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Major breakthrough in stem cell manufacturing technology

March 31, 2014 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have developed a new substance which could simplify the manufacture of cell therapy in the pioneering world of regenerative medicine. Cell therapy is an exciting and rapidly developing area of medicine in which stem cells have the potential to repair human tissue....

'Cosmic barometer' could reveal violent events in universe's past

March 31, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exploding stars, random impacts involving comets and meteorites, and even near misses between two bodies can create regions of great heat and high pressure. Researchers from Imperial College London have now developed a method for analysing the pressure experienced by tiny samples of organic material....

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More than 1,000 satellites are flying overhead

March 31, 2014 11:11 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The spotting of ocean debris by satellites during the search for the lost Malaysian airliner has drawn attention to those orbiting platforms. A primer on what's in orbit, with help from Nicholas Johnson, who retired Thursday as NASA's chief scientist for orbital debris....

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Amazon says no plans to offer free video service

March 31, 2014 11:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon says it has no plans to offer a free streaming media service, addressing speculation ahead of a media event in New York next Wednesday. Spokeswoman Sally Fouts said Thursday that Amazon runs ads ahead of movie and game trailers, but the company has no plans to offer a free streaming media service....

Power amplifiers feature gain flatness from 0.50 dB to 1.0 dB

March 31, 2014 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises (Irvine, CA) introduces a new family of coaxial X band high-gain power amplifiers. These RF amplifiers are typically used as driver amplifiers or high-power output amplifiers in a wide variety of commercial, industrial, and military applications....

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Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for high-energy rocket fuel

March 31, 2014 9:12 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications....

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Stop the madness! Facebook’s purchase of Oculus won’t trigger Armageddon

March 31, 2014 8:56 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The alternate title for this piece could’ve been “The Internet entitlement mentality” (part II), because that’s what Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus has triggered in millions of disgruntled techies and industry analysts. On Tuesday, March 25, Facebook acquired Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion....

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Photos of the Day: The half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus

March 31, 2014 8:22 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation and communications assistance, and the first prototype from Thales is expected in the next five years. The autonomous airship operating at an altitude of about 20 km....

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A smart wristband with swappable parts

March 31, 2014 8:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Startup Mighty Cast thinks teens may want a wearable computer with modular components.A Montreal-based startup called Mighty Cast is working on an electronic bracelet to which modular charms can add new functionality. It hopes to start selling it for about $50 later this year....

Clemson researcher touts surgical safety checklist to save lives

March 31, 2014 6:23 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Clemson University research assistant professor Ashley Kay Childers has been selected to participate in a forum to discuss quality improvement programs in U.S. hospitals that reduce preventable readmissions, prevent medical errors, improve patient outcomes and cut costs.

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Lens-free camera sees things differently

March 31, 2014 1:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

An itty-bitty camera could bring sight to the Internet of things.Patrick Gill is excited to show me a small, fuzzy-looking picture of the Mona Lisa, printed in black and white on a piece of paper. It’s not much to look at, literally, but it’s unmistakably her, with long dark hair and that...

Heat-conducting polymer cools hot electronic devices at 200 degrees C

March 30, 2014 5:17 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

March 30, 2014 Atlanta, GA By harnessing an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers, researchers have developed a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer....

Oculus's Kickstarter donors furious they won't see any of that $2 billion

March 29, 2014 1:09 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

The Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset wouldn't exist if not for regular folks kicking down $10, $20 or $50 on Kickstarter. But regular folks did kick down those nickel and dime donations, allowing the virtual-reality gaming headset to go into development....

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Facebook strives for global connectivity

March 28, 2014 7:09 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

The world's most famous philanthropist and inventor of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced plans to use drones, among other things in a bid to bring the Internet to much of the world's population who are still living without access. When...

COTS Air-flow through (AFT) rugged chassis is presented as industry’s first

March 28, 2014 3:35 pm | Curtiss-Wright Controls | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (Ashburn, VA) announced that its Defense Solutions division has introduced the Hybricon AFT16, which is said to be the industry’s first COTS OpenVPX Air Flow Through (AFT) Chassis. Leveraging the company’s AFT subsystem technology, the AFT16 supports

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