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Random nanowire configurations increase conductivity over heavily ordered configurations

May 18, 2015 9:23 am | by Lehigh University | Comments

Researchers at Lehigh University have identified for the first time that a performance gain in the electrical conductivity of random metal nanowire networks can be achieved by slightly restricting nanowire orientation. The most surprising result of the study is that heavily ...

Where the rubber meets the road

May 18, 2015 9:19 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Friction, the force that slows down objects as they slide across a surface, can save lives when car brakes are slammed. Yet despite its obvious importance, no one knows for sure how friction works at the level of atoms and molecules. For more than 20 years, Bo Persson, a scientist at ...

Exploring a new frontier of cyber-physical systems: The human body

May 18, 2015 9:16 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced two, five-year, center-scale awards totaling $8.75 million to advance the state-of-the-art in medical and cyber-physical systems (CPS). One project will develop "Cyberheart"--a platform for ...

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Quantum physics on tap

May 18, 2015 8:12 am | by McGill University | Comments

We all know intuitively that normal liquids flow more quickly as the channel containing them tightens. Think of a river flowing through narrow rapids. But what if a pipe were so amazingly tiny that only a few atoms of superfluid helium could squeeze through its ...

Key strategies can boost donations at crowdfunding sites

May 18, 2015 8:10 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

Stanford computer scientists have shown how crowdfunding websites can use data science to boost cash value of donations. Their research confirms, among other findings, the importance of a timely thank you. It's common courtesy to ...

Russian rocket carrying Mexican satellite crashes in Siberia

May 18, 2015 8:08 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press | Comments

A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned Saturday shortly after its launch - the latest mishap to hit Russia's troubled space industry, whose Soviet-era glory has been tarnished by a series of launch failures. The rocket, a Proton-M, was launched from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad ...

Don't text 'beer' in Korea: Words that trigger teen alerts

May 18, 2015 8:06 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

"Smart Relief" is a mobile app for parental control of Android smartphones. South Korea's government funded the app, which alerts parents to possible bullying based on its monitoring of phrases and words used in smartphone messages and in online searches. The developer ...

Hackers attack German Parliament's internal data system

May 18, 2015 8:03 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Authorities say hackers have tried to break into the internal data system of the German Parliament. Ernst Hebeker, a spokesman for Parliament, told the dpa news agency Friday that there was an attack on the internal data systems and that specialists were ...

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Kerry singles out North Korea for Internet abuse

May 18, 2015 8:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is singling out North Korea for repressing its citizens' use of the Internet, calling open and secure cyber access a global right. Kerry told students Monday at prestigious Korea University that authoritarian ...

When will the 8K display market start?

May 18, 2015 7:02 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

UHD (4K) resolution is becoming mainstream in the high-end TV market. UHD TV panel shipments reached only 63K in 2012, but jumped to 19M in 2014. IHS forecasts 4K TV panel penetration will double in 2015, reaching 15%. Penetration is forecast to increase to ...

New mobile app expands the outreach of SAWBO videos

May 18, 2015 7:02 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Whether the need is to educate people in West Africa about preventing Ebola or to train farmers in Latin America on preventing postharvest loss, Scientific Animations without Borders has an app – and an animated video – for that. SAWBO, an initiative out of the University of Illinois that develops ...

Safety technology might have prevented deadly Amtrak crash

May 15, 2015 10:55 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

The deadly Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia appears to be yet another accident that didn't have to happen. It could have been avoided if a long-sought safety technology had been operating on its tracks and trains....

In land of fakes, Chinese e-commerce giant sells trust

May 15, 2015 10:50 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

Before he became a billionaire in e-commerce, Richard Liu was a failure. As a student, Liu started a restaurant in Beijing but went bankrupt. He blames employees who he said stole from him, and when he took a second stab at ...

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Reddit enacts anti-harassment policy after user complaints

May 15, 2015 10:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Reddit, the online discussion forum known for its free-wheeling ethos, is enacting an anti-harassment policy while still trying to keep its roots as a place for free expression. Reddit said in a blog post Thursday that it is "unhappy with harassing behavior" on the site and its ...

Prying parents: Phone monitoring apps flourish in S. Korea

May 15, 2015 10:44 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Lee Chang-june can be miles from his 12-year-old son but still know when he plays a smartphone game. With the press of an app he can see his son's phone activity, disable apps or totally shut down the smartphone. The app, "Smart Sheriff," was funded by the South Korean government primarily ...

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