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'Astro-archaeological' discovery from the dawn of time

January 27, 2015 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists led by University of Birmingham asteroseismologists have discovered a solar system with 5 Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy. Thanks to the NASA Kepler mission, the scientists announced today (Tuesday 27 January 2015) ...

Does space flight inspire school students to take STEM subjects?

January 27, 2015 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Science Education researchers at University of York are to work with leading space scientist and The Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to investigate if human spaceflight inspires school students to take science, technology, engineering and maths ...

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Carbon nanoballs can greatly contribute to sustainable energy supply

January 27, 2015 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that the insulation plastic used in high-voltage cables can withstand a 26 per cent higher voltage if nanometer-sized carbon balls are added. This could result in enormous efficiency gains in the ...

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The laser pulse that gets shorter all by itself

January 27, 2015 12:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a marathon, everyone starts at roughly the same place at roughly the same time. But the faster runners will gradually increase their lead, and in the end, the distribution of runners on the street will be very broad. Something similar happens to a pulse of light sent ...

A promising new pathway to valleytronics

January 27, 2015 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors. Now, a ...

Dutch judge approves hacking suspect's extradition to US

January 27, 2015 12:32 pm | by MIKE CORDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Dutch judge on Tuesday approved the extradition to the U.S. of a Russian suspected of involvement in a multimillion-dollar computer hack. The ruling at The Hague District Court clears the way for Vladimir Drinkman to be sent to New Jersey, where he is ...

Qualtré announces channel partnership with Alps Electric

January 27, 2015 10:40 am | News | Comments

Qualtré, Inc. announced that a Commercial Sales Agreement has been executed with Alps Electric, enabling them to market and sell Qualtré’s industrial-grade gyroscopes worldwide.  This agreement further expands on the existing manufacturing and strategic partnerships between the two companies....

Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide

January 27, 2015 9:33 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook said the outage that made its social media sites inaccessible worldwide for about an hour Tuesday was self-inflicted. Users of PCs and Facebook's mobile app reported they lost access in Asia, the United States, Australia and the U.K. Facebook-owned Instagram was also ...

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Imagining a futuristic solar economy

January 27, 2015 8:14 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

“Close your eyes and imagine you are living 200 years from now. Get up in the morning and you are not allowed to touch fossil fuels,” is the contemplative daydream of Dr. Rakesh Agrawal, distinguished professor of chemical engineering at Purdue University, master inventor ...

This app finds the closest bathroom (no, seriously)

January 27, 2015 8:12 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Yelp is a great resource for finding local restaurants in unfamiliar surroundings. But an app that pinpoints the closest restroom? That’s a new one. Airpnp promises just that — a quick and easy way to find the nearest John. Like Fandango, you enter your location ...

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Towards a scientific process freed from systemic bias

January 26, 2015 4:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Research on how science works - the science of science - can benefit from studying the digital traces generated during the research process, such as peer-reviewed publications. This type of research is crucial for the future of science and that of scientists....

How to trick a fitness tracker

January 26, 2015 4:19 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise. Researcher Caitlin Stackpool and her team from the University of Wisconsin ...

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Students master math using Kinect for Windows

January 26, 2015 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Picture this: a classroom full of 9-year-olds are up and moving around, contorting their bodies and waving their arms. But it's not gym period or even music class getting them moving -- these kids are learning math. That's what a math class should look like....

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NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto: Smile for the camera!

January 26, 2015 3:50 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

It's showtime for Pluto. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has traveled 3 billion miles and is nearing the end of its nine-year journey to Pluto. Sunday, it begins photographing the mysterious, unexplored, icy world once deemed a planet....

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Board equipped with ready-to-use connectivity

January 26, 2015 3:26 pm | by Newark | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

The Atmel SMART SAMA5D4 Xplained Ultra is a member of Atmel’s Xplained fast prototyping and evaluation platforms. The board is based on the Atmel SAMA5D4 microprocessor and comes with a rich set of ready-to-use connectivity, an LCD and HDMI interface ...

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