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President Obama wants to switch to an Android phone

March 21, 2014 11:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

When Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, he insisted on keeping his BlackBerry even though White House policy did not allow the commander-in-chief to use a smartphone. "They're going to pry it out of my hands," he said at the time....

Successful development of a high-temperature superconducting magnet for next-generation flywheels

March 21, 2014 3:54 pm | Comments

The Railway Technical Research Institute (hereinafter called "RTRI") and Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (hereinafter called "Furukawa Electric") have been the first in the world to succeed at the development of a high-temperature superconducting magnet for large flywheels....

Tracking urban change and flood risk with Landsat

March 21, 2014 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Landsat data, which can identify areas of urbanization, are used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a key indicator of sites where the agency should further investigate the potential for flooding. Landsat images help track urban change, a factor that can impact a community’s flood risk. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, uses these images to help identify where they should launch a new flood study.

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Gene silencing instructions acquired through 'molecular memory' tags on chromatin

March 21, 2014 3:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists unlocked one of the mysteries of modern genetics: how acquired traits can be passed between generations in a process called epigenetic inheritance. The new work finds that cells don't know to silence some genes based on information hardwired into their DNA sequences....

Box-shaped pressure vessel for LNG developed by KAIST research team

March 21, 2014 3:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Korean researchers successfully showcased the installation and operation of a box-shaped, high-pressure tank for the storage of liquefied natural gas in Pohang, Republic of Korea. The development was the first of its kind in the world. Pressure vessels have many applications....

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Interpreting neuroimages: The technology and its limits

March 21, 2014 2:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Neuroimages play a growing role in biomedical research, medicine, and courtrooms, as well as in shaping our understanding of what it means to be human. But how helpful are they at answering complex questions such as: What is depression? Is a defendant lying? Do we have free will? These are among the topics explored....

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Making synthetic diamond crystals in a plasma reactor

March 21, 2014 2:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Synthetic diamond crystals are of interest to many industrial sectors. Their unique properties make them a suitable material for numerous applications including lenses for high-energy laser optics, X-ray radiation detectors and ophthalmological scalpels....

A net neutrality riddle

March 21, 2014 2:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

If Netflix has to pay tribute to Comcast, then shouldn’t Comcast pay tribute to cloud storage firms?Here’s an interesting way to look at the often-abstract topic of “net neutrality.”  Let’s say you are an online storage vault like Carbonite or Dropbox, which has 200 million users....

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Virtual conferencing effective weight management intervention

March 21, 2014 1:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A weight management intervention delivered virtually via video conferencing helped participants lose weight, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Epidemiology & Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity & Metabolism Scientific Sessions 2014....

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Photos of the Day: The Hydra underwater drone

March 21, 2014 1:47 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Navy, in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), plans to deploy the Hydra underwater drone, an underwater “truck”. Hydra will be used to deploy mini drones like Raytheon’s 6 lb. Switchblade drone, for example....

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Rapid materials testing in 3D

March 21, 2014 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ultrasound is a proven technology in components testing, but until now evaluating the data has always been quite a time-consuming process. At the Hannover Messe from April 7-11, Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting their optimized ultrasonic testing solution....

Oregon physicists use geometry to understand 'jamming' process

March 21, 2014 1:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicits using a supercomputer have captured fundamental insights about what happens when objects moving freely jam to a standstill. Their approach captures jamming -- objects come together too tightly to move -- by identifying geometric signatures....

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Engineering Live: The Internet of Things

March 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer a buzzword used to sell trinkets with a simplistic app. Okay, it may still sell connected toothbrushes that record your brushing habits into a “health dashboard,” but in the next five years the IoT will impact every aspect of our lives....

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New infrared technique aims to remotely detect dangerous materials

March 21, 2014 12:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For most people, infrared technology calls to mind soldiers with night-vision goggles or energy audits that identify where heat escapes from homes during the winter season. But for two Brigham Young University professors, infrared holds the potential to spot from afar whether a site is being used to make nuclear weapons. 

Dramatic new portrait helps define Milky Way's shape, contents

March 21, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using more than 2 million images collected by NASA's orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of Wisconsin scientists has stitched together a dramatic 360 degree portrait of the Milky Way, providing new details of our galaxy's structure and contents.

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