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Personal touch signature makes mobile devices more secure

April 7, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Passwords, gestures and fingerprint scans are all helpful ways to keep a thief from unlocking and using a cell phone or tablet. Cybersecurity researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have gone a step further. They've developed a new security system....

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Rebar technique strengthens case for graphene

April 7, 2014 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Carbon nanotubes are reinforcing bars that make two-dimensional graphene much easier to handle in a new hybrid material grown by researchers at Rice University. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour set nanotubes into graphene in a way that not only mimics how steel rebar is used....

SEMI reports 2013 global semiconductor materials sales of $43.5 billion

April 7, 2014 1:27 pm | by SEMI | Comments

The global semiconductor materials market decreased 3 percent in 2013 compared to 2012 while worldwide semiconductor revenues increased 5 percent. Revenues of $43.5 mark the second consecutive year of contraction for the semiconductor materials market....

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Germany investigates large-scale password theft

April 7, 2014 1:26 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

German authorities are investigating the suspected theft of passwords for some 18 million email addresses. Interior Ministry spokesman Harald Neymanns said Friday an analysis by Germany's Internet security agency determined that about 3 million of the affected addresses were German....

Why Google’s modular smartphone might actually succeed

April 7, 2014 12:12 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Google believes open hardware innovation could help it find industries and markets for its software and services.In a two-story building in an industrial district of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ara Knaian shows off prototypes of what could be the industry’s first completely modular smartphone....

Pieces fall in place for big Tetris game in Philly

April 7, 2014 9:26 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press | Comments

Sam Robinson said it's been about 15 years since he last played the videogame Tetris on a Game Boy. On Saturday night, he played it on the side of a skyscraper. Robinson, 30, was among the hundreds of Tetris fans who had a little fun Saturday....

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Tiny wireless sensing device alerts users to telltale vapors remotely

April 7, 2014 9:18 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

April 3, 2014 Atlanta, GA A research team at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has developed a small electronic sensing device that can alert users wirelessly to the presence of chemical vapors in the atmosphere. The technology, which could be manufactured using familiar aerosol-jet...

'Game of Thrones' in epic piracy battle

April 7, 2014 9:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

Television's most ambitious show ever, "Game of Thrones," returned to the small screen this week and with it, no doubt, millions who will be looking to illegally download the latest episode from file sharing sites across the world. Besides the...

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Photos of the Day: The Pentagon's secret orbital spacecraft

April 7, 2014 8:48 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

In December 2012, the Pentagon, in conjunction with NASA and Boeing, launched the X-37B unmanned spacecraft into orbit, where it remained for more than a year – 469 days, to be exact – breaking its own longevity record. The spacecraft, measuring over 29 feet in length, is designed to be reusable....

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Why we can’t just adapt to climate change

April 7, 2014 8:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

The difficulty of predicting local effects of climate change makes a compelling case for preventing it. This week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a major report focused on what actions might or could be taken to adapt to climate change....

Self-assembled silver superlattices create molecular machines with hydrogen-bond “hinges” and moving “gears”

April 6, 2014 11:13 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

A combined computational and experimental study of self-assembled silver-based structures known as superlattices has revealed an unusual and unexpected behavior: arrays of gear-like molecular-scale machines that rotate in unison when pressure is applied to them....

What can you do after Windows XP loses support?

April 5, 2014 12:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

After Tuesday, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance or automatic updates that help protect your computer that runs Windows XP. You will still be able to run your computer on the Internet, but it will be less secure. Windows...

Salty sea beneath Saturn moon signals possible life beyond Earth

April 4, 2014 8:10 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

"Follow the water." That has been the watch-phrase and standing order of stargazers, including astrophysicists and astrobiologists, for decades as they search for life beyond Earth. That's because liquid water is considered the key ingredient and essential elixir for all...

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5-year-old hacks Xbox One security flaw, adorableness ensues

April 4, 2014 7:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

Hell hacks no fury like a 5-year-old who is denied his "M for Mature" games on the Xbox One because of password protection. And so little Kristoffer Von Hassel, a 5-year-old from a beachfront neighborhood of San Diego, successfully hacked...

A way to make stretchable medical electronics practical

April 4, 2014 2:40 pm | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

The latest stretchable electronics need to make a faster transition to patients, and this new work could help.Stretchable electronics have been in development for years. For example, prototype skin patches with coiled wiring and flexible sensors are fast advancing to do things like sense...

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