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2011-01-13 08:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tripping, a new travel social networking site with members in more than 100 countries, announced today the launch of Networks, a platform that connects travelers who share common interests and affiliations. Both public and private Networks are currently live on Tripping.com. Built on a social networking platform, Tripping helps travelers find locals who want to meet up for a drink, play tour guide and even provide a spare room or sofa, making...

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2010-11-23 10:56:26

Mechanical engineering at the molecular level In the nanoworld many things are different. Scientists only recently started unveiling and harnessing the underlying laws and principles. A team associated with Professor Johannes Barth from the Physics Department of the TU Muenchen have now succeeded in capturing rod-shaped molecules in a two-dimensional network in such a way that they autonomously form small rotors that turn in their honeycomb-like cages. Nature itself provides the role model...

2010-10-21 06:02:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Relationships mean different things to different people. For some, connecting with a friend, even if it is just on a social network, means they are keeping in touch. For others, keeping in touch means actually seeing and interacting with a friend, not just chatting online. But regardless of how Americans do it, are they more connected today than in the past? Almost three in five online adults (57%) say they feel more connected to people now than they did...

2010-09-29 06:59:00

TEL AVIV, Israel, September 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- A revolutionary new spherical nanostructure, fully derived from very simple organic elements, yet strong as steel, has been developed and characterized at the laboratories of Ehud Gazit of Tel Aviv University and Itay Rousso of the Weizmann Institute of Science. Lightweight and exceptionally strong, easy and inexpensive to produce, friendly to the environment and biologically compatible, these promising bio-inspired nano-spheres have...

2010-09-25 00:22:19

Scientists looked at the failure of coordination in sophisticated networks from the Web to flocking birds Individuals within a networked system coordinate their activities by communicating to each other information such as their position, speed, or intention. At first glance, it seems that more of this communication will increase the harmony and efficiency of the network. However, scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that this is only true if the communication and its...

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2010-08-05 11:44:05

Google Wave, a cross-platform, web-based application for real time communication that was announced in May 2009, is being dropped by the California-based technology firm due to a lack of interest, the company announced in a Wednesday afternoon blog entry. The application, which featured live character-by-character typing, the ability to drag-and-drop desktop files, image sharing, enhanced spell-checking, and a plethora of other features, "a high bar for what was possible in a web browser,"...

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2010-04-26 07:29:46

Toward intelligent and creative computers Information processing circuits in digital computers are static. In our brains, information processing circuits"”neurons"”evolve continuously to solve complex problems. Now, an international research team from Japan and Michigan Technological University has created a similar process of circuit evolution in an organic molecular layer that can solve complex problems. This is the first time a brain-like "evolutionary circuit" has been...

2009-11-11 17:25:26

Engineers at the University of Leeds have developed a simple technology which can be used in existing chemical reactors to ensure "right first time" drug crystal formation. Ensuring drug crystals are formed correctly is crucial to their efficacy and the efficiency of pharmaceutical manufacturers' operations. Using self-assembled monolayers, the team has been able to show that crystals form into their desired product form with the correct shape and particle structure, without the usual...

2009-10-21 07:30:00

MELBOURNE, Fla., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- In its latest effort to provide users with a more efficient way to search and navigate literature, Q-Sensei (www.qsensei.com) has expanded its offering to include the vast holdings of the World's largest library: the Library of Congress. The records added comprise more than 11 million hand-selected book titles from the 1600s up to present day. Q-Sensei collects and preprocesses data on literature. To support knowledge sharing about individual...

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2009-09-30 14:55:00

The new Google Wave tool, which merges e-mail, instant messaging and wiki-style editing, was made available to the publicly today. Describing it as "how e-mail would look if it were invented today", Google said the service will transform the way people communicate online. The trial will be open to 100,000 invitees, each of whom can nominate an additional five people to "join the Wave." A full consumer launch is expected early next year. The open source tool will allow third party developers...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.