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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....

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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....

'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 ...

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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 ...

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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Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on command

July 1, 2014 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function. The group published its work in the online early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science....

New Wayne State research to improve energy efficiency and lessen environmental pollutants

July 1, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Wayne State University professor has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the agency's most prestigious award for up-and-coming researchers in science and engineering. The five-year, nearly $406,000 grant was awarded to Eranda Nikolla, Ph.D....

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Scientists engineer nanoparticles to prevent bone cancer, strengthen bones

July 1, 2014 1:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research collaboration between Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) has utilized nanomedicine technologies to develop a drug-delivery system that can precisely target and attack cancer cells in the bone, as well as increase bone strength and volume to prevent bone cancer progression....

Waste heat could be new source of clean energy

July 1, 2014 12:52 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

About two-thirds of all the energy we use in computers, in cars, in making products such as steel—is lost as heat. That energy does not do anything useful, and yet we are paying for it all the same. MechSE Assistant Professor Sanjiv Sinha, with the help of...

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