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Facebook says it was hacked, no data compromised

February 15, 2013 6:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Facebook Inc. says it was the target of hackers but no user information was compromised during the attack. The social media giant said Friday on its security blog that the company discovered in January that its system had been targeted in a sophisticated attack. A handful of the company's...

Nano-machines for 'bionic proteins'

February 15, 2013 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists of the University of Vienna together with researchers from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna developed nano-machines which recreate principal activities of proteins. They present the first versatile and modular example of a fully artificial protein-mimetic model system, thanks to the Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC)....

Rutgers physicists test highly flexible organic semiconductors

February 15, 2013 2:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Organic semiconductors hold promise for making low-cost flexible electronics – conceivably video displays that bend like book pages or roll and unroll like posters, or wearable circuitry sewn into uniforms or athletic wear. Researchers have demonstrated the ability to "print" transistors made of organic crystals on flexible plastic sheets....


Extreme winters impact fish negatively

February 15, 2013 2:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ecologists from Umeå University and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim have studied fish communities and fish habitat and reviewed the importance of winter conditions for fish in streams and rivers in cold regions. The findings are now being published in the journal BioScience.

Cyber attacks against media on the rise, rights group says

February 15, 2013 2:03 pm | Comments

Cyber attacks against journalists and media organizations around the world have increased over the past few years as criminal hackers provide a cheap and easy way of censoring the press, a media rights group said on Thursday.

Combining quantum information communication and storage

February 15, 2013 12:26 pm | by Aalto University | Comments

Aalto University from the O.V. Lounasmaa Laboratory and the Department of Applied Physics have successfully connected a superconducting quantum bit, or qubit, with a micrometer-sized drum head. Thus they transferred information from the qubit to the resonator and back again.

Playing quantum tricks with measurements

February 15, 2013 12:12 pm | by University of Innsbruck | Comments

A team of physicists at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, performed an experiment that seems to contradict the foundations of quantum theory – at first glance. The team led by Rainer Blatt reversed a quantum measurement in a prototype quantum information processor.

Quantum cryptography put to work for electric grid security

February 15, 2013 11:40 am | by Los Alamos National Laboratory | Comments

Recently a LANL quantum cryptography team successfully completed the first-ever demonstration of securing control data for electric grids using quantum cryptography. The demonstration was performed in the electric grid test bed that is part of the Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid project at the University of Illinois.


Show captures the ‘horrors’ (and ‘joys’) of medical school

February 15, 2013 11:34 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

A zombie-themed television series was the inspiration for this year’s Second Year Show, titled “The Walking Med,” which will be staged on Friday, Feb. 22, by the Yale School of Medicine’s Class of 2015....


Breakthrough architecture for quantum computers

February 15, 2013 11:30 am | by University of Waterloo | Comments

A team of researchers at the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing has proposed a new computational model that may become the architecture for a scalable quantum computer. In a paper to be published in the journal Science this week, the research team of IQC...

TEPCO launches tender for thermal power despite call for postponement

February 15, 2013 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. launched a tender Friday to choose new suppliers of electricity generated by coal-fired thermal plants, despite a call by the government to postpone it due to concerns about global warming.


Kansai Electric, Sumitomo to acquire thermal power plant in Australia

February 15, 2013 11:12 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Kansai Electric Power Co. and trading house Sumitomo Corp. said Friday they will jointly acquire a coal-fired power plant in Australia to participate in power business in the country. The Japanese firms will buy all shares of the Bluewaters power stations with a total output of 416,000 kilowatts...


Creating, rather than capturing, rare birds

February 15, 2013 9:43 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

Buffett's firm discloses stakes in ADM, Verisign

February 14, 2013 7:46 pm | by JOSH FUNK - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Warren Buffett's company disclosed new investments in the Archer Daniels Midland Co. and Verisign Inc. on Thursday as part of a busy quarter. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed the update on its U.S. stock portfolio as of the end of 2012 with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. ...

Money market fund assets fell to $2.679 trillion

February 14, 2013 5:58 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Total U.S. money market mutual fund assets fell $12.32 billion to $2.679 trillion for the week that ended Wednesday, according to the Investment Company Institute. Assets of the nation's retail money market mutual funds fell $4.89 billion to $911.05 billion, the Washington-based mutual fund trade...


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