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Black hole ‘batteries’ keep blazars going and going

June 4, 2014 11:32 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Astronomers studying two classes of black-hole-powered galaxies monitored by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found evidence that they represent different sides of the same cosmic coin. By unraveling how these objects, called blazars, are distributed throughout the universe, the scientists suggest that apparently distinctive properties defining each class more...

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Emotion drives customers to use smartphones with bigger screens

June 4, 2014 11:27 am | by Penn State University | News | Comments

Bigger smartphone screen size may be better for more than just practical reasons, according to researchers. Participants in a study on smartphones indicated that emotional reasons might influence their decision to buy smartphones with bigger screens even more than practical ones,

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Researchers confirm 60-year-old prediction of atomic behavior

June 4, 2014 11:24 am | by Washington State University | News | Comments

Researchers at Washington State University have used a super-cold cloud of atoms that behaves like a single atom to see a phenomenon predicted 60 years ago and witnessed only once since. The phenomenon takes place in the seemingly otherworldly realm of quantum physics and opens a new experimental path to potentially powerful quantum computing.

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App measures stress and offers coping techniques

June 4, 2014 11:23 am | by UCSD Jacobs: School of Engineering | News | Comments

Computer scientists at Microsoft Research and the University of California, San Diego have developed a system that combines a mobile application and sensor to detect stress in parents and delivers research-based strategies to help decrease that stress during emotionally charged interactions with their children. The system was initially tested on a small group of parents of children with ADHD.

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German museum shows live replica of van Gogh's ear

June 4, 2014 9:17 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German museum has put on display a copy of Vincent van Gogh's ear that was grown using genetic material provided by one of the 19th-century Dutch artist's living relatives. The Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe said artist Diemut Strebe made the replica using living cells from Lieuwe van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of Vincent's brother Theo.

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Man gets 3 months for smuggling dinosaur skeleton

June 4, 2014 9:14 am | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A Virginia fossils dealer was sentenced Tuesday to three months in prison even after a prosecutor described his cooperation with law enforcement in heroic terms, saying he enabled more than 18 largely complete dinosaur fossils to be located, enough for Mongolia to open its first dinosaur museum.

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Hubble:Hubble unveils a colourful view of the Universe

June 4, 2014 9:13 am | by European Space Agency | News | Comments

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have captured the most comprehensive picture ever assembled of the evolving Universe – and one of the most colourful. The study is called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (UVUDF) project.

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Instagram vamps up photo editing tools

June 4, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The photo sharing app Instagram is adding editing tools that go beyond the vintage-looking filters that made it popular. The Facebook-owned app said in a blog post Tuesday that users will be able to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation and other features of photos they take with their smartphones.

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AT&T says DirecTV deal would let it build fiber

June 4, 2014 9:08 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP | News | Comments

In an attempt to curry favor with regulators, AT&T Inc. said Tuesday that if it's allowed to buy satellite broadcaster DirecTV, it will be able to afford an expansion of fiber connections into more homes to boost their Internet connection speeds.

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Judge dismisses lawsuit over NSA cellphone data

June 4, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit an Idaho woman filed against President Barack Obama and other federal officials over the National Security Agency's collection of cellphone information. U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill ruled Tuesday that under current U.S. Supreme Court precedents, the NSA's collection of cellphone data doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches.

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Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears

June 4, 2014 9:07 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops. Google and other companies are now automatically encrypting all email, but that doesn't ensure confidentiality unless the recipients' email provider also adopts the technology.

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The beautiful brain cells you don't know about

June 3, 2014 5:15 pm | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

The number of nerve cells in the human brain sounds impressive: 100 billion. And it is. But neurons may make up as little as 15 percent of cells in the brain. The other cells are called glial cells, or glia. Glia are the rising stars of the neuroscience universe. Once delegated to simply a...

Photos of the Day: Solar Impulse 2 takes flight

June 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Solar Impulse | Blogs | Comments

Solar Impulse 2, a.k.a. the "Round-the-World" solar airplane, is a single-seater airplane made from carbon fiber with 17,000 solar cells that supple four electric 17.5 CV (each) with energy. Those solar cells recharge the lithium batteries that allow the plane to fly at night.

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Once in a lifetime -- maybe

June 3, 2014 3:18 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Not everyone gets to meet the President of the United States. For Hudson High (right blue shirt), a Texas A&M graduate with a degree in industrial engineering, the opportunity was exhilarating and exhausting. He went to work at his job at the Ford Plant in Kansas City like he did every day....

$30 Million Gift to Advance Engineering and Science Education at Duke

June 3, 2014 3:15 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Engineering graduate J. Michael Pearson and wife, Christine, make landmark gift to support interdisciplinary education at Pratt School of Engineering Duke University alumni J. Michael and Christine Pearson have committed $30 million...

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