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Let there be light: Chemists develop magnetically responsive liquid crystals

June 27, 2014 8:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Chemists at the University of California, Riverside have constructed liquid crystals with optical properties that can be instantly and reversibly controlled by an external magnetic field. The research paves the way for novel display applications relying on the instantaneous and contactless nature....

US to seek data protection for EU citizens

June 27, 2014 8:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration will seek to introduce legislation that grants Europeans the same privacy protection rights as U.S. citizens when their data is being transferred to the U.S. for law enforcement purposes, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday. The U.S. and EU have been negotiating since March 2011....

US seeks resumption of cyber talks with China

June 27, 2014 8:48 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | Comments

The United States next month will urge China to resume discussions on cybersecurity that were suspended abruptly after the U.S. charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets, a U.S. official said Thursday. Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel told The Associated Press....


Robots learn faster, better with online helpers

June 27, 2014 8:39 am | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | Comments

Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot.University of Washington computer researchers have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human ...

A versatile joystick for animation artists

June 26, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Remember those molecule models made from sticks and balls you could assemble to study complex molecules back in school? Something similar has taken shape in the Interactive Geometry Lab at ETH Zurich. ETH-professor Olga Sorkine-Hornung and her team do not study molecules....

Dutch agency: glitch in airplane autopilot systems

June 26, 2014 1:31 pm | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | Comments

The Netherlands' air safety agency says it has detected a glitch that can cause airplane autopilot systems to respond in a dangerous way when a plane is attempting a steeper than normal landing approach. In a report published Thursday, the Dutch Safety Board, which investigates disasters and potential accidents ...

NSA fears prompt Germany to end Verizon contract

June 26, 2014 1:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday. The New York-based company has for years provided Internet services to a number of government departments....

India LED LCD TV sales boost expected with FIFA World Cup

June 26, 2014 11:17 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

The FIFA Football World Cup 2014 in Brasil is expected to be a popular spectator sport in India. It was estimated that out of 770 million TV viewers of the FIFA World Cup in 2010, 115 million were from India, a substantial 22%. This time, viewership is expected to be higher....


Photos of the Day: Woman or machine?

June 26, 2014 8:39 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

The latest creations from Japanese android expert Hiroshi Ishiguro are Otonaroid, Kodomoroid and Telenoid, a hairless mannequin head with pointed arms that serves as a cuddly companion. Otonaroid and Kodomoroidwill act as guides at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation....


Company successfully tests space tourism balloon

June 26, 2014 8:04 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | Comments

An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the earth. World View Enterprises of Tucson said Tuesday that it launched the flight last week from Roswell....


Ghost writing the whip

June 25, 2014 1:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"Ghost imaging" sounds like the spooky stuff of frivolous fiction, but it's an established technique for reconstructing hi-res images of objects partly obscured by clouds or smoke. Now a group of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is applying ghost imaging to secure stored or shared electronic data....

New technology: The goose bump sensor

June 25, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Can emotional states be measured quantitatively, and if so what would advertising, manufacturing and social media companies do with that data? Imagine a world in which a consumer's real-time physical and emotional response helped to determine his/her experience of music, online ads or the temperature in the room....

New study uses blizzard to measure wind turbine airflow

June 25, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at the University of Minnesota (UMN) using snow during a Minnesota blizzard is giving researchers new insight into the airflow around large wind turbines. This research is essential to improving wind energy efficiency, especially in wind farms where airflows from many large wind turbines interact with each other....


Metal particles in solids aren't as fixed as they seem, new memristor study shows

June 25, 2014 1:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and "resistive random access memory," or RRAM—cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions—researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought....

A collaboration of minds and metal

June 25, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

This past January, Derek Ahneman, a graduate student in the lab of Abigail Doyle, a Princeton University associate professor of chemistry, began work on an ambitious new project: he proposed the merger of two areas of research to enable a powerful reaction that neither could broadly achieve on its own....


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