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Entries open for ECN IMPACT Awards, celebrating excellence in electronics design

August 12, 2014 | Comments

Companies from across the global electronics design landscape are invited to submit their stand-out products and services — in 24 categories — for consideration by a panel of judges for the 2015 ECN IMPACT Awards. The entry period opens today at www.ecnawards.com and ends January 19, 2015....

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Five impacts of Chinese telecom carriers decision to cut subsidies

August 21, 2014 12:21 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

China Mobile, the country’s biggest telecom carrier, recently announced that it would cut subsidies for smartphone purchases, driven by a directive from the Chinese government to telecom carriers to cut their management and marketing expenses by 20% over the next three years....

Tropical Storm Karina looks like a giant 'number 9' from space

August 21, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Despite being the eleventh tropical cyclone of the Eastern Pacific Ocean Hurricane Season, Karina looked like a giant number nine from NASA's Aqua satellite. Tropical Storm Karina was weakening on August 20 when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead....

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Conclusive evidence on role of circulating mesenchymal stem cells in organ injury

August 21, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are present in virtually every type of human tissue and may help in organ regeneration after injury. But the theory that MSCs are released from the bone marrow into the blood stream following organ damage, and migrate to the site of injury, has long been debated....

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Delivery by drone

August 21, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve as autonomous messengers that shuttle packages to customers within 30 minutes of an order....

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Feeling bad at work can be a good thing (and vice versa)

August 21, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research by the University of Liverpool suggests that, contrary to popular opinion, it can be good to feel bad at work, whilst feeling good in the workplace can also lead to negative outcomes. In a Special Issue published in Human Relations, Dr Dirk Lindebaum from the University's Management School, together with his co-author Professor Peter Jordan, developed a new line of study, and commissioned research to further explore the role....

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ADHD children make poor decisions due to less differentiated learning processes

August 21, 2014 11:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Which shirt do we put on in the morning? Do we drive to work or take the train? From which takeaway joint do we want to buy lunch? We make hundreds of different decisions every day. Even if these often only have a minimal impact, it is extremely important for our long-term personal development to make decisions that are as optimal as possible....

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Mindfulness-based depression therapy reduces health care visits

August 21, 2014 11:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A mindfulness-based therapy for depression has the added benefit of reducing health-care visits among patients who often see their family doctors, according to a new study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)....

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Water window imaging opportunity

August 21, 2014 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ever heard of the water window? It consists of radiations in the 3.3 to 4.4 nanometre range, which are not absorbed by the water in biological tissues. New theoretical findings show that it is possible to develop coherent radiations within the water window....

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800 meters beneath Antarctic ice sheet, subglacial lake holds viable microbial ecosystems

August 21, 2014 11:16 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and planets elsewhere in the solar system, LSU Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Brent Christner and fellow researchers funded by the National Science Foundation, or NSF, this week published a paper confirming that the waters and sediments of a lake that lies 800 meters....

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AAAS: Sri Lanka images show no significant increase in public facilities, despite promises

August 21, 2014 11:10 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Thousands of Sri Lankans remain refugees five years after a long civil war, and satellite-image analysis seems to reveal many new housing-like structures and development in a military zone in the northern part of the country. However, the analysis also shows no significant increase in civic facilities despite government claims that it has seized the land for public use....

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Smartphone-loss anxiety disorder

August 21, 2014 10:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The smart phone has changed our behavior, sometimes for the better as we are now able to connect and engage with many more people than ever before, sometimes for the worse in that we may have become over-reliant on the connectivity with the outside world that these devices afford us....

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For secure software: X-rays instead of passport control

August 21, 2014 10:27 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Trust is good, control is better. This also applies to the security of computer programs. Instead of trusting "identification documents" in the form of certificates, JOANA, the new software analysis tool, examines the source text (code) of a program....

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Toothpaste fluorine formed in stars

August 21, 2014 10:06 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The fluorine that is found in products such as toothpaste was likely formed billions of years ago in now dead stars of the same type as our sun. This has been shown by astronomers at Lund University in Sweden, together with colleagues from Ireland and the USA....

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Electric sparks may alter evolution of lunar soil

August 21, 2014 10:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but modeling done by University of New Hampshire and NASA scientists suggests that, over the eons, periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly altered the properties of the soil in the moon's coldest craters through the process of sparking—a finding that could change our understanding of the evolution of planetary surfaces in the solar system....

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$14.5 million grant awarded to continue anthrax studies

August 21, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a five-year, $14.5 million grant to continue its research on anthrax and the bacteria's effects on humans. For 10 years, OMRF scientist Mark Coggeshall, Ph.D., and his colleagues have studied the human immune response to anthrax bacteria as part of NIH's Cooperative Centers for Human Immunology....

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