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Photos of the Day: You Won’t Believe What This Machine Can See

April 21, 2014 | by GE Reports | Comments

Two days before Christmas 1895, shortly after Wilhelm Röentgen discovered X-rays by experimenting with a cathode tube in his laboratory, he invited his wife to experience the phenomenon. Anna Bertha Ludwig put her left hand inside his apparatus and became the first human to ...

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Researchers Characterize a New Shape Using Rubber Bands

April 24, 2014 1:53 pm | by Paul Karoff, Harvard University | Comments

While setting out to fabricate new springs to support a cephalopod-inspired imaging project, a group of Harvard researchers stumbled upon a surprising discovery: the hemihelix, a shape rarely seen in nature. This made the researchers wonder: Were the three-dimensional structures they observed ...

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Flexible Technology Could Be Printed in Clothing

April 24, 2014 1:47 pm | by Monash University | Comments

A new version of “spaser” technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible they could be printed on clothing. A team of researchers from Monash University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE) has modelled ...

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‘Double-Duty’ Electrolyte Enables Longer-Lived Batteries

April 24, 2014 1:39 pm | by Morgan McCorkle, Oak Ridge National Laboratory | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible. ORNL researchers challenged a long-held assumption that ...

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WSU Innovation Improves Drowsy Driver Detection

April 24, 2014 1:27 pm | by Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane | Comments

Researchers at Washington State University Spokane have developed a new way to detect when drivers are about to nod off behind the wheel. Their recently patented technology is based on ...           

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U.S. Proposes Pay-for-Priority Internet Standards

April 24, 2014 1:25 pm | by Ryan Nakashima - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new Internet rules that would allow Internet service providers to charge content companies for faster delivery of their services over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes. The agency also proposes to ...

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A New Method to Monitor Nuclear Reactors

April 24, 2014 1:22 pm | by Technische Universität München | Comments

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. In addition to neutrons, the fission reaction of nuclear fuels ...

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Turning Smart Phones into Microscopes

April 24, 2014 1:16 pm | by Australian National University | Comments

Australian researchers have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that can transform a smart phone into a high-resolution microscope. Costing less than a cent, the lenses promise a revolution in ...     

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Putin Calls the Internet a 'CIA Project'

April 24, 2014 1:10 pm | by Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press | Comments

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting. The Kremlin has been anxious to ...      

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Superconducting Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

April 24, 2014 12:58 pm | by Julie Cohen, UC Santa Barbara | Comments

A fully functional quantum computer is one of the holy grails of physics. Unlike conventional computers, the quantum version uses qubits (quantum bits), which make direct use of the multiple states of ...         

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$19.9M Fine Paid in Price-Fixing Case

April 24, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. Justice Department says an auto parts manufacturer accused in a price-fixing conspiracy has agreed to plead guilty and pay a fine of $19.9 million. Federal officials allege Showa Corp., based in Japan, had ...     

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Ultrasound Device May Detect Risk for Heart Attack, Stroke

April 24, 2014 12:46 pm | by Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack or stroke. At issue is the plaque that ...

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Photos of the Day: The Navy's First All-Electric Warship

April 24, 2014 9:22 am | by GE Reports | Comments

The U.S. Navy christened this month the USS Zumwalt, the largest stealth destroyer ever built for the naval service and its first modern all-electric warship. The “innovative and highly survivable" system, which was designed by ...  

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Fearsome Stealth Destroyer Becomes Navy’s First All-Electric Ship

April 24, 2014 9:21 am | by GE Reports | Comments

The stealthy 610-foot long USS Zumwalt, named after the late Admiral Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., is the Navy’s most advanced multi-mission destroyer. The Navy estimates that the 15,600-ton ship can hit target at a range of more than 60 miles ...

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Tech Boom Creates New Wrinkles for Wrigley Field

April 24, 2014 9:11 am | Comments

The lack of a video board is only the most visible example of some of the differences between Wrigley and other parks. Rather than ordering food and drink on a hand-held device and having it delivered right to their seats, fans at Wrigley get ...

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Tech Beams Gene Therapy into Ears, Improves Hearing

April 24, 2014 8:58 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Australian researchers are trying a novel way to boost the power of cochlear implants: They used the technology to beam gene therapy into the ears of deaf animals and found the combination improved hearing. The approach reported ...  

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