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UN court blocks Japan's whale research program but creatures still far from safe

April 1, 2014 4:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

Environmental activists like the Sea Shepherds applauded Monday's decision by the International Court of Justice to block Japan's whaling program in the Antarctic under the guise of scientific study. The court concluded what observers have known for years: The number...

Photos of the Day: The Oculus Rift VR headset

April 1, 2014 1:38 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Oculus first unveiled the Oculus Rift VR headset in 2012, and the tech world has been giving it rave reviews. Originally posited as a Kickstarter campaign, the Oculus Rift met all its goals (and then some). The latest developer kit has been shipping with resolution of 1920×1080 (960×1080 per eye)....

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Mark Zuckerberg's flying Internet

April 1, 2014 8:09 am | by AllVoices | Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking to the skies to bring the wonders of the Internet to everyone across the globe. Working with his pet web philanthropy project, Internet.org, Zuckerberg enlisted different tech companies to create drones, satellites and lasers...

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US Supreme Court ruling on Alice Corp can affect software patents

April 1, 2014 6:09 am | by AllVoices | Comments

The US Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments for and against a patent claimed by Alice Corporation. This patent has been contested by CLS Bank International that has said that Alice Corp's patents only made use of the fundamental principles...

Value of Bitcoin battered by IRS

April 1, 2014 4:09 am | by AllVoices | Comments

After the Internal Revenue Service decided that bitcoin would be taxed like property, not currency, the value of the cryptocurrency has steadily dropped, making some investors nervous and providing critics with more evidence that the volatile currency was too dangerous....

IBM supercomputer Watson enlisted to help fight brain cancer

April 1, 2014 1:09 am | by AllVoices | Comments

Watson, IBM's supercomputer that famously took on Jeopardy, is now taking on something a little less trivia-oriented – brain cancer. IBM is working with the New York Genome Center (NYGC) to analyze genetic data to push towards personalized treatment of...

Study shows flawed U.S. encryption standard could be broken in seconds

March 31, 2014 7:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

If the NSA did have the keys to the backdoor in a random number generator it could break some encryption without trouble. The security of a data connection protected using a flawed U.S. encryption standard promoted by the National Security Agency could be broken in under 16 seconds....

Glitches plague Healthcare.gov on final day of enrollment for heath care coverage

March 31, 2014 7:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

Monday is the final day to enroll for the health insurance program known as Obamacare. But two separate major glitches have hobbled HealthCare.gov on the final day of enrollment, preventing many from enrolling. Procrastinators, are you thinking what I'm thinking?...

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Team finds a better way to grow motor neurons from stem cells

March 31, 2014 6:14 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

Researchers report they can generate human motor neurons from stem cells much more quickly and efficiently than previous methods allowed. The finding, described in Nature Communications, will aid efforts to model human motor neuron development, and to understand and treat spinal cord...

Self-healing engineered muscle grown in the laboratory

March 31, 2014 4:16 pm | by Duke University | Comments

Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal muscle that looks a lot like the real thing. It contracts powerfully and rapidly, integrates into mice quickly, and for the first time, demonstrates the ability to heal itself both inside the laboratory and inside an animal....

What is a Black Box ?

March 31, 2014 4:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

What is a Black Box ? A flight data recorder is a highly sophisticated electronic recording device which is generally placed in an airplane. This device helps in facilitating the investigation the cause of an airplane accident or incident. If...

HD and FHD smartphones ramping quickly in 2014

March 31, 2014 1:15 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Display resolution in smartphones is changing rapidly. In our Smartphone Quarterly report, we forecast that HD (720×1280) and FHD (1080×1920) resolution smartphones are growing the fastest this year. The key drivers are adoption of LTE, application processor development, and display cost...

U.N. climate report warns of increased risk to crops

March 31, 2014 1:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Crop yields are expected to decline due to climate change faster than scientists thought.A few years ago scientists thought climate change wouldn’t cause much harm to overall food production until temperatures in a region rose by three to four degrees Celsius compared to current levels....

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A breakthrough in creating invisibility cloaks, stealth technology

March 31, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Controlling and bending light around an object so it appears invisible to the naked eye is the theory behind fictional invisibility cloaks. It may seem easy in Hollywood movies, but is hard to create in real life because no material in nature has the properties necessary to bend light in such a way....

A robot walks into a bar

March 31, 2014 12:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The image of a joke-telling robot, that can tailor its repartee while performing a stand-up comedy routine, has won the overall prize in a national science photography competition organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)....

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