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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...

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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Turkish court overturns Twitter ban

April 4, 2014 2:40 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

Just two weeks after Turkey's controversial banning of Twitter, the nation's Constitutional Court has overturned the ruling. The move to ban Twitter was originally taken after the government took umbrage to allegations of corruption that included voice recordings that apparently...

Piecing together a time capsule to Mars

April 4, 2014 2:39 pm | by Duke University | Comments

  Growing up, Emily Briere didn’t have an adequate outlet to pour her enthusiasm for space exploration into. That’s a problem she intends to fix for the generation growing up behind her. “I am currently one of the leaders of a space endeavor that we believe could refocus the space race....

Photos of the Day — BAT: The Buoyant Airborne Turbine

April 4, 2014 2:27 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Altaeros Buoyant Airborne Turbine (BAT) integrates a shell, turbine, tethers, and a ground station to combine aerospace and wind turbine technology and solve many of the problems associated with wind energy. Floating at a height of 1,000 feet...

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Suspected NKorean drones crude, reflect new threat

April 4, 2014 3:09 am | by Hyung-jin Kim - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

South Korean experts say two small drones believed to have been flown across the border by the North amid rising military tensions were crude and decidedly low-tech — equipped with cameras available on the Internet for hundreds of dollars — but underscore a potential new threat that must be taken...

Cheaper joints and digits bring the robot revolution closer

April 4, 2014 1:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Efforts to build robot hands and humanoids more cheaply could make them affordable enough for businesses and even homes.The Atlas humanoid robot, unveiled last year by Boston Dynamics, a company later acquired by Google, is a marvel. It can clamber over rubble and operate power tools....

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Dirty secrets of the new Facebook news feed and how to solve them

April 3, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

You've probably heard that Facebook has changed the algorithm of what shows up in your news feed but you don't know exactly how. That's because Facebook isn't telling you exactly how. The Facebook news feed algorithm, the complicated formula that...

All new cars to have backup cameras by 2018

April 3, 2014 10:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

Cameras are coming to your new car. According to new guidelines published Monday, the government is requiring all new cars to come equipped with rear visibility technology by 2018. The ruling comes from the United States Department of Transportation's National...

Scientists say new computer model amounts to a lot more than a hill of beans

April 3, 2014 4:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Crops that produce more while using less water seem like a dream for a world with a burgeoning population and already strained food and water resources. This dream is coming closer to reality for University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers who have developed a new computer model....

Ouch! Computer system spots fake expressions of pain better than people

April 3, 2014 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A joint study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, the University at Buffalo, and the University of Toronto has found that a computer–vision system can distinguish between real or faked expressions of pain more accurately than can humans....

New data show the immediate value of scientific research

April 3, 2014 4:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University research is a key component of the US economic ecosystem, returning the investment through enormous public value and impact on employment, business, and manufacturing nationwide. Using new data available to examine the short-term economic activity generated by science funding...

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Gravity measurements confirm subsurface ocean on Enceladus

April 3, 2014 4:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent pictures back to Earth depicting an icy Saturnian moon spewing water vapor and ice from fractures, known as "tiger stripes," in its frozen surface. It was big news that tiny Enceladus—a mere 500 kilometers in diameter—was such an active place...

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'Unzipping' poplars' biofuel potential

April 3, 2014 4:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What began 20 years ago as an innovation to improve paper industry processes and dairy forage digestibility may now open the door to a much more energy- and cost-efficient way to convert biomass into fuel. The research, which appears in the current issue of Science, focuses on enhancing poplar trees....

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