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Tesla’s new referral program could land you a free Model X

August 3, 2015 | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Imagine a refer-a-friend program that gave you a new car for putting in a good word about its company? Tesla Motors is doing just that. Sort of. Elon Musk has announced the electric car giant’s new referral program that will run for three months, now through October 31st, open to current Model S owners...

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Here is Buzz Aldrin's travel voucher for Apollo 11

August 3, 2015 4:11 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Sometimes even the most awe-inspiring of historical moments have their not-so-exciting bureaucratic requirements...


High reliability switch ideal for satellite, defense applications

August 3, 2015 3:35 pm | by Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Through its Isolink subsidiary, Skyworks introduces a low-loss, high performance wideband DC to 8 GHz hermetic GaAs IC single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) absorptive switch. The ISO13286 is ideal for high reliability space, satellite, and defense applications. The device performs with 50 dB isolation at 4 GHz and low loss of 1.5 dB at 4 GHz. Testing is available to the screening requirements of...

Cassiopeia's hidden gem: The closest rocky, transiting planet

August 3, 2015 2:05 pm | by Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics | News | Comments

Skygazers at northern latitudes are familiar with the W-shaped star pattern of Cassiopeia the Queen. This circumpolar constellation is visible year-round near the North Star. Tucked next to one leg of the W lies a modest 5th-magnitude star named HD 219134 that has been hiding a secret...


Better together: Graphene-nanotube hybrid switches

August 3, 2015 2:04 pm | by Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

Graphene has been called a wonder material, capable of performing great and unusual material acrobatics. Boron nitride nanotubes are no slackers in the materials realm either, and can be engineered for physical and biological applications...


MIPT researchers clear the way for fast plasmonic chips

August 3, 2015 2:02 pm | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | News | Comments

Researches from the Laboratory of Nanooptics and Plasmonics at the MIPT Center of Nanoscale Optoelectronics have developed a new method for optical communication on a chip, which will give a possibility to decrease the size of optical and optoelectronic...


Artificial blood vessels become resistant to thrombosis

August 3, 2015 2:02 pm | by ITMO University | News | Comments

Scientists from ITMO University developed artificial blood vessels that are not susceptible to blood clot formation. The achievement was made possible by a new generation of drug-containing coating applied to the inner surface of the vessel...

Engineering a better 'do: Purdue researchers are learning how

August 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Purdue University | News | Comments

Using heat to style curly hair poses a nagging problem: applying too much causes permanent damage resulting in limp fibers devoid of natural curve....


Hitchhiking robot's cross-country trip in US ends in Philly

August 3, 2015 1:55 pm | News | Comments

A hitchhiking robot that captured the hearts of fans worldwide met its demise in the U.S. The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT as a social experiment told The Associated Press that someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair early Saturday, ending its first American tour after about two weeks...


AT&T, as new owner of DirecTV, offers TV-wireless discount

August 3, 2015 1:53 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

AT&T customers will save $10 a month and get a single bill for their TV and wireless services under a new package the company is offering after its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV 10 days ago....


Brain teaser: 3-D printed 'tissue' to help combat disease

August 3, 2015 10:10 am | by ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science | News | Comments

The brain is amazingly complex, with around 86 billion nerve cells. The challenge for researchers to create bench-top brain tissue from which they can learn about how the brain functions, is an extremely difficult one....

Study offers new insights on hurricane intensity, pollution transport

August 3, 2015 10:09 am | by University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science | News | Comments

As tropical storm Isaac was gaining momentum toward the Mississippi River in August 2012, University of Miami (UM) researchers were dropping instruments from the sky above to study the ocean conditions beneath the storm. The newly published study showed how...

Glaciers melt faster than ever

August 3, 2015 10:07 am | by University of Zurich | News | Comments

The World Glacier Monitoring Service, domiciled at the University of Zurich, has compiled worldwide data on glacier changes for more than 120 years. Together with its National Correspondents in more than 30 countries, the international service just published...

Nature: Compact optical data transmission

August 3, 2015 10:01 am | by Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) | News | Comments

Compact optical transmission possibilities are of great interest in faster and more energy-efficient data exchange between electronic chips....


Who wins and loses under Obama's stricter power plant limits

August 3, 2015 9:56 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply....


Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time

August 3, 2015 9:55 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades. A new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center features two pieces of debris, one from each lost shuttle, as well as poignant, personal reminders of the 14 astronauts killed in flight...



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