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UNC researchers find final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle

September 15, 2014 9:55 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have discovered how two genes – Period and Cryptochrome – keep the circadian clocks in all human cells in time and in proper rhythm with the 24-hour day, as well as the seasons. The finding, published today ...

Rice rolls 'neat' nanotube fibers

September 15, 2014 9:50 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The very idea of fibers made of carbon nanotubes is neat, but Rice University scientists are making them neat -- literally. The single-walled carbon nanotubes in new fibers created at Rice line up like a fistful of uncooked spaghetti....

Three's a charm: NIST detectors reveal entangled photon triplets

September 15, 2014 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have directly entangled three photons in the most technologically useful state for the first time, thanks in part to superfast, super-efficient single-photon detectors developed by ...

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Study sheds new light on why batteries go bad

September 15, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought – and that the benefits ...

Options abound for selling used mobile phones

September 15, 2014 9:33 am | by ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple's latest iPhones begin shipping later this month, a move bound to inspire many fans of the popular smartphone to ditch their current models in favor of the bigger, sleeker iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. It's a ritual familiar by now....

In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts

September 15, 2014 9:10 am | by WILSON RING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric ...

More compact, more reliable and more modular: Innovations for embedded systems at electronica 2014

September 15, 2014 8:56 am | News | Comments

The global market for embedded systems is growing at a rate of up to eight percent. Market volume in Germany alone is currently more than EUR 20 billion. Application-oriented solutions and products for this market of the future will be on display....

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What year did the "modern era" begin?

September 15, 2014 8:37 am | by Eric L. Larson, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

What year do we give for the start of our modern society? Do we go back to the start of the Industrial Revolution or some later date? Before I answer that question, I first want to define the differences between past societies and our own....

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ECN Time Warp: December 2002

September 15, 2014 8:33 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years. This week’s cover goes back to December 2002. That month, a federal judge ordered Microsoft ...

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Wearable Tech & IoT Workshop

September 12, 2014 4:34 pm | Events

Gizworld, in association with Founders Space, invites you to a 2-day Wearable Tech and IoT hardware workshop taking place in San Francisco on October 2-3, 2014 to meet Pebble, and experts in MVP/prototyping, fundraising, IP/Patents ...

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Why I’m not buying the Apple Watch (my beef with redundant functionality)

September 12, 2014 3:37 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Apple Watch is redundant functionality, kitschy, overpriced, and everyone will buy it. Seriously, I could marshal a wealth of facts and present a detailed analysis (and I will) of the watch’s functionality, but a broad swath of consumers ...

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Researchers create world's largest DNA origami

September 12, 2014 2:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have created the world's largest DNA origami, which are nanoscale constructions with applications ranging from biomedical research to nanoelectronics....

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A breakthrough with innovative multifunction membranes

September 12, 2014 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A young startup at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has developed a first-of-its-kind multifunction water filtration membrane. With its expected cost savings and superior performance, the new invention has the potential to render current....

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NASA research gives guideline for future alien life search

September 12, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers searching the atmospheres of alien worlds for gases that might be produced by life can't rely on the detection of just one type, such as oxygen, ozone, or methane, because in some cases these gases can be produced non-biologically....

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Microscopic diamonds suggest cosmic impact responsible for major period of climate change

September 12, 2014 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Around 12,800 years ago, a sudden, catastrophic event plunged much of the Earth into a period of cold climatic conditions and drought. This drastic climate change—the Younger Dryas—coincided with the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna,....

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