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Skiers working their way up the slope see in real time the length of their turns going up, their cadence, the symmetry of their steps, the temperature of the snow, and more. © 2016 Adventure ski touring

Reaching new heights with connected skis and 1,400 pieces of data per second

February 3, 2016 10:50 am | by Cécilia Carron, EPFL | Comments

Thanks to a small screen on their skis, backcountry skiers can see various data recorded by sensors as they ski. The length and number of turns going up, their cadence and even the symmetry of their steps appear on the device. It was developed by an EPFL spin-off that teamed up with a local equipment manufacturer. The device, which attaches directly to the skis, is small and light and loaded with sensors.

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The nuclear fusion research center at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics where the first plasma has been produced at the "Wendelstein 7-X" in Greifswald, Germany. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)

Scientists switch on nuclear fusion experiment

February 3, 2016 10:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Scientists in northeast Germany have flipped the switch on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a physicist herself, pushed the button on February 3, 2016, to inject a tiny amount of hydrogen into the Wendelstein 7-X device at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald.

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Physicists sent short ultraviolet laserpulses of two picoseconds through a crystal. This leads to the creation of four photons that are entangled in their orbital angular momentum — here depicted as red blue spirals. The rainbow colored circles illustrate

Four photons entangled in orbital angular momentum

February 3, 2016 10:19 am | by Leiden Institute of Physics | Comments

For the first time, scientists have entangled four photons in their orbital angular momentum. Leiden physicists sent a laser through a crystal, thereby creating four photons with coupled rotation. So far, this has only been done for two photons. The discovery makes uncrackable secret communication of complex information possible between multiple parties.

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The Cold Dust Grains of a Flying Saucer

February 3, 2016 9:54 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

On the outskirts of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex, which is about 400 light-years from Earth, a Flying Saucer glows. Okay, the Flying Saucer isn’t a spaceship. It’s a young star officially known as 2MASS J16281370-243139.

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Host-guest nanowires for solar energy storage

February 3, 2016 9:49 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

California is committed to 33 percent energy from renewable resources by 2020. With that deadline fast approaching, researchers across the state are busy exploring options.

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A 'gap in the armor' of DNA may allow enzyme to trigger cancer-causing mutations

February 3, 2016 9:43 am | by Indiana Univ. | Comments

Research has identified a genetic mechanism that is likely to drive mutations that can lead to cancer.

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Scientists have put a high precision blood assay into a simple test strip

February 3, 2016 9:37 am | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | Comments

Researchers have developed a new biosensor test system based on magnetic nanoparticles. It is designed to provide highly accurate measurements of the concentration of protein molecules (e.g. markers, which indicate the onset or development of a disease) in various samples, including opaque solutions or strongly colored liquids.

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NASA's ICESat-2 equipped with unique 3-D manufactured part

February 3, 2016 9:32 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Slated for launch in 2018, NASA's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will carry a 3-D printed part made of polyetherketoneketone (PEKK), a material that has never been used in 3-D manufacturing, let alone flown in space.

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Scientists Map Bed Bug Genome

February 3, 2016 9:03 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A team of international researchers recently sequenced the genome of the common bed bug Cimex lectularius, illuminating the genetics that may be responsible for their increased resistance.

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Alphabet Comes Before Apple as World's Most Valuable Company

February 2, 2016 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Alphabet now comes before Apple atop the list of the world's most valuable companies. Shares of Google's parent company are pulling ahead of Apple in early trading Tuesday.

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Is North Korea Prepping to Launch a Satellite?

February 2, 2016 2:19 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In December 2012, North Korea unexpectedly launched a long-range rocket from its west coast. The North Korea regime claimed that the launch successfully placed the country’s first satellite into orbit.

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Sesame Street Launches VC Fund for Kid-Oriented Startups

February 2, 2016 1:03 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

‘I’ is for investment, Sesame Street revealed yesterday. The nonprofit behind the popular children’s TV show, Sesame Workshop, unveiled a new venture capital fund.

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NASA's Super Guppy Transports Orion Spacecraft to Florida

February 2, 2016 12:25 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The Orion spacecraft pressure vessel, meant to carry humans to Mars, was ferried to Florida in the belly of a chrome-colored leviathan. Not one of the seas, but one of the skies.

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Gene Expression Could Indicate Disease Immunity

February 2, 2016 11:30 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

These findings could improve predictions for which patients could be susceptible to different types of infections.

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Microsoft Looks to Submerge Datacenters Beneath the Ocean Waves

February 2, 2016 9:24 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In 2014, Villanova Univ. researchers reported that datacenters were major source of energy waste. In fact, more than 2% of the U.S.’s total electricity usage can be attributed to datacenters. And almost half of that power was solely used for cooling the datacenters’ electronics.

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