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Buildings with 'rocking' technology would be more earthquake-resilient

February 12, 2015 2:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plumb would withstand seismic shaking better than structural designs commonly used in vulnerable zones of California and elsewhere, a Case Western Reserve University researcher has found....

A novel high-power microwave generator

February 12, 2015 2:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

High-power microwaves are frequently used in civil applications, such as radar and communication systems, heating and current drive of plasmas in fusion devices, and acceleration in high-energy linear colliders. They can also be used for ...

Methane emissions from natural gas industry higher than previously thought

February 12, 2015 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

World leaders are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it's unclear just how much we're emitting. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new program to track these emissions, but scientists ...

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New insight into how rubber could improve tires and reduce air pollution

February 12, 2015 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

People have been making rubber products from elastic bands to tires for centuries, but a key step in this process has remained a mystery. In a report in the ACS journal Macromolecules, scientists have described this ...

Waterloo researchers awarded $5.3 million to partner with industry on strategic research

February 12, 2015 2:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Eleven University of Waterloo researchers are receiving more than $5.3 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to partner with industry on strategic research - including a project that will ...

Meeting the challenges of Big Data

February 12, 2015 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology is hosting a session on the challenges and social impacts of Big Data with the US Government Accountability Office at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting in San Jose, California....

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Bacterial armor holds clues for self-assembling nanostructures

February 12, 2015 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Imagine thousands of copies of a single protein organizing into a coat of chainmail armor that protects the wearer from harsh and ever-changing environmental conditions. That is the case for many microorganisms. In a new study, researchers ...

Detailing the engineering behind the Titanic

February 12, 2015 2:22 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Bill Hammack unearthed three journals at the University of Illinois library that detailed the engineering behind the Titanic and its sister ships, the Olympic and Britannic, between 1909 and 1911. Hammack, known as engineerguy ...

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Lab-in-a-box takes aim at doctors' computer activity

February 12, 2015 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

They call it "the Lab-in-a-Box." According to Nadir Weibel, a research scientist in the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) department at the University of California, San Diego, inside the box are assorted sensors ...

Convection-cooled power supply achieves typical efficiency of 92%

February 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Excelsys Technologies Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

Excelsys Technologies announces the XS500 series of high-efficiency, 500W convection-cooled AC/DC power supplies. With typical efficiency of 92%, and operating from 90-264VAC, the XS500 delivers 500W of output power without the need for forced-air cooling. Combining low-energy-loss ...

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Crystal pattern mapping can recover obliterated serial numbers in metals

February 12, 2015 2:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated a technique for mapping deformation in metals that can recover destroyed serial numbers on metal objects such as firearms ...

Mouser signs global distribution deal with Digilent

February 12, 2015 2:03 pm | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced that it has reached a distribution agreement with Digilent Inc., a subsidiary of National Instruments. Diligent is a leading engineering design company serving students ...

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Are analogue quantum computers still wishful thinking?

February 12, 2015 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Traditional computational tools are simply not powerful enough to solve some complex optimisation problems, like, for example, protein folding. Quantum annealing, a potentially successful implementation of analogue quantum computing ...

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An international network of experts on intelligent systems

February 12, 2015 1:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Equipping machines with the necessary intelligence that will enable them to recognize how to make life easier for their human users all by themselves: To further this research, Bielefeld University is strengthening its ...

Are you a hack waiting to happen? Your boss wants to know

February 12, 2015 1:38 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The next phishing email you get could be from your boss. With high-profile security breaches on the rise, from Sony Pictures to Anthem, companies are on the defensive. And they want to make sure their employees ...

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