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How the new HealthCare.gov stacks up with the old

October 14, 2014 9:31 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press | Comments

HealthCare.gov, the website for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, has been revamped as its second enrollment season approaches. But things are still complicated, since other major provisions of the Affordable Care Act ...

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Twitter to be used for payments in France

October 14, 2014 9:27 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Did someone spot you money for lunch two weeks ago? In France, Twitter users can now publicly repay debts, donate to charity or chip in for a gift with a new payment service backed by the country's second-largest banking service. Group BPCE ...

Sensor enables a better fit for prostheses

October 14, 2014 8:33 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

As an amputee walks on a prosthetic leg during the day, the natural fluid in the leg shifts and the muscles shrink slightly. Now imagine the problem that poses for the fit of the prosthesis. There’s a growing need for a solution. The national ...

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Graphene acts as a fine lubricant

October 13, 2014 6:30 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant and his colleagues at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials and Argonne’s Energy Systems division applied a one-atom-thick layer of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, in between a steel ball and a steel disk....

Review: Music player learns your tastes over time

October 13, 2014 2:33 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Some things get better with time: wine, jeans and this "smart" music player I've been using on and off for a few months. The idea behind the $399 Aether Cone is that over time, it learns your listening habits and weighs such factors as whether it's a lazy Sunday morning....

Getting sharp images from dull detectors

October 13, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Observing the quantum behavior of light is a big part of Alan Migdall's research at the Joint Quantum Institute. Many of his experiments depend on observing light in the form of photons — the particle complement of light waves — and sometimes only one....

A novel platform for future spintronic technologies

October 13, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Spintronics is an emerging field of technology where devices work by manipulating the spin of electrons rather than their charge. The field can bring significant advantages to computer technology, combining higher speeds with lower energy consumption....

Australian teams set new records for silicon quantum computing

October 13, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Two research teams working in the same laboratories at UNSW Australia have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realisation of super powerful quantum computers. The teams created two types of quantum bits....

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Researchers set speed record for fluorescent molecules

October 13, 2014 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Duke University researchers have made fluorescent molecules emit photons of light 1,000 times faster than normal -- setting a speed record and making an important step toward realizing superfast light emitting diodes (LEDs) and quantum cryptography....

"Illusion coatings" make objects appear to be something else

October 13, 2014 11:11 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Developing the cloak of invisibility would be wonderful, but sometimes simply making an object appear to be something else will do the trick, according to Penn State electrical engineers. "Previous attempts at cloaking using a single metasurface layer ...

Metal nanoparticles can deform like a liquid

October 13, 2014 10:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They appear, from the outside, to be liquid droplets, wobbling and readily changing shape, while their interiors retain a perfectly stable crystal configuration. The research team ...

'Smart' lithium-ion battery warns of fire hazard

October 13, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Stanford University scientists have developed a "smart" lithium-ion battery that gives ample warning before it overheats and bursts into flames. The new technology is designed for conventional lithium-ion batteries now used in billions of cellphones....

NYC poised to end school cellphone ban

October 13, 2014 9:16 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press | Comments

New York City is preparing to end its ban on cellphones in schools, dooming an industry that sprang up near dozens of schools where teens could park their phones in a van for a dollar a day. Mayor Bill de Blasio - apparently the first mayor to have ...

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Facebook's Zuckerberg pushes global Internet in Indonesia

October 13, 2014 4:30 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

On his first visit to Facebook-crazy Indonesia, Mark Zuckerberg met the president-elect, spread the word about his company's global Internet-access initiative and posted a photo of himself at an ancient Buddhist temple. The Facebook CEO arrived Sunday....

Companies are harvesting your "voiceprint"

October 13, 2014 4:30 am | by Raphael Satter - Associated Press | Comments

Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice. Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals ...

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