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Movies synchronize brains

April 7, 2014 3:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When we watch a movie, our brains react to it immediately in a way similar to brains of other people. Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have succeeded in developing a method fast enough to observe immediate changes in the function of the brain even when watching a movie....

Hi-tech innovation gauges science learning in preschoolers

April 7, 2014 3:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers are blending technology with nature, as they present details on an iPad application to examine how young children are learning science skills in nature-themed outdoor play settings. Alan Wight, a doctoral candidate in the University of Cincinnati School of Education...

Twitter use linked to infidelity and divorce, MU study finds

April 7, 2014 3:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Twitter and other social networking services have revolutionized the way people create and maintain relationships. However, new research shows that Twitter use could actually be damaging to users' romantic relationships. Russell Clayton, a doctoral student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism...

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Renewable energy market share climbs despite 2013 dip in investments

April 7, 2014 1:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Renewable energy's share of world electricity generation continued its steady climb last year despite a 14 per cent drop in investments to US$214.4 billion, according to a new report released today. According to Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014....

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Organic solar cells more efficient with molecules face-to-face

April 7, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research from North Carolina State University and UNC-Chapel Hill reveals that energy is transferred more efficiently inside of complex, three-dimensional organic solar cells when the donor molecules align face-on, rather than edge-on, relative to the acceptor....

Liverpool to develop sensors for Fukushima monitoring

April 7, 2014 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research at the University of Liverpool is developing new sensors for that will help the recovery and regeneration of the post-disaster Fukushima region and pave the way for improved monitoring and control of radioactivity at nuclear sites worldwide....

Personal touch signature makes mobile devices more secure

April 7, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Passwords, gestures and fingerprint scans are all helpful ways to keep a thief from unlocking and using a cell phone or tablet. Cybersecurity researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have gone a step further. They've developed a new security system....

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Rebar technique strengthens case for graphene

April 7, 2014 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Carbon nanotubes are reinforcing bars that make two-dimensional graphene much easier to handle in a new hybrid material grown by researchers at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour set nanotubes into graphene in a way that not only mimics how steel rebar is used....

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SEMI reports 2013 global semiconductor materials sales of $43.5 billion

April 7, 2014 1:27 pm | by SEMI | Comments

The global semiconductor materials market decreased 3 percent in 2013 compared to 2012 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 5 percent. Revenues of $43.5 mark the second consecutive year of contraction for the semiconductor materials market....

Germany investigates large-scale password theft

April 7, 2014 1:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

German authorities are investigating the suspected theft of passwords for some 18 million email addresses. Interior Ministry spokesman Harald Neymanns said Friday an analysis by Germany's Internet security agency determined that about 3 million of the affected addresses were German....

Why Google’s modular smartphone might actually succeed

April 7, 2014 12:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Google believes open hardware innovation could help it find industries and markets for its software and services.In a two-story building in an industrial district of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ara Knaian shows off prototypes of what could be the industry’s first completely modular smartphone....

Pieces fall in place for big Tetris game in Philly

April 7, 2014 9:26 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | Comments

Sam Robinson said it's been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper. Robinson, 30, was among the hundreds of Tetris fans who had a little fun Saturday....

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Tiny wireless sensing device alerts users to telltale vapors remotely

April 7, 2014 9:18 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

April 3, 2014 Atlanta, GA A research team at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed a small electronic sensing device that can alert users wirelessly to the presence of chemical vapors in the atmosphere. The technology, which could be manufactured using familiar aerosol-jet...

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'Game of Thrones' in epic piracy battle

April 7, 2014 9:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

Television's most ambitious show ever, "Game of Thrones," returned to the small screen this week and with it, no doubt, millions who will be looking to illegally download the latest episode from file sharing sites across the world. Besides the...

Photos of the Day: The Pentagon's secret orbital spacecraft

April 7, 2014 8:48 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

In December 2012, the Pentagon, in conjunction with NASA and Boeing, launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than a year – 469 days, to be exact – breaking its own longevity record. The spacecraft, measuring over 29 feet in length, is designed to be reusable....

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