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Windows 10 tries blending new with familiar

September 30, 2014 7:29 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft is trying to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows by reviving features from older versions while still attempting to nudge desktop users into a world of touch screens and mobile devices. The company on Tuesday gave an early preview of the new Windows 10 software, which it aims to...

Ultrafast remote switching of light emission

September 30, 2014 4:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The researchers etched a photonic crystal around several quantum dots in a semiconductor layer. Quantum dots are small structures that spontaneously emit light as a consequence of atomic processes. If a short laser pulse is fired at the photonic....

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'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection

September 30, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That's why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect....

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Scientists make droplets move on their own

September 30, 2014 3:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Droplets are simple spheres of fluid, not normally considered capable of doing anything on their own. But now researchers have made droplets of alcohol move through water. In the future, such moving droplets may deliver medicines, etc....

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A safer approach for diagnostic medical imaging

September 30, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Medical imaging is at the forefront of diagnostics today, with imaging techniques like MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), CT (computerized tomography), scanning, and NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) increasing steeply over the last two decades....

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Modeling shockwaves through the brain

September 30, 2014 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Since the start of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, more than 300,000 soldiers have returned to the United States with traumatic brain injury caused by exposure to bomb blasts — and in particular, exposure to improvised explosive....

Nitrogen fingerprint in biomolecules could be from early sun

September 30, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Chemical fingerprints of the element nitrogen vary by extremes in materials from the molecules of life to the solar wind to interstellar dust. Ideas for how this great variety came about have included alien molecules shuttled in by icy comets....

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Simulations reveal an unusual death for ancient stars

September 30, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Certain primordial stars—those 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects—among the Universe's first-generation of stars—would have exploded as supernovae and burned....

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Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells

September 30, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team led by Alejandro Briseno of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has taken a major step in developing....

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NIH taps lab to develop sophisticated electrode array system to monitor brain act

September 30, 2014 2:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a grant today to develop an electrode array system that will enable researchers to better understand how the brain works through unprecedented....

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'Green' technology developed at Louisiana Tech University earns company LA StartUp Prize

September 30, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Alchemy Geopolymer Solutions (AGS), an innovative concrete technology company that emerged from geopolymer research conducted at Louisiana Tech University, has won the inaugural LA StartUp Prize. Presented as "the most amazing entrepreneurial....

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A new dimension for integrated circuits: 3-D nanomagnetic logic

September 30, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have demonstrated a new kind of building block for digital integrated circuits. Their experiments show that future computer chips could be based on three-dimensional arrangements....

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New material steals oxygen from the air

September 30, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen ...

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Researchers get $5.25 million to advance nuclear technologies in South Carolina

September 30, 2014 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of environmental scientists and engineers, led by Clemson University associate professor Brian Powell, was awarded a three-year, $5.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research....

Taking thin films to the extreme

September 30, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Applying a well-known optical phenomenon called thin-film interference, a group of researchers at Harvard University has demonstrated the ability to "paint" ultra-thin coatings onto a rough surface -- work that holds promise for making....

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