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Impending cut in investment tax credit likely to have less impact if the IRS treats solar PV like wind

August 21, 2014 11:20 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

In early August 2014, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a notice related to the production tax credit (PTC) for certain types of non-solar renewable energy facilities. In essence, this notice confirmed previous rulings that projects under construction, and meeting a minimum percentage of ...

Water window imaging opportunity

August 21, 2014 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ever heard of the water window? It consists of radiations in the 3.3 to 4.4 nanometre range, which are not absorbed by the water in biological tissues. New theoretical findings show that it is possible to develop coherent radiations within the water window....

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800 meters beneath Antarctic ice sheet, subglacial lake holds viable microbial ecosystems

August 21, 2014 11:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In a finding that has implications for life in other extreme environments, both on Earth and planets elsewhere in the solar system, LSU Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Brent Christner and fellow researchers funded by the National Science Foundation, or NSF, this week published a paper confirming that the waters and sediments of a lake that lies 800 meters....

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AAAS: Sri Lanka images show no significant increase in public facilities, despite promises

August 21, 2014 11:10 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thousands of Sri Lankans remain refugees five years after a long civil war, and satellite-image analysis seems to reveal many new housing-like structures and development in a military zone in the northern part of the country. However, the analysis also shows no significant increase in civic facilities despite government claims that it has seized the land for public use....

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Engineering Update 72: 3D-printed Army chow

August 21, 2014 11:02 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Anyone who doesn’t enjoy the taste of burnt cardboard could tell you that the Army isn’t known for its fine culinary selections. While troops can eat surprisingly well in Iraq and Afghanistan, for the most part, the military subsists on odious chow hall food or the infamous Meals Ready to Eat (or MREs)....

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Experts: 90% of medical records are vulnerable to hackers

August 21, 2014 10:47 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Many tech-savvy people take major precautions to guard themselves against hackers by encrypting their personal data and protecting their Wi-Fi at home. Sadly, hospitals and clinics haven’t taken those same precautions and are under attack by data breaches and hacking. They are being hit harder than any other industry, even more than the banking and military industries combined....

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Motor-drive-controller-encoder systems include circular M12 connectors

August 21, 2014 10:42 am | Apc- Schneider Electric | Product Releases | Comments

Circular M12 connectors are now available on Lexium MDrive integrated motor-drive-controller-encoder systems from Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT) for industrial automation applications. Industry standard M12 circular connectors facilitate ...

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Smartphone-loss anxiety disorder

August 21, 2014 10:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The smart phone has changed our behavior, sometimes for the better as we are now able to connect and engage with many more people than ever before, sometimes for the worse in that we may have become over-reliant on the connectivity with the outside world that these devices afford us....

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For secure software: X-rays instead of passport control

August 21, 2014 10:27 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Trust is good, control is better. This also applies to the security of computer programs. Instead of trusting "identification documents" in the form of certificates, JOANA, the new software analysis tool, examines the source text (code) of a program....

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Optical positioning sensor features built-in interpolation

August 21, 2014 10:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

MicroE Systems (Woodbridge, Ontario) released its Optical Positioning Sensor (OPS) Series, which is positioned as delivering high performance and advanced positioning system features. With linear resolutions of ...

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Toothpaste fluorine formed in stars

August 21, 2014 10:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The fluorine that is found in products such as toothpaste was likely formed billions of years ago in now dead stars of the same type as our sun. This has been shown by astronomers at Lund University in Sweden, together with colleagues from Ireland and the USA....

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Electric sparks may alter evolution of lunar soil

August 21, 2014 10:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The moon appears to be a tranquil place, but modeling done by University of New Hampshire and NASA scientists suggests that, over the eons, periodic storms of solar energetic particles may have significantly altered the properties of the soil in the moon's coldest craters through the process of sparking—a finding that could change our understanding of the evolution of planetary surfaces in the solar system....

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$14.5 million grant awarded to continue anthrax studies

August 21, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health has awarded the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation a five-year, $14.5 million grant to continue its research on anthrax and the bacteria's effects on humans. For 10 years, OMRF scientist Mark Coggeshall, Ph.D., and his colleagues have studied the human immune response to anthrax bacteria as part of NIH's Cooperative Centers for Human Immunology....

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Beaver complex and July complex wildfires in California

August 21, 2014 9:53 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Beaver Complex is comprised of the Salt Creek Fire (20 miles northwest of Medford) and the Oregon Gulch Fire (15 miles east of Ashland), lightning-started fires that started on July 30-31, 2014. After it was first discovered on July 31, the Oregon Gulch Fire rapidly moved southeast from the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument into the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area....

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UH professor named fellow by International Astrobiology Society

August 21, 2014 9:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

George E. Fox, a John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston (UH), was named a fellow in the International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life (ISSOL). Fox is one of four members – two from the U.S., one from France and one from Spain – chosen as fellows in 2014. Fellows are elected every three years, and 36 have been named since 1980....

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