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The future of NASA, the ISS, and women in STEM

January 22, 2015 1:09 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

About 130 middle and high school students got the chance to speak with astronauts and leading scientists from NASA and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) at the third annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event on ...

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STEM stars in 'Spare Parts'

January 22, 2015 12:54 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

One of the reasons I like my job is I get to see many new devices and concepts before they hit the market. This past weekend it branched into Hollywood/the movies, as I had the privilege of screening “Spare Parts” before it hit the theaters....

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A new method to generate arbitrary optical pulses

January 22, 2015 12:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists from the University of Southampton have developed a new technique to generate more powerful, more energy efficient and low-cost pulsed lasers. The technique, which was developed by researchers from the University's Optoelectronics Research Centre ...

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VCU researcher receives NSF grant to extend lifespan of Li-ion batteries

January 22, 2015 12:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A Virginia Commonwealth University professor has received a five-year, $505,000 award from the National Science Foundation to make lithium-ion batteries -- which power electric vehicles and portable electronic devices -- far more efficient, sustainable ...

"Ringing" in the New Year with $5.1 million in funding

January 22, 2015 12:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter @abmdigi | News | Comments

Wearable technology startup Ringly raised $5.1 million in Series A, led by Andreesen Horowitz. High Line Venture Partners, Silas Capital, PCH and others also participated in Series A funding for the smart ring company, Ringly founder and CEO Christina Mercando said in a press release.

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5 ways to protect intellectual property

January 22, 2015 11:07 am | by Jennifer Collins, Morningstar Law Group | Blogs | Comments

Prior to embarking on product development activities, it is critical that companies take time to protect their intellectual property rights. Several separate partnerships, alliances and agreements may be needed to go from the research phase to the marketplace. Each strategic alliance ...

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Simulation & Analysis Workshop

January 22, 2015 10:45 am | Events

Mark your calendar to join members of CIMdata's Simulation & Analysis Knowledge Council on April 29 & 30 for our 12th-annual workshop designed specifically for the simulation and analysis community. This year the workshop will take place in Peoria, Illinois....

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Technical hard-coats extend the life of electrostatic chucks

January 22, 2015 10:43 am | by Morgan Advanced Materials | Product Releases | Comments

Morgan Advanced Materials (Allentown, PA) announces new solutions in sacrificial wear layers to extend the life of alumina or beryllia electrostatic chucks (ESCs) for semiconductor, solar, and LED applications. Applied as a final protective layer, the Diamonex technical hard-coats ...

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Photovoltaic isolator offers high output current

January 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Dionics-USA Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Dionics-USA (Westbury, NY) announces a new class of high-current photovoltaic isolators. The 8A100-1 and 8A100-2 family of devices are dual high-current PVI milli-watt power sources. These devices achieve the highest output current of any PV isolator on ...

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New York City’s largest wind turbine stands 160-feet tall

January 22, 2015 10:05 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Sunset Park in Brooklyn gained New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s ...

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Engineering Update #94: A quantum dot-powered laser

January 22, 2015 9:30 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Quantum dots have only recently gained traction in the consumer display market, but they were discovered back in 1981, and their utility appears to be growing. Scientists at Princeton used these semiconductor nanocrystals with quantum mechanical properties to design ...

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Uncovering hidden magnetic messages from the early solar system

January 22, 2015 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Geologists from the University of Cambridge uncover hidden magnetic messages from the early solar system in meteorites measured at BESSY II. A team of scientists led by Dr. Richard Harrison from the University of Cambridge, has captured information stored ...

Stepping stones to NASA's missions beyond low-Earth orbit

January 22, 2015 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

"That's one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind." When Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, many strides came before to achieve that moment in history. The same is true for a human mission to Mars. One step towards that journey begins ...

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Getting the best results when solving complex engineering problems

January 22, 2015 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Optimization algorithms, which try to find the minimum values of mathematical functions, are everywhere in engineering. Among other things, they're used to evaluate design tradeoffs, to assess control systems, and to find patterns in data....

Doubt cast on global firestorm generated by dino-killing asteroid

January 22, 2015 8:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Pioneering new research has debunked the theory that the asteroid that is thought to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs also caused vast global firestorms that ravaged planet Earth. A team of researchers from the University of Exeter, University of Edinburgh ...

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