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Making graphene work for real-world devices

April 24, 2014 12:14 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom-thick form of the carbon material graphite, has been hailed as a wonder material--strong, light, nearly transparent and an excellent conductor of electricity and heat--and it very well may be. But a number of practical challenges must be overcome before it can emerge as a...

FCC to propose pay-for-priority Internet standards

April 23, 2014 9:10 pm | by Ryan Nakashima - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission is set to propose new open Internet rules that would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes. The proposed rules also call for enhanced scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm...

PXIe backplane integrates PCIe into the PXI architecture

April 23, 2014 6:04 pm | Elma Electronic Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Elma Bustronic (Fremont, CA) has designed a new 3U 17-slot backplane to meet the PXI Express Hardware Specification Revision 1.0 (with X1 PCIe connections). Designed for OEM embedded control and highly integrated test and measurement applications, the backplane…

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Some notable social media gaffes, missteps

April 23, 2014 5:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A feel-good Twitter request by the New York Police Department asking for pictures of people posing with officers quickly turned ugly when hundreds instead posted shots of baton-wielding cops battling protesters and taking down suspects. Other recent examples of Twitter gaffes: — JP MORGAN CHASE:...

Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online

April 23, 2014 5:11 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

If the Heartbleed security threat teaches us anything, it's that passwords don't offer total protection. Browsers are supposed to keep passwords and other sensitive data safe, but a technical flaw in a widely used padlock security technology allows hackers to grab the information anyway. Even...

NASA astronauts to call Colorado students from space

April 23, 2014 3:13 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Cadets and students from the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy Magnet School in Colorado will gather at 11:50 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 24, to speak live with astronauts currently aboard the International Space Station.

Memory Lane: Traveling through time on Google maps

April 23, 2014 2:36 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps. The new twist on time travel is debuting Wednesday as part of the "Street View" feature in Google's maps, a navigational tool that attracts more than 1 billion visitors each month....

The world, through a mathematical lens

April 23, 2014 2:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Math comes in handy for answering questions about a variety of topics, from calculating the cost-effectiveness of fuel sources and determining the best regions to build high-speed rail to predicting the spread of disease and assessing roller coasters on the basis of their "thrill" factor....

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RF digital step attenuator enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs

April 23, 2014 2:29 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. (San Diego, CA) introduces its next-generation, UltraCMOS PE4312 DSA. Successor to the popular PE4302, the new PE4312 enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs that require highly accurate and efficient amplitude control....

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Male-biased tweeting

April 23, 2014 1:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

It all started out with a comic strip in 1985. A cartoon character explained to her female companion which three requirements a movie had to fulfil for her to want to watch it: (one) it has to have at least two women in it (two) who talk to each other about (three) something besides a man....

Steering chemical reactions with laser pulses

April 23, 2014 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Usually, chemical reactions just take their course, much like a ball rolling downhill. However, it is also possible to deliberately control chemical reactions: at the Vienna University of Technology, molecules are hit with femtosecond laser pulses, changing the distribution of electrons in the molecule....

A key to enjoying massive online photo files may be giving up some control

April 23, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The ability of individuals to store and instantly access thousands of their photos online has become a commonplace luxury, but the sheer size of these archives can be intimidating. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, have found people might actually enjoy their collections more....

Research shows impact of Facebook unfriending

April 23, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two studies from the University of Colorado Denver are shedding new light on the most common type of `friend' to be unfriended on Facebook and their emotional responses to it. The studies, published earlier this year, show that the most likely person to be unfriended is a high school acquaintance....

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Nanoreporters tell 'sour' oil from 'sweet'

April 23, 2014 1:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at Rice University have created a nanoscale detector that checks for and reports on the presence of hydrogen sulfide in crude oil and natural gas while they're still in the ground. The nanoreporter is based on nanometer-sized carbon material....

Think tank: Russian stealth fighter is superior to the F-35

April 23, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Air Power Australia is no fan of the F-35. Let’s get that out of the way. For years, they’ve been panning the Joint Strike Fighter, praising the F-22, and warning about emerging threats from Russia and China — threats that could best the F-35 in single combat....

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