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'Space bubbles' may have aided enemy in fatal Afghan battle

September 23, 2014 3:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the early morning hours of March 4, 2002, military officers in Bagram, Afghanistan desperately radioed a Chinook helicopter headed for the snowcapped peak of Takur Ghar. On board were 21 men, deployed to rescue a team of Navy SEALS....

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Airway muscle-on-a-chip mimics asthma

September 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The majority of drugs used to treat asthma today are the same ones that were used 50 years ago. New drugs are urgently needed to treat this chronic respiratory disease, which causes nearly 25 million people in the United States alone to wheeze....

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Businesses and investors pressing for green policy

September 23, 2014 3:05 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute....

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Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones

September 23, 2014 3:00 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media....

electronica 2014 with security solutions for the networked world

September 23, 2014 9:57 am | Comments

Everyone is talking about the Internet of Things. The industrial sector is hoping that greater networking will improve working processes. Cars that communicate with each other could lead to enhanced and more efficient traffic management....

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University of Utah engineers unlock potential for faster computing

September 23, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material – a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor – that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform lightning-fast calculations but don't overheat....

Lego-like modular components make building 3-D 'labs-on-a-chip' a snap

September 22, 2014 4:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand. Microfluidic systems ...

Growing scientists: World's future jobs are rooted in STEM

September 22, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Malaysia today became a founding partner in the Global STEM Alliance, a new high-tech multi-million dollar initiative dedicated to promoting young talent in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) around the world. Led by the ...

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A Closer Look: Ways to hide, secure data on phones

September 22, 2014 4:21 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple got a lot of attention last week when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can't get to your password-protected data. Essentially, your photos, messages and other documents are automatically encrypted....

Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbors

September 22, 2014 3:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to research by Australian scientists. Astronomers looked at more than 22,000 galaxies and found that while smaller galaxies ...

Photos of the Day: The Parrot Rolling-spider mini drone

September 22, 2014 2:32 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

This mini drone has an autopilot based on a 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis accelerometer and features a pressure sensor for the flight altitude. An ultrasonic sensor is included for precision flying near the ground, and its vertical camera at 60 fps ...

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Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothreads

September 22, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads" that promise extraordinary properties, including strength and stiffness greater than that of today's strongest nanotubes and polymers. A paper describing ...

From light into matter, nothing seems to stop quantum teleportation

September 22, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) have succeeded in teleporting the quantum state of a photon to a crystal over 25 kilometres of optical fibre. The experiment, carried out in the laboratory of Professor Nicolas Gisin, constitutes a first....

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Where is that spacecraft?

September 22, 2014 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Space surveillance is inherently challenging when compared to other tracking environments due to various reasons, not least of which is the long time gap between surveillance updates. "Unlike the air and missile defense environments where objects ...

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The accelerator of molecular motors

September 22, 2014 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

To their surprise, it turned out to be an old acquaintance: a certain module of the familiar protein Pex22p, which has hitherto always been considered an anchor protein. The researchers report their findings in PLoS One. Peroxisomes are of vital importance....

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