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X-rays of living cell is world’s first

X-rays of living cell is world’s first

A team of researchers with Germany's DESY have developed a way to x-ray living cells, something that provides a better look at the structure and function than traditionally used methods, which involves killing the cell and fixing it with chemicals. The information was detailed in the journal Physical Review Letters.

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Google joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Google joins Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

Today Google has made clear their intent on joining the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, a worldwide organization dedicated to standards, policies, and technology for the greater good of human health. Google’s role in this group will be to contribute toward refining technology and evolving the health research ecosystem for the whole planet.

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World’s oldest cheese found buried with Chinese mummies

World’s oldest cheese found buried with Chinese mummies

When you think of mummies, odds are you mind goes to Egypt automatically. The Egyptians weren't the only people to mummify their dead in ancient times. A group of archaeologists studying Chinese mummies has made an interesting discovery that has nothing to do with the mummification process itself. The team has discovered what they say is the world's oldest cheese.

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SeaOrbiter hits crowdfunding goal

SeaOrbiter hits crowdfunding goal

Recall the SeaOrbiter we detailed back in November? It has hit its crowdfunding goal of about $444,700 USD, and as such is destined to set sail for ocean parts unknown. With the vessel, voids and deficits in oceanic research will be filled, and researchers will have an awesome aquatic research center through which to study.

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iPhone still dominates US says NPD (with phablets the losers)

iPhone still dominates US says NPD (with phablets the losers)

Suggestions that Apple needs to make a big-screen iPhone if it wants to stay relevant in the US may be premature, NPD data indicates, with the 4-inch iOS handset dominating smartphone sales in 2013 as "phablets" took only a small slice of the pie. Price and brand cachet are seen as two key reasons for sluggish adoption of phones with screens 5.3-inches or bigger, such as Samsung's Galaxy Note line, with handsets in that category amounting for just 4-percent of overall smartphone sales in Q4 in the US.

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Study turns selfies into a science

Study turns selfies into a science

Seflies -- images one takes of him or herself, often with the front-facing camera on their smartphone -- has become a digital world staple so common the word has made its way into the dictionary. As such, it isn't surprising one team of researchers conducted a mass study of thousands of images, breaking them down into details like pose, location, and gender.

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NASA captures Supernova star secrets on camera

NASA captures Supernova star secrets on camera

NASA has captured the first images of a star's supernova remains, having snapped the burst of radioactive material from the death hundreds of years ago of a star at least eight times larger our own sun. Images from the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) show Cassiopeia A (Cas A), the remains of a huge star, that consists of a "dense stellar corpse" surrounded by the ejected remains. Light from the explosion itself first reached Earth hundreds of years back, NASA says.

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That huge Earth-skimming asteroid? We lost it

That huge Earth-skimming asteroid? We lost it

An asteroid roughly the size of three football pitches that was expected to hurtle past Earth last night has been lost by astronomers, after attempts to track 2000 EM26 during its 27,000 mph fly-by were scuppered by frozen telescopes. The space rock was on course to pass Earth at a distance of around 1.62 million miles, close enough to earn it the classification of "Near Earth Object" (NEO) though not, NASA and researchers were keen to point out, any sort of suggestion that our planet might be in danger. Unfortunately, now they can't find it again.

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K-Glass AR chip promises all-day wearables using human eye tricks

K-Glass AR chip promises all-day wearables using human eye tricks

A dedicated augmented reality chip that works just like human vision could open the door to wearables like Google's Glass running all day on a single charge, by only analyzing the most important details in view. The K-Glass AR processor, developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), takes a different approach to the do-it-in-software strategy Glass and other recent wearables projects have adopted, relying on customized hardware to trim power consumption by up to 76-percent, according to researchers.

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