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Researchers find vulnerabilities in iPhone, iPad operating system

An international team of computer science researchers has identified serious security vulnerabilities in the iOS - the operating system used in Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. The vulnerabilities make a variety of attacks possible.

Norwegian prisons rehabilitate criminal offenders

Katrine Vellesen Løken at UiB's Department of Economics became Norway's youngest woman professor of economics ever. Her research mainly focuses on family economy using large administrative datasets.The research project "The Social Costs of incarceration" is the largest study of imprisonment and return to a normal life that has ever been conducted in Europe.

New device could help improve taste of foods low in fat, sugar and salt

Scientists may be closing in on a way to let consumers savor the sweet taste of cake, cookies and other culinary delights without the sugar rush. In preliminary tests using...

Paper-based device spots falsified or degraded medications (video)

A team of researchers has developed a simple, inexpensive, paper-based device to test medicine for quality and adulteration. Watch how it works here: <a target="_blank"href="http://bit.ly/ACSfakedrugdetection">http://bit.ly/ACSfakedrugdetection</a>.The developing world is awash in substandard, degraded or falsified medications, which can either directly harm users or deprive them of needed treatment. And with internet sales of medications on...

New study: Are voters influenced by campaign visits?

Each bar reports the percentage of respondents in that partisanship/visit type combination
who report that type of candidate visit. Numbers might sum to more than 100 due to
rounding.Los Angeles, CA (August 17, 2016) Despite their extensive national press coverage, campaign visits might not be worth presidential candidates' time and resources. A new study out today finds that...

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Researchers find that Android apps can secretly track users' whereabouts

Three years ago, the Federal Trade Commission dimmed hopes for the Brightest Flashlight app for Android, slapping its developer with charges of consumer deception. Why? The app was transmitting users'...

Online gaming can boost school scores

Teenagers who regularly play online video games tend to improve their school results, according to new research from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Echo templates aid mental mapping in bats

Researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Antwerp created an 'artificial bat,' complete with ultrasonic microphones and an ultrasonic speaker acting as ears and a mouth, to gather echoes from different locations and assess the templates from the data. They found that the echoes returning from each place were unique enough for them to be used to recognize the location.A study published in eLife provides new insights on how bats recognise their surroundings to help them build mental maps.

Why do consumers participate in 'green' programs?

Tomas Hult, director of MSU's International Business CenterFrom recycling to reusing hotel towels, consumers who participate in a company's "green" program are more satisfied with its service, finds a new study co-led by a Michigan State University...

Light-bulb moment for stock market behavior

University of Adelaide physicists have discovered that the timing of electronic orders on the stock market can be mathematically described in the same way as the lifetime of a light...

Modern off-grid lighting could create 2 million new jobs in developing world

This image shows a focus group with rural Kenyans on solar-LED lanterns, from a 2009 Berkeley Lab study.Many households in impoverished regions around the world are starting to shift away from inefficient and polluting fuel-based lighting--such as candles, firewood, and kerosene lanterns--to solar-LED systems. While this trend...

Underground pipe inspection vehicle uses ultra-wide band (UWB) pulsed radar technology developed at Louisiana Tech University to detect fractures, quantify corrosion and determine the presence of voids in the surrounding soil.

Ramen noodles supplanting cigarettes as currency among prisoners

Ramen noodles are supplanting the once popular cigarettes as a form of currency among state prisoners, but not in response to bans on tobacco products within prison systems, finds a...

Edible food packaging made from milk proteins (video)

Researchers tested their milk-protein film as a packaging for blocks of cheese.At the grocery store, most foods -- meats, breads, cheeses, snacks -- come wrapped in plastic packaging. Not only does this create a lot of non-recyclable, non-biodegradable waste, but thin...

Stanford scientists combine satellite data and machine learning to map poverty

Stanford researchers combine high-resolution satellite imagery with powerful machine learning algorithms to predict poverty in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Malawi.One of the biggest challenges in providing relief to people living in poverty is locating them. The availability of accurate and reliable information on the location of impoverished zones is...

In right balance, environmental regulations increased firms' profits, new study finds

CEOs and corporate lobbyists often spend plenty of time decrying how potential government regulations will affect their bottom line, but a new University of Kansas study finds that the U.S....

Study highlights serious security threat to many internet users

This is the research team (left to right): Zhongjie Wang, Tuan Dao, Yue Cao, Zhiyun Qian and Srikanth V. Krishnamurthy.RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have identified a weakness in the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) of all Linux operating systems since late 2012...

Reach in and touch objects in videos

We learn a lot about objects by manipulating them: poking, pushing, prodding, and then seeing how they react.

How 5-star online customer reviews can backfire

It may be counterintuitive, but the more positive online reviews a product gets may actually lead to a net negative profit for the retailer. That's the conclusion of new...

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Imaging software predicts how you look with different hair styles, colors, appearances

These examples show a single input photo (left) and Dreambit's automatically synthesized appearances of the input photo with "curly hair" (top row), in "India" (2nd row), and in "1930" (3rd row).When we go to the hair stylist, we can browse magazines with pictures of models and point to a photo we'd like to try. Actors change appearances all the time...

Policy makers and ecologists must develop a more constructive dialogue to save the planet

An international consensus demands human impacts on the environment "sustain", "maintain", "conserve", "protect", "safeguard", and "secure" it, keeping it within "safe ecological limits". But, a new Trinity College Dublin-led study...

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