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Silent flights: How owls could help make wind turbines and planes quieter

June 22, 2015 9:55 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

An investigation into how owls fly and hunt in silence has enabled researchers to develop a prototype coating for wind turbine blades that could significantly reduce the amount of noise they make.

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Iowa State engineers develop micro-tentacles so tiny robots can handle delicate objects

June 22, 2015 9:54 am | by Iowa State University | Comments

The tiny tube circled an ant's thorax, gently trapping the insect and demonstrating the utility of a microrobotic tentacle developed by Iowa State University engineers....

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Superslippery islands (but then they get stuck)

June 22, 2015 9:52 am | by International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) | Comments

(Nano)islands that slide freely on a sea of copper, but when they become too large (and too dense) they end up getting stuck: that nicely sums up the system investigated in a study...

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Soft core, hard shell -- the latest in nanotechnology

June 22, 2015 9:50 am | by Helmholtz Zentrum München - German Research Center for Environmental Health | Comments

Nanoparticles are the smallest particles capable of reaching virtually all parts of the body. Researchers use various approaches to test ways in which nanoparticles could be used in medicine - for instance, to deliver substances to a specific site in the body such as a tumor. For this purpose, nanoparticles are generally coated with...

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Lasers, magnetism allow glimpses of the human brain at work

June 22, 2015 9:47 am | by MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer | Comments

To the untrained eye, the graph looked like a very volatile day on Wall Street - jagged peaks and valleys in red, blue and green, displayed on a wall. But the story it told was not about economics. It was a glimpse into the brains of Shaul Yahil and Shaw Bronner...

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Telescope backers to resume construction on Hawaii Island

June 22, 2015 9:43 am | by DAN JOLING Associated Press | Comments

The construction of a $1.4 billion telescope on land considered sacred by some Native Hawaiians will resume Wednesday, according to the nonprofit company behind the project...

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Cybertheft adds to US-China tensions ahead of upcoming talks

June 22, 2015 9:31 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press | Comments

Tensions between the U.S. and China are growing over its island-building in the South China Sea and over suspicions that Beijing was behind a massive hack into a federal government server that resulted in the theft of personnel and security clearance records of 14 million employees and contractors....

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Polish airline cancels flights after hacker attack

June 22, 2015 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Poland's LOT airline has been forced to cancel around 10 foreign and domestic flights after hackers attacked its computers. Airline spokesman Adrian Kubicki said the hacker attack temporarily paralyzed...

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Instagram users in N. Korea warned site put on blacklist

June 22, 2015 9:27 am | by ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press | Comments

Warnings are appearing on Instagram accounts in North Korea that say access to the popular photo-sharing app is being denied and that the site is blacklisted for harmful content. Opening the app with mobile devices on the North Korean carrier Koryolink has resulted in...

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Engineer develops real-time listeria biosensor prototype

June 19, 2015 2:33 pm | by Texas A&M AgriLife Communications | Comments

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer and a Florida colleague have developed a biosensor that can detect listeria bacterial contamination within two or three minutes...

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Here are some ways you can soon pay with your phone

June 19, 2015 2:29 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Big tech companies are competing to help you pay for a store purchase with your phone. Here are some options...

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Supercomputers surprisingly link DNA crosses to cancer

June 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center | Comments

Supercomputers have helped scientists find a surprising link between cross-shaped (or cruciform) pieces of DNA and human cancer, according to a study at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin)...

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Hits at Paris Air Show: Vertical lift-off, tiny satellites

June 19, 2015 12:05 pm | by Maggy Donaldson, Associated Press | Comments

Some of the coolest experimental technology showcased at this week's Paris Air Show is about thinking small - though it's easy to get distracted by the huge aircraft performing overhead, from thundering fighter jets to the surprising near-vertical liftoff of a Boeing passenger jet...

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First solar cell made of highly ordered molecular frameworks

June 19, 2015 11:58 am | by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) | Comments

"We have opened the door to a new room," says Professor Christof Wöll, Director of KIT Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG). "This new application of metal-organic framework compounds is the beginning only...

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Academic calls for laws to address intrusive potential of face recognition technologies

June 19, 2015 11:29 am | by Oxford University Press | Comments

A telecommunications law academic in Australia has recommended for laws to be enacted criminalizing the application of face recognition technology to visual images online that enable the identity of a person or people to be ascertained without their consent...

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