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Red squirrels face leprosy threat
Scotland's red squirrels are facing a new threat from a form of leprosy, according to scientists in Edinburgh.
[BBC News UK]

Concerns grow over Iceland volcano
Overnight earthquakes raise fears that magma from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano could be heading towards another large volcanic system, scientists say.
[BBC News Europe]

In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?
Are young people losing the ability to read emotions in our digital world? Scientists report that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other screen did substantially better at reading emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who, as (...)
[Science daily]

Hacking Gmail with 92 percent success
Computer scientists have identified a weakness believed to exist in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that could be used to obtain personal information from unsuspecting users. They demonstrated the hack in an Android (...)
[Science daily]

Science Learning Comes to Your Fingertips as Function Space Launches New Beautifully Designed iOS App Covering Thousands of Topics, Introduces Powerful New Computational Engine on Website
Today, Function Space , the most comprehensive social learning network for science, is announcing the launch of its iOS app. The free app grants users access to the discussion-based community from anywhere on the globe, putting the power of knowledge right in your pocket. To download the free (...)
[WebWire Internet technology]

Science Learning Comes to Your Fingertips as Function Space Launches New Beautifully Designed iOS App Covering Thousands of Topics, Introduces Powerful New Computational Engine on Website
Today, Function Space , the most comprehensive social learning network for science, is announcing the launch of its iOS app. The free app grants users access to the discussion-based community from anywhere on the globe, putting the power of knowledge right in your pocket. To download the free (...)
[WebWire Mobile communications]

Agilent Technologies Setting New Standards in Mass Spectrometry, Lab Productivity
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced it will introduce a new range of laboratory solutions at the Korean Society for Mass Spectrometry (KSMS) 2014, Aug. 20-22. The new collection of instruments, software and services is intended to help scientists and researchers in Korea push (...)
[WebWire Computer networks]

Most complete Antarctic map for climate research made public
A new satellite image of Antarctica has been made available to the public, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change. Using Synthetic Aperture Radar with multiple polarization modes aboard the RADARSAT-2 satellite, the CSA (...)
[Science daily]

Research improves temperature modeling across mountainous landscapes
New research provides improved computer models for estimating temperature across mountainous landscapes. Accurate, spatially based estimates of historical air temperature within mountainous areas are critical as scientists and land managers look at temperature-driven changes to vegetation, (...)
[Science daily]

21 Scientific And Technical Achievements Under Consideration For 2014 Academy Awards®
The Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 21 scientific and technical achievements, 16 distinct investigations, have been selected for further awards consideration. The list is made public to allow individuals and (...)
[WebWire Consumer electronics]

Algorithm for reducing errors in transcriptome analysis
Researchers are proposing a new concept for signalome-wide analysis of changes in intracellular pathways, called OncoFinder, which allows for accurate and robust cross-platform analysis of gene expression data. This new technique will allow scientists to derive useful information from and (...)
[Science daily]

Promising ferroelectric materials suffer from unexpected electric polarizations
Scientists discover surprising head-to-head charge polarizations that impede performance in next-gen materials that might revolutionize data-driven devices.
[Science daily]

Researchers develop defense against cyberattacks
A group of journalists has reported the existence of the 'Hacienda' spy program. According to this report, five western intelligence agencies are using the Hacienda software to identify vulnerable servers across the world in order to control them and use them for their own purposes. Scientists (...)
[Science daily]

Key upgrade to genomics software will underpin global data sharing
The rapidly rising volume of genomic data means that genomic scientists need fast and efficient methods to share, analyse and store sequence information. A major upgrade of Samtools, one of the most popular next-generation sequence analysis tools, now supports the highly efficient CRAM format, (...)
[Science daily]

World's first 'smartphone' turns 20
A new exhibition at London's Science Museum celebrates 20 years since the first 'smartphone', the IBM Simon, went on sale.
[BBC]

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