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Planets outside our solar system more hospitable to life than thought

January 16, 2015 11:29 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A study by astrophysicists at the University of Toronto suggests that exoplanets - planets outside our solar system - are more likely to have liquid water and be more habitable than we thought. "Planets with potential oceans could have a climate that is much ...

This is what it will cost you for a vacation in space

January 16, 2015 10:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's the dream of many people to go to space (not this claustrophobic editor but other people), but only a few meet the rigorous academic and physical standards to become an astronaut and fulfill those dreams. Most of us just become accountants, engineers, writers, or opera...

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Improved interface for a quantum Internet

January 16, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Innsbruck | News | Comments

Quantum computers are no longer just a theoretical concept. In recent years, researchers have assembled and successfully tested the building blocks for a future quantum computer in the laboratory. More than a dozen candidate technologies are currently ...

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Engineering Newswire: Ford’s carbon-fiber supercar

January 16, 2015 9:19 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

This week, Ford has unveiled its all-new GT featuring the most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever — a new twin-turbocharged V6 that produces more than 600 horsepower. The engine will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle for ...

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Shining a light on quantum dots measurement

January 16, 2015 9:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Due to their nanoscale dimensions and sensitivity to light, quantum dots are being used for a number of bioimaging applications including in vivo imaging of tumor cells, detection of biomolecules, and measurement of pH changes. When quantum dots ...

Perovskites provide big boost to silicon solar cells

January 16, 2015 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Stacking perovskites onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improves the overall efficiency of the cell, according to a new study led by Stanford University scientists. The researchers describe their novel perovskite-silicon solar cell in this week's ...

Humanity has exceeded 4 of 9 'planetary boundaries'

January 16, 2015 8:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An international team of researchers says climate change, the loss of biosphere integrity, land-system change, and altered biogeochemical cycles like phosphorus and nitrogen runoff have all passed beyond levels that put humanity in a "safe operating space." Civilization has crossed ...

The home of the future

January 16, 2015 8:43 am | by Cees Links, CEO, GreenPeak Technologies | Articles | Comments

The evolution towards the smart home and the day when sensors truly integrate intelligence with your house and your smart phone is well on its way. This process has been in progress for many years and can be broken down into three phases: The Connected Home ...

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KidGab on mission to end cyber bullying

January 16, 2015 8:35 am | by Texas A&M University | News | Comments

The children’s social networking website known as KidGab was created by Texas A&M University Computer Science and Engineering Ph.D. student, Stephanie Valentine, who works in the Sketch Recognition Lab led by CSE associate professor, Dr. Tracy Hammond....

Notes from an IoT Forum

January 16, 2015 8:34 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

I recently attended an Internet of Things (IoT) forum in Cambridge, MA, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of presentation, the quantity of interaction, and the technical depth of discussion. For a meeting unaffiliated with a larger technical conference or trade show ...

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A galactic 'hailstorm' in the early universe

January 16, 2015 8:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Two teams of astronomers led by researchers at the University of Cambridge have looked back nearly 13 billion years, when the Universe was less than 10 percent its present age, to determine how quasars - extremely luminous objects powered by ...

How does a machine smell?

January 16, 2015 8:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Every odour has its own specific pattern which our noses are able to identify. Using a combination of proteins coupled to transistors, for the first time machines are able to differentiate smells that are mirror images of each other, so called chiral molecules ...

Funding boom shows power of tech startups, raises concerns

January 16, 2015 8:14 am | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into U.S. startup companies last year, investing at levels that haven't been seen since the heady days before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Software and biotechnology companies were the leading recipients of ...

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Why quantum dots are the next big display technology

January 16, 2015 7:41 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Nestled in between the bloated 4K, 8K, and “Beyond 4K” TVs at this year’s CES was an older lighting technology that’s just now gaining traction with consumer display manufacturers — quantum dots. The inimitable display tech — essentially a semiconductor nanocrystal ...

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The extreme environment of MILSPEC

January 16, 2015 7:21 am | by Major General Steve Sargeant, USAF (Ret.), and CEO of Marvin Test Solutions | Articles | Comments

While many industries benefit from more durable test equipment, the term “rugged test and measurement” reaches new heights when it comes to military specifications that include extreme temperature, vibration, humidity, and salt requirements....

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