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Top Technology News -- ScienceDailyThu, 30 Mar 2017 12:24:02 EDT

Modern alchemy creates luminescent iron molecules Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:28:06 EDT
Scientists have made the first iron-based molecule capable of emitting light. This could contribute to the development of affordable and environmentally friendly materials for e.g. solar cells, light sources and displays.
Tracking hazardous chemicals from fast-food wrappers in the body Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:18:31 EDT
Just one month after major research findings showed dangerous PFAS present in more than one-third of fast food packaging tested, researchers have created a new technique to track PFASs in the body.
Organic-inorganic heterostructures with programmable electronic properties Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:24:54 EDT
Researchers have devised a novel supramolecular strategy to introduce tunable 1D periodic potentials upon self-assembly of ad hoc organic building blocks on graphene, opening the way to the realization of hybrid organic-inorganic multilayer materials with unique electronic and optical properties.
Controlling soft robots using magnetic fields Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:24:48 EDT
Engineering researchers have made a fundamental advance in controlling so-called soft robots, using magnetic fields to remotely manipulate microparticle chains embedded in soft robotic devices. The researchers have already created several devices that make use of the new technique.
Law of physics explains natural drivers of wealth inequality Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:06:52 EDT
A engineering professor has proposed an explanation for why the income disparity in America between the rich and poor continues to grow. According to the constructal law of physics, income inequality naturally grows along with the economy.
Sun: Igniting a solar flare in the corona with lower-atmosphere kindling Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:26 EDT
Recent images have revealed the emergence of small-scale magnetic fields in the lower reaches of the corona researchers say may be linked to the onset of a main flare.
How a young-looking lunar volcano hides its true age Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:53:23 EDT
A young-looking volcanic caldera on the Moon has been interpreted by some as evidence of relatively recent lunar volcanic activity, but new research suggests it's not so young after all.
A seismic mapping milestone Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:55:08 EDT
Using advanced modeling and simulation, seismic data generated by earthquakes, and one of the world's fastest supercomputers, a team of scientists is creating a detailed 3-D picture of Earth's interior. Currently, the team is focused on imaging the entire globe from the surface to the core-mantle boundary, a depth of 1,800 miles.
Discovery of a new regulatory protein provides new tool for stem cell engineering Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:22:31 EDT
Bioengineers have discovered a protein that regulates the switch of embryonic stem cells from the least developed 'naďve' state to the more developed 'primed' state. This discovery sheds light on stem cell development at a molecular level.
Watching the passage of knotted DNA slip through nanopores Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:22:04 EDT
How can long DNA filaments, which have convoluted and highly knotted structure, manage to pass through the tiny pores of biological systems? Scientists used computer simulations to investigate the options available to the genetic material in such situations.
Desktop scanners can be hijacked to perpetrate cyberattacks Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:21:55 EDT
The researchers conducted several demonstrations to transmit a message into computers connected to a flatbed scanner. Using direct laser light sources up to a half-mile (900 meters) away, as well as on a drone outside their office building, the researchers successfully sent a message to trigger malware through the scanner.
Toward glow-in-the-dark tumors: New fluorescent probe could light up cancer Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:21:46 EDT
A fluorescent probe lights up the enzyme beta-galactosidase in a cell culture. The glowing probe-enzyme combination could make tumors fluoresce, allowing surgeons to cut away cancer while leaving healthy tissue intact.
Understanding predictability, randomness by digging in the dirt Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:08:33 EDT
When tilling soil, the blade of the tool cuts through dirt, loosening it in preparation for seeding. The dirt granules are pushed aside in a way that looks random -- but might not be. Now, researchers have found a way to distinguish whether such a process is truly random, or is actually deterministic -- which can lead to deeper understanding and the ability to control the process.
Heated pavement technology tested at Des moines International Airport Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:08:31 EDT
Engineers are testing heated pavement technologies at the Des Moines International Airport. They've installed two test slabs of electrically conductive concrete. And the pavement has effectively cleared ice and snow.
Physics can predict wealth inequality Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:06:13 EDT
The 2016 election year highlighted the growing problem of wealth inequality and finding ways to help the people who are falling behind. This human urge of compassion isn’t new, but the big question that remains to be addressed is why inequality is so difficult to erase.
