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Synthetic biology is key for long-term manned space missions

November 6, 2014 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Does synthetic biology hold the key to manned space exploration of Mars and the Moon? Berkeley Lab researchers have used synthetic biology to produce an inexpensive and reliable microbial-based alternative to the world's most effective ...

Virgin Galactic looks to resume tests in 2015

November 6, 2014 1:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO says....

Cybersecurity firm IDs new Apple-targeting malware

November 6, 2014 12:52 pm | by TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer | Comments

Palo Alto Networks has discovered a new form of malware that may have affected hundreds of thousands of Apple mobile device users, largely in China. The cybersecurity provider has named the malware WireLurker and said it monitors devices connected....

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Photos of the Day: The "ambulance drone"

November 6, 2014 9:38 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

When we think of drones, we’ve come to expect either soulless killing machines, toys for hobbyists, or an invasion of our privacy. We’ve never thought of them as live-saving miracle workers, but that’s exactly what a Dutch-based student unveiled last week....

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New research looks at how information on the Internet can be manipulated

November 5, 2014 5:53 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

With the tight gubernatorial race in Illinois, voters were being bombarded with TV ads, yard signs, and robo calls. But what if candidates could use their campaign dollars to subtlety influence your vote on social media? It might be as simple as paying....

Review: Adapting to new Google email is a chore

November 5, 2014 5:03 pm | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | Comments

My first reactions to Google's new email app, Inbox, boiled down to one part frustration, one part irritation. It's meant to make your life easier, but it's more complicated to use than Google's Gmail app. With Inbox, you keep your Gmail email address....

Next for DARPA: 'Autocomplete' for programmers

November 5, 2014 4:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Writing computer programs could become as easy as searching the Internet. A Rice University-led team of software experts has launched an $11 million effort to create a sophisticated tool called PLINY that will both "autocomplete" and "autocorrect" code....

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Powerful imaging for point-of-care diagnostics

November 5, 2014 3:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new handheld probe developed by a team of university and industry researchers in the Netherlands and France could give doctors powerful new imaging capabilities right in the palms of their hands. The imaging system, which is described....

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Measuring nano-vibrations

November 5, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a recent paper published in Nature Nanotechnology, Joel Moser and ICFO colleagues of the NanoOptoMechanics research group led by Prof. Adrian Bachtold, together with Marc Dykman (Michigan University), report on an experiment in which ...

Bacteria pump out higher quantity of renewable gasoline

November 5, 2014 3:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team of bioengineers has boosted the ability of bacteria to produce isopentenol, a compound with desirable gasoline properties. The finding, published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology ...

UT Arlington professor honored by fellow physicists

November 5, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Texas at Arlington Physics Professor Suresh Sharma has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Section of the American Physical Society. The award, given at the Texas group's October meeting at Texas A&M University ...

Researchers hit milestone in accelerating particles with plasma

November 5, 2014 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California, Los Angeles have shown that a promising technique for accelerating electrons on waves of plasma is efficient enough to power ...

Polymers that can transport electrons as efficiently as crystalline inorganic semiconductors

November 5, 2014 1:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have identified a class of low-cost, easily-processed semiconducting polymers which, despite their seemingly disorganised internal structure, can transport electrons as efficiently as expensive crystalline....

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Uranium-extracting technology for seawater earns research award for grad student

November 5, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have long known that seawater contains small concentrations of valuable metals, but a technologically feasible extraction method has remained elusive. The University of Chicago's Carter Abney, a graduate student in chemistry, has been ...

The digital therapist

November 5, 2014 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine this scenario: You've been feeling persistently blue lately, so you pull out your phone. Instead of asking Siri to tell you a joke, though, you open an app that records you simply talking about your day. A few hours later, your therapist sends ...

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