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Stanford scientists discover how microbes acquire electricity in making methane

May 18, 2015 4:24 pm | by Stanford University | Comments

Stanford University scientists have solved a long-standing mystery about methanogens, unique microorganisms that transform electricity and carbon dioxide into methane. In a new study, the Stanford team demonstrates for the first time how methanogens ...

Trading in Bitcoin made easy through Stockholm exchange

May 18, 2015 4:12 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Investors can for the first time bet on the value of bitcoins through an established stock exchange after Nasdaq launched an index based on the cybercurrency in Stockholm, Sweden. Monday's launch of a bitcoin-based security on the Stockholm Stock Exchange allows ...

Court agrees Samsung copied Apple, but reduces damage award

May 18, 2015 4:07 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A federal appeals court has agreed that Samsung illegally copied some of the patented features in Apple's iPhone. But the court sided with Samsung on one point in a long-running dispute, which means the South Korean company may end up paying less than the $930 million in ...

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Tiny device could save lives on battlefield

May 18, 2015 3:03 pm | by U.S. Army | Comments

Getting rapid treatment for wounds or injuries suffered on the battlefield can mean the difference between life and death. Army medical researchers recently developed "a device that will revolutionize triage," said Lt. Col. Robert Carter. In other words ...

Illinois professor has emerged as a leading voice in flight control safety

May 18, 2015 3:02 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

Naira Hovakimyan has a background as a mathematician, which dates back to humble beginnings in Armenia. Over the last 17 years, however, researchers in the United States have tapped Hovakimyan’s calculations to help advance work in the stability of flight control...

Scientists gather in DC to tackle phosphorus sustainability issues

May 18, 2015 11:39 am | by Arizona State University | Comments

Researchers from Arizona State University, along with more than 40 other scientists, engineers, technical experts and policy makers from around the world, are convening in Washington, D.C. May 18-21 to study ways to create a sustainable phosphorus (P) fertilizer system.

The world's first mercury-free film-type ultraviolet light source

May 18, 2015 11:34 am | by Kobe University | Comments

The Kobe University Graduate School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Medicine have jointly developed the world's first new mercury-free light source that produces ultraviolet radiation for medical applications. The technology for the ...

Translating thought to print

May 18, 2015 9:31 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Spider silk has long been noted for its graceful structure, as well as its advanced material properties: Ounce for ounce, it is stronger than steel. MIT research has explained some of the material's mysteries, which could help design synthetic resources that mimic ...

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Random nanowire configurations increase conductivity over heavily ordered configurations

May 18, 2015 9:23 am | by Lehigh University | Comments

Researchers at Lehigh University have identified for the first time that a performance gain in the electrical conductivity of random metal nanowire networks can be achieved by slightly restricting nanowire orientation. The most surprising result of the study is that heavily ...

Where the rubber meets the road

May 18, 2015 9:19 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Friction, the force that slows down objects as they slide across a surface, can save lives when car brakes are slammed. Yet despite its obvious importance, no one knows for sure how friction works at the level of atoms and molecules. For more than 20 years, Bo Persson, a scientist at ...

Exploring a new frontier of cyber-physical systems: The human body

May 18, 2015 9:16 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two, five-year, center-scale awards totaling $8.75 million to advance the state-of-the-art in medical and cyber-physical systems (CPS). One project will develop "Cyberheart"--a platform for ...

Quantum physics on tap

May 18, 2015 8:12 am | by McGill University | Comments

We all know intuitively that normal liquids flow more quickly as the channel containing them tightens. Think of a river flowing through narrow rapids. But what if a pipe were so amazingly tiny that only a few atoms of superfluid helium could squeeze through its ...

Key strategies can boost donations at crowdfunding sites

May 18, 2015 8:10 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

Stanford computer scientists have shown how crowdfunding websites can use data science to boost cash value of donations. Their research confirms, among other findings, the importance of a timely thank you. It's common courtesy to ...

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Russian rocket carrying Mexican satellite crashes in Siberia

May 18, 2015 8:08 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press | Comments

A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned Saturday shortly after its launch - the latest mishap to hit Russia's troubled space industry, whose Soviet-era glory has been tarnished by a series of launch failures. The rocket, a Proton-M, was launched from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad ...

Don't text 'beer' in Korea: Words that trigger teen alerts

May 18, 2015 8:06 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

"Smart Relief" is a mobile app for parental control of Android smartphones. South Korea's government funded the app, which alerts parents to possible bullying based on its monitoring of phrases and words used in smartphone messages and in online searches. The developer ...

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