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Odds That Global Warming Is Due to Nature?

Odds That Global Warming Is Due to Nature?

An analysis of temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate, according to a new study by McGill University physics professor Shaun Lovejoy.   The study, published online April 6 in the journal Climate Dynamics, represents a [...]

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ChargeLounge: Fast Charging Reinvented

ChargeLounge: Fast Charging Reinvented

The ChargeLounge developed by Fraunhofer IAO is set to change what recharging electric vehicles is all about: high-charging capacity, easy installation, access to a stylish lounge during recharging and an innovative business model are all part of the unique ChargeLounge being presented for the first time at the 2014 Hannover Messe, April 7-11.   Many [...]

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Forest Corridors Help Plants Disperse Their Seeds

Forest Corridors Help Plants Disperse Their Seeds

A forest in South Carolina, a supercomputer in Ohio and some glow-in-the-dark yarn have helped a team of field ecologists conclude that woodland corridors connecting patches of endangered plants not only increase dispersal of seeds from one patch to another, but also create wind conditions that can spread the seeds for much longer distances.   [...]

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Finding Software Errors Via Genetic Algorithms

Finding Software Errors Via Genetic Algorithms

According to a current study from the University of Cambridge, software developers are spending about the half of their time on detecting errors and resolving them. Projected onto the global software industry, according to the study, this would amount to a bill of about 312 billion US dollars every year. “Of course, automated testing is [...]

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Auto-Fill for Gaps in Computer Programmers’ Code

Auto-Fill for Gaps in Computer Programmers’ Code

Since he was a graduate student, Armando Solar-Lezama, an associate professor in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been working on a programming language called Sketch, which allows programmers to simply omit some of the computational details of their code. Sketch then automatically fills in the gaps.   If it’s fleshed out [...]

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Smarter Caching, Better Chip Performance

Smarter Caching, Better Chip Performance

Cleverer management of the local memory banks known as ‘caches’ could improve computer chips’ performance while reducing their energy consumption.   Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller. But the chips themselves are as big as ever, so data moving around the chip, and between chips and main memory, has to travel [...]

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Physics of Curly Hair: First Detailed Model

Physics of Curly Hair: First Detailed Model

The heroes and villains in animated films tend to be on opposite ends of the moral spectrum. But they’re often similar in their hair, which is usually extremely rigid or — if it moves at all — is straight and swings to and fro. It’s rare to see an animated character with bouncy, curly hair, [...]

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New computer, Edison, electrifies scientific computing

New computer, Edison, electrifies scientific computing

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center recently accepted “Edison,” a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity.   Named in honor of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Cray XC30 will be dedicated in a ceremony held at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on Feb. 5, and scientists [...]

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Drug to reverse breast cancer spread in development

Researchers at Cardiff University are developing a novel compound known to reverse the spread of malignant breast cancer cells. The vast majority of deaths from cancer result from its progressive spread to vital organs, known as metastasis. In breast cancer up to 12,000 patients a year develop this form of the disease, often several years [...]

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Fever-Reducing Meds May Help Spread the Flu

Fever-Reducing Meds May Help Spread the Flu

Contrary to popular belief, fever-reducing medication may inadvertently cause more harm than good.   New research from McMaster University has discovered that the widespread use of medications that contain fever-reducing drugs may lead to tens of thousands more influenza cases, and more than a thousand deaths attributable to influenza, each year across North America. These [...]

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