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NSA's Internet monitoring said to be legal

July 2, 2014 9:36 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA's collection of domestic calling records "lacked a viable legal foundation" and should be shut down....

Infographic: My boss is going to get somebody killed

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry....

Google adds more musical chops with Songza deal

July 1, 2014 6:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google is fine-tuning its digital music strategy with the acquisition of Songza, a service that creates soundtracks tailored for people's changing moods. Financial terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed. That means the price is considered to be too small to affect Google Inc.,...

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Zero tolerance for xenon

July 1, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the U.S. medical isotope producer NorthStar have signed a RadioXenon Emissions Pledge. Through this document, NorthStar pledges to cooperate with the CTBTO....

Review: Android Wear is about simplifying future

July 1, 2014 1:59 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | Comments

In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do....

Research proves shock wave from explosives causes significant eye damage

July 1, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are discovering that the current protective eyewear used by our U.S. armed forces might not be adequate to protect soldiers exposed to explosive blasts. According to a recent study, ocular injuries now account for 13 percent of all battlefield injuries....

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Reigning in chaos in particle colliders yields big results

July 1, 2014 1:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When beams with trillions of particles go zipping around at near light speed, there's bound to be some chaos. Limiting that chaos in particle colliders is crucial for the groundbreaking results such experiments are designed to deliver. In a special focus issue of the journal Chaos....

Evolution of life's operating system revealed in detail

July 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The evolution of the ribosome, a large molecular structure found in the cells of all species, has been revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study. Around 4 billion years ago, the first molecules of life came together on the early Earth and formed precursors of modern proteins and RNA....

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'Molecular movies' will enable extraordinary gains in bioimaging, health research

July 1, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers today announced the creation of an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular level. Chemical and biological actions can now be measured as they are occurring or, in old-fashioned movie parlance, one frame at a time....

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Using geometry, researchers coax human embryonic stem cells to organize themselves

July 1, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

About seven days after conception, something remarkable occurs in the clump of cells that will eventually become a new human being. They start to specialize. They take on characteristics that begin to hint at their ultimate fate as part of the skin, brain, muscle or any of the roughly 200 cell types that exist in people....

Study helps unlock mystery of high-temp superconductors

July 1, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Binghamton University physicist and his colleagues say they have unlocked one key mystery surrounding high-temperature superconductivity. Their research, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found a remarkable phenomenon in copper-oxide (cuprate) high-temperature superconductors....

Scientists discover how plastic solar panels work

July 1, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists don't fully understand how 'plastic' solar panels work, which complicates the improvement of their cost efficiency, thereby blocking the wider use of the technology. However, researchers at the University of Montreal, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Imperial College London ...

A new method to detect infrared energy using a nanoporous ZnO/n-Si photodetector

July 1, 2014 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Experiments aimed at devising new types of photodetectors have been triggered by the increasing use of optoelectronic devices in personal electronics, cameras, medical equipment, computers and by the military. Professor Zhao Kun and co-researchers at the State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resource and Prospecting ...

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Up in flames: Evidence confirms combustion theory

July 1, 2014 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) and the University of Hawaii have uncovered the first step in the process that transforms gas-phase molecules into solid particles like soot and other carbon-based compounds....

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Finland to lead the way in developing the storage of solar and wind energy

July 1, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has joined forces with Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku in the launch of an extensive development project for a brand new energy system and its associated business sector in Finland....

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