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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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Fungus Responsible for Hair Ice Identified

July 24, 2015 5:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Hair ice is a whimsical thing. It grows on the rotting branches of certain trees, with grouped strands of silk-like hair protruding from the wood. Conditions must be ripe for formation, usually humid winter nights when air temperatures dip below the freezing level. Researchers call it a “somewhat rare and fleeting phenomenon."

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The Spoils of 3-D Printing

July 24, 2015 2:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

From low-cost prosthetic limbs and food to medical tools and figurines, 3-D printing has changed the way people think about manufacturing. Websites, such as Thingverse.com, offer designs for a myriad of printable objects at no cost to the user. All one has to do is own a 3-D printer, which one can purchase for as little as a few hundred dollars.

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Long-Time Searcher: Loch Ness Monster May be Catfish

July 24, 2015 10:45 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Steve Feltham, on his Website, recalls he became fascinated with the Loch Ness Monster when he was seven-years-old, back in 1970. During that time, he was introduced to a team of volunteers who set up camp near Urquhart Castle in hopes of finding the fabled beast. From that point forward, he intermittently returned to Loch Ness in search of Nessie.

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So What’s the Deal with Solar Airline Food?

July 24, 2015 8:43 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Airline food may not be best part of a traveler’s experience, but most layman only deal with the food for a limited amount of hours. And, even so, it’s always possible to pack your own food for a flight. But what if you’re flight lasted close to 118 hrs over the Pacific Ocean, from Japan to Hawaii? Unlike highways, there are no rest stops. Whatever you’re eating, you’re packing.

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Tasty Prawns Prevent Blood Flukes

July 24, 2015 7:00 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Although uncommon in the U.S., schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease that has been reported in 78 countries. In 2013, at least 261 million people required preventative treatment for the disease, with at least 90% of those treated inhabiting Africa. Transmission is fairly simple.

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How to Determine If a Mesh is Fine Enough for Accurate Results

July 23, 2015 6:00 pm | by Michael Bak, PhD, Senior Engineering Manager, CAE Associates | Comments

Analysts working on finite element models can spend a great deal of time obsessing over their meshes. If they use too many elements, a model may take a long time to run. But if they don’t use enough elements, solution accuracy may suffer. Balance is essential. Your mesh must be complete enough to provide an accurate solution, without being so large that it takes too long to run.

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Mighty Mussel Glue for Surgery

July 23, 2015 4:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Inspired by biological functions seen in mussels and insects, Korean scientists have manufactured a nontoxic surgical glue, which seals surgical openings within one minute, and may become a viable replacement for sutures and staples.

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What Lies Beneath: Carbon Dioxide Pools in the Aegean Sea

July 23, 2015 12:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Around 1613 BC, the volcanic complex of Santorini, the most active part of the Hellenic Volcanic Arc, erupted, and the world witnessed, what some have called, the “second largest explosive eruption in historic time.” The eruption buried surrounding settlements. In 2011, a string of quiet decades in the area ended. The volcanic activity was characterized by increases in gas emissions and seismicity.

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A Jagged Heart, New Mountains Discovered on Pluto

July 23, 2015 7:56 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

NASA has discovered Pluto’s heart is home to an icy mountain range thanks to an image sent back to Earth from the agency’s New Horizons’ Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI). Collected by LORRI on July 14, and sent back July 20, the image was taken at a distance of 48,000 miles and shows frozen peaks, which NASA estimates are between a half and one mile high, in Pluto’s Tombaugh Region.

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A Miracle Pill for Celiac Sufferers

July 23, 2015 7:00 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

For those with celiac disease, drinking a beer with a hefty portion of pasta may soon be a reality. An estimated one in 133 Americans have celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune disease which prevents those effected from digesting gluten, a protein in wheat, rye and barley. The disease damages the villi of the small intestine and interferes with nutrient digestion.

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Finalists Announced for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards

July 22, 2015 1:53 pm | by R&D Magazine | Comments

R&D Magazine today announced the Finalists for the 53rd annual R&D 100 Awards, which honor the 100 most innovative technologies and services of the past year. This year’s Winners will be presented with their honors at the annual black-tie awards dinner on November 13, 2015 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Skin Thins in Space

July 22, 2015 1:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A funny thing happens to skin in space, it gets thinner. German scientists are studying the effects of space on astronauts’ skin using high-resolution skin imaging tomography.

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Lunar Colony 90% Cheaper than Originally Thought

July 22, 2015 11:45 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

The moon may be a weigh station to Mars. A NASA-funded study recently released by NexGen Space LLC found public-private partnerships may be a feasible way to return humans to the moon in a handful of years at a cost 90% less than the previously estimated $100 billion.

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2015 R&D 100 Award Finalists

July 22, 2015 9:41 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

The editors of R&D Magazine have announced the finalists for the 2015 R&D 100 Awards. The 2015 R&D 100 Award Finalists are listed in this news item in alphabetical order by the name of the primary developer company and separated by category. The annual R&D 100 Awards banquet, where the winners will be announced, will be held on Nov. 13, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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A Rapid Response to Protect Rhinos

July 22, 2015 8:46 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Since 1960s, the black rhinoceros population has fallen by 90%. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists black rhinos as “critically endangered.” Today, there are almost 5,000 black rhinos and over 20,000 white rhinos, according to the World Wild Life Fund for Nature. But poaching is a constant threat to the animals. In South Africa, 122 rhinos were killed in 2009, and in 2010 the number rose to 333.

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