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Spooky alignment of quasars across billions of light-years

November 19, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Quasars are galaxies with very active supermassive black holes at their centres. These black holes are surrounded by spinning discs of extremely hot material that is often spewed out in long jets along their axes of rotation. Quasars can shine more ...

Why a federal ruling could stymie the drone industry

November 19, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

A new ruling from the National Transportation Safety Board is rocking the commercial drone industry to its core.The ruling states that unmanned aerial vehicles are, in fact, aircraft, which places them within the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration and ...

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Universal contact interconnects designed for right-angle applications

November 19, 2014 12:00 pm | Itt Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

ITT Corporation (Santa Ana, CA) and its Cannon brand announced a new offering of universal-contact connectors for perpendicular/right angle configurations at electronica 2014. Driven by the growing medical industry need for a low-cost ...

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Airport parking valet robots take flight

November 19, 2014 10:41 am | by Chris Warner | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret to travelers that navigating the airport can be a stressful experience, and perhaps the biggest reason is because time is in very short supply. From the long lines to check in and pass through security to the congested highways nearby, many ...

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FETC 2015

November 19, 2014 10:02 am | Events

Discover the future of education technology at FETC 2015. For 34 years the most dynamic and creative minds in the learning landscape—educators, administrators, district-level leaders, state and national policy leaders—have converged at FETC to take ...

Deadline is Thursday to enter STEM Excellence Awards

November 19, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Educators implementing the growing field of STEM into their everyday school curriculum will have the opportunity to be honored for their efforts at FETC 2015, one of the largest conferences in the nation devoted entirely to education technology. New ...

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Scientists get to the heart of fool's gold as a solar material

November 19, 2014 9:43 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity. Theoretically, iron pyrite — a cheap compound ...

Clean energy 'bio batteries' a step closer

November 19, 2014 9:30 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) are a step closer to enhancing the generation of clean energy from bacteria. A report published today shows how electrons hop across otherwise electrically insulating areas of bacterial proteins, and that ...

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CERN scientists discover 2 new subatomic particles

November 19, 2014 9:24 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists at the world's largest smasher said Wednesday they have discovered two new subatomic particles never seen before that could widen our understanding of the universe. An experiment using the European Organization for Nuclear ...

Financial planning gets a dose of virtual reality

November 19, 2014 9:19 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Financial planning often involves lots of spreadsheets, pie charts and eyes glazing over. Fidelity Investments aims to change that equation with an experiment in 3-D technology designed to make money management seem more like a mesmerizing ...

China blocks websites as Internet meeting begins

November 19, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese censors have newly blocked access to several popular websites as they target content delivery networks that serve much of the Internet, according to a U.S. Internet service company. The action comes as China hosts the World Internet ...

Agency proposes fee for electric cars

November 19, 2014 8:46 am | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin would join five other states that impose special fees on owners of electric vehicles, in an attempt to help make up for revenue drivers of those fuel-efficient cars aren't paying in gas taxes, under a road-funding proposal put forward by ...

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Researcher honored for work in nanomaterials

November 19, 2014 8:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Debora Rodrigues, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston, has received the Emerging Investigator award from the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization (SNO). Rodrigues has worked with ...

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New computational model could design medications with fewer side effects

November 18, 2014 3:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Medications, such as chemotherapy, are often limited by their tendency to be detrimental to healthy cells as an unintended side effect. Now research in the November 18th issue of Cell Press's Biophysical Journal offers a new computational ...

Facebook games may actually do some good in your life

November 18, 2014 3:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The next time you berate yourself for wasting an evening playing Farmville on Facebook, think again. If you were playing with Mom, Dad or Aunt Carmen, you were actually helping to strengthen family bonds. New research from Concordia University ...

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