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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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Sinking Teeth into Deer Evolution

July 18, 2015 4:00 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Male Chinese water deer may induce a double-take for those unfamiliar with the species. At first glance, they may appear like the deer in one’s backyard. But upon closer inspection, a protuberance and absence becomes obvious. They lack antlers, but canines extend from the upper row of teeth and hook inwards.

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The Law and the Robot

July 17, 2015 4:45 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Let’s get hypothetical. Say sometime in the future, a person purchases a household robot. Its functions extend to cleaning services, but it’s capable of learning new ways to clean over time, albeit in an unpredictable manner. The owner assigns the robot to clean their bedroom, but returns to find their bedroom destroyed. Is the company that produced the robot responsible for the destruction?

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Modernizing Western Blotting: A Digital Solution for Protein Analysis

July 17, 2015 1:30 pm | by Kris Simonyi, New Product Development Manager, Bio-Rad Laboratories | Comments

The early days of digital western blot imagers were rough. Like the first digital cameras, the best photographs they produced were blunt and grainy, orders of magnitude below old and reliable film’s quality. A few decades ago, professional photographers wouldn’t be caught dead with digital cameras.

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Mars Rover Discovers Evidence of “Continental Crust”

July 17, 2015 11:30 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Via the NASA’s Curiosity Rover, the Los Alamos National Laboratory reported the first discovery of a potential “continental crust” on Mars, which may be comparable with continental crust from Earth over 2.5 billion years ago.

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Rethinking Algae Biomass Production

July 16, 2015 7:45 pm | by Dr. Niko Schultz, Product Design, Corporate Research & Technology Development at SCHOTT | Comments

Algae is a wonder of the natural world. It’s a highly adaptable organism, one that grows in both fresh and saltwater and can thrive in some of the harshest conditions. For that reason, hundreds of strains of algae exist across the globe. If you find a place with water, sunlight and the right mix of nutrients, it’s very likely you’ll also find algae.

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Pluto Flyby: A Historic Win for Science

July 16, 2015 6:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

In 1930, it was a small dot among other bright lights in the night sky. In 1996, the Hubble telescope snapped a gray image of an orb with dark spots. And in 2015, NASA and the world received a clear image, a sand-colored planet with what appears to be a geographic heart from above, from the agency’s spacecraft New Horizons.

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Violent or Not, Video Games May Cause Aggression

July 16, 2015 1:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Next time you feel frustration’s vice grip closing, you may want to hold off on releasing your anger via video games. A recent study from the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison delved into how video games are used to handle emotions, and found that while video games may bolster mood, both violent and nonviolent video games can increase accessibility to aggressive cognitions.

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Male Black Widows Make a Tangled Web of Relationships

July 15, 2015 2:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Against the advice of most couple’s therapists, a little bit of home wrecking may just deter other suitors from encroaching on a female. If you’re a black widow, that is. Researchers from Simon Fraser Univ.’s Dept. of Biological Sciences found male western black widow spiders – Latrodectus Hesperus – destroy females’ webs during courtship in order to deter other males.

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First round-the-world solar flight delayed until 2016

July 15, 2015 1:37 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

With a wingspan bigger than a Boeing 747, but weighing only a little more than a car, the Solar Impulse 2 team announced Wednesday their attempt to complete the first round-the-world solar flight will be delayed until 2016.

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Newlight Technologies' AirCarbon: Harnessing Carbon Emissions

July 15, 2015 8:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

Every Wednesday, R&D Magazine will feature a R&D 100 Flashback, chosen from our R&D 100 archive of winners. This week’s flashback is Newlight Technologies’ AirCarbon, which won in 2013. A carbon-negative plastic has been sought-after for many years. While a material that pulls carbon out of the air had been produced, the cost to process it was three times higher than the cost to produce plastic from oil.

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Personal Observations Cited by Global Warming Skeptics

July 14, 2015 3:45 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Americans’ views regarding global warming tend to correlate to personal experiences with weather, and global warming skeptics are increasingly likely to cite personal weather observations as the reason behind their views, according to a recent study from the Univ. of Michigan.

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BIM: Essential for Quick Completion of Residential, Commercial Building Projects

July 14, 2015 2:02 pm | by Bhagwati Pathak, CAD Services | Comments

The 21st century has witnessed a large amount of technological advancements which are accountable for bringing tremendous comfort to human life. There's no denying the fact technology has truly become the part and parcel of our daily life. In today’s time we can't imagine ourselves without cell phones, as they are the most suitable tools used for interpersonal communication.

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Traces from Martian Gem May Point to Ancient Life

July 14, 2015 12:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A window into the Red Planet’s past and whether it once harbored life could well have been found as Univ. of Glasgow researchers recently discovered evidence of the existence of opals on Mars contained in a meteorite millions of years old.

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North Carolina Readies for Wind Power

July 13, 2015 3:33 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

A ceremonial groundbreaking on North Carolina’s first wind power project, which will create roughly 250 jobs and build 104 wind turbines on 22,000 acres, is slated for Tuesday, July 14. It’s a great example of how the maturing technology is enabling development that only a few years ago wouldn’t have been considered.

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Microrobots To Take On Blocked Arteries

July 13, 2015 8:06 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

It may be nothing like the a battle between Optimus Prime and Megatron, but mechanical engineers at Drexel Univ. are designing microrobots that will battle with blocked arteries. Part of a surgical toolkit assembled by South Korea’s DGIST, the microrobots are chains of three or more iron oxide beads, linked by chemical bonds and magnetic force, that shimmy and wriggle via an external magnetic field which causes the bead to rotate.

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