Parents who play Pokémon GO with kids: 'It wasn't really about the Pokémon' Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:02:32 EDT
In the first study to survey and interview parents who play 'Pokémon GO' with their children, families report a number of side benefits, including increased exercise, more time spent outdoors and opportunities for family bonding. However, some guilt about screen time persisted.
Ion pairs perform enhanced 'spooky action,' physicists show Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:41:07 EDT
Adding to strong recent demonstrations that particles of light perform what Einstein called 'spooky action at a distance,' in which two separated objects can have a connection that exceeds everyday experience, physicists have confirmed that particles of matter can act really spooky too.
Video games influence sexist attitudes Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:59:08 EDT
The images and roles of female characters in video games send a powerful message that can influence the underlying attitudes of gamers. Researchers found a link between video game exposure and sexism in a new study of more than 13,000 adolescents.
Scientist pioneers new technology, maps giant virus Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:51:45 EDT
In an American laboratory, scientists took a DIY approach to build a retrofitted cryo-electron microscope that allowed them to map a giant Samba virus -- one of the world's largest viruses.
How does oxygen get into a fuel cell? Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:24:15 EDT
In order for a fuel cell to work, it needs an oxidizing agent. Scientists have now found a way to explain why oxygen does not always enter fuel cells effectively, rendering them unusable.
Psychological interventions to cut traumatic memories: Tetris or Candy Crush? Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:24:11 EDT
The popular building-block computer game Tetris might be more than an idle pastime that keeps you glued to a screen. Playing it shortly after experiencing a traumatic event seems to block some of the recurrent intrusive memories that people are often left with. The proof-of-concept suggests Tetris could play an important role in psychological interventions after trauma.
Secret of nanomaterial that makes harvesting sunlight easier Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:24:01 EDT
Using sunlight to drive chemical reactions, such as artificial photosynthesis, could soon become much more efficient thanks to nanomaterials.
New 5G transmitter 20 times more efficient than the previous ones Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:31:09 EDT
The new 5G radio transmitter is designed for the small fifth generation base stations. In the future, the coverage of a single base station has to be reduced because of the rapidly increasing number of mobile devices. This reduces the size of base stations, but increases their number, which makes the price, size and power consumption requirements of base stations and mobile phones converge.
Air could be the world's next battery Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:31:07 EDT
Wind and sun, two unpredictable resources, are becoming ever more important as sources of energy in Europe. This means that we face a growing need for energy storage facilities, because if energy cannot be used immediately when it is generated, it needs to be stored until it is needed.
Flexible electronic devices with roll-to-roll overmolding technology Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:31:05 EDT
For the first time, researchers have performed all manufacturing stages for a flexible in-moulded LED foil -in roll-to-roll process. The purpose of this demo is to prove the suitability of the technique for the highly cost-effective manufacture of products such as flexible LED displays containing printed electronics.
New type of sensor material developed Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:31:03 EDT
Scientists have succeeded in developing a nickel complex that changes color and magnetism when exposed to methanol vapor. The new material can potentially be used not only as a chemical sensor, but also with future rewritable memory devices.
Clarifying how lithium ions ferry around in rechargeable batteries Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:31:01 EDT
Scientists observe the real-time ultrafast bonding of lithium ions with the solvents, in the same process that happens during charging and discharging of lithium batteries, and conclude that a new theory is needed
New insight into superfluids reveals a storm at the surface Tue, 28 Mar 2017 08:29:17 EDT
Superfluid helium has a boundary layer, turning a century of understanding on its head, mathematicians have shown for the first time.
The economic case for wind, solar energy in Africa Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:28:29 EDT
To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. While hydropower and fossil fuel power plants are favored approaches in some quarters, a new assessment has found that wind and solar can be economically and environmentally competitive options and can contribute significantly to the rising demand.
Study finds social media course impacts online behavior in first-year medical students Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:50:20 EDT
A majority of first-year medical students changed their online behavior after participating in a social media and professionalism course, researchers have found. Their report highlights effective methods for teaching medical students about the importance of responsible social media use as it relates to their careers.
