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Monday, October 27, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top Technology News

ScienceDaily: Top Technology News

Hinode satellite captures X-ray footage of solar eclipse

Posted: 25 Oct 2014 12:27 PM PDT

The moon passed between the Earth and the sun on Thursday, Oct. 23. While avid stargazers in North America looked up to watch the spectacle, the best vantage point was several hundred miles above the North Pole. The Hinode spacecraft was in the right place at the right time to catch the solar eclipse. What's more, because of its vantage point Hinode witnessed a 'ring of fire' or annular eclipse.

The right to privacy in a big data world: When properly understood, privacy rules essential, experts say

Posted: 25 Oct 2014 12:25 PM PDT

In the digital age in which we live, monitoring, security breaches and hacks of sensitive data are all too common. It has been argued that privacy has no place in this big data environment and anything we put online can, and probably will, be seen by prying eyes. In a new article privacy law expert makes the case that when properly understood, privacy rules will be an essential and valuable part of our digital future.

Relationships benefit when parents, adult children use multiple communication channels

Posted: 24 Oct 2014 11:20 AM PDT

Adult children's relationship satisfaction with their parents is modestly influenced by the number of communication tools, such as cell phones, email, social networking sites, they use to communicate, research has found.

Jetpacks and flamethrowers: Team infuses science into 'Minecraft' modification

Posted: 24 Oct 2014 09:07 AM PDT

The 3-D world of the popular "Minecraft" video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, "Polycraft World."

Over-the-scope clipping device for endoscopic management of gastrointestinal defects is safe, effective

Posted: 23 Oct 2014 12:50 PM PDT

Over-the-scope clip placement is a safe and effective therapy for the closure of gastrointestinal defects such as anastomotic leaks, fistulae and perforations, a new study shows. Clinical success was best achieved in patients undergoing closure of perforations or leaks when over-the-scope clip placement was used for primary or rescue therapy. Overall clinical success for closure of perforations and leaks ranged between 90 percent and 73 percent; successful closure of fistulae was achieved in less than half of patients.

Should a Facebook 'like' be protected free speech?

Posted: 23 Oct 2014 11:20 AM PDT

One billion Facebook users generate 2.7 billion "likes" per day (or 1,875,000 every minute). Increasingly, social media has become a form of social and political engagement, and 47 percent of Facebook users have "liked" political cause-related comments. Protected free speech is a luxury the Western world has long enjoyed, authors of a new article say.

Some online shoppers pay more than others, study shows

Posted: 23 Oct 2014 10:22 AM PDT

Numerous instances of price steering and discrimination on many popular e-commerce retail and travel websites have been uncovered by new research. That's not necessarily a bad thing, researchers say -- so long as the companies are transparent.

New compounds for tunable OLED devices manufacturing

Posted: 23 Oct 2014 08:10 AM PDT

New organic compounds characterized by a higher modularity, stability and efficiency, have been developed by researchers. These compounds could be applicable in the semiconductors industry for using them in electronics or lighting.

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