Archive: 04/20/2012

In a small-device world, bigger may still be better

In the early days, standard computers could be as large as a single story house. Over the last several decades, many development efforts have focused on shrinking them for use in the home and eventually anywhere in the world ...

dateApr 20, 2012 in Hardware
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Scanning the brain for impending error

(Phys.org) -- UA computer science doctoral student Federico Cirett is using new technology to predict, in advance, when people will make a mistake. He's been testing subjects taking the SAT exam in math.

dateApr 20, 2012 in Computer Sciences
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Earth's sister in the crosshairs

Earth’s sister is out there, somewhere, and scientists searching for planets that may support life believe they are closing in on finding just that.

dateApr 20, 2012 in Astronomy
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Neutrinos put cosmic ray theory on ice

(Phys.org) -- A telescope buried beneath the South Pole has failed to find any neutrinos accompanying exploding fireballs in space, undermining a leading theory of how cosmic rays are born.

dateApr 20, 2012 in Astronomy
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Pinpointing how antibiotics work

Penicillin and other antibiotics have revolutionized medicine, turning once-deadly diseases into easily treatable ailments. However, while antibiotics have been in use for more than 70 years, the exact mechanism ...

dateApr 20, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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A free product to measure carbon footprint

MiserWare, a spin-off company of Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, is launching a free product that allows companies or individuals to measure their carbon footprint in terms of total power usage.

dateApr 20, 2012 in Software
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