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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....

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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...

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....

TTI acquires Astrex Electronics

June 24, 2014 4:10 pm | Tti, Inc. | Comments

TTI, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, announced the acquisition of Astrex Electronics, a privately held connector distribution specialist headquartered in Plainview, New York. Mike Morton, President TTI Americas, said of the acquisition,

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Metal particles in solids aren't as fixed as they seem

June 24, 2014 3:12 pm | by Nicole Casal Moore, University of Michigan | Comments

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and "resistive random access memory," or RRAM—cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions—researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought....

Photos of the Day: The F-35B VTOL aircraft

June 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The F-35B, intended for the Marines, follows in the tradition of other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, the most famous being the British Harrier Jump Jet. With the ability to take off from a short — or nonexistent — ramp, VTOL systems like the F-35B offer a degree of flexibility to military planners....

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Picture books for visually impaired kids go 3-D thanks to CU-Boulder research team

June 24, 2014 1:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"Goodnight room, goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon..." A children's classic that already is a candidate for the all-time best feel-good book, "Goodnight Moon," has gotten a boost: A University of Colorado Boulder team printed the first 3D version of it....

Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues

June 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Measurements taken at the molecular scale have for the first time confirmed a key property that could improve our knowledge of how the heart and lungs function. University of Washington researchers have shown that a favorable electrical property is present in a type of protein found in organs that repeatedly stretch and retract....

Computer-aided diagnosis of rare genetic disorders from family snaps

June 24, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Computer analysis of photographs could help doctors diagnose which condition a child with a rare genetic disorder has, say Oxford University researchers. The researchers, funded in part by the Medical Research Council (MRC), have come up with a computer programme that recognises facial features in photographs....

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New research finds that cell phones reflect our personal microbiome

June 24, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Smartphones are everywhere, and they may be smarter than you think. Our cell phones actually reflect the personal microbial world of their owners, with potential implications for their use as bacterial and environmental sensors, according to new research....

Facelock: A new password alternative which plays to the strengths of human memory

June 24, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Forgotten passwords are a serious problem for both IT managers and users. The root of the problem is a trade-off between memorability and security: simple passwords are easy to remember but easy to crack; complex passwords are hard to crack but hard to remember....

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