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Metal particles in solids aren't as fixed as they seem

June 24, 2014 3:12 pm | by Nicole Casal Moore, University of Michigan | Comments

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and "resistive random access memory," or RRAM—cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions—researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought....

Photos of the Day: The F-35B VTOL aircraft

June 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The F-35B, intended for the Marines, follows in the tradition of other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft, the most famous being the British Harrier Jump Jet. With the ability to take off from a short — or nonexistent — ramp, VTOL systems like the F-35B offer a degree of flexibility to military planners....

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Picture books for visually impaired kids go 3-D thanks to CU-Boulder research team

June 24, 2014 1:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"Goodnight room, goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon..." A children's classic that already is a candidate for the all-time best feel-good book, "Goodnight Moon," has gotten a boost: A University of Colorado Boulder team printed the first 3D version of it....

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Ferroelectric switching seen in biological tissues

June 24, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Measurements taken at the molecular scale have for the first time confirmed a key property that could improve our knowledge of how the heart and lungs function. University of Washington researchers have shown that a favorable electrical property is present in a type of protein found in organs that repeatedly stretch and retract....

Computer-aided diagnosis of rare genetic disorders from family snaps

June 24, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Computer analysis of photographs could help doctors diagnose which condition a child with a rare genetic disorder has, say Oxford University researchers. The researchers, funded in part by the Medical Research Council (MRC), have come up with a computer programme that recognises facial features in photographs....

New research finds that cell phones reflect our personal microbiome

June 24, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Smartphones are everywhere, and they may be smarter than you think. Our cell phones actually reflect the personal microbial world of their owners, with potential implications for their use as bacterial and environmental sensors, according to new research....

Facelock: A new password alternative which plays to the strengths of human memory

June 24, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Forgotten passwords are a serious problem for both IT managers and users. The root of the problem is a trade-off between memorability and security: simple passwords are easy to remember but easy to crack; complex passwords are hard to crack but hard to remember....

Memories on Mars

June 24, 2014 12:17 pm | by Duke University | Comments

A student-led, crowdsourced project called Time Capsule to Mars held a press conference June 23, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to kick off its $25 million campaign. Led by Emily Briere, a rising senior in mechanical engineering and materials science at Duke University ...

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Man moves paralyzed hand with his own thoughts

June 24, 2014 10:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge....

The great salmon run algorithm

June 24, 2014 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Solving complex problems is rarely a straightforward process, there are often many variables and countless plausible solutions each one of which has its pros and cons. Mechanical engineers at the Babol University of Technology in Mazandaran, Iran, have turned to nature to devise an algorithm....

Morphable surfaces could cut air resistance

June 24, 2014 10:43 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

There is a story about how the modern golf ball, with its dimpled surface, came to be: In the mid-1800s, it is said, new golf balls were smooth, but became dimpled over time as impacts left permanent dents. Smooth new balls were typically used for tournament play....

Solar project to bring energy to three D.C. institutions

June 24, 2014 10:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The George Washington University (GW), American University (AU) and the George Washington University Hospital (GWUH) announced Tuesday that they will create a renewable energy project that brings solar power from North Carolina to the D.C. institutions, showing that large organizations in an urban setting can meet energy needs....

New Tokyo museum robot guides look, sound human

June 24, 2014 10:39 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

The new robot guides at a Tokyo museum look so eerily human and speak so smoothly they almost outdo people - almost. Japanese robotics expert Hiroshi Ishiguro, an Osaka University professor, says they will be useful for research on how people interact with robots and on what differentiates the person from the machine....

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Army looking for new ways to provide training and education materials

June 24, 2014 8:18 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The use of mobile devices for distributed learning was a topic of discussion at the Training and Education 2025 and Beyond Industry Forum that brought together Army officials and defense industry representatives, June 18-19, 2014, at Fort Eustis, Virginia.

City tells app to stop auctions of parking spaces

June 23, 2014 6:13 pm | by Terry Collins - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

San Francisco's city attorney issued a cease-and-desist demand Monday to a mobile app called Monkey Parking, which allows people to auction public parking spaces that they're using to other nearby drivers. In a letter to Paolo Dobrowolny, the CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup, city...

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