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Microsoft Needs a “Splash” with Windows 10

July 29, 2015 | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Global rollouts of Microsoft’s new operating system (OS) Windows 10 begin at midnight and, with the release, the company is “opting for significance over stability,” according to Kevin Paul Scott, co-founder of brand consulting firm ADDO Worldwide.

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Why Design Engineers Find Chemical Etching So Hard to “Resist”

August 3, 2015 12:30 pm | by Fotolab | Comments

For design engineers looking to manufacture metal parts with complex geometries, maintain the flexibility to make last minute design changes and mass produce prototypes quickly, chemical etching is the answer. When it comes to metal part fabrication, chemical etching offers an economical and efficient solution. This manufacturing process allows for the mass production of intricate, thin metal parts.

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The R&D Index: Market Pulse – August 3, 2015

August 3, 2015 11:00 am | by Tim Studt, Contributing Editor | Comments

The R&D Index: Market Watch for the week ending July 31, 2015, closed at 1,653.60 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The Index was adjusted down approximately 32.89 points when Astra Zeneca split 2:1 on July 27, 2015. With this adjustment the market was up approximately 1.57% (or nearly 26 points) over the previous week (ending July 24, 2015).

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U.S. Researchers Call for a Ban on Salamander Imports

August 2, 2015 1:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from various California universities are calling for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enact an immediate ban on live salamander imports to the U.S. in light of a fatal fungus that caused a 96% fatality rate among infected European salamander species.

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Leaping Robotic Insects Mimic Nature

August 1, 2015 6:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

With three pairs of spindly legs and a thin body, water striders are a marvel of nature. They stand atop the water’s surface, the ends of their legs forming small depressions, like static legs on a trampoline. As they move their legs, the only signs of disturbance are small ripples on the water’s surface.

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Closest Rocky Exoplanet Discovered

August 1, 2015 11:45 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In February 1961, David Latham, now a senior astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, was living in a one-room apartment with his wife. The newlyweds’ future was unwritten. Latham’s wife asked him what the couple’s plan for next year would be. Latham, a senior at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was unsure, but traveled to Harvard Univ.’s admissions office to look into graduate school.

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Roaming Tiger Sharks Give Clues to Conservation

July 31, 2015 8:45 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Gray with dark vertical stripes that run along their topsides, tiger sharks can inspire fear in the minds of the masses. Data gathered from the International Shark Attack File shows that between 1580 and 2014 there were 111 attacks. That’s second to the great white, whose attacks number 314.

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An Eye on Imaging Science

July 31, 2015 6:45 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Image science and technology attracts researchers from academic and government institutions, as well as practitioners in the imaging industry globally. The diverse research interest and the multidisciplinary characteristics of the imaging field encourage competing ideas to be presented and tested by researchers. This, in turn, prompts imaging technologies to quickly respond to challenges from various scientific disciplines.

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Google’s Internet Balloons Coming to Sri Lanka

July 31, 2015 3:15 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Floating in the sky, the polyethylene plastic balloon looks shriveled towards the bottom, but bulbous at the top. The balloon travels approximately 20 km above Earth into the stratosphere. Its base is outfitted with an array of solar panels, capable of producing 100 W of power, which keep its electronics running during the day while storing enough charge for use at night.

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Amid Dwindling Tree Population, Chimps Eat Clay for Minerals

July 31, 2015 12:15 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The chimpanzee sits atop a log. One hand is gripped onto a dangling branch, while the other is caked with clay. Gingerly, the primate cradles the clay into its mouth. After a mouthful, it wipes its hand on the log and gets off it. Univ. of Oxford researchers found that chimpanzees in Uganda’s Budongo Forest have started eating clay to boost the minerals in their diet.

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Saltwater Lamps for Those in Need

July 31, 2015 9:00 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In first world countries, light and electricity may be something taken for granted. When one ambles into a business office, it’s uncommon to marvel at the fluorescents above when they flicker on. All it takes is the simple flip of a switch. The interplay between light and dark literally at one’s fingertips. However, that’s not how it is throughout the world.

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Calling an Old Antibiotic to the Plate

July 30, 2015 7:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Polymyxin B is an old antibiotic stepping into the modern day limelight. Discovered in the 1950s, and used in the early 1960s, the antibiotic has high rates of nephrotoxicity, or kidney toxicity. As alternative antibiotics became available, its use was diminished. Left on the backburner, it was only being called upon as a last resort in medical situations.

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Bedfellows: Humans and Neanderthals

July 30, 2015 3:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Early modern humans and Neanderthals were close bedfellows. Fossil evidence from one of the earliest modern humans in Europe shows the specimen shared between 6 and 9% of its genome with Neanderthals, the highest amount of any human sequenced to date, according to recent findings.

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Mars Orbiter Makes Moves for 2016 Landing

July 30, 2015 12:50 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Launched in August 2005, and arriving at the Red Planet in March 2006, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has been orbiting the planet, collecting high-resolution imaging, spectral data and atmospheric and subsurface profiles. In its time, the spacecraft has returned several times more data about Mars than all other deep-space missions combined. NASA is currently conducting 16 deep-space missions.

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Fossil Discovery Highlights Alaskan Marine Reptile

July 30, 2015 8:39 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

For Patrick Druckenmiller, the Earth sciences curator at the Univ. of Alaska Museum, the discovery of an ancient marine reptile fossil in the Alaskan mountains illustrates the perfect marriage between nonprofessional and professional paleontologists when it comes to fossil discovery.

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Four-pronged Flu Prevention

July 29, 2015 7:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Influenza is a viral infection that lasts for about a week and affects the nose, throat, bronchi and lungs. It is characterized by sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, headache and severe malaise, non-productive cough, sore throat and rhinitis. The virus can be easily transmitted from person-to-person, but is also classified as a zoonotic virus, as it can affect animals and be transmitted from animals to people, as well.

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