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Laser device may end pin pricks, improve quality of life for diabetics

August 21, 2014 4:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood....

ORNL scientists uncover clues to role of magnetism in iron-based superconductors

August 21, 2014 4:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New measurements of atomic-scale magnetic behavior in iron-based superconductors by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Vanderbilt University are challenging conventional wisdom about superconductivity and magnetism....

The "Five Ws" of the Internet of Things

August 21, 2014 1:23 pm | by Mark Walters, Chairman, Z-Wave Alliance | Blogs | Comments

Technology acronyms have a way of propagating like digital mosquitoes, and many of them live just about as long. An exception is the IoT, or Internet of Things, which has the loudest buzz these days. What exactly is the IoT and what is it good for?

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Delivery by drone

August 21, 2014 11:45 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In the near future, the package that you ordered online may be deposited at your doorstep by a drone: Last December, online retailer Amazon announced plans to explore drone-based delivery, suggesting that fleets of flying robots might serve as autonomous messengers that shuttle packages to customers within 30 minutes of an order....

Water window imaging opportunity

August 21, 2014 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ever heard of the water window? It consists of radiations in the 3.3 to 4.4 nanometre range, which are not absorbed by the water in biological tissues. New theoretical findings show that it is possible to develop coherent radiations within the water window....

800 meters beneath Antarctic ice sheet, subglacial lake holds viable microbial ecosystems

August 21, 2014 11:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and planets elsewhere in the solar system, LSU Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Brent Christner and fellow researchers funded by the National Science Foundation, or NSF, this week published a paper confirming that the waters and sediments of a lake that lies 800 meters....

Experts: 90% of medical records are vulnerable to hackers

August 21, 2014 10:47 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Many tech-savvy people take major precautions to guard themselves against hackers by encrypting their personal data and protecting their Wi-Fi at home. Sadly, hospitals and clinics haven’t taken those same precautions and are under attack by data breaches and hacking. They are being hit harder than any other industry, even more than the banking and military industries combined....

For secure software: X-rays instead of passport control

August 21, 2014 10:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Trust is good, control is better. This also applies to the security of computer programs. Instead of trusting "identification documents" in the form of certificates, JOANA, the new software analysis tool, examines the source text (code) of a program....

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Water and sunlight the formula for sustainable fuel

August 21, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An Australian National University (ANU) team has successfully replicated one of the crucial steps in photosynthesis, opening the way for biological systems powered by sunlight which could manufacture hydrogen as a fuel. "Water is abundant and so is sunlight. It is an exciting prospect to use them to create hydrogen, and do it cheaply and safely," said Dr Kastoori Hingorani....

Satellite eyes a big influence on Tropical Storm Karina

August 21, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center noted that Tropical Storm Karina's next move is based on its interaction with Tropical Storm Lowell. Lowell is positioned to the east of Tropical Storm Karina in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Karina is still well over 1,000 miles away from Hawaii and has become almost stationary as the mammoth Tropical Storm Lowell creeps closer to it....

Imaging study reveals white-matter deficits in users of codeine-containing cough syrups

August 21, 2014 8:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An imaging study of chronic users of codeine-containing cough syrups (CCS) has found deficits in specific regions of brain white matter and associates these changes with increased impulsivity in CCS users. Researchers used diffusuion tensor imaging (DTI) (an MR imaging technique), coupled with fractional anisotropy, to investigate the white matter integrity of chronic CCS users....

Worker bees 'know' when to invest in their reproductive future

August 20, 2014 10:32 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When a colony of honeybees grows to about 4,000 members, it triggers an important first stage in its reproductive cycle: the building of a special type of comb used for rearing male reproductive, called drones. A team of experts from the Department of Neurobiology and Behaviour at Cornell University, led by Michael Smith, studied what starts the reproductive cycle of honeybee colonies....

Wide input DC/DC regulators target smart grid and industrial applications

August 20, 2014 10:08 am | Renesas Technology America, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics America (Santa Clara, CA) announced 16-V input capable synchronous buck regulators that deliver up to   continuous current to loads at voltages as low as 0.8 V. The new power supply ICs are appropriate for ...

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New framework would facilitate use of new Android security modules

August 20, 2014 9:51 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Computer security researchers from North Carolina State University and Technische Universität Darmstadt/CASED in Germany have developed a modification to the core Android operating system that allows developers and users to plug in new security enhancements....

Research paves way for development of cyborg moth 'biobots'

August 20, 2014 9:47 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed methods for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals moths use to control those muscles. The work opens the door to the development of remotely-controlled moths, or "biobots," for use in emergency response....

Review of clinical treatment of bronchiolitis in infants reveals over-reliance on one test

August 20, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An editorial published in this week's JAMA highlights the importance of physicians using all available clinical assessment tools when considering how to treat patients. Written by Robert Vinci, MD, chief of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center and chair of pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine....

1U rackmount I/O server delivers solid-state reliability

August 19, 2014 9:19 am | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) announces the Relio R4 industrial computer designed for applications requiring flexible I/O configurations in a compact 1U rackmount design. Based on COM Express architecture, the system offers high reliability, scalable processing ...

Crystal comes in ultra-miniature size

August 18, 2014 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Corporation announced the smallest member of its quartz crystal products, Model 402. The product is housed in a 2.0-mm x 1.6-mm seam sealed ceramic four-pad surface mount package – providing …

Cloud-based IoT development tools remove the historical obstacles to device communication

August 13, 2014 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

RacoWireless (Las Vegas, NV), a global machine-to-machine (M2M) service provider, announced that it will launch Omega DevCloud, facilitating communication with IoT applications in a standardized, easy-to-use environment. The new product will remove the historical obstacles....

Hotspot: DARPA's brain-inspired chip

August 12, 2014 8:54 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

DARPA-funded researchers have developed a complex computer chip whose architecture is inspired by the neuronal structure of the brain and requires only a fraction of the electrical power of conventional chips. The chip is loaded with more than 5 billion transistors....

Peer-reviewed paper says all ivory markets must close

August 8, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The message is simple: to save elephants, all ivory markets must close and all ivory stockpiles must be destroyed, according to a new peer-reviewed paper by the Wildlife Conservation Society. The paper says that corruption, organized crime, and a lack of enforcement make any legal trade of ivory a major factor contributing to the demise of Africa's elephants....

Expert insights on in vitro alternatives for drug and chemical toxicity testing

August 8, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In vitro toxicity testing is rapidly being adopted in the pharmaceutical, chemical, and cosmetics industries, for example, as an alternative to animal studies to predict adverse health effects of drugs and personal care products and the health consequences of environmental exposures....

PQFN power block features exposed top

August 7, 2014 1:19 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of the power block family of devices with the introduction of the IRFHE4250D FastIRFET dual power MOSFET that reduces power losses by more than 5% at 25A compared to best-in-class conventional power block devices....

NIST ion duet offers tunable module for quantum simulator

August 7, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a pas de deux of atomic ions that combines the fine choreography of dance with precise individual control.NIST's ion duet, described in the August 7 issue of Nature, is a component for a flexible quantum simulator that could be scaled up in size and configured to model quantum systems of a complexity that overwhelms traditional computer simulations....

A new way to model cancer

August 7, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of mutations associated with cancer. One way to discover the role of these mutations is to breed a strain of mice that carry the genetic flaw — but breeding such mice is an expensive, time-consuming process....

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