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13. April 2015 11:40 Extreme hazards – rare, high-impact events – pose a serious and underestimated threat to humanity. The extremes of the broad ensemble of natural and anthropogenic hazards can lead to global disasters and catastrophes. Because they are rare and modern society lacks experience with them, they tend to be ignored in disaster risk management. While the probabilities of most natural hazards do not change much over time, the sensitivity of the built environment and the vulnerability of the embedded socio-economic fabric have increased rapidly. Exposure to geohazards has increased dramatically in recent decades and continues to do...
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18. March 2015 15:57 By Dr Francis Sedgemore *. Science publishing house Elsevier has just published a special issue of the journal Carbon dedicated to the European Science Foundation’s EuroGRAPHENE programme. Several of the editors involved in the new publication are associated with the Graphene Flagship, a consortium of academic and industrial partners, funded in part by the European Commission, which focuses on the need for Europe to address the big scientific and technological challenges through long-term, multidisciplinary R&D efforts. EuroGRAPHENE was the first Europe-wide initiative dedicated to the study of graphene from both fundamental science and applications perspectives. A precursor to the Graphene Flagship, EuroGRAPHENE was launched at the...
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Georgia Tech Research News has a new look, a new website and a new app. Please join us at www.rh.gatech.edu Original author: Melanie Goux...
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26. February 2015 12:18 The ad hoc Committee for the Review of the Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Report on Planetary Protection for Mars Special Regions was established jointly by the European Science Foundation and the US National Research Council to review the 2014 Mars Special Regions report issued by the MEPAG and suggest potential modifications to COSPAR’s current guidelines for the planetary protection requirements for such regions. The resulting report from the review shall include recommendations for an update of the planetary protection requirements for Mars Special Regions. The committee’s organizing meeting was held at the European Space...
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29. January 2015 11:55 The scientific community represented by about forty researchers and officials from research funding organisations gathered in Brussels on 23 January 2015 to present the outcomes of the European Science Foundation’s (ESF) Foresight Activity on Research in Quantum Biology (FarQBio). This exercise was initiated as a part of a larger initiative on quantum information (FARQUEST) and has resulted in a Forward Look report that provides insights into the latest evidence of quantum phenomena in biological systems. Quantum biology has developed over the past decade as a result of convergence between quantum physics and biology. This emerging field...
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22. January 2015 09:00 Security, the security of society and of individuals, is at the centre of concerns of contemporary society. In recent years it has, however, become clear that developing new technologies alone will not improve our security. It is now widely accepted that security depends as much on attitudes and behaviour of individuals and groups as on availability of new technological solutions. If we want to feel more secure, better protected, we need to better understand the social, cultural and psychological factors underlying human understanding of security but also of insecurity. This can only be achieved through contributions...
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15. January 2015 09:00 The European Commission recently published a Metallurgy Roadmap entitled “Metallurgy made in and for Europe - The Perspective of Producers and End-Users” considering the recommendations made by the ESF Materials Science and Engineering Expert Committee (MatSEEC) in its science position paper released in June 2012 and entitled “Metallurgy Europe – A Renaissance Programme for 2012-2022”. This roadmap is the result of consultations between experts, rapporteurs and stakeholder representatives launched in October 2013 and is an obvious continuation of the actions and programmes funded by the EC in the field of metallurgy, together with the creation of...
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Consumption of red meat has long been linked to the development of certain types of cancer. Now scientists believe they’ve found the culprit behind red meat’s carcinogenic effects. A new study reports that a sugar molecule found in the flesh of beef, lamb and pork could be triggering an immune response in humans that causes inflammation, which ultimately contributes to tumor growth. Long-term exposure to this sugar in mice caused a five-fold increase in their chances of developing cancer. Not So Sweet Sugar Humans are the only carnivores that face an increased risk of cancer as a result of eating...
