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Sensors detect spoiled meat

April 15, 2015 11:32 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

The researchers have filed for a patent on the technology and hope to license it for commercial development.

Nokia aims to become networks giant with alcatel-lucent deal

April 15, 2015 11:27 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

This bid that will see the newly created company become a leading global networks operator.

Touch sensing neurons are multitaskers

April 13, 2015 2:12 pm | by Johns Hopkins | News | Comments

Two types of touch information — the feel of an object and the position of an animal’s limb —...

Researchers grow cardiac tissue from 'Spider Silk'

April 13, 2015 1:50 pm | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | News | Comments

Genetically engineered fibers of the protein spidroin, which is the construction material for...

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Firms push high-tech solutions to fortify airport perimeters

April 13, 2015 1:35 pm | by Martha Mendoza and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Technology firms increasingly pitch new sensors and software to U.S. airports as a way to bolster exterior security and keep intruders out, but such digital barriers come with a hefty price tag and don't always work.

Baltimore police often surveil cellphones amid U.S. secrecy

April 10, 2015 12:56 pm | by Jack Gillum and Juliet Linderman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Baltimore Police Department has an agreement with the U.S. government to withhold certain information about secretive cellphone surveillance technology from the public and even the courts.

Bullish on clean energy

April 10, 2015 12:50 pm | by Alvin Powell, Harvard Gazette | News | Comments

In a talk at the Kennedy School on Tuesday, physicist Amory Lovins outlined a path to a clean-energy future in the United States.

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Breath test for detecting head and neck cancer

April 10, 2015 12:45 pm | by Laure-Anne Pessina, EPFL | News | Comments

A portable device can detect the presence of certain types of cancer in people's breath. Tested on patients, the new device was developed in part by EPFL researchers as part of an international collaboration.

Evolutionary relic

April 2, 2015 3:56 pm | by Bonnie Prescott, Harvard Univ. | News | Comments

Pseudogenes, a subclass of long noncoding RNA  that developed from the human genome’s 20,000 protein-coding genes but has lost the ability to produce proteins, have long been considered nothing more than genomic junk.

Researchers "smell" new receptors that underlie many actions of anesthetic drug

April 2, 2015 3:48 pm | by Univ. of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Penn Medicine researchers are continuing their work in trying to understand the mechanisms through which anesthetics work to elicit the response that puts millions of Americans to sleep for surgeries each day.

Scientists win $3.3M grant to accelerate treatment development for intellectual disability, autism, epilepsy

April 2, 2015 3:40 pm | by The Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have been awarded $3.3 million by the National Institutes of Health to identify biomarkers to accelerate drug development for disorders including autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy and some types of intellectual disability.

Engineers create boot-like walking device to make walking easier

April 2, 2015 3:33 pm | by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press | News | Comments

Engineers have come up with a motor-free device to make walking more efficient and easier - something scientists once thought couldn't be done.

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"New wave" of GMOs: Pink pineapples, purple tomatoes

April 2, 2015 3:04 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

With recent government approval of potatoes that don't bruise and apples that don't brown, a new generation of genetically modified foods is headed to grocery shelves.

Tesla denies reports about gigafactory construction delay

March 10, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is denying reports that construction has been delayed on its gigafactory about 15 miles east of Reno.                     

Detection of gamma rays from a newly discovered dwarf galaxy may point to dark matter

March 10, 2015 1:36 pm | by Kevin Stacey, Brown Univ. | News | Comments

Scientists have detected for the first time gamma rays emanating from a dwarf galaxy. Such a detection may be the signal of dark matter particles annihilating, a long-sought prediction of many dark matter theories.        

Stanford launches smartphone app to study heart health

March 10, 2015 1:24 pm | by Tracie White, Stanford University | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine launched a first-of-its-kind iPhone app as an easy-to-use research tool that will enable users to help advance the understanding of the health of the human heart.       

The secret of wrinkling, folding, and creasing

March 9, 2015 12:16 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

New research provides a general formula for understanding how layered materials form different surface patterns.                         

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Tiny nanoparticles could make big impact for patients in need of cornea transplant

March 9, 2015 12:01 pm | by Johns Hopkins Univ. | News | Comments

Animal study shows that a nanoparticle applied at the time of surgery slowly releases needed medicine to reduce risk of rejection after eye surgery.                   

Google providing car insurance in latest expansion

March 9, 2015 11:39 am | by Michael Lietdke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is helping California drivers shop for car insurance as part of a new service that could foreshadow the Internet company's latest attempt to shake up a long-established industry.            

Apple Watch anticipation: features, functions unveiled

March 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

CEO Tim Cook is expected to unveil the company's newest device and make the case for why it's a must-have gadget at a San Francisco event later Monday.                  

President Obama announcing effort to boost high-tech training, hiring

March 9, 2015 11:28 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn , Associated Press | News | Comments

Targeting stagnant wages in an otherwise improving economy, President Barack Obama is calling on employers, educational institutions and local governments to ramp up training and hiring of high-technology in an effort to drive up higher-income employment.

A123: Apple Poached Engineers

February 19, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Battery maker A123 Systems is suing Apple, claiming it aggressively poached some key staff members in violation of their nondisclosure and non-compete agreements when they left A123.  

Global rainfall satellites require massive overhaul

February 13, 2015 10:43 am | by Melissa Osgood, Cornell Univ. | News | Comments

Circling hundreds of miles above Earth, weather satellites are working round-the-clock to provide rainfall data that are key to a complex system of global flood prediction. A new Cornell Univ. study warns that the existing system of space-based rainfall observation satellites requires a serious overhaul.

GM to build 200-mile electric car at Michigan plant

February 12, 2015 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An electric car with a 200-mile range and a price tag of $37,500 will be built at a General Motors factory north of Detroit, the company announced Thursday.                 

Cerebral palsy - it can be in your genes

February 12, 2015 11:29 am | by Univ. of Adelaide | News | Comments

An international research group led by a team at the University of Adelaide has made what they believe could be the biggest discovery into cerebral palsy in 20 years.                

Evolution of a natural gene network explored by Yale researchers

February 12, 2015 11:24 am | by Bill Hathaway, Yale Univ. | News | Comments

Scientists have extensive knowledge of how mutations of single genes during evolution can have a fitness cost or benefit for the host organism. However, genes are often embedded into complex regulatory networks. The role of these gene networks in evolution is less well understood. 

Tackling the "achilles' heel" of OLED displays

February 12, 2015 11:15 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Flexible smartphones and color-saturated television displays were some highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Showcase, held in January in Las Vegas.                 

Startup could change the way high school students practice music

February 12, 2015 11:09 am | by Purdue Univ. | News | Comments

A Purdue startup has developed a gamified learning management system that is being tested in Indiana high schools and could help music students develop better practice habits and assist teachers in distributing learning materials and announcements through a communication platform.

SpaceX launches observatory on 3rd try, nixes landing test

February 12, 2015 11:04 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Wednesday.                    

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