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Ethanol and heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel production

November 12, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel to conventional fossil ones. The EU policies of boosting biodiesel have achieved its implementation in the transport fuels market and increasingly its sustainable nature is being taken into account. Thus, up to 86% ...

3D-printing self-learning robots

November 12, 2014 2:08 pm | by University of Oslo | News | Comments

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom. This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other ...

Electronic 'tongue' to ensure food quality

November 12, 2014 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An electronic "tongue" could one day sample food and drinks as a quality check before they hit store shelves. Or it could someday monitor water for pollutants or test blood for signs of disease. With an eye toward these applications, scientists ...

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NYU professor wins premier award in the data visualization field

November 12, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) presented the 2014 Visualization Technical Achievement Award to Claudio Silva, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of ...

Program models more detailed evolutionary networks from genetic data

November 12, 2014 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The tree has been an effective model of evolution for 150 years, but a Rice University computer scientist believes it's far too simple to illustrate the breadth of current knowledge. Rice researcher Luay Nakhleh and his group have developed ...

Researchers test first 'smart spaces' using light to send data

November 12, 2014 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the problems in the high-tech field of visible light communication (VLC) - or using light to send data wirelessly - is decidedly low tech: The data transmission stops whenever the light is blocked by people's movements, shadows or other ...

A timeline of comet probe's 10-year journey

November 12, 2014 1:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency said it landed a spacecraft on a comet Wednesday for the first time ever. The Philae craft pulled off the audacious landing hours after it was released toward the giant ball of dust and ice by the unmanned Rosetta ...

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Iran clones American UAV, completes test flight (maybe)

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in 2011, Iranian forces captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel UAV near Kashmar before parading the drone for the world to see on Iranian TV. While the U.S. initially denied foul play, stating that it had “lost control” of a drone (not an RQ-170 ...

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Kasey's Korner: This laser can turn drones to dust

November 12, 2014 11:17 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Low Altitude Sentiel system is a laser designed to reduce small drones to dust within five seconds. Speed doesn’t appear to be a problem since the researchers claim the laser can shoot down drones moving at up to 111 mph up to 1,640 feet in the air with ...

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The first ARM Cortex-A processor-based mbed microprocessor board

November 12, 2014 10:27 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) is simplifying embedded design for engineers and developers in the Maker space and working on emerging applications via the recently-launched ARM mbed IoT Device platform. Leveraging ...

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6-slot chassis features high-performance density in 2U height

November 12, 2014 10:12 am | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) now offers a 2U chassis platform that complies to the MicroTCA.4 specification for High Energy Physics and other applications requiring rear IO. The rear IO capability is an attractive option in many Mil/Aero, Physics ...

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Supercomputing beyond genealogy reveals surprising European ancestors

November 12, 2014 9:35 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What if you researched your family's genealogy, and a mysterious stranger turned out to be an ancestor? That's the surprising feeling had by a team of scientists who peered back into Europe's murky prehistoric past thousands of years ago. With ...

Microtubes create cozy space for neurons to grow, and grow fast

November 12, 2014 9:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tiny, thin microtubes could provide a scaffold for neuron cultures to grow so that researchers can study neural networks, their growth and repair, yielding insights into treatment for degenerative neurological conditions or restoring nerve ...

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Notre Dame network physicists create model to predict traffic patterns

November 12, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have designed a simple, yet highly accurate traffic prediction model for roadway transportation networks. They have recently published their work in the journal Nature Communications. "Transportation networks ...

Twisted light transmitted over a large distance outdoors

November 12, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A group of researchers from Austria have sent twisted beams of light across the rooftops of Vienna. It is the first time that twisted light has been transmitted over a large distance outdoors, and could enable researchers to take advantage ...

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