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Sunday, November 9, 2014

ScienceDaily: Top Technology News

ScienceDaily: Top Technology News

Mars spacecraft, including MAVEN, reveal comet flyby effects on Martian atmosphere

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 12:47 PM PST

Two NASA and one European spacecraft have gathered new information about the basic properties of a wayward comet that buzzed by Mars Oct. 19, directly detecting its effects on the Martian atmosphere. Debris from the comet, known officially as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring, caused an intense meteor shower and added a new layer of ions, or charged particles, to the ionosphere.

Cybersecurity experts discover lapses in Heartbleed bug fix

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 10:18 AM PST

A detailed analysis by cybersecurity experts found that U.S. website administrators nationwide tasked with patching security holes exploited by the Heartbleed bug may not have done enough.

On the Trail of Proteins: Scientists electrochemically detect protein binding on semiconductors

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 10:17 AM PST

Scientists have succeeded in electrochemically detecting protein binding on semiconductor materials for the first time, thanks to a newly developed investigative method based on differences in electrical charge. Now the physicists are working on an optical process to detect and localize protein binding directly under a microscope, for example, a method that could launch new applications in medical research and diagnostics.

Maybe it wasn't the Higgs particle after all

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 08:10 AM PST

Last year CERN announced the finding of a new elementary particle, the Higgs particle. But maybe it wasn't the Higgs particle, maybe it just looks like it. And maybe it is not alone.

Satellite images shed light, or lack thereof, on the impact of the Syrian conflict

Posted: 07 Nov 2014 08:10 AM PST

An interesting new article hypothesizes that night-time light can be a useful source for monitoring humanitarian crises, such as that unfolding in Syria.

Plants return to Earth after growing in space

Posted: 06 Nov 2014 01:51 PM PST

Researchers have just welcomed a truck carrying small containers holding more than 1,000 frozen plants that germinated and grew aboard the International Space Station.

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