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An anonymous reader writes: Gold gained on Friday as U.S. data showed signs of rising inflation, boosting the precious metal’s appeal as a hedging strategy versus inflation.
On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold futures for August delivery traded 0.74% higher on the day and stood at $1 388.05 at 14:13 GMT. The precious metal varied between daily high and low at $1 391.65 and $1 377.85 per troy ounce respectively.

Submission + - A Database of Brains

aarondubrow writes: Researchers recently created OpenfMRI, a web-based, supercomputer-powered tool that makes it easier for researchers to process, share, compare and rapidly analyze fMRI brain scans from many different studies. Applying supercomputing to the fMRI analysis allows researchers to conduct larger studies, test more hypotheses, and accommodate the growing spatial and time resolution of brain scans. The ultimate goal is to collect enough brain data to develop a bottom-up understanding of brain function.

Submission + - Volvo's Electric Roads Concept Points to Battery-Free EV Future (

Zothecula writes: While quick charging technology installed at strategic points along a planned route might be a good fit for inner city buses, it's not going to be of much use to electric vehicles that stop infrequently. Volvo sees our future long-haul trucks and buses drawing the juice they need from the road itself, making large onboard batteries a thing of the past.

Submission + - Artificial leaf can now "self-heal" and produce energy in remote areas (

RougeFemme writes: The world's first practical artificial leaf already mimiced the ability of real leaves to produce energy from sunlight and water. Now the device is even more suitable for providing people in developing countries and remote areas with electricity. It has the ability to "self-heal" from damage that occurs during the production of electricity. More specifically, it no longer requires pure water. It can now run on the impure, bacteria-laden water found in nature. In earlier versions, "bacteria eventually formed biofilms on the leaf's surface, shutting down production."

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