3-D models help scientists gauge flood impact

3-D models help scientists gauge flood impact
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New firewall protects cellphones from security threat

New firewall protects cellphones from security threat
Some 400 million people change their phone's components, such as touchscreens, chargers, and battery or sensor assemblies, which are all susceptible to significant security breaches and attacks. These components, referred to as 'field replaceable units (FRUs),' communicate with the phone CPU over simple interfaces with no authentication mechanisms or error detection capabilities. Cyber security researchers have developed an innovative firewall program that adds a missing layer of security in And…
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Why don't my document photos rotate correctly?

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A new technique that can correct a phone's orientation by tracking the rotation sensor in a phone has now been developed. When people take document photos their smartphones become parallel to the documents on a flat surface. This intention of photographing documents can be easily recognizable because gravity falls onto the phone's surface. The current orientation can be tracked by monitoring the occurrence of significant rotation.…
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Clear view on stem cell development

Clear view on stem cell development
Today, tracking the development of individual cells and spotting the associated factors under the microscope is nothing unusual. However, impairments like shadows or changes in the background complicate the interpretation of data. Now, researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Zentrum München have developed a software that corrects images to make hitherto hidden development steps visible. When stem cells develop into specialized cells, this happens in multiple ste…
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How to build software for a computer 50 times faster than anything in the world

How to build software for a computer 50 times faster than anything in the world
Imagine you were able to solve a problem 50 times faster than you can now. With this ability, you have the potential to come up with answers to even the most complex problems faster than ever before. Researchers behind the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Exascale Computing Project want to make this capability a reality, and are doing so by creating tools and technologies for exascale supercomputers -- computing systems at least 50 times faster than those used today. These tools will advance re…
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New software tool could help doctors diagnose genetic diseases

New software tool could help doctors diagnose genetic diseases
An open-source software tool called Mendel,MD could help doctors analyze patients' genetic data in order to diagnose diseases caused by mutations. Developed by Raony Cardenas and colleagues at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, the tool is presented in a new study in PLOS Computational Biology. Diseases caused by genetic mutations can be challenging to diagnose. Sequencing of a patient's entire genome or exome -- the part of the genome used to build proteins -- now offers an effective…
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'Charliecloud' simplifies Big Data supercomputing

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At Los Alamos National Laboratory, home to more than 100 supercomputers since the dawn of the computing era, elegance and simplicity of programming are highly valued but not always achieved. In the case of a new product, dubbed "Charliecloud," a crisp 800-line code helps supercomputer users operate in the high-performance world of Big Data without burdening computer center staff with the peculiarities of their particular software needs. "Charliecloud lets users easily run crazy new things on our…
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Preventing software from causing injury

Preventing software from causing injury
Workplace injuries don't just come from lifting heavy things or falling off a ladder. People with desk jobs can develop debilitating hand and wrist problems that make it difficult to work, and poorly designed software could be to blame. However, researchers at the Texas A&M School of Public Health are creating tools to that could help develop safer software. A study published in Applied Ergonomics details the creation of a "Self-Report Ergonomic Assessment Tool," or SEAT, which is designed as a …
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Transforming how complex marine data is synthesized

Transforming how complex marine data is synthesized
In 2012, scientists at UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) launched the Ocean Health Index (OHI), a scientific framework to measure and track the health of the world's oceans. Working in partnership with the nonprofit Conservation International, the OHI team measured the combined benefits that oceans sustainably provide for people -- from wild-caught and farmed seafood to habitats that protect coastlines. Annual status reports show how and where to im…
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