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A Closer Look: Secure your phone without passcodes

August 5, 2014 1:28 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Passcodes are outdated. They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access....

More than six decades in Everitt Lab

August 5, 2014 12:18 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

Outside an unassuming room in Everitt Laboratory, which most recently served as the business office, there’s a small plaque, set in a wood frame. “In this room,” the inscription reads, “during the spring semester of 1952, John Bardeen—the two-time Nobel laureate ...

Researchers focus on reducing weight of Army combat vehicles

August 5, 2014 9:20 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Leading experts in military combat-vehicle research, engineering and design gathered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, July 29-31, 2014, to discuss a single goal: reducing the weight of the Army's tanks and infantry fighting vehicles by 40 percent in the coming decades....

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Dynawave announces AS9100 certification

August 5, 2014 9:00 am | Comments

Dynawave Cable Incorporated is pleased to announce certification to the AS9100 quality management system by accredited audit firm UL DQS Inc. AS9100 Certification is a prestigious status requiring companies to demonstrate practices and capabilities which meet the demanding, complex and unique requirements....

MRI-guided laser ablation technology goes global

August 5, 2014 7:21 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

An MRI-guided laser system that allows surgeons to perform brain surgery on tumors and epileptic lesions in the brain is expected to become widely available to patients in need now that the technology has been acquired from Visualase Inc. by the global medical device company Medtronic, Inc., says ...

History of culture visualized through art history, physics, complexity

August 4, 2014 4:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Quantifying and transforming the history of culture into visual representation isn't easy. There are thousands of individual stories, across thousands of years, to consider, and some historical conditions are nearly impossible to measure. Addressing this challenge, Dr. Maximilian Schich ...

Mapping the optimal route between two quantum states

August 4, 2014 4:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As a quantum state collapses from a quantum superposition to a classical state or a different superposition, it will follow a path known as a quantum trajectory. For each start and end state there is an optimal or "most likely" path, but it is not as easy to predict the path....

On-chip topological light

August 4, 2014 4:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Topological transport of light is the photonic analog of topological electron flow in certain semiconductors. In the electron case, the current flows around the edge of the material but not through the bulk. It is "topological" in that even if electrons encounter impurities ...

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Best evidence yet for coronal heating theory detected by NASA sounding rocket

August 4, 2014 4:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have recently gathered some of the strongest evidence to date to explain what makes the sun's outer atmosphere so much hotter than its surface. The new observations of the small-scale extremely hot temperatures are consistent with only one current theory....

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Uncovering the 3-D structure of a key neuroreceptor

August 4, 2014 3:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Neurons are the cells of our brain, spinal cord, and overall nervous system. They form complex networks to communicate with each other through electrical signals that are carried by chemicals. These chemicals bind to structures on the surface of neurons that are called neuroreceptors....

Is quantum dot the next step in LCD TV evolution?

August 4, 2014 3:19 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

As the LCD industry matures and standardizes, industry players find it harder to differentiate. At the same time, AMOLED is competing in key markets such as smartphone and tablet PC displays, in part due to their color performance. One response to this situation is adoption of quantum dots....

Knowing what to keep and what to trash: How an enzyme distinguishes cellular messages

August 4, 2014 1:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Every once in a while, we are forced to sort that stack of papers on the kitchen counter. Interspersed between the expired coupons and dozens of takeout menus are important documents like your car insurance or electric bill. So it isn't an option to simply drop it all....

UMD researchers develop tool to better visualize, analyze human genomic data

August 4, 2014 1:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the University of Maryland have developed a new, web-based tool that enables researchers to quickly and easily visualize and compare large amounts of genomic information resulting from high-throughput sequencing experiments. The free tool, called Epiviz ...

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Scientists unveil unique approach to the basic concepts of solid state physics

August 4, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Modern technology is based heavily on solid state devices such as semiconductors and lasers. It is important for future development to have an understanding of the basic physics underlying these types of devices. In their latest book "Crystal Symmetry, Lattice Vibrations ...

How science sizzles in the modern kitchen

August 4, 2014 12:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Some of the world's finest chemists don't wear lab coats. Instead, they don aprons and toques, and masterfully meld their passion for cooking with a growing awareness of the science behind the culinary arts. The results are driving an extraordinary expansion....

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