Psychologists enlist machine learning to help diagnose depression Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:49:40 EDT
Cognitive neuroscientists are using the Stampede supercomputer to provide accurate predictions of risk for those with depression and anxiety. They have been able to classify individuals with major depressive disorder with roughly 75 percent accuracy using a machine learning approach. Stampede 2 -- which will come online later in 2017 -- will provide the increased computer processing required to incorporate more data and achieve even greater accuracy.
Artificial materials created atom-by-atom Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:49:33 EDT
Researchers have manufactured artificial materials with engineered electronic properties. By moving individual atoms under their microscope, the scientists were able to create atomic lattices with a predetermined electrical response. The possibility to precisely arrange the atoms on a sample bring 'designer quantum materials' one step closer to reality. By arranging atoms in a lattice, it becomes possible to engineer the electronic properties of the material through the atomic structure.
Astronomers probe swirling particles in halo of starburst galaxy Mon, 27 Mar 2017 16:49:09 EDT
Astronomers have used a radio telescope in outback Western Australia to see the halo of a nearby starburst galaxy in unprecedented detail.
From the room next door to the next planet over Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:37:02 EDT
The new Albert Chadwick Research Room inside the Roberts Proton Therapy Center is no ordinary laboratory space. In fact, there’s nothing else quite like it anywhere else in the United States, and whether it’s treating patients with cancer or helping NASA with its plans to send astronauts to Mars, the discoveries that could propel scientists forward will happen right here.
Can artificial intelligence detect fake news? Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:36:54 EDT
An artificial intelligence course has been launched that includes two projects focused on using AI to detect and combat fake news articles.
The power of one: Single crystals provide clarity Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:35:13 EDT
When it comes to creating new materials, single crystals play an important role in presenting a clearer picture of a material’s intrinsic properties. A typical material will be comprised of lots of smaller crystals and the grain boundaries between these crystals can act as impediments, affecting properties such as electrical or thermal resistance.
Timing a space laser with a NASA-style stopwatch Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:28:13 EDT
To time how long it takes a pulse of laser light to travel from space to Earth and back, you need a really good stopwatch -- one that can measure within a fraction of a billionth of a second. That kind of timer is exactly what engineers have built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2.
Enzyme structures illuminate mechanism behind bacteria's bioremediation prowess Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:12:58 EDT
Scientists have solved the structure of an enzyme caught in the act of attacking toluene -- a chemical derived from wood and oil.
The electric sands of Titan Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:12:53 EDT
Experiments suggest the particles that cover the surface of Saturn's moon, Titan, are 'electrically charged.' When the wind blows hard enough, Titan's non-silicate granules get kicked up and start to hop in a motion. As they collide, they become frictionally charged, like a balloon rubbing against your hair, and clump together in a way not observed for sand dune grains on Earth -- they become resistant to further motion.
Self-assembly technique could lead to long-awaited, simple method for making smaller microchip patterns Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:12:50 EDT
A new interface control technique for block co-polymer self-assembly could provide long-sought method for making even tinier patterns on microchips with lines just 9 nanometers wide.
Graphene-based neural probes probe brain activity in high resolution Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:12:42 EDT
Graphene-based transistors enable a flexible neural probe with excellent signal-to-noise ratio. Such probes are useful for examining neural activity for understanding diseases, as well as in neuroprosthetics for control of artificial limbs.
Nanocages dramatically facilitate structure formation of biomolecules Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:12:25 EDT
Nano-size space help faster folding of molecules and stabilize the structure, which regulates enzyme reactions.
Stars born in winds from supermassive black holes Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:46:04 EDT
Observations using ESO's Very Large Telescope have revealed stars forming within powerful outflows of material blasted out from supermassive black holes at the cores of galaxies. These are the first confirmed observations of stars forming in this kind of extreme environment. The discovery has many consequences for understanding galaxy properties and evolution.
Planetary waves, first found on Earth, are discovered on sun Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:44:08 EDT
The same kind of large-scale planetary waves that meander through the atmosphere high above Earth's surface may also exist on the sun, according to a new study.
Drug development: Subtle steric differences reveal a model for Ni cross-coupling success Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:43:50 EDT
Researchers have developed a predictive model may enable challenging metal-catalyzed cross couplings reactions that are indispensable to drug development.
