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Tech summit addresses industry's lack of diversity

December 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 — finding ways to ...

Light-based technology tracks oxygen levels underwater

December 10, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Swimmers looking to monitor and improve technique and patients striving to heal injured muscles now have a new light-based tool to help reach their goals. A research article by scientists at the University of Essex in Colchester and Artinis Medical Systems published ...

Disney uses multiple photos to estimate lighting conditions of outdoor scenes

December 10, 2014 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Techniques now used to reconstruct 3D models based on multiple photos of a building, object or scene can also be leveraged to automatically estimate illumination conditions depicted in a collection of photographs, scientists at Disney Research and ...

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Examining energies at work in a closed flexible loop

December 10, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research published in the Proceedings of The Royal Society A by members of the Mathematical Soft Matter Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University examines the energies at work in a closed flexible loop spanned ...

Technology for aircraft manufacture that pollutes less

December 10, 2014 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Cutting the environmental costs of aero engine parts manufacturing, increasing freedom in their design and reducing fuel consumption and contaminating gas emissions are some of the benefits resulting from applying modern additive manufacturing techniques ...

Medical Internet searches can predict volume of ER visits

December 10, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The correlation between Internet searches on a regional medical website and next-day visits to regional emergency departments was "significant," suggesting that Internet data may be used in the future to predict the level of demand at emergency departments. The first study ...

We are in danger of losing control of our technology and our lives

December 10, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Future technology will be more intelligent and more living than most people can imagine today. We need clear guidelines on how to implement and use technology, or else citizens will lose their rights to their identity and their life. This is the prediction by ...

Theory details how 'hot' monomers affect thin-film formation

December 10, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Like a baseball player sliding into third, a hot monomer skids in a straight line along a cold surface until it's safely among its fellow molecules. This is not what usually happens when scientists assemble monomers to make thin films for next-generation ...

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'Smart windows' can keep heat out and save energy

December 10, 2014 11:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Windows allow brilliant natural light to stream into homes and buildings. Along with light comes heat that, in warm weather, we often counter with energy-consuming air conditioning. Now scientists are developing a new kind of "smart window" that can ...

Link between power lines and ill-health called into question

December 10, 2014 10:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Several past studies have suggested that the magnetic fields created by phones, high-voltage power lines and other electrical equipment are harmful for humans. Research first carried out in the 1970's and again subsequently, found an association between ...

Saving old information can boost memory for new information

December 10, 2014 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The simple act of saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science....

Defects are perfect in laser-induced graphene

December 10, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Rice University have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser. The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the need for hot furnaces and ...

Amazon introduces 'make an offer' service

December 10, 2014 9:16 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon wants you to make an offer sellers won't want to refuse. For the first time, the largest U.S. online retailer is letting some third-party sellers offer an option where interested buyers can make an offer on an item lower than the listed price....

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Top 10 topics on Facebook in 2014

December 10, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

What's popular? Facebook has a good gauge based on what people type into the box that says, "What's on your mind?" On Tuesday, the company released top 10 lists for 2014, based on the number of posts, comments, likes, photos and videos shared....

Sweden targets Pirate Bay again after complaint

December 10, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Swedish police have raided a server room in Stockholm in an action targeting the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. Police spokesman Paul Pinder said Wednesday the raid took place after Rights Alliance, a Swedish Internet anti-piracy group ...

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