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People conform to the norm -- even if the norm is a computer

January 14, 2015 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Often enough it is human nature to conform. This tendency makes us follow the lead of computers, even if the machines give us the wrong advice. This is the finding of a study in Springer's journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review that investigates how ...

3-D facial imaging may aid in early detection of autism

January 14, 2015 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders diagnosed in patients who exhibit a shared core of symptoms, including delays in learning to communicate and interact socially. Early detection of autism in children is the key for treatments to be ...

Every atom matters when building strong concrete

January 14, 2015 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Even when building big, every atom matters, according to new research on particle-based materials at Rice University. Rice researchers Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Saroosh Jalilvand have published a study showing what happens at the nanoscale....

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Review: Smarten up your home with Apple HomeKit

January 14, 2015 12:29 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple didn't attend last week's gadget show but its presence was felt. Many companies have designed "smart" home products that integrate with Apple's HomeKit, an emerging technology for controlling lights and appliances through a mobile app. There are other efforts to ...

Consumer electronics industry recognises need for a better smart TV experience

January 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Philips uWand | Comments

Philips uWand announced the findings of its latest Smart TV Report. The research shows a 15% increase in smart TV ownership by industry professionals since 2012. However, despite steady growth, engagement rates continue to be hampered by ...

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CES 2015: How many wearable devices would a person wear?

January 14, 2015 10:32 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Each year, the CES in Las Vegas jump-starts the technology market. It did so this year as well, but what was really different was the lack of real news makers in 2015. In past years, devices, mainly TVs, have occupied headlines, but this year, they lacked any real novelty....

Infineon Technologies AG successfully acquires International Rectifier

January 14, 2015 8:53 am | Comments

Infineon Technologies AG announced the closing of the acquisition of International Rectifier. With effect from today, the El Segundo based company has become part of Infineon following the approval of all necessary regulatory authorities and ...

A favorable outlook for dynamic random-access memory

January 14, 2015 8:34 am | by SEMI | Comments

SEMI announced details from the SEMI World Fab Forecast Report illuminating the state of the semiconductor manufacturing industry, coincident with convening SEMI’s Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) in Half Moon Bay, Calif.  Among the insights across ...

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"Deep thinking" is not just for geniuses

January 13, 2015 4:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What is intelligence? What is the nature of creativity, thinking, learning, and even of mind? In his latest book, Deep Thinking: What Mathematics Can Teach Us About the Mind, mathematician William Byers claims that all of these processes have a common ...

Glass for battery electrodes

January 13, 2015 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For some time now, energy experts have been adamant that we will need much more clean energy in the future if we are to replace fossil fuel sources and reduce CO2 emissions. For example, electric cars will need to replace the petrol-powered cars driving ...

Photonic crystal nanolaser biosensor simplifies DNA detection

January 13, 2015 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A simple method to sense DNA, as well as potential biomarker proteins of cancer or other diseases such as Alzheimer's, may soon be within reach - thanks to the work of a team of Yokohama National University researchers in Japan. As the team reports ...

Novel multiferroic materials and devices integrated with silicon chips

January 13, 2015 4:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research team led by North Carolina State University has made two advances in multiferroic materials, including the ability to integrate them on a silicon chip, which will allow the development of new electronic memory devices. The researchers have already ...

Revolutionary railgun weapon to debut at Future Force EXPO

January 13, 2015 4:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Electromagnetic Railgun--a weapon that will play a significant role in the future of the U.S. Navy--will be on display to the public for the first time on the East Coast Feb. 4-5 at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology (S&T) EXPO in Washington, D.C....

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Zinc oxide materials tapped for tiny energy harvesting devices

January 13, 2015 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Today, we're surrounded by a variety of electronic devices that are moving increasingly closer to us - we can attach and wear them, or even implant electronics inside our bodies. Many types of smart devices are readily available and convenient to use....

Detection thresholds drop with low-noise quantum cascade laser driver

January 13, 2015 3:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Electronic noise from Quantum Cascade Laser drivers has long limited the detection threshold of chemical sensors. No longer. Patented1 low noise technology is now available to both researchers and developers. Wavelength Electronics introduces the ...

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