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Selfie-centric phone among new Microsoft offerings

September 4, 2014 5:17 am | by Frank Jordans - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies. Both devices are under the Lumia brand Microsoft bought from Nokia. They run the latest version of Windows...

Energy-efficient solutions for the industry and consumers at electronica 2014

September 3, 2014 4:24 pm | Comments

Machines account for two-thirds of all electricity consumed by the industrial sector. According to the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association, 10–15 percent of all energy used in Germany's industrial sector could be saved through the use of intelligent automation systems alone....

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Ben-Gurion University researchers develop new program to evaluate prominent individuals' personalities

September 3, 2014 4:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed a new program that automates classification of personality traits of prominent individuals -- both friend and foe -- according to a paper soon to be published in the American Intelligence Journal....

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New synthesis method may shape future of nanostructures, clean energy

September 3, 2014 4:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of University of Maryland physicists has published new nanoscience advances that they and other scientists say make possible new nanostructures and nanotechnologies with huge potential applications ranging from clean energy and quantum computing advances to new sensor development....

Cool calculations for cold atoms

September 3, 2014 4:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Chemical reactions drive the mechanisms of life as well as a million other natural processes on earth. These reactions occur at a wide spectrum of temperatures, from those prevailing at the chilly polar icecaps to those at work churning near the earth's core....

Isn't it time that UK family doctors embraced email services for their patients?

September 3, 2014 4:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The UK government sees the use of email contact and e-consultations as a means of boosting patient access to primary care and is piloting these services in 20 general practices in England. It has mandated email communication for repeat prescriptions....

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Wind energy cuts the electricity bill

September 3, 2014 4:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The UPV/EHU study analyses the electricity market in Spain during the 2008-2012 period -a time of maximum renewable penetration in Spain when energy production within the Special Scheme saw a 57% increase- and quantifies its cost. To do this, they firstly measured the market savings....

Live from inside a battery

September 3, 2014 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Mobile phones, digital cameras, camcorders, notebooks: They all run on lithium-ion batteries. These are characterized by high energy densities while remaining small and light enough to be used in portable devices. "A lithium-ion battery can store three to four times the energy....

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On the way to a safe and secure Smart Home

September 3, 2014 4:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Botnet. A term from the world of computers is gradually tiptoeing its way into the world of building automation. You have to anticipate this kind of attack scenario, according to Dr. Steffen Wendzel of the Fraunhofer Institute for Communications, Information Processing and Ergonomics FKIE in Bonn....

A fix to our cell-phone waste problem?

September 3, 2014 3:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When it comes to cell phones, the world is stunningly wasteful. Customers will buy more than 1.8 billion new ones by the end of this year only to abandon almost half of them to drawers, and they'll recycle a mere 3 percent of them. But creative and enterprising efforts are underway....

Breakthrough for carbon nanotube solar cells

September 3, 2014 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lighter, more flexible, and cheaper than conventional solar-cell materials, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have long shown promise for photovoltaics. But research stalled when CNTs proved to be inefficient, converting far less sunlight into power than other methods....

Fingerprints for freight items

September 3, 2014 3:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Thousands of freight items are shipped by plane every day, around seventy percent of them in airliners. Stringent controls are supposed to prevent hazardous substances such as explosives from being smuggled on board. Screening procedures, such as x-ray scanning of freight, are time-consuming....

Simulations for better transparent oxide layers

September 3, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Smartphones, tablet computers, and ticket machines are just some of the many devices nowadays that are touchscreen-operated. These screens are based on special oxide layers that are transparent and conduct electricity. The technical term is TCO (transparent conducting oxide) layers....

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Changing temperature powers sensors in hard-to-reach places

September 3, 2014 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A centuries-old clock built for a king is the inspiration for a group of computer scientists and electrical engineers who hope to harvest power from the air. The clock, powered by changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure, was invented in the early 17th century....

Newly identified galactic supercluster is home to the Milky Way

September 3, 2014 2:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) -- among other telescopes -- have determined that our own Milky Way galaxy is part of a newly identified ginormous supercluster of galaxies, which they have dubbed "Laniakea" ...

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