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Smartphone, Identity Theft, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Cyberattack, ATM, Digital Camera, Iphone, Samsung Galaxy

Your Smartphone’s Next Trick? Fighting Cybercrime.

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A University at Buffalo-led team of researchers has discovered how to identify smartphones by examining just one photo taken by the device. The advancement opens the possibility of using smartphones — instead of body parts — as a form of identification to deter cybercrime.

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Climate Change, Climate, Paleoclimatology, Ice Core, ice, Tibet

Researchers Capture Oldest Ice Core Ever Drilled Outside the Polar Regions

The oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions may contain ice that formed during the Stone Age—more than 600,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared.

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Eclipse, Plants, Circadian, Circadian Rhythm, Solar Eclipse, Plant Biology

Does Eclipse Equal Night in Plant Life?

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As the August 21 eclipse approached, researchers prepared to understand plants' response to light and temperature. The varied results have left the researchers with interesting questions.

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Neurophysiology, Neurosceince, Big Data, Big Data Management, big data and medicine, Brain Activity Imaging, BRAIN Initiative

Beta of Neurodata Without Borders Software Now Available

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Neuroscientists can now explore a beta version of the new Neurodata Without Borders: Neurophysiology (NWB:N 2.0) software and offer input to developers before it is fully released next year.

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multiple myelmoma, Cancer, Hematologic Cancers

Study Explores Use of Checkpoint Inhibitors After Relapse From Donor Stem Cell Transplant for Hematologic Cancers

Immunotherapy agents known as checkpoint inhibitors have shown considerable promise in patients with hematologic cancers who relapse after a transplant with donor stem cells. Preliminary results from the first clinical trial in these patients of one such agent – nivolumab – indicate that along with signs of effectiveness, it also produced significant side effects at the dose initially studied. The findings indicate a need for further clinical trials in this group before being considered for off-label use with these patients, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators report.

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URI Graduate School of Oceanography Scientists to Present Research at National Meeting, Dec. 11-15

Oceanographers from the University of Rhode Island will once again present their research and posters during an international Earth science meeting this month.

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vocoded speech, Speech, Hearing, musicality, Musician, distorted speech, musical ear, Perception, Kieran E. Laursen, Iain C. Williams, Tahnee Marquardt, Sara L. Prostko, Terry L. Gottfried, Lawrence University, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, University of Oxford, 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustics, Acoustical Society

Is There a Musical Method for Interpreting Speech?

Vocoded speech, or distorted speech that imitates voice transduction by a cochlear implant, is used throughout acoustic and auditory research to explore speech comprehension under various conditions. Researchers evaluated whether musicians had an advantage in understanding and reciting degraded speech as compared to nonmusicians, and they will present their work on the effect of musical experience on the ability to understand vocoded speech at the 174th ASA Meeting, Dec. 4-8, 2017.

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Diesel Vehicles in Oil Sands Operations Contribute to Regional Pollution

Wildfires, cigarette smoking and vehicles all emit a potentially harmful compound called isocyanic acid. The substance has been linked to several health conditions, including heart disease and cataracts. Scientists investigating sources of the compound have now identified off-road diesel vehicles in oil sands production in Alberta, Canada, as a major contributor to regional levels of the pollutant. Their report appears in ACS’ journal Environmental Science & Technology.

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Forest, Trees, ice storms, Climate Change, Winter

Freezing Trees, Finding Answers

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Ice storms can wreak havoc on communities. Frozen limbs, dragged down by the weight of the ice, can snap off and fall on cars, homes, and power lines. But scientists aren’t sure how ice storms affect long-term forest health. Researchers are changing that.

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egg, exploding egg, Microwave, internal temperature, sound pressure, hard-boiled egg, Burst, Anthony Nash, Lauren von Blohn, Charles M. Salter Associates, Acoustics, 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Acoustical Society of America, ASA

Microwaved Exploding Eggs Make for an Unusual Acoustic Experiment

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If you have looked closely at a microwave’s warnings or have experienced an accidental explosion, you know that certain foods pose a risk due to an increase in their internal pressure, and potatoes and hard-boiled eggs are among the most common culprits. Researchers from Charles M. Salter Associates will present their research on the sound pressures generated by exploding eggs at the 174th ASA Meeting, Dec. 4-8, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana.







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