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'Data smashing' could unshackle automated discovery

October 9, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A little known secret in data mining is that simply feeding raw data into a data analysis algorithm is unlikely to produce meaningful results, say the authors of a new Cornell University study. From recognizing speech to identifying unusual stars ...

Discovery of new subatomic particle sheds light on fundamental force of nature

October 9, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The discovery of a new particle will "transform our understanding" of the fundamental force of nature that binds the nuclei of atoms, researchers argue. Led by scientists from the University of Warwick, the discovery of the new particle will help....

Unstoppable magnetoresistance

October 9, 2014 1:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Mazhar Ali, a fifth-year graduate student in the laboratory of Bob Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, has spent his academic career discovering new superconductors, materials coveted for their ability....

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New NIH Big Data to facilitate collection of large-scale health data

October 9, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins today announced a new national initiative, the National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), focused on developing computational tools to facilitate the collection and analysis....

Nanoparticles get a magnetic handle

October 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A long-sought goal of creating particles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment, and that could be precisely manipulated into position within living cells, has been achieved by a team of researchers at MIT and several other institutions....

Sen. Wyden: NSA tech spying hurts economy

October 9, 2014 1:40 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and other Silicon Valley executives say controversial government spying programs are undercutting the Internet economy and want Congress to step up stalled reform. "We're going to end up breaking the Internet"....

Review: Stir Kinetic smart desk makes you stand up

October 9, 2014 9:11 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

You may want to sit down for this. Then get up. Then sit down again. That's because there's a desk out there that tells you to do exactly that. The Stir Kinetic is probably the world's first "smart" desk. It has a built-in touch screen, so you can see this....

Next edition of HealthCare.gov is unveiled

October 9, 2014 9:08 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration unveiled a new version of HealthCare.gov on Wednesday, with some improvements as well as at least one early mistake and a new challenge. Officials also said that HealthCare.gov won't display premiums for 2015....

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Scientists identify method of eradicating harmful impacts from manufacturing process

October 9, 2014 9:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The human and environmental dangers posed by a widely used manufacturing technique could be almost eradicated thanks to research led by Plymouth University. Fibre-reinforced polymer matrix composites are painted or sprayed onto products to provide....

Smallest world record has 'endless possibilities' for bio-nanotechnology

October 9, 2014 8:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from the University of Leeds have taken a crucial step forward in bio-nanotechnology, a field that uses biology to develop new tools for science, technology and medicine. The new study, published in print today in the journal ...

Country's economy plays role in Internet file-sharing patterns

October 9, 2014 8:54 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Peer-to-peer file sharing of movies, television shows, music, books and other files over the Internet has grown rapidly worldwide as an alternative approach for people to get the digital content they want -- often illicitly. But, unlike the users of Amazon ...

NuSTAR discovers impossibly bright dead star

October 9, 2014 8:50 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers working with NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR), led by Caltech's Fiona Harrison, have found a pulsating dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. The object, previously thought to be a black hole ...

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Online intervention tool for physician trainees may improve care of substance users

October 9, 2014 8:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Online learning interventions and small group debriefings can improve medical residents' attitudes and communication skills toward patients with substance use disorders, and may result in improved care for these patients, according to a new study....

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Of bio-hairpins and polymer-spaghetti

October 9, 2014 8:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Jülich, Germany – When a basically sturdy material becomes soft and spongy, one usually suspects that it has been damaged in some way. But this is not always the case, especially when it comes to complex fluids and biological cells. By looking at ...

Smartphone understands hand gestures

October 9, 2014 8:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It does seem slightly odd at first: you hold the phone in one hand, and move the other in the air above its built-in camera making gestures that resemble sign language. Sometimes you move your index finger to the left, sometimes to the right....

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