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Some Texting Bans Linked to Lower Traffic Deaths

Some Texting Bans Linked to Lower Traffic Deaths

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health examined the impact texting-while-driving laws have had on roadway crash-related fatalities, and the findings are published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health.   Of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 years, 31 percent reported they had read [...]

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New Characteristics of Complex Oxide Surfaces

New Characteristics of Complex Oxide Surfaces

A novel combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known for its unusual physical and electrochemical properties.   The research team led by ORNL’s Zheng Gai examined how oxygen affects the surface of a perovskite [...]

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Linking Television and the Internet

Linking Television and the Internet

In the “LinkedTV” project, researchers are seamlessly connecting TV offerings with the Internet. Audiences will benefit from an informative and personalized viewing experience.   The panel discussion is getting heated — but what exactly is in the new proposed law that the experts on TV are arguing about so vigorously? Up until now, spontaneous questions [...]

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Software for Diagnosing Eye Sensitivity

Software for Diagnosing Eye Sensitivity

Researchers at the University of Alicante have developed high-precision software for diagnosing eye sensitivity. This is a new technology that allows to quantify the degree of opacity in the posterior capsule of the eye caused by the growth of cells in the intraocular lens.   The opacity of the posterior capsule is currently the most [...]

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Testing Free-Flying Housekeeper Robots in Space

Testing Free-Flying Housekeeper Robots in Space

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for development and research, each having its own power, propulsion, computer, navigation equipment, and physical and electrical connections for hardware and sensors for [...]

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No-Wait Data Centers: Data-Transmission Delays Across Server Farms can be Reduced by 99.6 percent

No-Wait Data Centers: Data-Transmission Delays Across Server Farms can be Reduced by 99.6 percent

Big websites usually maintain their own “data centers,” banks of tens or even hundreds of thousands of servers, all passing data back and forth to field users’ requests. Like any big, decentralized network, data centers are prone to congestion: Packets of data arriving at the same router at the same time are put in a [...]

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Protecting Privacy Online: New System Would Give Individuals More Control over Shared Digital Data

Protecting Privacy Online: New System Would Give Individuals More Control over Shared Digital Data

Cellphone metadata has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the National Security Agency isn’t the only organization that collects information about people’s online behavior. Newly downloaded cellphone apps routinely ask to access your location information, your address book, or other apps, and of course, websites like Amazon or Netflix track your browsing [...]

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Computer Security: ‘Melbourne Shuffle’ Secures Data in the Cloud

Computer Security: ‘Melbourne Shuffle’ Secures Data in the Cloud

  To keep data safe in the cloud, a group of computer scientists suggests doing the Melbourne Shuffle. That may sound like a dance move (and it is), but it’s also a computer algorithm developed by researchers at Brown University. The computing version of the Melbourne Shuffle aims to hide patterns that may emerge as [...]

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Transparent Touchable Display Wall Developed

Transparent Touchable Display Wall Developed

At a busy shopping mall, shoppers walk by store windows to find attractive items to purchase. Through the windows, shoppers can see the products displayed, but may have a hard time imagining doing something beyond just looking, such as touching the displayed items or communicating with sales assistants inside the store. With TransWall, however, window [...]

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Research Could Lead to Dramatic Data Farm Energy Savings

Research Could Lead to Dramatic Data Farm Energy Savings

Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent.   Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have filed two patents on their wireless multicore chip [...]

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