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Fermi data tantalize with new clues to dark matter

April 3, 2014 12:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new study of gamma-ray light from the center of our galaxy makes the strongest case to date that some of this emission may arise from dark matter, an unknown substance making up most of the material universe. Using publicly available data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope....

Fighting cancer with lasers and nanoballoons that pop

April 3, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Chemotherapeutic drugs excel at fighting cancer, but they're not so efficient at getting where they need to go. They often interact with blood, bone marrow and other healthy bodily systems. This dilutes the drugs and causes unwanted side effects.

Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature

April 3, 2014 10:09 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft unveiled a new virtual assistant for Windows Phone devices Wednesday as it seeks to gain traction in a highly competitive and lucrative market for smartphones. The assistant, Cortana, is named after an artificial-intelligence character in the company's "Halo" video games....

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Yahoo adds more security to thwart surveillance

April 3, 2014 9:53 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping. The measures announced Wednesday include the completion of a system that encrypts all information being transmitted from one Yahoo data center to another....

European parliament adopts 'net neutrality' law

April 3, 2014 9:52 am | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | Comments

The European Parliament adopted a "net neutrality" bill on Thursday, barring Internet service providers from giving preference to some kinds of traffic on their networks - such as streaming video - when it profits them. The legislation responded to fears....

Photos of the Day: Computers teach each other Pac-Man

April 3, 2014 9:35 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method for computers to teach other computers in a teach-student sort of relationship. The robots – called agents – were able to teach each other video games Pac-Man and Starcraft....

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NASA challenge invites students to design exploration systems

April 3, 2014 9:12 am | by NASA | Comments

College and university students have an opportunity to help design systems for future space habitats and exploration systems through NASA's Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge. Applications for the fifth annual challenge will be accepted through April 30....

Can AOL ONE change the industry and take on the competition?

April 2, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong debuted the Web giant's new programmatic ad platform, AOL ONE, in a keynote speech at ad:tech San Francisco with some pretty hefty predictions. Global CEO of AOL Platforms Bob Lord presented the new product with a...

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From Martian rocks, a planet's watery story emerges

April 2, 2014 2:21 pm | Comments

After 18 months on Mars, the rover Curiosity has taken more than 120,000 measurements of surface rocks and soil, painting a more detailed image of how much water was once on the Red Planet. An article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) describes the technique....

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A rainy day can ruin an online restaurant review

April 2, 2014 2:18 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Weather helps determine whether a review will be positive or negative April 2, 2014 Atlanta, GA Online restaurant reviews written on rainy or snowy days, or very cold or hot days, are more negative than those written on nice days. The new study also shows...

Strain can alter materials' properties

April 2, 2014 2:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the ongoing search for new materials for fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaics, separation membranes, and electronic devices, one newer approach involves applying and managing stresses within known materials to give them dramatically different properties....

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Photos of the Day: Russia's new dolphin army

April 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Ukraine established a dolphin training program back in the ‘60s with the goal of using the marine mammals to detect mines and other items of military interest off the coast. The dolphins were based in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, but after Russia annexed Crimea, the cetacean mammals became the property of the USSR, er, Russia....

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Computers teach each other Pac-Man

April 2, 2014 10:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers in Washington State University's School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact....

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Nanosheets and nanowires

April 2, 2014 10:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers in China, [J. Appl. Cryst. (2014). 47, 527-531] have found a convenient way to selectively prepare germanium sulfide nanostructures, including nanosheets and nanowires, that are more active than their bulk counterparts and could open the way to lower cost and safer optoelectronics....

Should physicists work to the sound of silence?

April 2, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In this month's issue of Physics World, Felicity Mellor, a senior lecturer in science communication at Imperial College London, questions whether the requirement of the modern physicist to collaborate and communicate is preventing the intellectual progress brought about by silence and solitude....

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