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SLAC’s New Computer Science Division Teams with Stanford to Tackle Data Onslaught

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Alex Aiken, director of the new Computer Science Division at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, has been thinking a great deal about the coming challenges of exascale computing, defined as a billion billion calculations per second. That’s a thousand times faster than any computer today. Reaching this milestone is such a big challenge that it’s expected to take until the mid-2020s and require entirely new approaches to programming, data management and analysis, and numerous other aspects of computing.

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Fast, Stretchy Circuits Could Yield New Wave of Wearable Electronics

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A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has created the world's fastest stretchable, wearable integrated circuits, an advance that could drive the Internet of Things and a much more connected, high-speed wireless world.

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Media Telebriefing: NTP Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation Study: Partial Release of Findings

The associate director of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) will provide an update and answer questions about a series of rodent studies on potential cancer risks from cell phone radiofrequency radiation. NTP is releasing a report of its findings in rats. These findings are available at http://biorxiv.org/content/early/2016/05/26/055699. The report is titled, “Report of Partial Findings From the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley SD Rats (Whole Body Exposure).” Studies in mice are still underway. NTP is an interagency program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquartered at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Cyborgs Closer to Becoming a Reality of Human Evolution

Our excitement with and rapid uptake of technology – and the growing opportunities for artificial brain enhancement – are putting humans more firmly on the path to becoming cyborgs, according to evolution experts from the University of Adelaide.

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Metagenomics Pathogen Detection Tool Could Change How Infectious Diseases Are Diagnosed

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Scientists at the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, and IDbyDNA, Inc., have developed ultra-fast, meta-genomics analysis software called Taxonomer that dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of pathogen detection. In a paper published today in Genome Biology, the collaborators demonstrated the ability of Taxonomer to analyze the sequences of all nucleic acids in a clinical specimen (DNA and RNA) and to detect pathogens, as well as profile the patient’s gene expression, in a matter of minutes.

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UT System Institutions Fighting Stroke with New Tools and Technology

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UTHealth’s Mobile Stroke Unit —the nation’s first — is one of many ways the UT System’s 14 health and academic institutions are fighting stroke through research, technology and patient care.

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Long-Awaited National U.S. Study Finds Increased Cancer from Cell Phones

The renowned U.S. National Toxicology Program finds the same rare cancers of the brain and heart that occur more often in heavy cellphone users are also increased in experimental animals. This preliminary report should ring alarm bells around the world.

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Scientists Create “Magnetic Charge Ice"

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A team of scientists working at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and led by Northern Illinois University physicist and Argonne materials scientist Zhili Xiao has created a new material, called “rewritable magnetic charge ice,” that permits an unprecedented degree of control over local magnetic fields and could pave the way for new computing technologies.

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Which Free Web Apps for Collaboration Are the Most User-Friendly?

A study recently published in Ergonomics in Design noted the results of an evaluation of 20 popular apps for usability, including Google Drive, Skype, Doodle Poll, Gmail, Windows Hotmail, CoSketch, and DropBox.

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‘Wonderful’ and ‘Thankful’ Versus ‘Battle’ and ‘Enemy’ -- Do Women and Men Communicate Differently?

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In a computational analysis of the words used by more than 65,000 consenting Facebook users in some 10 million messages, it was discovered that women use language that is warmer and more agreeable than men.

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U of S Researcher Honoured for Next-Generation “Camera Pill” to Diagnose and Treat Gut Ailments

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A University of Saskatchewan (U of S) researcher who has improved the technology for taking pictures inside the human gut has won the 2016 Innovation Place–Industry Liaison Office Award of Innovation.

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New Argonne National Lab Program to Provide Entrepreneurs with Unparalleled Opportunity to Launch Clean Energy and Science-Based Ventures

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To meet this challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Argonne National Laboratory announced today a new innovation accelerator program for science and energy entrepreneurs called Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI).

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Missouri S&T Researcher Tracks Subsurface Water Flow

By combining computational mathematics and several engineering disciplines, a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher hopes to consistently predict the underground flow of water through porous terrain with large fractures and channels.

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Wearable Fitness Monitors Don't Motivate Exercise Says Study

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The results of a new study on physical activity have researchers asking what in the world will it take to get people moving.

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Oak Ridge National Laboratory Opening Chattanooga Office

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The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will open an office at EPB headquarters in Chattanooga’s Innovation District that will link local companies to the national laboratory’s resources and expertise.

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Hearing Snap, Crackle, Pop May Help Heal Your Knee

New acoustic device research reveals even a healthy knee makes cringeworthy sounds. But the audio can be turned into graphs, and researchers hope they will some day become medically useful.

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Caught on Camera: First Movies of Droplets Getting Blown Up by X-ray Laser

Researchers have made the first microscopic movies of liquids getting vaporized by the world’s brightest X-ray laser at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The new data could lead to better and novel experiments at X-ray lasers, whose extremely bright, fast flashes of light take atomic-level snapshots of some of nature’s speediest processes.

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University of Iowa researchers create iPad app to help K-12 teachers improve student behavior

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University of Iowa faculty, along with colleagues at Vanderbilt University, were recently awarded a three-year, nearly $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to further develop their self-monitoring behavior intervention app called Score It.

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NEST: Building of the Future Is Up and Running

A unique research and innovation platform has opened its doors: on 23 May 2016, the modular experimental building NEST was inaugurated on the Dübendorf campus of the two research institutes Empa and Eawag. Its official goal: to accelerate the innovation process in the building and energy sector by enabling research, industry and the public sector to co-develop sustainable technologies, materials and systems and test them under real-world conditions.

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Looking Beyond Conventional Networks Can Lead to Better Predictions

Network science enables an understanding and modeling of the interconnected world, whether social, biological, physical or organizational. New research from a team of University of Notre Dame researchers suggests that current algorithms can lead to erroneous analysis or predictions. The research team has developed a new algorithm that offers the promise of more precise network representation and accurate analysis.