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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.


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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)...


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...


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...


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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