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UF researchers find drug therapy that could eventually reverse memory decline in seniors

March 5, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It may seem normal: As we age, we misplace car keys, or can’t remember a name we just learned or a meal we just ordered. But University of Florida researchers say memory trouble doesn’t have to be inevitable, and they’ve found a drug therapy that could potentially reverse this type of memory decline. The drug can’t yet be used in humans, but...

Keeping tech safe

March 5, 2014 2:18 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Enhanced operation center allows Georgia Tech Police Department to better protect students, campus March 5, 2014 Atlanta, GA GTPD recently installed 26 cameras along the major arteries leading into campus. This creates a video fence around the perimeter of campus and allows for a broader view...

Brain circuits multitask to detect, discriminate the outside world

March 5, 2014 2:18 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A new study found that neural circuits in the brain rapidly multitask between detecting and discriminating sensory input, such as headlights in the distance. That’s different from how electronic circuits work, where one circuit performs a very specific task.

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Patti Engineering successfully completes major Mitsubishi Control System upgrade for automotive manufacturing giant

March 5, 2014 2:14 pm | News | Comments

Patti Engineering announced it has completed a project for one of the world’s largest automotive manufacturing organizations. Its team of renowned engineers conducted control system upgrades for three obsolete control systems on UBE Injection Molding Machines (IMM).

Chandra and XMM-Newton Provide Direct Measurement of Distant Black Hole's Spin

March 5, 2014 2:14 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Astronomers have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency's (ESA's) XMM-Newton to show a supermassive black hole six billion light years from Earth is spinning extremely rapidly. This first direct measurement of the spin of such a distant black hole is an important...

New shrinking gel steers tooth tissue formation

March 5, 2014 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A bit of pressure from a new shrinking, sponge-like gel is all it takes to turn transplanted unspecialized cells into cells that lay down minerals and begin to form teeth. The bioinspired gel material could one day help repair or replace damaged organs, such as teeth and bone, and possibly other organs as well.

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Save money and the planet

March 5, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Save money and the planet: Turn your old milk jugs into 3D Printer filament. Making your own stuff with a 3D printer is vastly cheaper than what you’d pay for manufactured goods, even factoring in the cost of buying the plastic filament. You can drive the cost down even more by making your own filament from old milk jugs. And there’s a bonus: you can feel warm and fuzzy about preserving the environment.

First step toward "programmable materials"

March 5, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have succeeded in producing a prototype of a vibration-damping material that could change the world of mechanics forever. The material of the future is not only able to damp vibrations completely; it can also specifically conduct certain frequencies further. Although the “programmable material” still only works in a one-dimensional model construction, it has already demonstrated it unusual capabilities.

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Murphy to moderate panel at 2014 South by Southwest festival

March 5, 2014 1:18 pm | by Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University | News | Comments

Dr. Robin Murphy, Raytheon Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and director of the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR), will moderate a panel at the 2014 South by Southwest festival in Austin.  The panel,...

Europe rethinks renewable energy standards

March 5, 2014 12:14 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

For the past decade or more, as Al Gore and the majority of climate-change scientists have insisted that the world is speeding headlong toward an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions, European countries have adhered to stringent emission controls....

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Tuning NASA's Newest Weather Satellite to Improve Forecasts

March 5, 2014 12:14 pm | by Duke University | News | Comments

Duke engineers taking Earth-based measurements to calibrate NASA’s newest weather satellite By Ken Kingery After Atlanta was paralyzed by a rare snowstorm, many fingers were pointed assigning blame for the resulting traffic...

Navy transitions global ocean forecast system for public use

March 5, 2014 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) within the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have entered into a formal agreement that results in NCEP using Navy developed global ocean forecast model technology to make environmental ocean forecasts for public use.

A wristband for a different kind of cause -- environmental health

March 5, 2014 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

From "Livestrong" to "Purple Paws," trendy wristbands have come to represent causes from cancer to ending cruelty to animals. Add a new wristband of a different sort: one that could close the loop on determining the potential disease risks of exposure to substances like pesticides. Scientists reported the development in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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When disaster strikes: Safeguarding networks

March 5, 2014 11:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Disasters both natural and human-caused can damage or destroy data and communications networks. Several presentations at the 2014 OFC Conference and Exposition, being held March 9-13 in San Francisco, Calif., USA will present new information on strategies that can mitigate the impacts of these disasters.

Copied from nature: Detecting software errors via genetic algorithms

March 5, 2014 11:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

According to a current study from the University of Cambridge, software developers are spending about the half of their time on detecting errors and resolving them. Projected onto the global software industry, according to the study, this would amount to a bill of about 312 billion US dollars every year.

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