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Computing with slime

March 27, 2014 3:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A future computer might be a lot slimier than the solid silicon devices we have today. In a study published in the journal Materials Today, European researchers reveal details of logic units built using living slime molds, which might act as the building blocks for computing devices and sensors....

Controlling electron spins by light

March 27, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The material class of topological insulators has been discovered a few years ago and displays amazing properties: In their inside, they behave electrically insulating but at their surface they form metallic, conducting states. The electron spin, i. e., their intrinsic angular momentum, is playing a decisive role....

In mapping feat, Scripps Florida scientists pinpoint neurons where select memories grow

March 27, 2014 2:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Memories are difficult to produce, often fragile, and dependent on any number of factors—including changes to various types of nerves. In the common fruit fly—a scientific doppelganger used to study human memory formation—these changes take place in multiple parts of the insect brain....

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New guidance system could improve minimally invasive surgery

March 27, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Johns Hopkins researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room. In a report published recently in the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology...

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Record quantum entanglement of multiple dimensions

March 27, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The states in which elementary particles, such as photons, can be found have properties which are beyond common sense. Superpositions are produced, such as the possibility of being in two places at once, which defies intuition. In addition, when two particles are entangled a connection is generated....

Newfound pink world lurks at solar system fringes

March 27, 2014 1:43 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | Comments

Peering into the far reaches of the solar system, astronomers have spied a pink frozen world 7 1/2 billion miles from the sun. It's the second such object to be discovered in a region of space beyond Pluto long considered a celestial wasteland.

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Report: Digital sites bring momentum to news

March 27, 2014 1:38 pm | by DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer | Comments

Growing digital outlets are bringing "a sense of momentum" to the news business even as long-term problems continue to plague the industry, a journalism think tank said on Wednesday. The Pew Research Center's annual state of the news media report illustrates the rapid changes in the business and in consumer habits....

Visionary or looney? Zuckerberg on spending spree

March 27, 2014 1:37 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE and BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writers | Comments

Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders whether Zuckerberg "is nuts"....

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Security firms watch social media for feisty fans

March 27, 2014 1:32 pm | by LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer | Comments

As Minnesota Vikings fans were getting ready for the final game at the Metrodome last December, officials at Whelan Security noticed social media chatter suggesting some of the faithful might rush the field and try to steal a piece of history....

Photosynthesis, reimagined

March 27, 2014 1:09 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with researchers from Arizona State University have found a way to imitate Photosystem II, the first protein complex in the long chain of reactions that use energy from the sun to create usable fuel....

Did large-area TFT LCD revenues hit bottom in February?

March 27, 2014 11:16 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

The large area TFT LCD industry is going through the darkest period in several years, as measured by monthly revenues. Data from the most recent Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database indicates that February large area (9 inches and larger) TFT LCD revenues fell below $5B....

Photos of the Day: A solar-powered toilet

March 27, 2014 8:40 am | Comments

The Sol-Char Toilet was a product of the Reinvent the Toilet initiative, launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal was to "develop waterless, hygienic toilets that do not require a sewer connection or electricity and cost less than five cents per user per day"....

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What Zuckerberg sees in Oculus Rift

March 26, 2014 3:11 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Facebook acquired Oculus Rift because it believes virtual reality could be the next big thing after mobile.Facebook moved quickly to acquire Oculus VR—creator of the forthcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset—for approximately $2 billion. Discussions between the two companies opened less than...

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Cree first to break 300 lumens-per-watt barrier

March 26, 2014 12:39 pm | Comments

Cree, Inc. records another significant LED milestone with the demonstration of 303 lumens per watt from a white high power LED. Reaching the landmark achievement much faster than previously believed possible, this result surpasses Cree’s previous R&D industry best....

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What Zuckerberg Sees When He Puts on Oculus Rift

March 26, 2014 12:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Facebook acquired Oculus Rift because it believes virtual reality could be the next big thing after mobile.Facebook moved quickly to acquire Oculus VR—creator of the forthcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset—for approximately $2 billion. Discussions between the two companies opened less than...

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