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Samsung announces new push into Internet-connected gadgets

May 12, 2015 3:34 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung wants to sell the digital brains that will go into billions of "smart" home appliances, industrial products and other Internet-connected gadgets - whether those gadgets are made by Samsung or its competitors.

Self-driving cars getting in accidents on public roads

May 12, 2015 3:23 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads.


High-performance 3D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration

May 12, 2015 10:02 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

By combining 3D holographic lithography and 2D photolithography, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a high-performance 3D microbattery suitable for large-scale on-chip integration with microelectronic devices.


Graphene holds key to unlocking creation of wearable electronic devices

May 12, 2015 8:39 am | by University of Exeter | Comments

Ground-breaking research has successfully created the world's first truly electronic textile, using the wonder material Graphene. An international team of scientists, including Professor Monica Craciun from the University of Exeter, have pioneered a new ...

For biofuels and climate, location matters

May 12, 2015 8:36 am | by International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis | Comments

A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change shows that, when looking at the production site alone, growing biofuel crops can have a significant impact on climate depending on location and crop type. The study is the first geographically ...

Noise produces volcanic seismicity, akin to a drumbeat

May 12, 2015 8:27 am | by Springer | Comments

Volcanoes are considered chaotic systems. They are difficult to model because the geophysical and chemical parameters in volcanic eruptions exhibit high levels of uncertainty. Now, Dmitri V. Alexandrov and colleagues from the Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg ...

Space technology identifies vulnerable regions in West Africa

May 11, 2015 4:41 pm | by University of Leicester | Comments

A group of international researchers led by the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research at the University of Leicester have used space satellite technology to identify regions of West Africa which are vulnerable to the effects of land degradation through climate change.

A climate signal in the global distribution of copper deposits

May 11, 2015 4:24 pm | by University of Michigan | Comments

Climate helps drive the erosion process that exposes economically valuable copper deposits and shapes the pattern of their global distribution, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Idaho and the University of Michigan.


US-CERN agreement paves way for new era of scientific discovery

May 11, 2015 3:21 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

A new agreement between the United States and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) signed today will pave the way for renewed collaboration in particle physics, promising to yield new insights into fundamental particles and the nature of ...

Measurement of a single nuclear spin in biological samples

May 11, 2015 2:07 pm | by University of Basel | Comments

Physicists of the University of Basel and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute were able to show for the first time that the nuclear spins of single molecules can be detected with the help of magnetic particles at room temperature. In Nature Nanotechnology ...

Robot pets to rise in an overpopulated world

May 11, 2015 2:03 pm | by University of Melbourne | Comments

University of Melbourne animal welfare researcher Dr Jean-Loup Rault says the prospect of robopets and virtual pets is not as far-fetched as we may think. His paper in the latest edition of Frontiers in Veterinary Science argues pets will soon ...

NSF funds a unique program to train graduate STEM students

May 11, 2015 1:48 pm | by Penn State | Comments

A curriculum in density-functional theory (DFT) for graduate students in STEM fields is the goal of a National Science Foundation grant of nearly $3 million over five years awarded to a team of Penn State faculty. DFT is a powerful quantum theory developed by ...

Computer simulation accurately replicated real-life trauma outcomes

May 11, 2015 1:45 pm | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | Comments

A computer simulation, or "in silico" model, of the body's inflammatory response to traumatic injury accurately replicated known individual outcomes and predicted population results counter to expectations, according to a study recently published in ...


UNH scientists show 'breaking waves' perturb Earth's magnetic field

May 11, 2015 1:42 pm | by University of New Hampshire | Comments

The underlying physical process that creates striking "breaking wave" cloud patterns in our atmosphere also frequently opens the gates to high-energy solar wind plasma that perturbs Earth's magnetic field, or magnetosphere, which protects us from cosmic radiation....

Mirror, mirror on the wall: Smart mirrors boost sales

May 11, 2015 1:39 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | Comments

Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how ...


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