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Touchless displays superseding touchscreens?

While touchscreens are practical, touchless displays would be even more so. That's because, despite touchscreens having enabled the smartphone's advance into our lives and being essential for us to be able to use cash dispensers ...

dateOct 02, 2015 in Nanomaterials
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The rise of the musical omnivore

Musical taste has traditionally been viewed as class-related: the elite attends classical music concerts, the middle classes prefer highbrow easy listening, while the lower classes enjoy pop and folk music. However, the accuracy ...

dateSep 16, 2015 in Social Sciences
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Languages less arbitrary than long assumed

It is a cornerstone of theoretical linguistics: the principle of arbitrariness, according to which the form of a word doesn't tell you anything about its meaning. Yet evidence is accumulating that natural languages do in ...

dateOct 01, 2015 in Social Sciences
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Tracking nanowalkers with light

Nanotechnology is taking its first steps. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed a gold nanocylinder equipped with discrete DNA strands as 'feet' that can walk across ...

dateSep 25, 2015 in Nanophysics
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The logistics on the drosophila X chromosome

If we place an order in an online store we are often thrilled how fast the parcel is delivered to our doorstep. This is possible because logistic companies have established a very reliable and efficient system to distribute ...

dateOct 02, 2015 in Biotechnology
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