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A warm dark matter search using XMASS: Editors' suggestion of Physical Review Letters

October 7, 2014 - 7:20am
The XMASS collaboration, led by Yoichiro Suzuki at the Kavli IPMU, has reported its latest results on the search for warm dark matter. Their results rule out the possibility that super-weakly interacting massive bosonic particles (bosonic super-WIMPs) constitute all dark matter in the universe. This result was published in the September 19th issue of the Physical Review Letters as an Editors' Suggestion.

Observing the Birkeland currents

October 6, 2014 - 11:34am
When the supersonic solar wind hits the Earth's magnetic field, a powerful electrical connection occurs with Earth's field, generating millions of amperes of current that drive the dazzling auroras. These so-called Birkeland currents connect the ionosphere to the magnetosphere and channel solar wind energy to Earth's uppermost atmosphere. Solar storms release torrential blasts of solar wind that cause much stronger currents and can overload power grids and disrupt communications and navigation.

Children understand familiar voices better than those of strangers

October 6, 2014 - 11:29am
Familiar voices can improve spoken language processing among school-age children, according to a study. However, the advantage of hearing a familiar voice only helps children to process and understand words they already know well, not new words that aren’t in their vocabularies.

Observing the Birkeland currents

October 6, 2014 - 10:14am
When the supersonic solar wind hits the Earth's magnetic field, a powerful electrical connection occurs with Earth's field, generating millions of amperes of current that drive the dazzling auroras. These so-called Birkeland currents connect the ionosphere to the magnetosphere and channel solar wind energy to Earth's uppermost atmosphere. Solar storms release torrential blasts of solar wind that cause much stronger currents and can overload power grids and disrupt communications and navigation.

Testimony: Obsolete tests tainted shale analysis

October 5, 2014 - 10:23pm

State regulators did not consider available water chemistry test results and had limited knowledge of past spills and leaks at Range Resources' Yeager Farm shale gas development site in Washington County before deciding the operation did not contaminate the nearby private water supply of Loren Kiskadden, according to testimony last week in the ongoing case before the state Environmental Hearing Board in Pittsburgh. A state Department of Environmental Protection geologist also testified that a hydro-geological report he wrote in response to Mr. Kiskadden's contamination complaint contained an unattributed conclusion by Range Resources' that an analysis of Mr. Kiskadden's water, "does not indicate contamination by gas well drilling."

Sounds of science: Japan leads push for high-res audio

October 5, 2014 - 2:57am
A quarter of a century after the Walkman made music portable and turned Sony into a household name around the world, the company is hoping to set the agenda again with "high-res" audio.

Law enforcement grapples with iPhone's enhanced encryption

October 3, 2014 - 9:20am
Apple is no stranger to disruption, having upended the music business with iTunes and the mobile industry with the iPhone. But now, some law enforcement officials are warning that the company is threatening to disrupt their efforts to fight crime.

Apple won't shut down Beats Music, but it will probably revamp it (+video)

October 2, 2014 - 7:31pm

Apple denies that it will shut down Beats Music. What will Apple do with the fledgling Beats Music streaming service?

Software for Google glass that provides captions for hard-of-hearing users

October 2, 2014 - 2:26pm
Speech-to-text software for Google Glass has been created that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech is converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display.

New software for Google Glass provides captions for hard-of-hearing users

October 2, 2014 - 1:40pm
A team of Georgia Institute of Technology researchers has created speech-to-text software for Google Glass that helps hard-of-hearing users with everyday conversations. A hard-of-hearing person wears Glass while a second person speaks directly into a smartphone. The speech is converted to text, sent to Glass and displayed on its heads-up display.

Discovery could prevent development of brain tumors in children

October 2, 2014 - 12:18pm
A mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumor found in children, has been discovered by researchers. The team found that a protein known as Sonic Hedgehog induces DNA damage causes the cancer to develop.

Panasonic shuts DVD-player plant in Slovakia

October 2, 2014 - 10:00am
Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said Thursday said it will close its Blu-ray and DVD player plant in eastern Slovakia as a result of declining sales.

New study first to document the voices of fish larvae

October 2, 2014 - 7:24am
A new study has documented that fish larvae produce sound. These 'knock' and 'growl' sounds may help small larvae maintain group cohesion in the dark.

Auditory system: The ruffling effect of rumble

October 2, 2014 - 7:24am
Barely perceptible low-frequency signals nevertheless activate measurable responses in our auditory circuits. Neurobiologists have now characterized the remarkable impact of low-frequency sounds on the inner ear.

A discovery could prevent the development of brain tumours in children

October 1, 2014 - 10:00pm
(Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal) Scientists at the IRCM in Montréal discovered a mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumour found in children. The team, led by Frédéric Charron, PhD, found that a protein known as Sonic Hedgehog induces DNA damage, which causes the cancer to develop. This important breakthrough will be published in the October 13 issue of the prestigious scientific journal Developmental Cell. The editors also selected the article to be featured on the journal's cover.

Auditory system: The ruffling effect of rumble

October 1, 2014 - 10:00pm
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) Barely perceptible low-frequency signals nevertheless activate measurable responses in our auditory circuits. Neurobiologists at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have now characterized the remarkable impact of low-frequency sounds on the inner ear.

New frontier in error-correcting codes

October 1, 2014 - 12:26pm
Error-correcting codes are one of the glories of the information age: They're what guarantee the flawless transmission of digital information over the airwaves or through copper wire, even in the presence of the corrupting influences that engineers call "noise."

New frontier in error-correcting codes

October 1, 2014 - 11:32am
Error-correcting codes are one of the glories of the information age: They're what guarantee the flawless transmission of digital information over the airwaves or through copper wire, even in the presence of the corrupting influences that engineers call "noise."

Industry's thinnest battery connector corresponding to 6 ampere high current capacity

October 1, 2014 - 7:28am
Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed a battery connector to FPC (Flexible Printed Circuit) board corresponding to high current capacity and boasting the industry's thinnest thickness. It is useful in the connection of the battery to the electric circuit in smartphones, tablets, and other wearable devices using embedded batteries.

Using intelligence to unlock the market for electric vehicles

October 1, 2014 - 7:25am
Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. One important piece of this jigsaw could be the increased commercialisation of electric cars, which use carbon-free energy sources and emit no CO2 or other pollutants. As an added bonus, electric vehicles also create less noise and vibration.