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Wearable tech would help soldiers and people at risk for heart attacks

November 14, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Wearable devices can count the steps you take and the calories you burn. But can they help soldiers in the field? Or prevent someone from having a heart attack? Researchers at Sentient Science and the University at Buffalo say yes. The sensor and ...

'Topological insulators' promising for spintronics, quantum computers

November 14, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researches have uncovered "smoking-gun" evidence to confirm the workings of an emerging class of materials that could make possible "spintronic" devices and practical quantum computers far more powerful than today's technologies. The materials are called ...

Mission to discover hundreds of black holes could unlock secrets of the Universe

November 14, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of Cardiff University researchers have made a breakthrough in helping scientists discover hundreds of black holes throughout the universe. When two detectors are switched on in the US next year, the Cardiff team hope their research will ...

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New form of crystalline order holds promise for thermoelectric applications

November 14, 2014 8:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Since the 1850's scientists have known that crystalline materials are organized into fourteen different basic lattice structures. However, a team of researchers from Vanderbilt University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) now reports that ...

NFL honors Georgia Tech-Emory team for brain injury detection system

November 13, 2014 4:57 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Team wins competition for new innovations intended to speed diagnosis and improve treatment for concussions November 13, 2014 Atlanta, GA The National Football League, GE and UnderArmour have selected a team of physicians and engineers from ...

Facebook again tries to simplify privacy policy

November 13, 2014 1:49 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

One more time, Facebook is trying to simplify its lengthy privacy policy — and make it much shorter — to explain how it targets advertisements to its 1.35 billion users. The world's largest online social network uses the information people ...

Creating electric cars without drivers

November 13, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Whoever got his driver's license twenty years ago and is back in a car for the first time is going to be rubbing his eyes in amazement. Electronic helpers warn of a possible collision when parking and keep the necessary distance to the car ahead during ...

Industry partnership supports Australian production of next-generation photonics

November 13, 2014 1:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An optical oscilloscope with 20 times the resolution of conventional electronics has been developed by the ARC Centre for ultrahigh bandwidth devices for optical systems (CUDOS) at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University....

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Use of private social media affects work performance

November 13, 2014 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a new study, Use of Social Network Sites at Work: Does it Impair Performance?, Postdoctoral Fellow Cecilie Schou Andreassen and colleagues at the University of Bergen's (UiB) Department of Psychosocial Science looked at the consequences of ...

New findings could help keep satellites and space debris from colliding

November 13, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Half a million objects, including debris, satellites, and the International Space Station, orbit the planet in the thermosphere, the largest layer of Earth's atmosphere. To predict the orbits--and potential collisions--of all this stuff, scientists must ...

Cats and athletes teach robots to fall

November 13, 2014 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A cat always lands on its feet. At least, that's how the adage goes. Karen Liu hopes that in the future, this will be true of robots as well. To understand the way feline or human behavior during falls might be applied to robot landings, Liu ...

Software to automatically outline bones in x-rays

November 13, 2014 12:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Amidst a national shortage of radiographers in the UK and an increasing requirement for researchers to work with large databases of radiograph images, the software which is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ...

New process isolates promising material

November 13, 2014 12:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

After graphene was first produced in the lab in 2004, thousands of laboratories began developing graphene products worldwide. Researchers were amazed by its lightweight and ultra-strong properties. Ten years later, scientists now search for ...

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Drones patrol half of Mexico border

November 13, 2014 12:07 pm | by ELLIOT SPAGAT and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to ...

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Study at SLAC explains atomic action in high-temperature superconductors

November 13, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A study at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory suggests for the first time how scientists might deliberately engineer superconductors that work at higher temperatures. In their report, a team led by SLAC and Stanford University ...

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