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Hack-Proof RFID Chips

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New technology could secure credit cards, key cards, and pallets of goods in warehouses.

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Scientist Creates AI Algorithm to Monitor Machinery Health

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An artificial intelligence algorithm created by University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) principal research scientist Dr. Rodrigo Teixeira greatly increases accuracy in diagnosing the health of complex mechanical systems.

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Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Sensing From Mobile Devices May Help Improve Bus Service

Transportation engineers from the University of Washington developed an inexpensive system to sense Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals from bus passengers' mobile devices and collect data to build better transit systems.

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Press Passes Available for Experimental Biology 2016 in San Diego

Six scientific societies will hold their joint scientific sessions and annual meetings, known as Experimental Biology (EB), from April 2-6, in San Diego.

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Spread of Algal Toxin Through Marine Food Web Broke Records in 2015

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While Dungeness crab captured headlines, record levels of the neurotoxin domoic acid were found in a range of species, and the toxin showed up in new places.

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Trinidadian Guppies Help 7th Graders Understand Evolution

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7th graders conducted classroom experiments using live Trinidadian guppies to test questions related to evolution, increasing both knowledge about and acceptance of evolutionary concepts.

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What Motivates People to Walk and Bike? It Varies by Income

Built environment factors that motivate people to walk and bike vary by income, University of Washington researchers have found. Neighborhood density, accessible destinations and fewer vehicles were associated with more walking and biking in lower-income groups, while neighborhood attractiveness mattered for higher-income groups.

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Dogfighting Bees Perform Aerial Combat Right at Researcher’s Front Door

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Simple consumer-grade equipment was used to study the combat flight behaviors of carpenter bees right at the researcher’s home.

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How Three Genes You’Ve Never Heard of May Influence Human Fertility

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Variation in egg-coat and sperm expressed genes influences fertility in diverse organisms, from sea stars to mice to humans.

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UTSA-Led Team Finds Black Hole Affecting Galactic Climate

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Researchers used NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory, launched and deployed in 1999 by Space Shuttle Columbia.

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Snakes Show That Eating Can Be Bad for Your Health

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New research on snakes shows that eating increases the amount of damaging reactive molecules in the body, potentially shaping and constraining life history evolution across animal groups.

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Zombified Caterpillars Forced to Carb-Load by Parasitoid Wasps

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Parasitoid wasps manipulate their caterpillar hosts into eating a more wasp-friendly diet.

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Masdar Institute Research Successfully Proves UAE Desert Sand Can Store Solar Energy up to 1000°C

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The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced that its researchers have successfully demonstrated that desert sand from the UAE could be used in concentrated solar power (CSP) facilities to store thermal energy up to 1000°C.

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Beneficial Self-Harming: Sea Slugs Protect Themselves by Self-Cutting

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New research zeroes in on how the hooded sea slug safely loses limbs.

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Teaching Machines to See

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New smartphone-based system could accelerate development of driverless cars.

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Auroral Mystery Solved: Sudden Bursts Caused by Swirling Charged Particles

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Japanese supercomputer model overthrows existing theory of auroral breakup.

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10,000-Year Record Shows Dramatic Uplift at Andean Volcano

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Ongoing studies of a massive volcanic field in the Andes mountains show that the rapid uplift which has raised the surface more than six feet in eight years has occurred many times during the past 10,000 years.

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URI Undergrad’s Research Questions Scientific ‘Discoveries’ of Human-Associated Fungi in Seafloor Sediments

A URI undergraduate has investigated six research papers claiming discoveries of human-associated fungi living in seafloor sediments and concluded that they were likely the result of contaminated samples.

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The Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Is Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for this round of proposals is January 15, 2016. Candidates will be notified of decisions by the end of February 2016. The Institute pays a competitive rate--and covers expenses--for investigative reporting that advances social and economic justice. All stories are published in In These Times magazine and on InTheseTimes.com.

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Plunging Into the Ionosphere: Satellite's Last Days Improve Orbital Decay Predictions

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Scientists are learning more about how the upper atmosphere and ionosphere affect space satellites as well as communications and navigation here on Earth, thanks to new data from a U.S. Air Force satellite that recently completed a more than seven-year mission.