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Soft Matter Offers New Ways to Study How Materials Arrange

Soft Matter Offers New Ways to Study How Materials Arrange

A fried breakfast food popular in Spain provided the inspiration for the development of doughnut-shaped droplets that may provide scientists with a new approach for studying fundamental issues in physics, mathematics and materials.   The doughnut-shaped droplets, a shape known as toroidal, are formed from two dissimilar liquids using a simple rotating stage and an [...]

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Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud to Enable Researchers to Analyze Cancer Data

Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud to Enable Researchers to Analyze Cancer Data

The University of Chicago has launched the first secure cloud-based computing system that enables researchers to access and analyze human genomic cancer information without the costly and cumbersome infrastructure normally needed to download and store massive amounts of data.   The Bionimbus Protected Data Cloud, as it is called, enables researchers who are authorized by [...]

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Fast and Painless Way to Better Mental Arithmetic?

Fast and Painless Way to Better Mental Arithmetic?

In the future, if you want to improve your ability to manipulate numbers in your head, you might just plug yourself in. So say researchers who report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 16 on studies of a harmless form of brain stimulation applied to an area known to be important for [...]

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Making Frequency-Hopping Radios Practical

Making Frequency-Hopping Radios Practical

New hardware could lead to wireless devices that identify and exploit unused transmission frequencies, using radio spectrum much more efficiently.   The way in which radio spectrum is currently allocated to different wireless technologies can lead to gross inefficiencies. In some regions, for instance, the frequencies used by cellphones can be desperately congested, while large [...]

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Electronics Comes to Paper: Paper, Being Light and Foldable, Works Well for Electrically Conducting Structures

Electronics Comes to Paper: Paper, Being Light and Foldable, Works Well for Electrically Conducting Structures

Paper, being a light and foldable raw material, is a cost-efficient and simple means of generating electrically conducting structures.   Paper is becoming a high-tech material. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam-Golm have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional [...]

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Scientists Use Crowd-Sourcing to Help Map Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Scientists Use Crowd-Sourcing to Help Map Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Climate science researchers from Arizona State University are launching a first-of-its-kind online “game” to better understand the sources of global warming gases. By engaging “citizen scientists,” the researchers hope to locate all the power plants around the world and quantify their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.   The game officially begins today and is housed on [...]

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Data Storage: Synchronized at the ‘Write Time’

Data Storage: Synchronized at the ‘Write Time’

Numerical simulations show how to avoid imperfections in the next generation of high-density data storage.   The rise of the internet and the move from paper to digital information has driven a need for large-volume electronic data storage. Maria Yu Lin and her co‐workers at the A*STAR Data Storage Institute, Singapore, have now established some [...]

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2013 Q1 Internet World Statistics

2013 Q1 Internet World Statistics

From our friends at www.internetworldstats.com Internet Gender Divide Currently there are 2,749 million estimated internet users in the world. Although this statistic shows a promising upward growth, there is a digital gap between men and women in regards to internet adoption. This disparity is more pronounced in less developed countries. In the developing world, men [...]

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Heady Mathematics: Describing Popping Bubbles in a Foam

Heady Mathematics: Describing Popping Bubbles in a Foam

Bubble baths and soapy dishwater, the refreshing head on a beer and the luscious froth on a cappuccino. All are foams, beautiful yet ephemeral as the bubbles pop one by one.   Two University of California, Berkeley, researchers have now described mathematically the successive stages in the complex evolution and disappearance of foamy bubbles, a [...]

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Benefit Vs. Risk of Facial Recognition Technology

Benefit Vs. Risk of Facial Recognition Technology

Law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition software as a crime-fighting tool. Now businesses are looking to use the technology to reach customers. But a professor questions whether customers are ready for it.   Many states are using the technology to scan driver’s licenses to prevent identity fraud. It led to the arrest of a [...]

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