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China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship

January 23, 2015 9:02 am | by JACK CHANG, Associated Press | Comments

China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday. The virtual private network provider Golden Frog wrote ...

NASA scientists could commute to Mars

January 22, 2015 3:53 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Scientists at NASA may be able to commute to Mars this year ... virtually, anyway. NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called ...

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Improving the privacy of the Internet currency Bitcoin

January 22, 2015 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"Within the research community, it is well-known that the anonymity of Bitcoin can be broken", explains Aniket Kate of Saarland University, who leads the independent research group "Cryptographic Systems" at the Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction". Experts like ...

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Queen's University engineers develop world's longest 'flat pack' arch bridge

January 22, 2015 1:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Civil Engineers at Queen's University Belfast in collaboration with pre-cast concrete specialists Macrete Ireland have developed the world's longest 'flat pack' arch bridge. Based on the 'FlexiArch' system, the bridge is unique in that it will be transported to ...

Black hole on a diet creates a 'changing look' quasar

January 22, 2015 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Yale University astronomers have identified the first "changing look" quasar, a gleaming object in deep space that appears to have its own dimmer switch. The discovery may offer a glimpse into the life story of the universe's great beacons....

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X-rays unlock secrets of ancient scrolls buried by volcano

January 22, 2015 1:48 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world's oldest surviving library may one day reveal all of its secrets. The scroll is among hundreds retrieved ...

Got battery? Lots of low battery hacks but no quick fix

January 22, 2015 1:44 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired of begging to ...

Nano-beaker offers insight into the condensation of atoms

January 22, 2015 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team of physicists has succeeded in mapping the condensation of individual atoms, or rather their transition from a gaseous state to another state, using a new method. Led by the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Department of Physics at ...

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Revealing the secrets of atomic nuclei

January 22, 2015 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Individual protons and neutrons in atomic nuclei turn out not to behave according to the predictions made by existing theoretical models. This surprising conclusion, reached by an international team of physicists including staff members from the ...

The future of NASA, the ISS, and women in STEM

January 22, 2015 1:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

About 130 middle and high school students got the chance to speak with astronauts and leading scientists from NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the third annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event on ...

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A new method to generate arbitrary optical pulses

January 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to generate more powerful, more energy efficient and low-cost pulsed lasers. The technique, which was developed by researchers from the University's Optoelectronics Research Centre ...

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VCU researcher receives NSF grant to extend lifespan of Li-ion batteries

January 22, 2015 12:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Virginia Commonwealth University professor has received a five-year, $505,000 award from the National Science Foundation to make lithium-ion batteries -- which power electric vehicles and portable electronic devices -- far more efficient, sustainable ...

"Ringing" in the New Year with $5.1 million in funding

January 22, 2015 12:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter @abmdigi | Comments

Wearable technology startup Ringly raised $5.1 million in Series A, led by Andreesen Horowitz. High Line Venture Partners, Silas Capital, PCH and others also participated in Series A funding for the smart ring company, Ringly founder and CEO Christina Mercando said in a press release.

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New York City’s largest wind turbine stands 160-feet tall

January 22, 2015 10:05 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Sunset Park in Brooklyn gained New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s ...

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Uncovering hidden magnetic messages from the early solar system

January 22, 2015 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Geologists from the University of Cambridge uncover hidden magnetic messages from the early solar system in meteorites measured at BESSY II. A team of scientists led by Dr. Richard Harrison from the University of Cambridge, has captured information stored ...

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