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Odd tilts could make more worlds habitable

April 16, 2014 1:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Pivoting planets that lean one way and then change orientation within a short geological time period might be surprisingly habitable, according to new modeling by NASA and university scientists affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute. The climate effects generated on these wobbling worlds could prevent them from turning into glacier-covered ice lockers....

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Researchers propose network-based evaluation tool to assess relief operations feasibility

April 16, 2014 1:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction reported that disasters have affected around 2.9 billion people worldwide from 2000-2012— killing more than a million, and damaging around 1.7 trillion US dollars in estimates. Moreover, natural disasters and their damages have been documented....

Potential use of Google Glass in surgical settings

April 16, 2014 12:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training. Personal portable information technology is advancing at a breathtaking speed. Google has recently introduced Glass....

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At the origin of cell division

April 16, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Droplets of filamentous material enclosed in a lipid membrane: these are the models of a "simplified" cell used by the SISSA physicists Luca Giomi and Antonio DeSimone, who simulated the spontaneous emergence of cell motility and division - that is, features of living material - in inanimate "objects"....

Environmentally compatible organic solar cells

April 16, 2014 12:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Environmentally compatible production methods for organic solar cells from novel materials are in the focus of "MatHero". The new project coordinated by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) aims at making organic photovoltaics competitive to their inorganic counterparts....

MASTERs Conference

April 16, 2014 11:23 am | Events

Microchip Technology Inc. announced it is accepting registrations for its 18th annual Worldwide MASTERs Conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix, Arizona, with the Main Conference taking place from August 20-23, and a Pre-Conference on August 18-19, 2014....

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

April 16, 2014 11:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to a shutdown of all power at the station....

Scientists achieve first direct observations of excitons in motion

April 16, 2014 11:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A quasiparticle called an exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials has never been directly observed....

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Global scientific team 'visualizes' a new crystallization process

April 16, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sometimes engineers invent something before they fully comprehend why it works. To understand the "why," they must often create new tools and techniques in a virtuous cycle that improves the original invention while also advancing basic scientific knowledge....

Wireless industry makes anti-theft commitment

April 16, 2014 10:58 am | by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that that nation's biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft. CTIA-The Wireless Association announced that under a "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment"....

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Development tools designed for Renesas low-power RL78 microcontrollers

April 16, 2014 10:01 am | Iar Systems Software | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems (Uppsala, Sweden) introduced an updated version, 1.40, of its embedded development tools IAR Embedded Workbench for Renesas RL78. The version includes several new features which further enhance and simplify development of applications based on Renesas low-power RL78 microcontrollers....

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Amplifier designed for use from 50MHz up to 2600 MHz

April 16, 2014 8:32 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. (San Jose, CA) announces design and sales support for TriQuint’s TAT7460B1A, linear, 75-ohm, CATV amplifier. Designed for use from 50MHz up to 2600 MHz, the TAT7460B1A addresses CATV and Satellite bands in a single part. Features include....

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Solar-powered plane can "fly forever"

April 16, 2014 8:25 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg — who previously had circumnavigated the globe in a balloon — plan to make history again with the Solar Impulse 2, which will undertake the first solar-powered flight around the world....

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Methane leaks from some fracking sites 1000 times above official figures

April 16, 2014 8:10 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

The furor over fracking took a further twist this week as levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above drilling wells, in some cases, 1,000 times greater than previous Environmental Protection Agency estimates. The shocking figures came from air...

Driverless and talking cars: New technology transforms the way we travel

April 16, 2014 8:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This year at IMS 2014, Wireless Design and Development (WDD) will be hosting a live, panel discussion on Driverless and Talking Cars: New Technology Transforms the Way We Travel. Recently, the U.S. government made a push to incorporate wireless communication technologies in future car designs....

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