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Invention prevents contamination of food packaging by bacterial biofilms

June 19, 2014 2:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Eating fruits and vegetables is good for you, but sometimes there's a price to pay: illness caused by bacterial biofilms that adhere to the produce and to the packaging in which it's shipped. Now a graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has discovered a way to attack those bacteria on food packaging....

New graphene research centre to open at the University of Surrey

June 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The University of Surrey is to establish a graphene centre within its Advanced Technology Institute (ATI), expanding and consolidating the University's graphene research and manufacturing capabilities. Through the Centre, the ATI will further its research....

Limb regeneration: Do salamanders hold the key?

June 19, 2014 2:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The secret of how salamanders successfully regrow body parts is being unravelled by UCL researchers in a bid to apply it to humans. For the first time, researchers have found that the 'ERK pathway' must be constantly active for salamander cells to be reprogrammed....


New digital fabrication technique creates interlocking 3D-printed ceramic PolyBricks

June 19, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An innovative system using automated 3D printing technology and advanced digital tools to create customized, prefabricated ceramic building blocks, called PolyBricks, is enabling the construction of mortar-less brick building assemblies at much greater scales than was previously possible....

Seeing the inner workings of the brain made easier by new technique from Stanford

June 19, 2014 2:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Last year Karl Deisseroth, a Stanford professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, announced a new way of peering into a brain – removed from the body – that provided spectacular fly-through views of its inner connections. Since then laboratories around the world have begun using the technique, called CLARITY....

Who's your daddy? UCF team programs computer to find out

June 19, 2014 1:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A University of Central Florida research team has developed a facial recognition tool that promises to be useful in rapidly matching pictures of children with their biological parents and in potentially identifying photos of missing children as they age....

DOE awards $100 million for innovative energy research

June 19, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today announced the awarding of $100 million for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy. The awards announced today are the second round of funding for EFRCs....

New mobile app provides faster, more accurate measurement of respiratory rate

June 19, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new mobile app developed by researchers at the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) at BC Children's Hospital and the University of British Columbia can measure respiratory rate in children roughly six times faster than the standard manual method. According to findings published this month in PLOS One....


One step to solar-cell efficiency

June 19, 2014 1:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Rice University scientists have created a one-step process for producing highly efficient materials that let the maximum amount of sunlight reach a solar cell. The Rice lab of chemist Andrew Barron found a simple way to etch nanoscale spikes into silicon that allows more than 99 percent of sunlight to reach the cells' active elements, where it can be turned into electricity....

BICEP2 researchers publish nuanced account of stunning patterns in the microwave sky

June 19, 2014 1:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Following a thorough peer-review process, the researchers who previously announced the detection of B-mode polarization in a patch of the microwave sky have published their findings today in the journal Physical Review Letters (PDF available at

Study: Controllable optical steady behavior obtainable from nonradiation coherence

June 19, 2014 1:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new proposed scheme, by Wen-Xing Yang, from the Department of Physics, Southeast University, China, and colleagues, analyzed in detail the optical steady behavior in GaAs quantum well structure driven by an elliptically polarized field (EPF) in a unidirectional ring cavity....

Groundbreaking model explains how the brain learns to ignore familiar stimuli

June 19, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A neuroscientist from Trinity College Dublin has proposed a new, ground-breaking explanation for the fundamental process of 'habituation', which has never been completely understood by neuroscientists. Typically, our response to a stimulus is reduced over time if we are repeatedly exposed to it. This process of habituation enables organisms to identify and selectively ignore....

Crime data show iPhone 'kill switch' cuts thefts

June 19, 2014 1:13 pm | by Michael Virtanen - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday. The report by state attorneys general, prosecutors, police and other officials from a year-old initiative called "Secure Our Smartphones" said...


Global flat-panel TV shipments enjoy sound growth in Q1; South Koreans top field

June 19, 2014 10:57 am | by Jusy Hong, Principal Analyst, IHS Technology | Comments

Worldwide shipments of flat-panel televisions rose convincingly in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period last year, a stronger-than-expected showing that puts the industry on firm footing for the year, according to a new report from IHS Technology....


Modeling how neurons work together

June 19, 2014 9:47 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A newly-developed, highly accurate representation of the way in which neurons behave when performing movements such as reaching could not only enhance understanding of the complex dynamics at work in the brain, but aid in the development of robotic limbs which are capable of more complex and natural movements....


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