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Hollow-fiber membranes could cut separation costs, energy use

July 7, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a microfluidic technique for fabricating a new class of metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes inside hollow polymer fibers that are just a few hundred microns in diameter. The new fabrication process, believed to be the first to grow MOF membranes inside hollow fibers ...

Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene

July 7, 2014 11:03 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Columbia researchers have observed the fractional quantum Hall effect in bilayer graphene and shown that this exotic state of matter can be tuned by an electric field. The fractional quantum Hall effect, which can occur when electrons confined to thin sheets are exposed to large magnetic fields ...

With 'ribbons' of graphene, width matters

July 7, 2014 11:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using graphene ribbons of unimaginably small widths – just several atoms across – a group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has found a novel way to "tune" the wonder material, causing the extremely efficient conductor of electricity to act as a semiconductor....

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The Grim Reaper flies ... with help from a drone

July 7, 2014 10:54 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

You may have seen the viral video making its rounds — the mythical entity otherwise known as the Grim Reaper, the personification of Death, flies around, scaring the s*** out of unwitting bystanders. Is the Apocalypse nigh at hand? Is the Angel of Death here to claim human souls? Well, not quite....

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COTS card performs data acquisition, signal processing and storage in XMC form factor

July 7, 2014 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

4DSP’s (Austin, TX) FM788 FPGA-based COTS card is designed to perform in a variety of applications, including beamforming, direction finding, RADAR, and satellite communications. This XMC module is based on Xilinx’s Virtex-7 and features …

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As TV makers exit plasma, can they make up for it with LCD?

July 7, 2014 10:17 am | by DisplaySearch | News | Comments

The recent announcement by Samsung SDI that it will end plasma display panel (PDP) manufacturing this year also speculated that LG Electronics will shut its PDP business due to low demand, which would leave COC (Changhong) as the sole remaining plasma TV manufaturer....

Kasey's Korner: Forget steel, try ice and sawdust

July 7, 2014 9:43 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Pykrete, a material made of ice and sawdust, was first introduced by British inventor Geoffrey Pyke during World War II as a solution to the steel shortage.

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From pencil marks to quantum computers

July 7, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

One of the hottest materials in condensed matter research today is graphene. Graphene had an unlikely start: it began with researchers messing around with pencil marks on paper. Pencil "lead" is actually made of graphite, which is a soft crystal lattice made of nothing but carbon atoms....

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How knots can swap positions on a DNA strand

July 7, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) and the Graduate School of Excellence "Materials Science in Mainz" (MAINZ) have been able with the aid of computer simulations to confirm and explain a mechanism by which two knots on a DNA strand can interchange their positions....

Engineering Newswire: Dragon chopper burns down the highway

July 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In response to a customer's ambitious request to design a bike in the shape of a Chinese dragon, Orange County Choppers (OCC) teamed up with 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys to make that dream a reality. 3D printing allows OCC to custom build parts with ultimate design freedom and durable, lightweight materials....

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High-res images of inner ear could lead to new hearing loss therapies

July 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

Understanding how hearing works has long been hampered by challenges associated with seeing inside the inner ear, but technology being developed by a team of researchers that includes a biomedical engineer from Texas A&M University is generating some of the most detailed images of the inner ...

Switch guards ideal for harsh environments

July 7, 2014 9:13 am | Apem Components, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

APEM, Inc (Vista, CA) announces the launch of the new accessory line, the MSG Switch Guard Series. The robust, modern design allows for the MSG Series to meet the requirements of the most demanding environments, particularly defense, aeronautics, off-road vehicles and industrial automation....

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A young star's age can be gleamed from nothing but sound waves

July 7, 2014 9:00 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Determining the age of stars has long been a challenge for astronomers. In experiments published in the journal Science, researchers at KU Leuven's Institute for Astronomy show that 'infant' stars can be distinguished from 'adolescent' stars by measuring the acoustic waves they emit....

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Study: Just thinking by yourself isn't much fun

July 7, 2014 8:54 am | by MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Wouldn't you love to escape this busy world and just spend some time alone with your thoughts? Maybe not, says a study of volunteers who actually tried it. Some even started giving themselves electric shocks as the minutes ticked by. "I think many of them were trying to shock themselves out of boredom," said psychologist Timothy Wilson....

Cosmic masquerade: Habitable planet isn't planet

July 7, 2014 8:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study says a planet outside our solar system thought to be in the so-called Goldilocks zone is not even a real planet, but a cosmic masquerade. Four years ago, scientists proclaimed they found what could be the first planet outside our solar system in the habitable zone around its star....

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