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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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Near-Earth Objects Traced to Unique Asteroid Family

August 4, 2015 7:50 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In an image from NASA’s orbiting telescope Near-Earth Object Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), small, glittering blue specks populate black space. Near the middle of the image, four fire balls are aligned. The image captures the asteroid Euphrosyne, as it glides across the blue-dotted field.


Rhode Island, First in U.S. Offshore Wind Energy

August 4, 2015 2:43 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A day on the beach is filled with sand between the toes, and the smell of saltwater carried by the wind. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, roughly 80% of the country’s electricity demand stems from coastal states. Along the east coast, average wind speeds vary from 7 to 10 m/sec. And pockets along the west coast experience average wind speeds greater than 10 m/sec.


Microorganism Competition Gives Rise to Biodiversity

August 4, 2015 11:30 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

As a first line of defense, people use antibiotics to rid the body of harmful microorganisms. But overuse of antibiotics has brought rise to superbugs, able to withstand once effective treatments. Inside the human body an evolutionary race is ongoing. Microorganisms, such as bacteria, which can render the human body useless in defense, are also competing against one another for dominance.


Obama Unveils Clean Power Plan

August 3, 2015 9:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

During President Barack Obama’s official announcement of America’s Clean Power Plan, he recalled arriving in Los Angeles from Hawaii for college as an 18-year-old in 1979. Filled with energy, he decided to go for a run. But after five minutes, he felt unable to breathe due to the city’s smog.


Bees Vaccinate Offspring Naturally

August 3, 2015 6:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Dalial Freitak, a postdoctoral researcher with the Univ. of Helsinki, knew the egg-yolk protein vitellogenin was used as food for developing embryos of egg-laying animals. While the protein appeared to have some function regarding immunity, the exact role was unknown to her. Then Freitak heard a presentation from colleague Heli Salmela, who was studying the protein for her PhD thesis, and found the protein can bind to bacterial pieces.


Searching for a Functional Cure for HIV

August 3, 2015 3:40 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

In 2014, more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. were noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as living with HIV infection. Almost one in eight, or 12.8%, are unaware of their infection. The CDC estimates that 1,218,400 person aged 13 and older are living with HIV infection, including 156,300 who are unaware of their infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased.


If Sir David Attenborough Was a Lizard…

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

Rainbow-like in color, the lizards meander out into the sunshine from a rock crevice in droves. “In the early morning, the Augrabies flat lizards emerge from the cracks in the rocks, where they spent the night, and bask in the sun to warm up,” says Sir David Attenborough, who lies on his stomach next to the rock in a scene from the 2008 BBC documentary series “Life in Cold Blood."


Unique Bedrock May Preserve Martian Ancient Life

August 3, 2015 1:45 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover may have found bedrock with “ideal conditions” for preserving ancient organic material, according to the space agency. The target, named “Elk,” features high levels of silica, a rock-forming compound comprised of silicon and oxygen. On Earth, the compound is known as quartz.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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