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Secure passwords can be sent through your body, instead of air

Sending a password or secret code over airborne radio waves like WiFi or Bluetooth means anyone can eavesdrop, making those transmissions vulnerable to hackers who can attempt to break the encrypted code. (more…)

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Rian Buckley and Fitcode help women find jeans that fit through data and technology

The “a-ha!” moment came during one of her many modeling shoots, when Rian Buckley often wore clothes that were pinned, clipped and altered to fit her body shape. She saw repeatedly how the same clothes —  jeans in particular — can look drastically different on two models with the same clothing size. And she spent a lot of time listening to e-commerce retailers complain of lost revenue from returned clothing, especially denim, that didn’t fit. (more…)

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In a tumultuous election year, how data is revolutionizing politics

2016 has been a tumultuous year for American politics. The highly-involved electorate have raised concerns about everything from superdelegates to contested conventions. And the voters aren’t the only ones looking to make sense out of this year’s lengthy and complicated election process. As technological requirements grow on both sides of the political spectrum, companies like Microsoft are stepping in to meet the need. (more…)

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New Chip Architecture from GTRI may Provide Foundation for Quantum Computer

Quantum computers are in theory capable of simulating the interactions of molecules at a level of detail far beyond the capabilities of even the largest supercomputers today. Such simulations could revolutionize chemistry, biology and materials science, but the development of quantum computers has been limited by the ability to increase the number of quantum bits, or qubits, that encode, store and access large amounts of data. (more…)

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Coexisting in a Sea of Competition

Similar Diatom Species Seek Out Nutrients in Different Ways

Diversity of life abounds on Earth, and there’s no need to look any farther than the ocean’s surface for proof. There are over 200,000 species of phytoplankton alone, and all of those species of microscopic marine plants that form the base of the marine food web need the same basic resources to grow—light and nutrients. (more…)

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Solar Energy Costs and Benefits

Article by Tim Smith

When considering whether to go solar, perhaps the most deciding factor is the cost versus the benefits of converting to solar energy. It goes without saying that solar energy will save you money, but installing a solar power system for your home isn’t exactly cheap. These benefits to installing a solar power system as well as the costs can help you to perform a cost-benefit analysis and decide whether solar energy is right for you. (more…)

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Origin of Moon’s ‘ocean of storms’ revealed

New analysis, using data from NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft, has determined that the large dark patch on the western edge of the Moon’s near side is not an impact crater after all.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Oceanus Procellarum, a vast dark patch visible on the western edge of the Moon’s near side, has long been a source of mystery for planetary scientists. Some have suggested that the “ocean of storms” is part of a giant basin formed by an asteroid impact early in the Moon’s history. But new research published today in Nature deals a pretty big blow to the impact theory. (more…)

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Duck Migration Study Reveals Importance of Conserving Wetlands, MU Researchers Find

COLUMBIA, Mo. – During the 2011 and 2012 migration seasons, University of Missouri researchers monitored mallard ducks with new remote satellite tracking technology, marking the first time ducks have been tracked closely during the entirety of their migration from Canada to the American Midwest and back.  The research revealed that mallards use public and private wetland conservation areas extensively as they travel hundreds of miles across the continent. Dylan Kesler, an assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at MU, says these findings illustrate the importance of maintaining protected wetland areas. (more…)

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