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Spiral laser beam creates quantum whirlpool

November 17, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Physicists have engineered a spiral laser beam and used it to create a whirlpool of hybrid light-matter particles called polaritons. "Creating circulating currents of polaritons - vortices - and controlling them has been a long-standing challenge," said leader ...

Readying the neural network

November 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Synapse, the name for the signal-receiving site on a neuron, comes from the Greek word for contact. Neuroscientists used to maintain that neurons form one-to-one relationship to contact one another. Yet more researchers are finding evidence that shows ...

Controlling the movements occurring within magnetic materials

November 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of New York University and University of Barcelona physicists has developed a method to control the movements occurring within magnetic materials, which are used to store and carry information. The breakthrough could simultaneously bolster ...

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Revolutionary solar-friendly form of silicon shines

November 17, 2014 12:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Silicon is the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust. When purified, it takes on a diamond structure, which is essential to modern electronic devices--carbon is to biology as silicon is to technology. A team of Carnegie scientists led ...

NTU engineers develop innovative process to print flexible electronic circuits

November 17, 2014 10:56 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has successfully printed complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer. The electronic circuits are printed using unique materials in layers on top of everyday flexible materials such as ...

Photos of the Day: 3 umbrella designs that will never catch on

November 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Everyone who lives in a moderately wet climate has complained about the traditional umbrella design at least once in their lives. In fact, during a particularly nasty torrential downpour last summer, I remember cursing my umbrella’s metal rods for ...

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Camera taken to space in '60s sold for $275,000

November 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The camera that "would forever change our view of Earth" from space more than a half century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000, the auctioneer says. The Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens, reportedly purchased by astronaut Wally Schirra ...

Engineers-in-training compete to be world champion drone builders

November 17, 2014 9:44 am | by American Society of Mechanical Engineers | News | Comments

Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals today at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress...

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Review: Apple's iOS 8 provides a smarter type

November 17, 2014 9:42 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

I never would have considered writing this review on my iPhone if I hadn't upgraded to Apple's new operating system, iOS 8. With the free upgrade, typing on the iPhone's touch keyboard doesn't seems as tedious, cumbersome, or infuriating ...

Rutgers engineers create smartphone app to cut risk of power outages

November 17, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An easy-to-use smartphone app developed by Rutgers engineers will help keep the lights on in a heavily wooded New Jersey suburb that suffered widespread power outages during Superstorm Sandy. Officials in Warren Township, a country-like ...

Georgia developer still trying to build coal plant

November 17, 2014 9:25 am | by RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Deep in rural Georgia, a developer is betting he can build one of the last new coal-fired power plants in the United States as the rest of the country moves away from the fuel. The project, which is being developed by Allied Energy Services, is ...

Direct-drive linear motors feature no backlash and zero cogging

November 17, 2014 9:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DDLMs (Direct Drive Linear Motors) from MotiCont (Van Nuys, CA) eliminate backlash and provide an economical solution for users requiring high acceleration, high speed, and long life. They are available in three popular off-the-shelf ...

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Pure copper conductive ink offers cost-effective design flexibility

November 17, 2014 8:57 am | Dupont Microcircuit Materials | Product Releases | Comments

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (Research Triangle Park, NC) is introducing its first pure copper conductive ink for photonic curing, DuPont PE510 copper conductor. DuPont PE510 is a cost-effective alternative to silver conductor inks for a variety ...

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Los Angeles police use data to target crime

November 17, 2014 8:45 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles police are increasingly relying on technology that not only tells patrol officers where crime is most likely to occur but also identifies and keeps track of ex-cons and other bad guys they believe are most likely to commit them. Police say ...

Comet lander starts drilling; batteries a worry

November 17, 2014 8:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A first evaluation of the data that comet lander Philae sent to the European Space Center before its depleted batteries forced it to go silent will be released Monday, the German aeronautics and space research center said. The scientists are getting ...

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