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Computer system to reserve vehicles, send reminders to veterans

February 16, 2015 12:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington computer scientist is designing a reservation/reminder software system as part of a project that will eventually lead to veterans on military bases being driven to doctor appointments via driverless cars....

Controlling genes with light

February 13, 2015 4:44 pm | by Duke University | Comments

Duke University researchers have devised a method to activate genes in any specific location or pattern in a lab dish with the flip of a light switch by crossing a bacterium’s viral defense system with a flower’s response to sunlight....

How a wedding engagement changes Twitter feeds

February 13, 2015 10:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology has used Twitter as a lens to look into the lives of nearly 1,000 people who used the site to announce their wedding engagement. By comparing tweets before and after, the study was able to ...

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Chinese mobile sensation dips toes in US with accessories

February 13, 2015 10:32 am | by BRANDON BAILEY and MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers | Comments

Xiaomi, one of China's hottest companies, is bringing its blend of cheap yet fashionable technology and crowd-pleasing antics to the U.S. Although its smartphones won't be available here anytime soon, Xiaomi unveiled plans Thursday to ...

Reality is distorted in brain's maps

February 13, 2015 10:20 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The brain's GPS would be worthless if it simply contained maps of our surroundings that were not aligned to the real world. But we now know how this is done. The way that the brain's internal maps are linked and anchored to ...

Simulation technology shows navy how to take a HIT

February 13, 2015 10:15 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Navy soon will begin using an Office of Naval Research (ONR) technology to predict injuries and improve medical responses in any kind of attack on ships, officials announced today. The Human Injury and Treatment (HIT) model ...

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Switching superconductivity by light

February 13, 2015 10:12 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research team led by Prof. Hiroshi M. Yamamoto of the Institute for Molecular Science, National Institutes of Natural Sciences has developed a novel superconducting transistor which can be switched reversibly between ...

Making strides in explaining 30-year-old 'hidden order' physics mystery

February 13, 2015 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new explanation for a type of order, or symmetry, in an exotic material made with uranium may lead to enhanced computer displays and data storage systems, and more powerful superconducting magnets for medical imaging and ...

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Winding a light wave into a Moebius strip

February 13, 2015 9:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physics sometimes borders on light art. An international team headed by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and Friedrich-Alexander-Universitaet Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), can easily compete ...

Stopping at red lights exposes drivers to high levels of air pollution

February 13, 2015 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UK commuters spend an average of about 1.5 hours a day at the wheel. Road vehicles in particular are known to emit polluting nanoparticles which contribute to respiratory and heart diseases. Now, researchers at the University of Surrey have found that ...

Interstellar technology throws light on spinning black holes

February 13, 2015 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Christopher Nolan's epic, Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes....

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China wind power capacity jumps to record high

February 13, 2015 9:12 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources. The National Energy Administration said Thursday ...

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Harvard, MIT sued over lack of closed captioning online

February 13, 2015 9:07 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Advocates for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs....

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This watch keeps you awake

February 12, 2015 4:31 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Fitness bands are intended to keep people moving, but what about an application for more sedate times? Spark, a smartwatch currently being funded on Kickstarter, gently vibrates using a 12V vibration motor if its suite of motion trackers notice ...

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Data-storage for eternity

February 12, 2015 4:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scrolls thousands of years old provide us with a glimpse into long-forgotten cultures and the knowledge of our ancestors. In this digital era, in contrast, a large part of our knowledge is located on servers and hard drives. It will be a challenge for this data ...

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