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Cultural changes in attitude toward TV

August 11, 2014 9:04 am | by DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer | Comments

Manjula Stokes has twice sworn off television, once throwing a set off her deck in a fit over an ex-husband's sports obsession. Now she's a devotee of programs like "Downton Abbey," `'Mad Men," `'Survivor" and "Masters of Sex." The teacher from Santa Cruz, California, illustrates a subtle change....

US bots flagged Ebola before outbreak announced

August 11, 2014 9:00 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | Comments

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is focusing a spotlight on an online tool run by experts in Boston that flagged a "mystery hemorrhagic fever" in forested areas of southeastern Guinea nine days before the World Health Organization formally announced the epidemic....

Bad behavior on social media can cost recruits

August 11, 2014 8:59 am | by RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer | Comments

At St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama, the high school that produced Crimson Tide quarterbacks AJ McCarron and Jake Coker, there's a new preseason ritual for football players: the social media talk. It's about more than minding their manners....

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Infographic: Battery drain and how to stop it

August 11, 2014 8:53 am | Comments

In this Infographic, "Infographic: Battery drain and how to stop it": Despite huge advances in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Is it ever going to be solved? And, more importantly, what can we do to extend the life of our batteries in the meantime?

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NASA selects U.S. Small Business Technology Transfer projects for further development

August 8, 2014 2:17 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA has selected 23 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue the development of innovative technologies that will support future agency mission needs and may also prove viable as commercial products and services....

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Peer-reviewed paper says all ivory markets must close

August 8, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The message is simple: to save elephants, all ivory markets must close and all ivory stockpiles must be destroyed, according to a new peer-reviewed paper by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The paper says that corruption, organized crime, and a lack of enforcement make any legal trade of ivory a major factor contributing to the demise of Africa's elephants....

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Step closer to birth of the sun

August 8, 2014 9:23 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers are a step closer to understanding the birth of the sun. Published in Science, the team led by Dr Maria Lugaro and Professor Alexander Heger, from Monash University, have investigated the solar system's prehistoric phase and the events that led to the birth of the sun....

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Stock prices of companies that use the same underwriter tend to move together

August 8, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The stock prices of companies that use the same lead underwriter during their equity offerings tend to move together, according to a new study by financial economics experts at Rice University and the University of Alabama. "We tested the hypothesis that investment banking networks affect stock prices and trading behavior," said James Weston, a professor of finance at Rice's Jones Graduate School of Business....

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Origami could lead to exotic materials, tiny transformers

August 8, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Embracing the pleats, creases and tucks of the Japanese art of decorative paper folding, Cornell University researchers are uncovering how origami principles could lead to exotic materials, soft robots and even tiny transformers. Publishing online in the journal Science Aug. 8, an interdisciplinary team led by Cornell's Itai Cohen, associate professor of physics, and graduate student Jesse Silverberg have discovered how to use....

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Study measures steep coastal costs of China's GDP growth

August 8, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new study by a team of Chinese and American conservation biologists quantifies the serious consequences of China's recent economic growth on its coastal ecosystems. By several measures, 1978 was the beginning of a hugely successful surge in the nation's ability to produce economic value, but that surge brought accelerated degradation in the vitality of its coastal ecosystems....

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What does 'diversity' mean to you? The answer may depend on your race

August 8, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Diversity in the workplace has been a contentious issue for many employers. In May 2014, Google disclosed that 70% of its employees are male, and in terms of racial diversity, the company is 61% White, 30% Asian, 3% Hispanic and 2% Black. Does that breakdown sound diverse to you? If not, what would an ideal diverse team look like?....

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Expert insights on in vitro alternatives for drug and chemical toxicity testing

August 8, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In vitro toxicity testing is rapidly being adopted in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and cosmetics industries, for example, as an alternative to animal studies to predict adverse health effects of drugs and personal care products and the health consequences of environmental exposures....

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Designing better materials for the 21st Century

August 8, 2014 8:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The U.S. Defense Department recently named Jian Luo, professor of nanoengineering and materials science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego as one of 10 new National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows (NSSEFF). The award provides up to $3 million over five years to develop a new materials design tool called interfacial phase diagrams....

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Multiple UAVs perform autonomous formation flight

August 8, 2014 8:25 am | by Jason Maderer, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

In one of the first autonomous demonstrations, the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has successfully commanded three fully autonomous, collaborating UAVs. The machines flew in close formation at the same altitude, separated by approximately 50 meters as they ...

Strong first half for tablet PC panel shipments, but slowdown expected

August 8, 2014 8:18 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

According to the Monthly Tablet PC Panel Shipment & Value Chain Report, tablet PC panel shipments reached 30 million in June 2014, the highest level since December 2013. Tablet PC panel shipments for 1H’14 reached 157.4 million, up 15% Y/Y. For the full year, however, we forecast that tablet PC...

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