss, however, have always been out of reach to miners....

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Lawsuit reveals extent of Ethiopian hacking amid Obama visit

July 27, 2015 9:07 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device....

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As Democrats fret over 'sharing economy,' GOP moves in

July 27, 2015 9:06 am | by NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul opened a campaign office at a San Francisco tech incubator that hosted a 24-hour "hack-a-thon" last month. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won the backing of Oracle founder Larry Ellison. He held a fundraiser for the senator, whose new book has a chapter...

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Pope signs himself up for World Youth Day using tablet

July 27, 2015 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pope Francis opened the registration period for next year's World Youth Day in Poland, using a tablet computer to sign himself up from a window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the traditional Sunday blessing....

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Closing the income gap for STEM students

July 27, 2015 8:42 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

At ECN we've done a lot of talking about the lack of women in STEM, but one issue we haven't addressed as much is the disparity between low-income and high-income STEM students....

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DotLED for low profile electronic wearables

July 27, 2015 6:10 am | by Plessey Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

Plessey announced that its dotLED range, designed specifically for wearable applications, has been expanded with a wider selection of colors, including red, green and blue...

Wind energy provides 8 percent of Europe's electricity

July 24, 2015 11:54 am | by European Commission Joint Research Centre | News | Comments

EU's grid connected cumulative capacity in 2014 reached 129 GW, meeting 8% of European electricity demand, equivalent to the combined annual consumption of Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece and Ireland. According to a JRC report, the impressive growth of the industry will allow at least 12% electricity share by 2020...

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Missouri nuclear plant shut down after 'non-emergency' leak

July 24, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ameren Corp. nuclear power plant in central Missouri was shut down for the second time in eight months Thursday after a "non-emergency" leak was found in the reaction control system...

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US Army center renovates US Navy bombs

July 24, 2015 10:44 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Crane Army Ammunition Activity, or CAAA, is supporting U.S. and coalition warfighters conducting airstrikes in Operation Inherent Resolve, the effort to eliminate threats posed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and other terrorist groups in the region of Iraq and Syria, by being the primary facility for renovating the Navy's general purpose aircraft bomb inventory...

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Changing the color of light

July 24, 2015 10:41 am | by University of Delaware | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Delaware have received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to explore a new idea that could improve solar cells, medical imaging and even cancer treatments. Simply put, they want to change the color of light...

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