Cancer therapy: Tracking real-time proton induced radiation chemistry in water Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:43:30 EDT
Proton therapy is a promising form of radiation treatment used to kill cancerous cells and effectively halt their rapid reproduction, and the fundamental understanding for it is contained in the radiation induced water chemistry that occurs immediately after the interaction. The ensuing processes are therefore a subject of considerable scientific interest.
NASA spacecraft investigate clues in radiation belts Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:42:52 EDT
NASA's Van Allen Probes uncover new phenomena in our near-Earth environment with their unique double orbit. Recently, the spacecraft were in just the right place, at just the right time, to catch an event caused by the fallout of a geomagnetic storm as it happened.
Hydrogen production: This is how green algae assemble their enzymes Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:06:20 EDT
Researchers have analyzed how green algae manufacture complex components of a hydrogen-producing enzyme. The enzyme, known as the hydrogenase, may be relevant for the biotechnological production of hydrogen.
New international banking rules would not prevent another financial crisis Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:05:51 EDT
The Basel III regulatory framework, as planned, will not reduce systemic risk in the financial sector, according to new research. Instead, regulations should aim to increase the resilience of financial networks.
Travelling-wave ion mobility mass spectrometry elucidates structures of gold fingers Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:05:42 EDT
Drugs containing gold have been used for centuries to treat conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, they might be effective against cancer and HIV. One mechanism by which they work could occur because gold ions force the zinc ions out of zinc fingers -- looped, nucleic acid binding protein domains. American researchers have characterized such 'gold fingers' using ion mobility mass spectrometry. They identified the exact gold binding sites.
How graphene could cool smartphone, computer and other electronics chips Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:38:09 EDT
With graphene, researchers have discovered a powerful way to cool tiny chips – key components of electronic devices with billions of transistors apiece.
Can robots write meaningful news? Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:34:26 EDT
Robots and computers are replacing people everywhere; doctors, pilots, even journalists. Is this leading to a dystopian society, or could it be something positive?
Pharmacy team develops online 'calculator' to predict risk of early hospital readmission Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:33:00 EDT
A new, novel web-based tool has been developed that predicts a patient’s 15-day readmission risk.
Surprising twist in confined liquid crystals: A simple route to developing new sensors Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:26:27 EDT
Researchers have found that a class of water soluble liquid crystals, called lyotropic chromonic liquid crystals, exhibited unexpected characteristics that could be harnessed for use in sensors and other potential applications.
In a quantum race, everyone is both a winner and a loser Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:25:03 EDT
Our understanding of the world is mostly built on basic perceptions, such as that events follow each other in a well-defined order. Such definite orders are required in the macroscopic world, for which the laws of classical physics apply. However, in the quantum world orders can be ‘scrambled’. It is possible for different orders of quantum operations to coexist in a superposition. New work by a team of physicists is the first experimental quantification of such a superposition.
Discovery showcases membranes that can fix themselves Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:23:17 EDT
Scientists have developed a self-healing membrane for hydrogen fuel cells; typical membranes, a crucial component of the cells, are prone to cracks and pinholes. This discovery showcases membranes that can fix themselves.
Facial recognition software helps diagnose rare genetic disease Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:49:56 EDT
Researchers have successfully used facial recognition software to diagnose DiGeorge Syndrome, a rare, genetic disease in Africans, Asians and Latin Americans. This is the newest addition to the Atlas of Human Malformations in Diverse Populations launched last year.
Experts successfully test a novel oil spill cleanup technology Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:49:42 EDT
Tests of a novel technology that can accelerate the combustion of crude oil floating on water demonstrated its potential to become an effective tool for minimizing the environmental impact of oil spills. The Flame Refluxer, developed by fire protection engineering researchers, could make it possible to burn off spilled oil quickly while producing relatively low levels of air pollutants.
Parallel computation provides deeper insight into brain function Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:49:18 EDT
New computational software is hundreds of times faster than conventional tools, opening up new opportunities to understand how individual neurons and networks of neurons function.
Astronomers identify purest, most massive brown dwarf Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:49:03 EDT
Astronomers have identified a record breaking brown dwarf (a star too small for nuclear fusion) with the 'purest' composition and the highest mass yet known. The object, known as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-called halo -- the outermost reaches -- of our galaxy, made up of the most ancient stars.
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