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Potential use of Google Glass in surgical settings

April 16, 2014 12:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. Personal portable information technology is advancing at a breathtaking speed. Google has recently introduced Glass....

At the origin of cell division

April 16, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Droplets of filamentous material enclosed in a lipid membrane: these are the models of a "simplified" cell used by the SISSA physicists Luca Giomi and Antonio DeSimone, who simulated the spontaneous emergence of cell motility and division - that is, features of living material - in inanimate "objects"....

Environmentally compatible organic solar cells

April 16, 2014 12:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Environmentally compatible production methods for organic solar cells from novel materials are in the focus of "MatHero". The new project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) aims at making organic photovoltaics competitive to their inorganic counterparts....

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Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

April 16, 2014 11:10 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to a shutdown of all power at the station....

Scientists achieve first direct observations of excitons in motion

April 16, 2014 11:08 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A quasiparticle called an exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never been directly observed....

Global scientific team 'visualizes' a new crystallization process

April 16, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Sometimes engineers invent something before they fully comprehend why it works. To understand the "why," they must often create new tools and techniques in a virtuous cycle that improves the original invention while also advancing basic scientific knowledge....

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

April 16, 2014 10:58 am | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | Comments

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment"....

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Methane leaks from some fracking sites 1000 times above official figures

April 16, 2014 8:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

The furor over fracking took a further twist this week as levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above drilling wells, in some cases, 1,000 times greater than previous Environmental Protection Agency estimates. The shocking figures came from air...

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Do you know the real cost of a 'smartphone'?

April 16, 2014 2:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

Everyone knows the cost of a smartphone in dollars, but experts say it's time to know what is the equivalent of the cost in human lives. Information portal experts Me Policy highlights seven pieces of terrible data that make up the real price of our smartphones....

From air traffic controller in the Army to grad research in fiber optics

April 15, 2014 6:14 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

When ECE graduate student Janice Blane was still a prospective student, considering advisers and research programs, she did what anyone would do: she contacted faculty members who were doing innovative research, asking about opportunities in their labs. That seems normal....

Researchers use complex computational models to assess engine qualities

April 15, 2014 6:10 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Scientists at Argonne, as part of the new Virtual Engine Research Institute and Fuels Initiative (VERIFI), are looking at a number of parameters in the internal combustion process. By gaining a better understanding of how these parameters interact, the Argonne researchers seek to create cleaner and...

Atari gets into real-money gambling

April 15, 2014 6:10 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Atari, the maker of classic video games like "Pong" and "Centipede," is about to make things a bit more interesting for players. The company said Tuesday that it is getting into real-money gambling through a partnership with gambling company Pariplay. Pariplay will launch Atari's brands across a...

Better solar cells, better LED light, and vast optical possibilities

April 15, 2014 3:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. NTNU-researchers have discovered that by tuning a small strain on single nanowires they can become more effective in LEDs and solar cells....

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Laws and ethics can’t keep pace with technology

April 15, 2014 2:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Codes we live by, laws we follow, and computers that move too fast to care.Employers can get into legal trouble if they ask interviewees about their religion, sexual preference, or political affiliation. Yet they can use social media to filter out job applicants based on their beliefs, looks, and...

Study shows increase in online information thefts

April 15, 2014 2:05 pm | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The number of Americans who say they've had important personal information stolen online is on the rise, according to a Pew Research Center report released Monday. According to the survey conducted in January, 18 percent of online adults have had personal information stolen....

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