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Wearables for sharks: Life-logging misunderstood predators

Wearables for sharks: Life-logging misunderstood predators

2014 may be "the year of wearables" but sharks probably won't be Google or Fitbit's next target audience, despite groundbreaking new research by the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the University of Tokyo to see exactly what the fearsome predators get up to. While sharks may be well known for inspiring terror in movies like Jaws, scientists actually know relatively little about their underwater lives. Now, thanks to what's described as "flight data recorders for sharks" the researchers have been able to fill in some of the gaps in knowledge.

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NASA releases flock of CubeSat nanosatellites from ISS

NASA releases flock of CubeSat nanosatellites from ISS

NASA has deployed a flock of CubeSat miniature satellites from the International Space Station, sharing an image of the NanoRacks hardware being released from the end of a customized robotic arm. The satellites - each around the size of a loaf of bread - are part of a 33-strong fleet the majority of which will be used by Planet Labs for its project to provide open access to high-resolution imagery of Earth.

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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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