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A long time ago it took a decently powerful desktop computer to run a major RPG title like Knights of the Old Republic from the Star Wars universe. Fast forward a few years that computing power can now be found in devices that fit in the palm of your hand. To prove that point, Aspyr Media, Inc. has released the full Knights of the Old Republic game for Android devices. For those who never played Knights of the Old Republic in the past, the story takes place 4,000 years before the events revealed in the Star Wars movies. Players find...
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T-Mobile’s John Legere takes center stage in a new holiday video from the Un-Carrier. Inspired by A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, Legere recounts the happy times T-Mobile has experienced during 2014 and some of the benefits they have made available to customers since they launched their Un-Carrier strategy. Legere also takes some digs at T-Mobile’s main competitors, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint. If you want to check it out, hit the break to view the video. Just note there are a couple, depending on where you work, NSFW words included in the message. Original author: Jeff Causey...
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Earlier this year Google started to share information about their Self-Driving Car Project, an initiative to develop a driverless vehicle. After their initial reveal and some subsequent appearances, Google continued work on the project to bring together all of the different “prototypes” they have in development. Today they unveiled the results of that work, their first complete build of a self-driving vehicle. As the team explained in a Google+ post, there have been a variety of systems and components to be developed and tested over the past several months. These include traditional automobile systems like steering and braking as well...
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Fans of game titles from developer Noodlecake Studios will be pleased to see Humble Bundle’s latest bundle of games as all the apps come from Noodlecake. If you just stick with the basic bundle and name your own price below the average, you get the following titles: Polymer Glorkian Warriar: The Trials of Glork Pumped BMX 2 Super Stickman Golf 2 If you pay more than the average price when you place your order, which was $6.55 at the time of this writing, you also unlock: Devious Dungeon Tower Dwellers Mikey Boots several more titles to be announced at a...
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LG has finally launched the LTE variant of its G Pad 8.0 in South Korea. The slate is listed as available on the manufacturer’s online store for ₩ 330,000 ($300) in both black and white colorways. For those who need a refresher, the G Pad 8.0 features an 8-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable up to 64GB). Out of the box, the tablet will run the latest build of Android 4.4.2 KitKat skinned with LG’s Optimus custom user interface. The device is,...
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As we close on 2014, and approach 2015, it doesn’t hurt to take a step back and reflect on what was accomplished and what didn’t work out so well during the year. 2014, without a doubt, showed off some great new tech like Android Wear, and virtual reality is finally showing tangible signs of life. Even Apple decided to finally do something new (for itself) and make a reasonable phone size. 2014, as it’s winding down, is also showing some rather dangerous indications of what might be in store for Android OEMs in 2015. Sharp declines in sales, market stagnation...
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Everyone will head to Las Vegas for CES 2015 next month. To build hype, ASUS has released a teaser video for what it has coming to the Zen line. The video starts with a quote from physician Lewis Thomas and then scenes of liquid metal moving around. Briefly near the end, a handset appears. It seemingly has a two-button setup on the rear (like the LG G3) and two cameras. ASUS closes the video with the message “see what others can’t see.” Hit the break for the video. Original author: Justin Herrick...
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The new year is approaching and that means new devices are incoming. Huawei is among the many companies that are expected to introduce new hardware early next year. An image of an alleged Huawei handset appeared on Weibo. It is believed to be the Ascend Mate 7 Plus because of how it resembles the original Ascend Mate 7. The word “Plus” is included because everything is, surprise, larger. The rear speaker is elongated for example. The color and shaping is nearly identical to the Ascend Mate 7. Via: GizmoChina Original author: Justin Herrick...
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The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) is pleased to name 35 exceptional MIT undergraduates as Burchard Scholars for 2015. The award honors sophomores and juniors who demonstrate academic excellence in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, as well as in science and engineering. Burchard Scholars can come from any school or department of the Institute, and this year’s honorees major and minor in a range of disciplines, including civil engineering, literature, chemistry, political science, electrical engineering, music, physics, mathematics, biology, media studies, and economics. "What binds the group together," says Margery Resnick, professor of literature and director of the...
