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Los Angeles police use data to target crime

November 17, 2014 8:45 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | Comments

Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to commit them. Police say ...

Comet lander starts drilling; batteries a worry

November 17, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A first evaluation of the data that comet lander Philae sent to the European Space Center before its depleted batteries forced it to go silent will be released Monday, the German aeronautics and space research center said. The scientists are getting ...

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State Dept computers hacked, email shut down

November 17, 2014 8:37 am | by MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer | Comments

The State Department has taken the unprecedented step of shutting down its entire unclassified email system as technicians repair possible damage from a suspected hacker attack. A senior department official said Sunday that "activity of concern" ...

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Smartphones team-up with QR codes for secure 3-D displays

November 14, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Quick Response (QR) codes -- the box-shaped symbols that appear on signs, posters, and even business cards -- are a convenient and efficient way of accessing specific web pages with a smartphone or other mobile device. However, new research ...

Social robots enable young people with diabetes to be more confident about their futures

November 14, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Social robots are helping diabetic children accept the nature of their condition and become more confident about their futures, scientists have announced following a four-and-a-half year research study. ALIZ-E - an €8.3million initiative funded ...

New advanced e-voting system selected for Australian state election

November 14, 2014 1:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new, advanced electronic voting system developed by the University of Surrey and the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), in collaboration with the Universities of Melbourne and Luxembourg is to be used in Australia's Victorian State election, which opens ...

Oak Ridge to acquire next-generation supercomputer

November 14, 2014 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) has signed a contract with IBM to bring a next-generation supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The OLCF's new hybrid CPU/GPU computing system ...

Product-recommendation algorithms use trial and error to get it right

November 14, 2014 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Devavrat Shah's group at MIT's Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) specializes in analyzing how social networks process information. In 2012, the group demonstrated algorithms that could predict what topics would trend on ...

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Magnetic fields frozen into meteorite grains tell a shocking tale of solar system birth

November 14, 2014 9:31 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The most accurate laboratory measurements yet made of magnetic fields trapped in grains within a primitive meteorite are providing important clues to how the early solar system evolved. The measurements point to shock waves traveling through ...

Self-repairing software tackles malware

November 14, 2014 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Utah computer scientists have developed software that not only detects and eradicates never-before-seen viruses and other malware, but also automatically repairs damage caused by them. The software then prevents the invader from ...

Intergalactic "wind" is stripping galaxies of star-forming gas

November 14, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers from the University of Toronto and the University of Arizona have provided the first direct evidence that an intergalactic "wind" is stripping galaxies of star-forming gas as they fall into clusters of galaxies. The observations help explain why ...

Tel Aviv University research leads to historic comet landing

November 14, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time in history, a spacecraft has landed on a comet. The momentous event represents the culmination of 35 years of research on comets by Prof. Akiva Bar-Nun of Tel Aviv University's Department of Geosciences and other scientists working ...

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 ...

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'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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