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Some like it hot: How to heat a 'nano bathtub' the JILA way

July 30, 2010 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) Researchers at JILA have demonstrated the use of infrared laser light to quickly and precisely heat the water in "nano bathtubs" -- tiny sample containers -- for microscopy studies of the biochemistry of single molecules and nanoparticles.

Dolby fiscal 3rd-quarter profit rises 24 percent

July 30, 2010 12:06 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shares of Dolby Laboratories Inc. fell Friday after the company's latest quarter failed to satisfy investors, even though results beat Wall Street expectations.Late Thursday, the developer of audio technologies reported quarterly income of $63.5 million, or 55 cents per share, compared with...

Breaking the language barrier: NIST tests language translation devices for US troops

July 30, 2010 11:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)) In recent tests evoking visions of the universal translator on "Star Trek," NIST evaluated three two-way, real-time, voice-translation devices designed to improve communications between the US military and non-English speakers in...

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Earnings schedule for week of Aug. 2

July 30, 2010 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Major companies tentatively scheduled to report quarterly earnings next week:MondayLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Humana Inc. releases financial results.TuesdayTHE WOODLANDS, Texas — Anadarko Petroleum Corp. releases financial results.DECATUR, Ill. — Archer Daniels Midland Co. releases financial results.NEW...

Protein helps fix damaged DNA in yeast

July 30, 2010 10:22 am | by Cornell University | Comments

Like a scout that runs ahead to spot signs of damage or danger, a protein in yeast safeguards the yeast cells' genome during replication, according to new Cornell research.

Quest Software shares jump after solid 2Q results

July 30, 2010 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Shares of Quest Software Inc. got a boost Friday after the business software maker posted better-than-expected second-quarter results.The company earned $17.4 million, or 19 cents per share, down 15 percent from a profit of $20.5 million, or 21 cents per share, in the same period a year...

Two engineering faculty members chosen Fish Camp namesakes

July 30, 2010 9:22 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Two Texas A&M Engineering faculty members have been selected as Fish Camp namesakes for 2010: Dr. Bryan Boulanger from the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering and Dr. Thomas Strganac from the Department of Aerospace Engineering. Fish Camp is a series of four-day orientation...

Software maker SAP completes Sybase acquisition

July 30, 2010 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

German business software maker SAP AG said Friday it has completed its $5.8 billion acquisition of U.S. database software maker Sybase Inc.SAP, based in Walldorf, Germany, said all outstanding Sybase shares not tendered in the previously completed tender offer were converted into the right to...

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EU soon to have uniform cell phone chargers

July 30, 2010 8:05 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The European Union will soon bid a fond farewell to a hassle that spares few cell phone user: A dead battery and no suitable power charger.Starting next year, cell phones will have a one-size-fits-all charger. The uniform model, part of an agreement by at least a dozen cell phone makers, means...

One more step on the path to quantum computers

July 30, 2010 7:23 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Technische Universitaet Muenchen) Researchers around the world are working on the development of quantum computers that will be vastly superior to present-day computers. Here, the strong coupling of quantum bits with light quanta plays a pivotal role. Professor Rudolf Gross, a physicist...

Google says China search block may be tech glitch

July 30, 2010 6:26 am | by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | Comments

Google Inc said its earlier report that Internet search services in China were being fully blocked could have been the result of a technical glitch that overstated the problem. Google shares pared losses to 1 percent from a 1.6 percent decline earlier on Thursday after the company said on its website that its Internet search, mobile and advertising services could not be accessed in China.

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New biodegradable compound facilitates bone regeneration in cases of substantial loss

July 30, 2010 6:23 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Elhuyar Fundazioa) Bones have a capacity to regenerate themselves after suffering partial damage. However, it is really quite another thing when a serious break or tumour lesion occurs and the loss of tissue is substantial. Today these cases are treated with various kinds of grafts, but...

Ballmer: Tablet coming 'as soon as we can'

July 30, 2010 6:22 am | Comments

Microsoft will compete with Apple's iPad, but it isn't saying when. Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer says the company is working with Intel Corp. and computer makers to perfect tablet touch-screen computers.

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Lots Of Things Can Be Fixed

July 30, 2010 6:22 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

I recently posted a bit of a bad OSP board with the conclusion that it was only worthy of scrap. Over on the Circuits Assembly blog, Mike commented that if the board was expensive enough, he'd rework it and make...

Attacking the edges of secure Internet traffic

July 30, 2010 6:18 am | Comments

Researchers have uncovered new ways that criminals can spy on Internet users even if they're using secure connections to banks, online retailers or other sensitive Web sites. The attacks demonstrated at the Black Hat conference here show how determined hackers can sniff around the edges of encrypted Internet traffic to pick up clues about what their targets are up to.

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