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Kodak is a renowned name in the image sensor industry owing to its years of experience in the field. The company has now teamed up with the Bullitt Group to bring a new range of Android devices at the upcoming CES 2015 event. While there are no details on the smartphones that are expected to break cover at CES, it is said that they will feature “great” design and an easy to use user interface. “Kodak is one of the world’s most recognisable brands. It is trusted by consumers as a marque of quality and innovation,” says Oliver Schulte, CEO Bullitt Mobile. “We’ve...
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Samsung announced the arrival of the Tizen powered Z1 smartphone in India earlier today. Naturally, this means that the hardware of the smartphone is out in the open. So what can we expect from the smartphone? By a quick glance at the hardware specs sheet, it’s clear that the smartphone will only cater to the budget market segment. Samsung has included features like the auto selfie mode to target the selfie bugs. On the hardware front, the smartphone comes with a 4 inch 480 x 800 display, a 1.2 GHz dual core processor of unknown make, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of...
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Laboratory employees gather (with Santa!) as more than 100 boxes of gifts donated by Lab employees will be delivered to Colonial Youth and Family Services to help make the holidays a little brighter for local neighbors. Brookhaven Lab employees certainly believe this is the season for giving.  For the third consecutive year, Lab employees partnered with Colonial Youth and Family Services (CYFS) of Mastic for the Adopt-A-Family program by donating gifts that will help some of our less fortunate neighbors enjoy the holiday season. Over 100 boxes filled with clothing, toys, electronics, and gift cards — all donated by Lab...
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Formate channel FocA from the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, some strains of which cause cholera The first beamlines dedicated to life sciences at the newly constructed National Synchrotron Light Source II are the three ABBIX beamlines — Advanced Beamlines for Biological Investigations with X-rays. On January 28-29, 2015, a workshop will be held to explore and discuss scientific areas and opportunities on which early operation of the beamlines could capitalize.  Confirmed invited speakers: Karen Allen, Boston University Martin Caffrey, Trinity College Dublin Richard Gillilan, Cornell University Wayne Hendrickson, Columbia University Andre Hoelz, California Institute of Technology Shenping Liu, Pfizer Lee Makowski,...
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Think that sparrow whistling outside your bedroom window is nothing more than pleasant background noise?  A new paper from a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) suggests that we can apply what we know about songbirds to our understanding of human speech production — and, therefore, come closer to identifying and potentially even reducing the prevalence of disorders like stuttering and Huntington’s Disease. In a paper published in Science this month, CSAIL postdoc Andreas Pfenning and collaborators at Duke University compared genetic maps of brain tissue from three groups: humans, vocal-learning birds, and non-vocal-learning birds and primates. Their...
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Senior Elizabeth Dethy (left) and freshman Emily Penn represented MIT on the 2014 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Field Hockey All-Star second team.Photo: DSPics.comOriginal linkOriginal author: Karin Brown | DAPER...
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Novel brain measurement software used in major MS study(22/12/14) Icometrix, a biotechnology company focused on unique projects for diagnosing and treating multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, has designed new software for the measurement of brain lesions and brain volumes and their changes over time. MS, a chronic and neurological condition that affects about 2.5 million people throughout the world, is often first detected in patients at a young age, and the company expects to improve diagnosis and treatment options with the measurements.Icometrix expects its new software to be able to help MS patients who need to keep track of their brain...
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22. December 2014 14:35 The European Science Foundation (ESF) was commissioned by the Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA) to conduct an evaluation of OTKA in the five-year period 2009 – 2013. The scope of the evaluation included an assessment of OTKA’s governance and management structures, its funding portfolio (alignment with strategic goals, internationalisation, etc.) and the efficiency and transparency of the procedures for funding schemes. The overall goal was to identify strengths and make recommendations for further improvement to governance and management structures. The report can be downloaded under the "files" link at the bottom of the page   The...
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