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Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

September 24, 2014 2:29 am | by Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability — but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features. Those are among....

Smart meters could cause conflict for housemates, study shows

September 23, 2014 4:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Arguments about whose turn it is to do the washing up, negotiating rights to the TV remote control and disputes over noise — as many students returning to university for the new academic year are about to learn the hard way, sharing a house ...

High-voltage MOSFETs provide ultra-low gate charge of 57 nC

September 23, 2014 4:28 pm | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (Malvern, PA) announced the first MOSFETs in a new 500 V family that features the same benefits of low conduction and switching losses as the company's 600 V and 650 V E Series devices. The low on-resistance ...

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Photos of the Day: Robots given unprecedented dexterity

September 23, 2014 4:12 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Armed with the GelSight sensor, a robot can grasp a freely hanging USB cable and plug it into a USB port. The GelSight sensor uses different-colored light, channeled down different faces of the cubic housing, to make three-dimensional measurements....

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A piece of work demonstrates various ways for controlling light in the terahertz frequency

September 23, 2014 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Journal of Optics has devoted the front page of its special edition on Mid-infrared and THz Photonics to the work produced by the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre researchers Víctor Pacheco-Peña, Víctor Torres, Miguel Beruete ...

Artificial intelligence that imitates children's learning

September 23, 2014 4:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The computer programmes used in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are highly specialised. They can for example fly airplanes, play chess or assemble cars in controlled industrial environments. However, a research team from Gothenburg, Sweden ...

Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut

September 23, 2014 3:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human....

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BU receives NSF grant to develop 'smart city' cloud platform

September 23, 2014 3:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Boston University's Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering today announced it has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a "smart-city" cloud platform designed to streamline....

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Southampton scientists grow a new challenger to graphene

September 23, 2014 3:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has developed a new way to fabricate a potential challenger to graphene. Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms in a honeycomb lattice ...

Los Alamos researchers uncover properties in nanocomposite oxide ceramics for reactor fuel

September 23, 2014 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanocomposite oxide ceramics have potential uses as ferroelectrics, fast ion conductors, and nuclear fuels and for storing nuclear waste, generating a great deal of scientific interest on the structure, properties, and applications of these blended materials....

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Paraffins to cut energy consumption in homes

September 23, 2014 3:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thermal energy storage is a common strategy in energy production systems in which the period of production does not coincide with that of consumption. This happens with the production of hot water by means of solar thermal panels, for example....

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NREL Industry Growth Forum attracts clean energy entrepreneurs and investors

September 23, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts Oct. 28 and 29 in Denver, as the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum....

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Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

September 23, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models....

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Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes

September 23, 2014 3:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University have demonstrated a new method to improve the reliability and performance of transistors and circuits based on carbon nanotubes (CNT), a semiconductor material that has ...

Kessler Foundation researchers find foot drop stimulator beneficial in stroke rehab

September 23, 2014 3:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for 4 weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator....

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