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Decade of research shows little improvement in websites' password guidance

( University of Plymouth) Leading brands including Amazon and Wikipedia are failing to support users with advice on how to securely protect their data, a study shows.

Lehigh University researchers to study Ebola method of host cell invasion

( Lehigh University) A principal difficulty in designing therapies against viruses lies in the fact that attempts to stop them from entering a cell are also likely to affect normal physiological processes. If studied carefully, it may be possible to design therapies that can block specific virus entry while leaving normal cellular processes intact.

Electronic stickers to streamline large-scale 'internet of things'

( Purdue University) Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Virginia have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. The technique not only eliminates several manufacturing steps and the associated costs, but also allows any object to sense its environment or be controlled through the application of a high-tech sticker.

Homology Medicines announces publication of in vivo gene editing data with nuclease-free technology

( Homology Medicines) Homology Medicines, Inc., a genetic medicines company, announced today a peer-reviewed publication demonstrating that Homology's technology induces efficient and precise in vivo gene editing. The publication, by senior author Saswati Chatterjee, Ph.D., Department of Surgery, member of the Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope in California, and scientific co-founder of Homology, also highlights the platform's use of homologous recombination, the cells' natural DNA correction pathway, for nuclease-free gene editing.

OSU researchers determine why pulsed sparks make for better ignition

( Oregon State University) Researchers have learned the mechanisms behind a means of improved ignition, helping to open the door to better performance in all types of combustion systems.

In borophene, boundaries are no barrier

( Rice University) Defects are often observed when making borophene, the single-atom form of boron, but unlike in other two-dimensional materials, these mismatched lattices can assemble into ordered structures that preserve the material's metallic nature and electronic properties. Labs at Rice and Northwestern universities made the first detailed analysis of borophene defects.

Scientists to tap data networks' hidden powers

( Rice University) Taking advantage of computing power in subsystems between users and data servers could make networks faster and provide better and quicker real-time analytics. Rice University computer scientists have earned a National Science Foundation grant to study the development of next-generation systems.

RIT researcher develops new solar sailing technology for NASA

( Rochester Institute of Technology) A Rochester Institute of Technology researcher is taking solar sailing to the next level with advanced photonic materials. This new class of materials could be used to steer reflected or transmitted photons and enable near-Earth, interplanetary and interstellar space travel. The project was selected for a phase one award from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts program.

An immigrant workforce leads to innovation, according to new UC San Diego research

( University of California - San Diego) New federal restrictions on the temporary H-1B visa, which allows high-skilled foreign workers to be employed by U.S. companies, have increased debate on the economic impacts of the program, but little is known about its effect on product innovation -- until now.

Microscopic trampoline may help create networks of quantum computers

( University of Colorado at Boulder) Researchers have developed a microscopic "trampoline" that can absorb microwave energy and bounce it into laser light -- a crucial step for sending quantum signals over long distances.


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