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Check here for safety: Facebook creates 'Safety Check' tool

October 17, 2014 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Facebook Inc. is launching a tool that lets users notify friends and family that they are safe during or after natural disasters. The tool, called "Safety Check," will be available worldwide to the social network's 1.32 billion users on computers and mobile devices. This includes the basic "feature" phones many people still use to access Facebook, especially in developing countries.

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The simplification of superconducting circuits

October 17, 2014 2:29 pm | by MIT | Comments

Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today's chips, an attractive trait given the increasing power consumption of the massive data centers that power the Internet's most popular sites.

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How offshore wind power is affecting marine life

October 17, 2014 12:32 pm | by University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science | Comments

Offshore wind power is a valuable source of renewable energy that can help reduce carbon emissions. Technological advances are allowing higher capacity turbines to be installed in deeper water, but there is still much unknown about the effects on the environment. In a recent paper, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researcher...

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Photos of the Day: Growing plants in space

October 17, 2014 12:12 pm | by NASA | Comments

 The Seedling Growth-2 mission is the second in a series of NASA-ESA collaborative plant biology experiments using the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) facility aboard the space station.  The investigation launched to the station aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on Sept. 21, 2014. Station crew will start the first experimental run of the study on October 17.

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UConn Student Team Wins Grant for Environmental Project

October 17, 2014 11:20 am | by United States Environmental Protection Agency | Comments

BOSTON – A student team from Connecticut is among five teams in New England chosen by the US Environmental Protection Agency to receive up to $15,000 to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative methods of addressing environmental challenges. The University of Connecticut in Storrs,...

Personalized vaccines for ovarian cancer

October 17, 2014 10:09 am | by University of Connecticut | Comments

Researchers at the University of Connecticut have found a new way to identify protein mutations in cancer cells. The novel method is being used to develop personalized vaccines to treat patients with ovarian cancer. UConn bioinformatics engineer Ion Mandoiu, associate professor of computer science and engineering, collaborated..

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Designing the antibiotics of the future

October 17, 2014 10:06 am | by The University of Bristol | Comments

Scientists have used computer simulations to show how bacteria are able to destroy antibiotics – a breakthrough which will help develop drugs which can effectively tackle infections in the future. Researchers at the University of Bristol focused on the role of enzymes in the bacteria, which split the structure of the antibiotic and stop it working, making the bacteria resistant.

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iPhone glass maker to cut 727 jobs in Arizona

October 16, 2014 10:19 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant. GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week. The company on Thursday announced its layoff plans for the Mesa plant as required by the federal Worker...

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Apple shows off new gadgets, but Pay is bigger bet

October 16, 2014 5:19 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display on Thursday. Sleek and stunning, yes, but not likely to spark the next iRevolution. The tech giant's bigger strategic bet is that mobile pay service Apple Pay, debuting Monday, will be the next thing you didn't know you...

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NASA Begins Sixth Year of Airborne Antarctic Ice Change Study

October 16, 2014 4:20 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA is carrying out its sixth consecutive year of Operation IceBridge research flights over Antarctica to study changes in the continent’s ice sheet, glaciers and sea ice. This year’s airborne campaign, which began its first flight Thursday morning, will revisit a section of the Antarctic ice...

Dispelling a misconception about Mg-ion batteries

October 16, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lithium (Li)-ion batteries serve us well, powering our laptops, tablets, cell phones and a host of other gadgets and devices. However, for future automotive applications, we will need rechargeable batteries with significant increases in energy density....

Chicago Innovation Exchange partners with Engineering at Illinois

October 16, 2014 3:21 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

The University of Chicago’s new Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), which celebrated its grand opening on October 16, announced a partnership with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Engineering. The CIE, in collaboration with the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business...

NASA Spacecraft Provides New Information About Sun’s Atmosphere

October 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun’s constant outflow of particles called the solar wind, and what mechanisms accelerate particles...

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Light-bending material facilitates search for new particles

October 16, 2014 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Particle physicists have a hard time identifying all the elementary particles created in their particle accelerators. But now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have designed a material that makes it much easier to distinguish the particles....

The first direct detection of dark matter

October 16, 2014 2:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Space scientists at the University of Leicester have detected a curious signal in the X-ray sky – one that provides a tantalising insight into the nature of mysterious Dark Matter. The Leicester team has found what appears to be a signature of 'axions'....

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