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Oak Ridge to acquire next-generation supercomputer

November 14, 2014 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has signed a contract with IBM to bring a next-generation supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The OLCF's new hybrid CPU/GPU computing system ...

Product-recommendation algorithms use trial and error to get it right

November 14, 2014 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Devavrat Shah's group at MIT's Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) specializes in analyzing how social networks process information. In 2012, the group demonstrated algorithms that could predict what topics would trend on ...

Magnetic fields frozen into meteorite grains tell a shocking tale of solar system birth

November 14, 2014 9:31 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The most accurate laboratory measurements yet made of magnetic fields trapped in grains within a primitive meteorite are providing important clues to how the early solar system evolved. The measurements point to shock waves traveling through ...

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Self-repairing software tackles malware

November 14, 2014 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Utah computer scientists have developed software that not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen viruses and other malware, but also automatically repairs damage caused by them. The software then prevents the invader from ...

Intergalactic "wind" is stripping galaxies of star-forming gas

November 14, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers from the University of Toronto and the University of Arizona have provided the first direct evidence that an intergalactic "wind" is stripping galaxies of star-forming gas as they fall into clusters of galaxies. The observations help explain why ...

Tel Aviv University research leads to historic comet landing

November 14, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time in history, a spacecraft has landed on a comet. The momentous event represents the culmination of 35 years of research on comets by Prof. Akiva Bar-Nun of Tel Aviv University's Department of Geosciences and other scientists working ...

Wearable tech would help soldiers and people at risk for heart attacks

November 14, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Wearable devices can count the steps you take and the calories you burn. But can they help soldiers in the field? Or prevent someone from having a heart attack? Researchers at Sentient Science and the University at Buffalo say yes. The sensor and ...

'Topological insulators' promising for spintronics, quantum computers

November 14, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researches have uncovered "smoking-gun" evidence to confirm the workings of an emerging class of materials that could make possible "spintronic" devices and practical quantum computers far more powerful than today's technologies. The materials are called ...

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Mission to discover hundreds of black holes could unlock secrets of the Universe

November 14, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of Cardiff University researchers have made a breakthrough in helping scientists discover hundreds of black holes throughout the universe. When two detectors are switched on in the US next year, the Cardiff team hope their research will ...

New form of crystalline order holds promise for thermoelectric applications

November 14, 2014 8:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Since the 1850's scientists have known that crystalline materials are organized into fourteen different basic lattice structures. However, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) now reports that ...

NFL honors Georgia Tech-Emory team for brain injury detection system

November 13, 2014 4:57 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Team wins competition for new innovations intended to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for concussions November 13, 2014 Atlanta, GA The National Football League, GE and UnderArmour have selected a team of physicians and engineers from ...

Facebook again tries to simplify privacy policy

November 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy — and make it much shorter — to explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users. The world's largest online social network uses the information people ...

Creating electric cars without drivers

November 13, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Whoever got his driver's license twenty years ago and is back in a car for the first time is going to be rubbing his eyes in amazement. Electronic helpers warn of a possible collision when parking and keep the necessary distance to the car ahead during ...

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Industry partnership supports Australian production of next-generation photonics

November 13, 2014 1:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An optical oscilloscope with 20 times the resolution of conventional electronics has been developed by the ARC Centre for ultrahigh bandwidth devices for optical systems (CUDOS) at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University....

Use of private social media affects work performance

November 13, 2014 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a new study, Use of Social Network Sites at Work: Does it Impair Performance?, Postdoctoral Fellow Cecilie Schou Andreassen and colleagues at the University of Bergen's (UiB) Department of Psychosocial Science looked at the consequences of ...

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