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Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

October 22, 2014 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges. Carbon nanotubes have been touted as exceptional materials with unique properties....

Ph.D. designs new devices based on metamaterials

October 22, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Víctor Torres Landivar, Telecommunications engineer, has designed and manufactured new devices based on metamaterials (artificial materials with properties not found in nature). On drawing up his PhD, defended at the Public University of Navarre ...

A 'Star Wars' laser bullet -- this is what it really looks like

October 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its surroundings? The answers lie in a film made at the Laser Centre....

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Grid-connected signal controller designed for IoT applications

October 22, 2014 1:56 pm | Semitec Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Semitech Semiconductor (Melbourne, Australia) announced its new SM2480. A single-chip, grid-connected signal controller, the SM2480 is ideal for solar inverters, smart lighting LED ballasts, home and building automation and other SCADA....

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Discrete-to-digital sensor features internal lightning protection

October 22, 2014 1:47 pm | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits (Mission Viejo, CA) announced a new discrete-to-digital sensor IC, HI-8429, an 8-channel device with programmable sense channels and internal lightning protection. The sense input thresholds are programmable....

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Turning waste from whisky-making into fuel

October 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based ...

Adaptive-zoom riflescope has push-button magnification

October 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When an Army Special Forces officer-turned engineer puts his mind to designing a military riflescope, he doesn't forget the importance of creating something for the soldiers who will carry it that is easy to use, extremely accurate, light-weight and has ...

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Supercomputers create new window into the early universe

October 22, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using two world-class supercomputers, the researchers were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach by simulating the formation of a massive galaxy at the dawn of cosmic time. The ALMA radio telescope – which stands at an elevation....

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Producing solar power with impure silicon

October 22, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"We're using less expensive raw materials in smaller amounts, we have fewer production steps, and have potentially lower total energy consumption," PhD candidate Fredrik Martinsen and Professor Ursula Gibson of the Department of Physics at NTNU explain....

Scientists use magnetic molecules to reach temperatures below -272.15°C

October 22, 2014 12:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of scientists have become the first ever researchers to successfully reach temperatures below minus 272.15 degrees Celsius – only just above absolute zero – using magnetic molecules. The physicists and chemists are presenting....

The cost of cable vs. a la carte

October 22, 2014 11:21 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Is a la carte streaming a better deal? Combining current streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access and the expected price of HBO's service, which starts next year, would run you about half of the average price of monthly cable....

Clean diesel cars among finalists for “Green Car of the Year” award

October 22, 2014 11:12 am | News | Comments

Clean diesel cars were included among the five finalist positions for 2015 “Green Car of the Year” award with the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel car and the Volkswagen Golf, which offers a new 2.0 liter TDI clean diesel, gasoline and electric engines, being named as finalists....

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The most creative way to use LEDs

October 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly popular due to falling prices and increasing life spans. We want to know what you are designing them into or what the coolest implementation you've seen is!

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Estimating the range of electric vehicles

October 22, 2014 10:26 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge. The new technique requires drivers to plug in their destination and automatically pulls in....

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Photos of the Day: The world's first hoverboard

October 22, 2014 10:20 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Hendo Hoverboard, created by Jill and Greg Henderson, uses a similar technology as MagLev trains to create lift. The prototype can only be used over a non-ferrous metal surface like copper or aluminum, though production versions could solve that issue....

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