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Amazon to invest $2 billion in India after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion in capital

July 30, 2014 8:59 am | by KAY JOHNSON, AP Business Writer | Comments

The world's largest online retailer is facing off in India against a new name in e-commerce that was founded by former Amazon employees. Amazon.com Inc. said Wednesday it will invest $2 billion to expand its Indian business, a day after local rival Flipkart raised $1 billion to fund its own expansion....

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Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows Phone

July 30, 2014 8:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the U.K. The company's corporate vice president of operating systems, Joe Belfiore, said Wednesday in Beijing that Chinese and British users of Windows Phones will get the voice-recognizing app....

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Brainwaves can predict audience reaction for television programming

July 29, 2014 6:20 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at the City College of New York (CCNY) in partnership with Georgia Tech, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor....

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Tough foam from tiny sheets

July 29, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Tough, ultralight foam of atom-thick sheets can be made to any size and shape through a chemical process invented at Rice University. In microscopic images, the foam dubbed "GO-0.5BN" looks like a nanoscale building, with floors and walls that reinforce each other....

Study: Pediatric preventive care guidelines need retooling for computerized format

July 29, 2014 4:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With the increasing use of electronic medical records and health information exchange, there is a growing demand for a computerized version of the preventive care guidelines pediatricians use across the United States. In a new study, researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute report....

Mysterious molecules in space

July 29, 2014 4:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Over the vast, empty reaches of interstellar space, countless small molecules tumble quietly though the cold vacuum. Forged in the fusion furnaces of ancient stars and ejected into space when those stars exploded, these lonely molecules account for a significant amount of all the carbon, hydrogen, silicon and other atoms in the universe....

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A new way to make microstructured surfaces

July 29, 2014 4:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers has created a new way of manufacturing microstructured surfaces that have novel three-dimensional textures. These surfaces, made by self-assembly of carbon nanotubes, could exhibit a variety of useful properties — including controllable mechanical stiffness and strength....

Gun law forces Beretta out of Maryland

July 29, 2014 2:10 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Beretta U.S.A. announced that company concerns over a strict gun-control law enacted in Maryland last year have made it necessary to move its weapons making out of the state to Tennessee. The well-known gun maker said it will move to a new production facility it is building in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin that is set to open in mid-2015....

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Escaping email: Inspired vision or hallucination?

July 29, 2014 1:15 pm | by Michael Liedtke - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Dustin Moskovitz is plotting an escape from email. The 30-year-old entrepreneur has learned a lot about communication since he teamed up with his college roommate Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook a decade ago, and that knowledge is fueling an audacious attempt to change the way people connect...

New method provides researchers with efficient tool for tagging proteins

July 29, 2014 12:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Aarhus University researchers have developed an easier method to create DNA–protein conjugates. The method can potentially strengthen the work involved in diagnosing diseases. DNA linked to proteins – including antibodies – provides a strong partnership that can be used in diagnostic techniques....

K-12 teachers gain experience with nanotechnology research

July 29, 2014 11:49 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Nanotechnology, as a word, tends to enter the vocabulary late. High-school students have “heard the term and have a sense of it being about very tiny things,” said Terry Koker, a chemistry teacher at Mahomet-Seymour High School. “But that’s about the extent of what their prior knowledge is.”

Prolonged electrical stimulation causes no damage to sacral nerve roots in rabbits

July 29, 2014 11:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Previous studies have shown that, anode block electrical stimulation of the sacral nerve root can produce physiological urination and reconstruct urinary bladder function in rabbits. However, whether long-term anode block electrical stimulation causes damage to the sacral nerve root remains unclear....

New gadget helps the vision-impaired to read graphs

July 29, 2014 11:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

People who are blind can now read more than just words, such as graphs and graphics, following the development of an affordable digital reading system by Curtin University researchers. Opening up new career paths and educational opportunities for people with vision impairment....

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A new brain-based marker of stress susceptibility

July 29, 2014 11:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Some people can handle stressful situations better than others, and it's not all in their genes: Even identical twins show differences in how they respond. Researchers have identified a specific electrical pattern in the brains of genetically identical mice that predicts how well individual animals will fare in stressful situations....

Optimum inertial self-propulsion design for snowman-like nanorobot

July 29, 2014 11:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scale plays a major role in locomotion. Swimming microorganisms, such as bacteria and spermatozoa, are subjected to relatively small inertial forces compared to the viscous forces exerted by the surrounding fluid. Such low-level inertia makes self-propulsion a major challenge....

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