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How silver could be key to gold-standard flexible gadgets

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 14:25
New research has described how silver nanowires are proving to be the ideal material for flexible, touch-screen technologies while also exploring how the material can be manipulated to tune its performance for other applications.

Greater social media use tied to higher risk of eating, body image concerns

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 14:25
Logging on to social media sites frequently throughout the week or spending hours trolling various social feeds during the day is linked to a greater risk of young adults developing eating and body image concerns, an analysis discovered.

Finding the next new tech material: The computational hunt for the weird and unusual

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:31
Scientists are turning to the world of computation to guide their search for the next new material. Their program uses software code developed to map and predict the distinct structural, electronic, magnetic stable and metastable features that are often the source of an advanced material’s unique capabilities.

New device steps toward isolating single electrons for quantum computing

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 13:29
Researchers have integrated trapped electrons with superconducting quantum circuits.

Study of U2 could help music fans find what they’re looking for

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:42
Music fans’ emotions could be used to help them find new songs online, according to new research.

Algorithms can predict epileptic seizures

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:41
Computer scientists and mathematicians have developed a prediction model that can warn epileptic sufferers of an upcoming seizure with 20 minutes notice.

New test by deepest galaxy map finds Einstein’s theory stands true

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:41
Astronomers have made a 3D map of 3000 galaxies 13 billion light years from Earth, and found that Einstein's general theory of relativity is still valid.

How to boost online ratings

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:07
Consumers are more likely to give a positive review if they experience time and space distance before writing a review, new research suggests. In other words, the longer they wait to write a review, the better the evaluation. The same applies for being father away from a service experience.

Real-time influenza tracking with 'big data'

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 12:07
Cloud-based data from electronic health records can be used to pick up cases of influenza in real time, at least one week ahead of CDC reporting, a new study demonstrates.

Biomedical research streamlined by making genetic data easier to search

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 17:43
A team of scientists is expanding web services to make biomedical research more efficient. With their free, public projects, MyGene.info and MyVariant.info, researchers around the world have a faster way to spot new connections between genes and disease.

Math, not skin, may be a better way to help researchers test consumer products, study shows

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 17:28
Researchers are presenting collaborative research on the use of mathematical methods for understanding the transportation of chemical compounds in biological tissues, like the skin. This could lead to better ways of testing cosmetic or consumer products without harming humans or animals.

Emotion detector could reveal if a date really finds you attractive: Is this the kind of world we actually want?

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 16:49
Scientists are considering an emotion detector which, potentially, can tell whether a person really finds you attractive on a first date.

New design of primitive quantum computer finds application

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 16:48
Scientists and engineers have developed how to efficiently simulate a 'quantum walk' on a new design for a primitive quantum computer.

Mobile phones at the dinner table: Study explores attitudes

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 16:46
Checking email for work. Posting a photo to Facebook. Texting the kids to come downstairs. Sending a quick snap to a friend. People of all ages might use their smartphones in these ways during shared meals.

Enhancing lab-on-a-chip peristalsis with electro-osmosis

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 16:46
Researchers have conducted lubrication theory-based analyses to explore the hydrodynamic effects of improving flow rate in pre-existing peristaltic hardware relying on an external electric field. Their research assesses the combined effects of electric fields and peristalsis on the channel flow rate.

Young women in STEM fields earn up to one-third less than men

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 13:39
One year after they graduate, women with Ph.D.s in science and engineering fields earn 31 percent less than do men, according to a new study using previously unavailable data.

Distance wireless charging enhanced by magnetic metamaterials

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:49
Researchers have developed a system which efficiently transfers electrical energy between two separate circuits. The system, made with a shell of metamaterials which concentrates the magnetic field, could transmit energy efficiently enough to charge mobile devices without having to place them close to the charging base.

Exploring the mathematical universe

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 12:41
Mathematicians have begun charting the terrain of rich, new mathematical worlds, and sharing their discoveries on the Web. The mathematical universe is filled with both familiar and exotic items, many of which are being made available for the first time. The project provides a new tool for several branches of mathematics, physics, and computer science.

Smartphone alerts increase inattention, hyperactivity

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 23:18
With the Internet in our pockets, are we more inclined to be inattentive to other tasks? A new study indicates that the answer is yes. The researchers designed a two-week experimental study and showed that when students kept their phones on ring or vibrate, they reported more symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity than when they kept their phones on silent.

Videogame addiction leads to sleep loss, obesity, and cardiovascular risk in some gamers

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 19:00
The team studied a group of children and teens ages 10 to 17 who were in lifestyle management programs – either for weight management or lipid disorders. The study looked at whether the videogame habits of the group had an impact on sleep habits, obesity and cardio-metabolic health.