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Appropriate Technology Health Care Solution Could Save 72,000 Lives a Year

June 3, 2013 4:58 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | Blogs | Comments

We need more medical solutions that serve the majority of humanity instead of just the rich. Some medical research is innately costly and therefore require large costs to pay back the investment. But too little concern is shown for solutions … Continue reading →

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Taiwan makers showcase computers at Computex

June 3, 2013 2:33 am | by ANNIE HUANG - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan's struggling PC makers are unveiling a new generation of ultra-thin laptops at the world's second-biggest computer show this week, even as they tap into the ever-expanding tablet market to help compensate for declining computer sales. It won't be an easy transition for them, but the makers...

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Distracted drivers: Your habits are to blame

June 3, 2013 12:00 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In two peer-reviewed academic journals, Georgia Tech Assistant Professor Robert Rosenberger explains that, because people talk on the phone on a regular basis, they have developed learned habits that take over their awareness while driving, sometimes entirely....

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Apple antitrust suit over e-books set for NY trial

June 2, 2013 1:28 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a civil case where the words of Steve Jobs play prominently, the government and Apple Inc. are set to square off over allegations that Apple Inc. conspired with the country's largest book publishers to make consumers pay more for electronic books. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote is scheduled...

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LinkedIn offers extra step to guard user accounts

May 31, 2013 5:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (AP) — LinkedIn is joining the crowd of Internet services tying account security to mobile phones. In a change announced Friday, the roughly 225 million users of LinkedIn Corp.'s online professional networking service can now choose to require a code to be sent to their...

How flames change the sound of a firefighters' personal safety alarm

May 31, 2013 4:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The PASS, short for "Personal Alert Safety System," has been used by firefighters for thirty years to help track members of their team who might be injured and need assistance to escape a fire. Though the alarm has saved many lives, there are cases in which the device is working correctly but is not heard or not recognized.

New technology modifies music hall acoustics

May 31, 2013 3:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new technology that relies on a system of inflatable sound absorbers may help make any performance hall instantly convertible into a venue for music ranging from classical to hard rock. The technology will be described at the 21st International Congress on Acoustics (ICA 2013), held June 2-7 in Montreal.

Magnetic monopoles erase data

May 31, 2013 3:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A physical particle postulated 80 years ago could provide a decisive step toward the realization of novel, highly efficient data storage devices. Scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), the Technische Universitaet Dresden and the University of Cologne found that with magnetic monopoles in magnetic vortices, called skyrmions, information can be written and erased.

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Plant intelligence for better swarm robots

May 31, 2013 3:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

John Innes Centre scientists will participate in new €2 million EU-funded research to program more "intelligent" and adaptable robot swarms. The collaborative research will also be useful for improving other complex systems that can be challenged by their environment, such as smart phone networks.

View your Facebook profile, get a boost

May 31, 2013 3:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Facebook profile is an ideal version of self, full of photos and posts curated for the eyes of family, friends and acquaintances. A new study shows that this version of self can provide beneficial psychological effects and influence behavior. Catalina Toma, a UW-Madison assistant professor of communication arts, used the Implicit Association Test to measure Facebook users' self-esteem....

Even with defects, graphene is strongest material in the world

May 31, 2013 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a new study, published in Science May 31, 2013, Columbia Engineering researchers demonstrate that graphene, even if stitched together from many small crystalline grains, is almost as strong as graphene in its perfect crystalline form. This work resolves a contradiction between theoretical simulations....

Between a 'rock or something' and an MRE

May 31, 2013 3:36 pm | by Bob Reinert, USAG-Natick Public Affairs | News | Comments

FORT DRUM, N.Y.-- As the U.S. mission in Afghanistan evolves from full spectrum combat operations to a support role in helping Afghan forces take hold of their country's security, unit commanders emphasize the need for network mobility.

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Texting proves beneficial in auditory overload situations

May 31, 2013 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

During command and control operations, military personnel are frequently exposed to extreme auditory overload – essentially bombarded by multiple messages coming from radio networks, loudspeakers, and live voices in an environment also filled with high-level noise from weapons and vehicles.

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New speaker system for cars creates separate 'audio zones' for front and rear

May 31, 2013 3:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ever wish that your car's interior cabin could have separate audio zones for the front and rear seats? It soon may. A new approach achieves independent listening zones within a car by using small, modified speakers to produce directional sound fields and a signal processing strategy that optimizes the audio signals used to drive each of the speakers.

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Astronauts face radiation threat on long Mars trip

May 31, 2013 3:26 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Astronauts traveling to and from Mars would be bombarded with as much radiation as they'd get from a full-body CT scan about once a week for a year, researchers reported Thursday. That dose would, in some cases, exceed NASA's standards and is enough to raise an astronaut's cancer risk by 3 percent.

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