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Computer malfunctions in the ISS and NASA astronauts have to undertake a spacewalk

April 13, 2014 1:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

A backup computer installed on the external side of the orbiting lab is not responding to commands at the International Space Station (ISS) and there are possibilities that its rectification would need the astronauts to take a spacewalk. This computer...

NSA reportedly used Heartbleed bug to spy; NSA and White House deny

April 12, 2014 4:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

The National Security Agency knew for at least two years about the massive Web security flaw Heartbleed and used it to gather critical intelligence, unidentified sources told Bloomberg Friday. This has, however, been denied by the White House and NSA....

Once-soaring tech stocks sink in sobering comedown

April 11, 2014 4:10 pm | by Barbara Ortutay - AP Technology Writers - Associated Press | Comments

The stock market's laws of gravity are inflicting pain on its highest fliers. Just look at the list of technology trailblazers whose values have plummeted from record highs during the past few weeks. Investors have re-focused on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples...

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Increased time on Facebook could lead women to negative body images

April 11, 2014 2:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The mediated version of what women should look like has always been under scrutiny, particularly looking at actresses and fashion models. But what about body image from social networks and friends? A recent study by researchers in the United Kingdom and United States...

China looks to science and technology to fuel its economy

April 11, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Maintaining stability in the face of rapid change and growth, and proactively partaking in cooperative global ties in science and technology fields will be key in helping China become an innovation-based economy, according to Denis Simon, vice provost for International Strategic Initiatives at Arizona State University....

Sunlight generates hydrogen in new porous silicon

April 11, 2014 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Porous silicon manufactured in a bottom up procedure using solar energy can be used to generate hydrogen from water, according to a team of Penn State mechanical engineers, who also see applications for batteries, biosensors and optical electronics as outlets for this new material....

Infographic: The impact of electrical engineering on 21st century innovation

April 11, 2014 2:41 pm | Comments

Check out this informative infographic that tracks the impact of electrical engineering on 21st century innovation. Starting back in the 1830s, when a telegraph used electric currents to communicate a message for the first time to iPhones and everything in between, the infographic relays a ton of useful information....

Industrial electronics chip market rebounds, invigorated by resurgent activity

April 11, 2014 1:19 pm | Comments

Powered by the freshly fueled gears of reviving economies, the global market for semiconductors used in industrial electronics applications overcame a serious fall in 2012 and roared back to life last year, boding well for an even more energetic 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology....

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Scientists gain new insight into mysterious electronic phenomenon

April 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Thanks to a new Argonne study, researchers have identified and solved at least one paradox in the behavior of high-temperature superconductors. The riddle involves a phenomenon called the “pseudogap,” a region of energy levels in which relatively few electrons are allowed to exist.

Researchers bolster development of programmable quantum computers

April 11, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Chicago researchers and their colleagues at University College London have performed a proof-of-concept experiment that will aid the future development of programmable quantum computers. Many complex problems are difficult and slow to solve using conventional computers....

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New research on gigabit wireless communications

April 11, 2014 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research on gigabit wireless communications has been presented by researchers from the University of Bristol at the world's leading wireless communications and networking conference, IEEE WCNC 2014, in Turkey earlier this week [Monday 6 to Wednesday 9 April]....

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Thermoelectric generator on glass fabric for wearable electronic devices

April 11, 2014 12:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Wearable computers or devices have been hailed as the next generation of mobile electronic gadgets, from smart watches to smart glasses to smart pacemakers. For electronics to be worn by a user, they must be light, flexible, and equipped with a power source, which could be a portable, long-lasting battery....

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Finding the target: How timing is critical in establishing an olfactory wiring map

April 11, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The human nose expresses nearly 400 odorant receptors, which allow us to distinguish a large number of scents. In mice the number of odor receptors is closer to 1000. Each olfactory neuron displays only a single type of receptor and all neurons with the same receptors are connected to the same spot....

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Antennae help flies 'cruise' in gusty winds

April 11, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Due to its well-studied genome and small size, the humble fruit fly has been used as a model to study hundreds of human health issues ranging from Alzheimer's to obesity. However, Michael Dickinson, Esther M. and Abe M. Zarem Professor of Bioengineering at Caltech, is more interested in the flies themselves....

Appearance of night-shining clouds has increased

April 11, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

First spotted in 1885, silvery blue clouds sometimes hover in the night sky near the poles, appearing to give off their own glowing light. Known as noctilucent clouds, this phenomenon began to be sighted at lower and lower latitudes -- between the 40th and 50th parallel....

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