Roadside air can be more charged than under a high-voltage power line
(Queensland University of Technology) More charged particles in urban environments come from motor vehicle emissions than anything else which makes living beside a busy road with lots of diesel-driven vehicles worse for your health than living under high voltage power lines.
Scientists see a natural place for ''rewilded'' plants in organic farming
(Cell Press) One key element of organic agriculture, as defined by IFOAM, is that it rejects unpredictable technologies, such as genetic engineering. But what if adding a gene from undomesticated plants to bring back a natural trait isn''t unpredictable, argue Danish researchers in Trends in Plant S...
Peek eye testing app shown to work as well as charts for visual acuity
(London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) A new study shows potential for eye tests to be conducted easily and affordably using a smartphone app.
Microscopic sonic screwdriver invented
(University of Bristol) A team of engineers have created tiny acoustic vortices and used them to grip and spin microscopic particles suspended in water.
Stanford breakthrough heralds super-efficient light-based computers
(Stanford School of Engineering) Infrared light passes through silicon the way visible light passes through glass. That makes it theoretically possible to replace wires with silicon fibers. Why bother: to transmit lots more data while using lots less energy. But until now there had been no way to au...
TGAC awarded ?150k to help boost science innovation
(The Genome Analysis Centre) TGAC, with partner Institutes, has been awarded ?150k from the Norwich Research Park Translational Fund for three data-driven projects to advance bioinformatics tools from concept to commercialization for research and clinical use. The products will help defy ''big data'...
Exciting new Canadian open access journal FACETS to launch, with Dr. Jules Blais as Editor
(Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press)) FACETS -- a new multidisciplinary open access journal led by Dr. Jules Blais and published by Canadian Science Publishing -- will encompass a broad range of scientific areas and provide a high-quality, affordable Canadian open access option that wel...
RAPTOR turbulent combustion code selected for next-gen supercomputer readiness project
(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) RAPTOR, a turbulent combustion code developed by Sandia National Laboratories mechanical engineer Joseph Oefelein, was selected as one of 13 partnership projects for the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness (CAAR). CAAR is a US Department of Energy program ...
(Inderscience Publishers) Earthquakes kill, but their aftershocks can cause the rapid collapse of buildings left standing in the aftermath of the initial quake. Research published in the International Journal of Reliability and Safety offers a new approach to predicting which buildings might be most...
First Eastern Pacific tropical depression runs ahead of dawn
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The first tropical depression of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season formed during the early morning of Thursday, May 28, 2015, well southwest of Mexico. An image of the storm taken from NOAA''s GOES-West satellite shows the depression in infrared light as it was ...
SDSC, UCSD focus on sustainable computer science courses
(University of California - San Diego) The San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant valued at almost $1 million to help three of the region''s school districts develop model ''villages'' for introducing...
OSU researchers prove magnetism can control heat, sound
(Ohio Supercomputer Center) Elemental particles that transmit both heat and sound -- known as acoustic phonons -- also have magnetic properties and can, therefore, be controlled by magnets, even for materials thought to be ''nonmagnetic,'' such as semiconductors. This discovery ''adds a new dimensio...
Even when we''re resting, our brains are preparing us to be social, UCLA reports
(University of California - Los Angeles) Our brains are wired to prepare us, during quiet moments, to be socially connected to other people, UCLA neuroscientists report. Facebook is aligned with the state of our brains at rest -- which can explain why it''s such a popular activity when we want to ta...
UT Arlington electrical engineer''s research pushing batteries to their limits
(University of Texas at Arlington) A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher is working to determine how oversized a battery has to be while operating safely and efficiently during its lifetime of use by the US Navy.
100,000 People, 250 Biomarkers, and the Quest for Good Health
The 100K Wellness Project aims to meticulously monitor subjects for 25 years
A Tool for Analyzing H-1B Visa Applications Reveals Tech Salary Secrets
Google and Facebook salaries level off; Netflix pays big bucks for software engineers; and what's up with IBM and Infosys?
Q&A: K?ri Stef?nsson Says Medical Privacy Is Overrated
Our reluctance to share our medical data isn't just preventing breakthroughs, it's "morally unacceptable"
CESAsia 2015: Stephen''s Show Floor Sightings
A quick sampling of the interesting-and quirky-gadgets on offer at the expo
Big Data Is Transforming Medicine
New self-monitoring devices will help collect our vital stats into powerful databases, allowing us to prevent or predict health problems as well as treatment sucess or failure
New Pedestrian Detector from Google Could Make Self-Driving Cars Cheaper
A deep learning system works 60 times faster than previous methods