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Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

April 11, 2014 11:02 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it's a promising development....

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Physicist wins $1.3M tech prize for data storage

April 11, 2014 10:59 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press | Comments

Anyone who uses large data centers, cloud services, social networks or gets music and film online can thank British-American physicist Stuart Parkin. Parkin won the 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) Millennium Technology Prize on Wednesday for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase....

New technology unwraps mummies' ancient mysteries

April 11, 2014 10:57 am | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press | Comments

Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists at the museum have used CT scans and sophisticated imaging software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, preserved internal organs...

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Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

April 11, 2014 9:22 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | Comments

The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car. The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version....

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Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heart

April 11, 2014 9:18 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient....

Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

April 11, 2014 9:15 am | by KARL RITTER, Associated Press | Comments

It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it....

GOP, Dems clash over online domain name oversight

April 11, 2014 9:13 am | by ALAN FRAM, Associated Press | Comments

Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight, with GOP lawmakers using it as the latest front in their attacks on President Barack Obama's trustworthiness

US Internet ad revenue surpasses broadcast

April 11, 2014 9:12 am | by Associated Press | Comments

For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads. That's according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday that Internet advertising revenue rose 17 percent....

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Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

April 11, 2014 9:10 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it's possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help. Doctors have long said exposure to light is key....

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Photos of the Day: Creating music with gloves

April 11, 2014 9:03 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Grammy-winning electronic artist Imogen Heap recently launched a Kickstarter project for the Mi.Mu gloves, capable of creating music with various hand gestures. The Mi.Mu gloves include an IMU motion tracker along with a gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer....

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Green light for NASA's Osiris-Rex asteroid sample mission

April 11, 2014 3:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

An innovative NASA space mission with the ambitious aim of collecting samples from an asteroid in 2018 was given the green light, Wednesday. NASA got the go-ahead to start construction of the spacecraft, flight instruments, ground system and launch support...

Photos of the Day: A device that charges your phone in 30 seconds

April 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

An Israeli startup called StoreDot has created a prototype for a device capable of fully charging a smartphone in 30 seconds. StoreDot demonstrated the tech at Microsoft’s Think Next Conference, and the finished product will hit the market sometime in 2016....

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Don't become a victim of the Heartbleed bug

April 10, 2014 1:10 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

Several security networks announced Wednesday that there is a security flaw in OpenSSL. In response, numerous sites including Tumblr and Pinterest have asked users to change their passwords. Tumblr states "this might be a good day to call in sick...

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Going viral: How ‘social contagion’ begins and escalates

April 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

Understanding the roots of a global, contagious spread of online information may help better predict political revolutions, consumer behavior, box office revenues, public policy debates, and even public health epidemics, a new study co-led by Yale University reveals. The model devised for this...

NASA signs agreement with German, Canadian partners to test alternative fuels

April 10, 2014 11:12 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA has signed separate agreements with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to conduct a series of joint flight tests to study the atmospheric effects of emissions from jet engines burning alternative fuels....

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