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New supercomputer accelerates pace of health research across North of England

July 9, 2014 6:16 am | by The University of Manchester | Comments

The Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), a research partnership led by The University of Manchester, has advanced Northern England’s computing power by financing a new computer system that can analyse bigger and more complex sets of information than was previously possible....

Federal research spurs Washington state to store energy

July 8, 2014 6:15 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Three Washington state utilities have been awarded $14.3 million in matching grants from the state's new Clean Energy Fund to lead energy storage projects with ties to federally funded research at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory....

Better visualizing of fitness-app data helps discover trends, reach goals

July 8, 2014 3:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Smartphone apps can track where we eat our meals, when we commute to and from work and how many minutes we exercise each day. Ten thousand steps today? Check. More people are opting to use their phones as "life-logging" devices, but is the data they collect actually useful?

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Supermassive black hole blows molecular gas out of galaxy at 1 million kilometers per hour

July 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research by academics at the University of Sheffield has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, deepening our understanding of the future of the Milky Way. The supermassive black holes in the cores of some galaxies drive massive outflows of molecular hydrogen gas....

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Record levels of solar ultraviolet measured in South America

July 8, 2014 3:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers in the U.S. and Germany has measured the highest level of ultraviolet radiation ever recorded on the Earth's surface. The extraordinary UV fluxes, observed in the Bolivian Andes only 1,500 miles from the equator, are far above those normally considered to be harmful to both terrestrial and aquatic life....

Solar energy gets a boost

July 8, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A perspective article published last month by University of California, Riverside chemists in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters was selected as an Editors Choice—an honor only a handful of research papers receive. The perspective reviews the chemists' work on "singlet fission," a process in which a single photon generates a pair of excited states....

A hotspot for powerful cosmic rays

July 8, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An observatory run by the University of Utah found a "hotspot" beneath the Big Dipper emitting a disproportionate number of the highest-energy cosmic rays. The discovery moves physics another step toward identifying the mysterious sources of the most energetic particles in the universe....

32,000 Mormon missionaries to get iPad minis

July 8, 2014 2:26 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | Comments

The Mormon church is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media. A test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving in the United States and Japan went well, prompting the initiative's expansion....

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How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

July 8, 2014 8:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars. As the company began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, it listened to customers who complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn....

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Bioelectronics could lead to a new class of medicine

July 7, 2014 3:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine having tiny electronics implanted somewhere in your body that can regulate nerve signals and make symptoms of various disorders go away. That's the vision of the field of bioelectronic medicine — the emerging discipline that has made enough promising advances to draw a big investment by a pharmaceutical giant....

Finding real value in big data for public health

July 7, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Media reports of public health breakthroughs made possible by big data have been largely oversold, according to a new study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Many studies deserve praise for being the first of their kind....

Toward a new way to keep electronics from overheating

July 7, 2014 3:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Computer technology has transformed the way we live, but as consumers expect ever more from their devices at faster speeds, personal computers as well as larger electronic systems can overheat. This can cause them to slow down, or worse, completely shut down....

Inspired by nature, researchers create tougher metal materials

July 7, 2014 3:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Drawing inspiration from the structure of bones and bamboo, researchers have found that by gradually changing the internal structure of metals they can make stronger, tougher materials that can be customized for a wide variety of applications – from body armor to automobile parts....

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The time devoted to both conventional and social media each day is growing

July 7, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Smartphones have made it far easier for people to find and exchange information and to make their views heard. In 2010, 14 per cent of the people of Sweden had access to a smartphone; three years later, in 2013, the figure is 67 per cent. More time is devoted to both online editions of traditional media and social media....

A million times better

July 7, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lasers have a fixed place in many fields of application. Yet, there are still wavelengths for which either no systems exist, or at best only large and expensive ones. On the other hand remote sensing and medical applications call for compact laser systems....

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