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Google develops contact lens glucose monitor

January 20, 2014 2:15 pm | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Google unveiled Thursday a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to jab their fingers to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day. The prototype, which Google says will take at least five years to reach consumers...

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Tiny swimming bio-bots boldly go where no bot has swum before

January 20, 2014 1:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The alien world of aquatic micro-organisms just got new residents: synthetic self-propelled swimming bio-bots. A team of engineers has developed a class of tiny bio-hybrid machines that swim like sperm, the first synthetic structures that can traverse the viscous fluids of biological environments on their own.

Photos of the Day: Nighttime smartphone use zaps workers' energy

January 20, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using a smartphone to cram in more work at night results in less work the next day, indicates new research co-authored by a Michigan State University business scholar. In a pair of studies surveying a broad spectrum of U.S. workers, Russell Johnson and colleagues found that people who monitored their smart phones for business purposes after 9 p.m. were more tired and were less engaged....

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Distant quasar illuminates a filament of the cosmic web

January 20, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Astronomers have discovered a distant quasar illuminating a vast nebula of diffuse gas, revealing for the first time part of the network of filaments thought to connect galaxies in a cosmic web. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, led the study, published January 19 in Nature.

York scientists investigate the fiber of our being

January 20, 2014 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

We are all aware of the health benefits of "dietary fibre". But what is dietary fibre and how do we metabolise it? Research at the University of York's Structural Biology Laboratory, in collaboration with groups in Canada, the USA and Sweden, has begun to uncover how our gut bacteria metabolise....

Solar-power device would use heat to enhance efficiency

January 20, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new approach to harvesting solar energy, developed by MIT researchers, could improve efficiency by using sunlight to heat a high-temperature material whose infrared radiation would then be collected by a conventional photovoltaic cell. This technique could also make it easier to store the energy for later use, the researchers say.

Electric drive vehicles have little impact on emissions

January 20, 2014 1:34 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

A new study from North Carolina State University indicates that even a sharp increase in the use of electric drive passenger vehicles (EDVs) by 2050 would not significantly reduce emissions of high-profile air pollutants carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides.

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Keeping whales safe in sound

January 20, 2014 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A step-by-step guide to reducing impacts on whales and other marine species during seismic sea floor surveys has been developed by experts with IUCN's Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. In a study published in the journal Aquatic Mammals the authors present the most thorough, robust and practical approach....

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Island channel could power about half of Scotland, studies show

January 20, 2014 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Renewable tidal energy sufficient to power about half of Scotland could be harnessed from a single stretch of water off the north coast of the country, engineers say. Researchers have completed the most detailed study yet of how much tidal power could be generated by turbines placed in the Pentland Firth....

Implanted sensors monitor cerebral pressure

January 20, 2014 1:26 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

If the pressure in a patient’s brain is too high, physicians implant a system in the head that regulates the pressure. A sensor can now measure and individually adjust brain pressure. The sensor system is approved for use as ...   

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Peeking into Schrodinger's box

January 20, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Until recently measuring a 27-dimensional quantum state would have been a time-consuming, multistage process using a technique called quantum tomography, which is similar to creating a 3D image from many 2D ones. Researchers at the University of Rochester have been able to apply a recently developed, alternative method called direct measurement....

12,000 lb test craft dropped 8,000 ft

January 20, 2014 1:24 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company's Dragon spacecraft's parachute system would function in the event of an ... 

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SKorea credit card data theft highlights lapses

January 20, 2014 1:21 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A massive theft of customer data from three major credit card firms in South Korea has shown security lapses in the financial industry. First revealed by prosecutors, the theft of information linked to 80 million credit cards such as salaries, monthly card usage, credit rating and card numbers has sparked widespread public concern.

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Nuclear power unpredictable, Fukushima engineer warns in Taiwan

January 20, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese engineer who helped build part of the Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 reactor said in Taiwan on Wednesday that the safety of nuclear power plants is unpredictable, urging Taiwan to ditch atomic energy for renewable resources. Mitsuhiko Tanaka, who arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday with a delegation of Japanese parliamentarians...

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Low-priced "generic" home appliances gaining popularity

January 20, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

So-called "generic" home appliances have become popular among Japanese consumers placing priority on low prices and practicality over multiple functions and brands. Generic home appliances use older generations of technologies and have limited functions while maintaining basic features. The name "generic" is believed to have come from "generic" drugs.

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