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World's first magnetic hose created

June 25, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The magnetic hose designed by the researchers consists of a ferromagnetic cylinder covered by a superconductor material, a surprisingly simple design given the complicated theoretical calculations and numerous lab tests it had to undergo. A 14-centimeter prototype was built....

Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods

June 25, 2014 11:50 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | Comments

Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, two computer security groups said Tuesday. Drawing on a cache of leaked documents and months of forensic work ...

FDA outlines policy for overseeing nanotechnology

June 25, 2014 11:45 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | Comments

Federal regulators want to hear from companies using tiny, engineered micro-particles in their products, part of an effort to stay abreast of the growing field of nanotechnology. The Food and Drug Administration issued final recommendations Tuesday....

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Crimes to crops: Drone display shows potential use

June 25, 2014 11:43 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | Comments

An unmanned aircraft the size of a push lawnmower was launched shortly after a report of a person being held at knifepoint. With red, green and white lights flashing below its rotors, the drone slowly circled the scene and relayed sharp images to those watching from afar on a digital screen....

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Judge: Warrantless bulk surveillance is legal

June 25, 2014 10:58 am | by NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has affirmed the legality of the U.S. government's bulk collection of phone and email data from foreign nationals living outside the country - including their contact with U.S. citizens - in denying a man's motion to dismiss his terrorism conviction. It was the first legal challenge to the government's bulk data-collection program....

Jacobsen Associates receives EAO Sales Achievement Award

June 25, 2014 9:54 am | Comments

EAO Corporation, the expert partner for Human Machine Interfaces, is pleased to announce that Jacobsen Associates of Horsham, PA has been presented with the 2013 EAO Sales Achievement Award. The annual award recognizes the outstanding performance of an independent manufacturers’ sales representative organization....

Pilot study for SEPTA indicates annual energy savings exceeding $250K

June 25, 2014 8:37 am | Comments

ABB has released the results of a six-month pilot program of an innovative public transit energy storage system (ESS) designed to transform the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) from an inefficient energy consumer into both a smart consumer and producer of energy....

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Photos of the Day: Lego's mixed digital-physical blocks

June 25, 2014 8:12 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

On the heels of success with "The Lego Movie," the Danish toy company is giving kids a chance to put their own blocks on the screen, with a new product line that copies their creations into phone and tablet games. The Lego Fusion line will launch in August. Each $35 box will contain some 200 bricks and a special plate to build on....

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Small but significant

June 25, 2014 8:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

They may only be little, but they pack a star-forming punch: new observations from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope show that starbursts in dwarf galaxies played a bigger role than expected in the early history of the Universe. Although galaxies across the Universe are still forming new stars ...

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Next Media created new digital services for the media sector

June 25, 2014 8:06 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In collaboration with the media sector, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland developed novel services in the Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation-financed Digile Oy's Next Media programme that ended recently. The media sector has undergone a major transformation....

The sweetest calculator in the world

June 25, 2014 8:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Jena (Germany) In a chemistry lab at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany): Prof. Dr. Alexander Schiller works at a rectangular plastic board with 384 small wells. The chemist carefully pipets some drops of sugar solution into a row of the tiny reaction vessels....

Researchers discover how 'wriggling' skin cells go on the move

June 25, 2014 5:15 am | by The University of Manchester | Comments

Scientists at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, The University of Manchester and King’s College London have discovered a new way that melanoma skin cancer cells can invade healthy tissue and spread round the body, according to research* published in Nature Communications....

Google to show off smart home gadgets, wearables

June 25, 2014 12:13 am | by Barbara Ortutay - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco. In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year...

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Measuring the mass of 'massless' electrons

June 24, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Individual electrons in graphene are massless, but when they move together, it's a different story. Graphene, a one-atom-thick carbon sheet, has taken the world of physics by storm—in part, because its electrons behave as massless particles....

Scientists use X-rays to look at how DNA protects itself from UV light

June 24, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The molecular building blocks that make up DNA absorb ultraviolet light so strongly that sunlight should deactivate them – yet it does not. Now scientists have made detailed observations of a "relaxation response" that protects these molecules, and the genetic information they encode, from UV damage....

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