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Shrink-wrapping spacesuits

September 19, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For future astronauts, the process of suiting up may go something like this: Instead of climbing into a conventional, bulky, gas-pressurized suit, an astronaut may don a lightweight, stretchy garment, lined with tiny, musclelike coils....

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Graphene sensor tracks down cancer biomarkers

September 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An ultrasensitive biosensor made from the wonder material graphene has been used to detect molecules that indicate an increased risk of developing cancer. The biosensor has been shown to be more than five times more sensitive than bioassay tests....

Apple locks itself out of devices with passwords

September 19, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad in a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices....

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Sensing neuronal activity with light

September 19, 2014 10:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action—from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in a whole organism. To get this complete picture....

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Type N thermocouple wire features desirable repeatability and resistance to oxidation

September 19, 2014 10:22 am | Comments

Watlow announced it offers “N” Type thermocouple wire, which is said to provide superior repeatability and resistance to oxidation than “K” Type wire at high temperatures (1500°F and above) or in applications where sulfur is present. Watlow's Type N thermocouple wire ...

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Trial begins for MRI-compatible robot designed to improve accuracy of prostate biopsies

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A novel robotic system that can operate inside the bore of an MRI scanner is currently being tested as part of a biomedical research partnership program at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston with the aim of determining if the robot....

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Researchers develop unique waste cleanup for rural areas

September 19, 2014 10:14 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a unique method to use microbes buried in pond sediment to power waste cleanup in rural areas. The first microbe-powered, self-sustaining wastewater treatment system could lead to an inexpensive....

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Hurricane Edouard right environment for drone test

September 19, 2014 9:49 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press | Comments

Hurricane Edouard was the perfect environment to test new data-collecting drones because the storm was strong, had a well-defined eye and never threatened land, U.S. government scientists said Thursday. Four drones called Coyotes ...

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Facebook CEO wants more students to explore tech

September 19, 2014 9:47 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press | Comments

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies - and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company. Zuckerberg told students Thursday at Redwood City's Sequoia High School....

Review: Larger iPhones eliminate reason to switch

September 19, 2014 9:43 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It's easy to dismiss Apple's new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google's Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting....

Video games could dramatically streamline educational research

September 19, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"Seeking educational curriculum researchers. Humans need not apply." A Washington State University professor has figured out a dramatically easier and more cost-effective way to do research on science curriculum in the classroom – and it....

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Toward optical chips

September 19, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Chips that use light, rather than electricity, to move data would consume much less power — and energy efficiency is a growing concern as chips' transistor counts rise. Of the three chief components of optical circuits — light emitters, modulators....

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Upgrade to iOS 8 now or wait?

September 18, 2014 2:07 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple's iOS 8 software update for iPhones and iPads is worth getting - but not necessarily right away. Those with an older device, such as an iPhone 4s or an iPad 2, might want to wait to see whether others have difficulties using iOS 8 with slower processors....

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Senate: China hacked military contractor networks

September 18, 2014 2:02 pm | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | Comments

China's military hacked into computer networks of civilian transportation companies hired by the Pentagon at least nine times, breaking into computers aboard a commercial ship, targeting logistics companies and uploading malicious software....

Doing science just got cheaper -- and faster

September 18, 2014 1:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Furnishing a research lab can be pretty expensive. Now a team led by an engineer at Michigan Technological University has published an open-source library of designs that will let scientists slash the cost of one commonly used piece of equipment....

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