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Researchers develop acoustically driven controls for smartphones

April 20, 2015 12:11 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

As people find ever more inventive uses for smartphones, touchscreens sometimes fall short as control surfaces. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed an inexpensive alternative - a toolbox of physical knobs, sliders and other mechanisms ...

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Quantum model reveals surface structure of water

April 20, 2015 12:08 pm | by National Physical Laboratory | Comments

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute in collaboration with IBM and the University of Edinburgh, has used a new quantum model to reveal the molecular structure of water's liquid surface. The liquid-vapour interface of water ...

Advances in molecular electronics: Lights on -- molecule on

April 20, 2015 12:05 pm | by Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf | Comments

Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) and the University of Konstanz are working on storing and processing information on the level of single molecules to create the smallest possible components that will combine autonomously to form a circuit....

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3-D shape database improves fit of clothing, equipment

April 20, 2015 12:03 pm | by U.S. Army | Comments

A new database at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is a perfect fit for America's Soldiers. The ANSUR II 3-D Shape Database uses three-dimensional shapes and contour data to improve the fit of clothing and equipment for warfighters.

Stanford, Harvard researchers to share $500K medical prize

April 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Two scientists whose work on modern research technologies is expected to speed the pace of medical discoveries will share one of the richest prizes in medicine and science next month, officials at a New York hospital said Monday. The $500,000 Albany Medical Center Prize in Biomedicine and Biomedical Research ...

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Astronomers probe inner region of young star and its planets

April 20, 2015 11:06 am | by University of Arizona | Comments

Astronomers have probed deeper than before into a planetary system 130 light-years from Earth. The observations mark the first results of a new exoplanet survey called LEECH (LBT Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt), and are published today in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics....

A common nerve protein elevated in aggressive neuroblastomas

April 20, 2015 10:03 am | by Georgetown University Medical Center | Comments

A protein produced by nerve cells appears to be elevated in the blood of those with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma. The finding, presented today at the American Association for Cancer Research 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, could potentially lead to a prognostic test for ...

Researchers establish theoretical framework for graphene physics

April 20, 2015 9:52 am | by National University of Singapore | Comments

Since the discovery of graphene about a decade ago, scientists have been studying ways to engineer electronic band gaps in the material to produce semiconductors which can create new electronic devices. A team of researchers from Yale-NUS College, the ...

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Disney Research enables dialogue replacement for automated video redubbing

April 20, 2015 9:42 am | by Disney Research | Comments

A badly dubbed foreign film makes a viewer yearn for subtitles; even subtle discrepancies between words spoken and facial motion are easy to detect. That's less likely with a method developed by Disney Research that analyzes an actor's ...

A cold cosmic mystery solved

April 20, 2015 9:38 am | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | Comments

In 2004, astronomers examining a map of the radiation leftover from the Big Bang (the cosmic microwave background, or CMB) discovered the Cold Spot, a larger-than-expected unusually cold area of the sky. The physics surrounding the Big Bang theory predicts warmer ...

How to maximize the superconducting critical temperature in a molecular superconductor

April 17, 2015 4:25 pm | by Tohoku University | Comments

An international research team, led by Professor Kosmas Prassides of Tohoku University, has investigated the electronic properties of the family of unconventional superconductors based on fullerenes*1 which have the highest known superconducting critical ...

New paper opens the door to the study of a new class of materials

April 17, 2015 4:21 pm | by University of Notre Dame | Comments

A new paper by a team of researchers led by Karel Matous, College of Engineering Associate Professor of Computational Mechanics in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, describes how an accurate statistical description ...

Young women objectify themselves more browsing Facebook and magazines than media types

April 17, 2015 2:36 pm | by SAGE Publications | Comments

Though it is widely believed that the media objectifies women, women further diminish themselves by constantly comparing their bodies to others'. Regardless of how much time young women devote to viewing television, music videos and using the internet, they will ...

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Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery

April 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of ...

Industry: Digital music sales match physical for 1st time

April 17, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's annual report said digital and physical sales each accounted for 46 percent of ...

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