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Apple Reportedly Hires Key VR Professional

January 22, 2016 2:11 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

​Doug A. Bowman, a professor of computer science and the director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech, has reportedly joined the ranks of Apple in an unspecified role.

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Startup Makes Coffee with Microbes Instead of Cat Feces

January 22, 2016 11:51 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

A creature called the palm civet helps produce kopi luwak, an expensive type of coffee in a process that begins when the cat-like animal eats coffee cherries that ferment in its gut.

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Ancient Massacre is the Earliest Evidence of Human Conflict

January 22, 2016 9:33 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Researchers from the Univ. of Cambridge believe the roughly 10,000-year-old massacre at Nataruk—located 30 km from Kenya’s Lake Turkana—may be the earliest scientifically-dated evidence of human conflict.

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Weaving a new story for COFS and MOFs

January 22, 2016 9:26 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

An international collaboration has woven the first three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (COFs) from helical organic threads. The woven COFs display significant advantages in structural flexibility, resiliency and reversibility over previous COFs - materials that are highly prized for their potential to capture and store carbon dioxide then convert it into valuable chemical products.

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Scientists find global ocean warming has doubled in recent decades

January 22, 2016 9:13 am | by DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | Comments

Scientists, working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and university colleagues, have found that half of the global ocean heat content increase since 1865 has occurred over the past two decades.

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Why are habits so hard to break?

January 22, 2016 9:06 am | by Duke Univ. | Comments

New research suggests that a habit leaves a lasting mark on specific circuits in the brain, priming us to feed our cravings.

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Beetle-inspired discovery could reduce frost's costly sting

January 22, 2016 8:58 am | by Virginia Tech | Comments

In a discovery that may lead to ways to prevent frost on airplane parts, condenser coils, and even windshields, a team of researchers has used chemical micropatterns to control the growth of frost caused by condensation.

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Seeing the big picture in photosynthetic light harvesting

January 22, 2016 8:49 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Researchers have created the first computational model that simulates the light-harvesting activity of the thousands of antenna proteins that would be interacting in the chloroplast of an actual leaf. The results from this model point the way to improving the yields of food and fuel crops, and developing artificial photosynthesis technologies for next generation solar energy systems.

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GM Unites Car-Sharing Services Under New Brand 'Maven'

January 21, 2016 12:46 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

The company on Thursday announced that it's formed a brand called "Maven" that will run its car-sharing ventures, including a new one that will begin competing with ZipCar next month in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spread to other metro areas later this year.

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Vaccine Fund Formed to Fight Zika Virus in Brazil

January 21, 2016 12:41 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

There are concerns that this pathogen could become the next Ebola epidemic. 

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North Korea Reportedly Made 'Hangover-Free' Alcohol

January 21, 2016 12:34 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The brew contains 30 to 40 percent alcohol, but won’t prevent people from overindulging because it doesn’t cause typical hangover symptoms.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Robot Journalism

January 21, 2016 11:10 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Much attention at the 2016 World Economic Forum has been focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With the proliferation of advanced robotics, the journalism field may face some drastic changes.

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Self-heating lithium-ion battery could beat the winter woes

January 21, 2016 9:38 am | by Penn State University | Comments

A lithium-ion battery that self heats if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit has multiple applications, but may have the most impact on relieving winter "range anxiety" for electric vehicle owners, according to a team of researchers.

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New nanosheet growth technique has potential to revolutionize nanotechnology industry

January 21, 2016 9:35 am | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

After six years of painstaking effort, a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison materials scientists believe their breakthrough in growing tiny sheets of zinc oxide could have huge implications for the future of nanomaterial manufacturing—and in turn, on a host of electronic and biomedical devices.

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Researchers go for the gold on a single chip

January 21, 2016 9:32 am | by LLNL | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have created a library of nanoporous gold structures on a single chip that has direct applications for high-capacity lithium ion batteries as well as neural interfaces.

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