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VTT sensor detects spoilage of food

May 6, 2015 4:12 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Comments

VTT has developed a sensor that detects ethanol in the headspace of a food package. Ethanol is formed as a result of food spoilage. The sensor signal is wirelessly readable, for instance, by a mobile phone. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is ...

Office of Science selects 44 scientists to receive early career research program funding

May 6, 2015 4:07 pm | by DOE/US Department of Energy | Comments

The Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science has selected 44 scientists from across the nation - including 17 from DOE's national laboratories and 27 from U.S. universities - to receive significant funding for research as part of DOE's Early Career Research Program....

Thermometer-like device could help diagnose heart attacks

May 6, 2015 4:04 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Diagnosing a heart attack can require multiple tests using expensive equipment. But not everyone has access to such techniques, especially in remote or low-income areas. Now scientists have developed a simple, thermometer-like device that could ...

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Scientists X-ray chocolate

May 6, 2015 4:03 pm | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY | Comments

An X-ray study carried out at DESY allows to improve the quality of chocolate. The study offers new insights into the formation of fat bloom, an unwelcome white layer that occasionally forms on chocolate. "Although fat blooming is perfectly harmless, it causes ...

Channeling valleytronics in graphene

May 6, 2015 3:27 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

To the list of potential applications of graphene - a two-dimensional semiconductor of pure carbon that is stronger and much faster than silicon - we can now add valleytronics, the coding of data in the wavelike motion of electrons as they speed through a ...

When bosses 'serve' their employees, everything improves

May 6, 2015 3:24 pm | by UIC Business | Comments

When managers create a culture where employees know the boss puts employees' needs over his or her own, measureable improvements in customer satisfaction, higher job performance by employees, and lower turnover are the result, according to research by Robert Liden ...

A hot start to the origin of life?

May 6, 2015 3:20 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

DNA is synonymous with life, but where did it originate? One way to answer this question is to try to recreate the conditions that formed DNA's molecular precursors. These precursors are carbon ring structures with embedded nitrogen atoms, key components of ...

Cal State L.A. receives $5-million NASA grant for research center

May 6, 2015 3:17 pm | by California State University, Los Angeles | Comments

Cal State L.A. has been awarded a $5-million grant to conduct NASA-related research and education to help train a new generation of scientists and engineers. Under the five-year grant, the University will establish a Data Intensive Research and ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Social Corporate Responsibility

May 6, 2015 3:00 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This award honors organizational efforts to be a greater corporate member of society, from a local to a global level. Good works criteria may include, but is not limited to, efforts to curb electronic waste and improve recyclability, overall carbon footprint reduction ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Material Technology Innovation

May 6, 2015 2:53 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This award will be given to the entrant with the most significant technical development during the year 2014 in the field of material development. From materials used to make batteries for wireless devices, to the use of GaN (Galium Nitride) to ...

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Space debris from satellite explosion increases collision risk for space craft

May 6, 2015 10:54 am | by University of Southampton | Comments

Debris from the US Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) F13 satellite, which recently exploded in orbit, could pose a threat to other spacecraft and missions according to new research from the University of Southampton.

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Boxing match pops up on phones as TV habits change

May 6, 2015 10:36 am | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | Comments

It should have been a proud moment for TV: A much-hyped sports event drawing in millions of paying viewers and showcasing the clout still held by traditional media heavyweights. Instead, the broadcast of Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight ...

Googling on mobile devices surpasses PCs in US for 1st time

May 6, 2015 10:32 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. More search requests are now being made on mobile devices than on personal computers in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. The milestone announced at a ...

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Netflix says FCC should demand changes in AT&T-DirecTV deal

May 6, 2015 10:30 am | by MARLEY JAY, AP Business Writer | Comments

Internet video service Netflix is telling the Federal Communication that it should reject AT&T's purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV unless some changes are made. In a letter dated Monday, Netflix said if the deal is completed in its current form ...

US gives farmers approval to spray crops from drones

May 6, 2015 10:27 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | Comments

A drone large enough to carry tanks of fertilizers and pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs ...

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