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Electric sparks may alter evolution of lunar soil

August 22, 2014 9:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but modeling done by University of New Hampshire (UNH) and NASA scientists suggests that, over the eons, periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly altered the properties of the soil in the moon's coldest craters through the process of sparking....

Space Station inspired robot to help heal sick children

August 22, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, "personalities" and "smarts," these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys. They are lending a helping arm to pediatric doctors for children who require intensive surgical care....

Playing hunger games: Are gamified health apps putting odds in your favor?

August 22, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

For many people, finding motivation to exercise is a challenge. Thankfully, there are Zombies chasing you. At least that's the approach of Zombies, Run!—one of more than 31,000 health and fitness apps on the market today, and one of the growing number of apps that use games to increase physical activity....

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Scientists observe quantum vortices in cold helium droplets

August 22, 2014 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international research team including DESY scientists has observed tiny quantum vortices in cold droplets of liquid helium. The team reports in the journal Science that the exotic vortices arrange themselves as densely packed lattices inside the nanodroplets....

Shaping the future of nanocrystals

August 22, 2014 8:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The first direct observations of how facets form and develop on platinum nanocubes point the way towards more sophisticated and effective nanocrystal design and reveal that a nearly 150 year-old scientific law describing crystal growth breaks down at the nanoscale....

Hacking Gmail with 92 percent success

August 21, 2014 4:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers, including an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, have identified a weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users....

USB pen scope displays signals from 5mV to 50V

August 21, 2014 4:27 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company Inc. (Fairport, NY) announces the new Owon RDS1021 Wave Rambler — a new, USB pen scope that packs the features of a high-performance bench top oscilloscope in a small, lightweight and ergonomic probe that fits perfectly in the hand....

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....

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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?

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....

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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....

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 ...

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 …

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