Right counter height can improve fingerprint capture

Once a tool primarily used by law enforcement, biometric technologies such as fingerprint readers increasingly are being used by governments and private industry for a personal ID that can't easily be forged or stolen. But, ...

NIST 'Standard Bullet' fights gang violence

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a copper bullet designed to help end criminal sprees without once being fired. Crime laboratories can use NIST's "Standard Bullet" to ...

Researchers observe superradiance in a free electron laser

A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has generated extremely short light pulses using a new technique that could be used in the next generation of light source facilities ...

New Miniaturized Device for Lab-on-a-Chip Separations

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed an elegantly simple, miniaturized technique for rapidly separating minute samples of proteins, amino acids and other chemical mixtures. A low-cost ...

Improved Nanodots Could Be Key to Future Data Storage

The massive global challenge of storing digital data--storage needs reportedly double every year--may be met with a tiny yet powerful solution: magnetic particles just a few billionths of a meter across. This idea is looking ...

Study looks at traffic death risks

Eighteen-year-old males are as risky behind the wheel as 80-year-old females, says a new traffic study from Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University.

The great cometary show

Comet McNaught, the Great Comet of 2007, is no more visible for observers in the Northern Hemisphere. It does put an impressive show in the South, however, and observers in Chile, in particular at the Paranal Observatory, ...

Learning the language of gene expression

Researchers have taken a major step towards understanding the language of gene regulation in the fruitfly Drosophila and they expect the technique to be rapidly applicable to understanding the effects of genome variation ...

A New Year for BaBar and PEP-II

With electrons and positrons flowing, BaBar and PEP-II are celebrating a new year with a new run.

Progress 24 Nears Station, Ready for Docking Tonight

After launching Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the ISS Progress 24 is approaching the International Space Station. At 10 p.m. EST the new cargo carrier will link up with the station’s Pirs docking ...

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