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Photos of the Day: Urban solar electric car with 3D-printed body

February 3, 2015 2:45 pm | by Nanyang Technological University | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category....

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Researchers develop cheaper 'smart windows'

February 3, 2015 2:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) have developed a novel technique that reduces the costs of the 'smart windows', with which the amount of light passing through glass can be controlled. This technology can be activated within seconds....

The future of holographic video

February 3, 2015 2:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Holographic video displays, featuring three-dimensional images, are about to "go large" and become a lot more affordable at the same time, thanks to the work of a team of Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers and their collaborators at ...

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If Facebook use causes envy, depression could follow

February 3, 2015 2:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Browsing Facebook has become a daily activity for hundreds of millions of people. Because so many people engage with the website daily, researchers are interested in how emotionally involved Facebook users can be with the social networking site and how regular use can affect their ...

Researchers develop handheld sensor to sniff out fish fraud

February 3, 2015 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science have developed a handheld sensor capable of debunking fraudulent seafood species claims, helping to ensure that consumers are get what they pay for. It's estimated that up to 30 percent of ...

Statistics is the fastest-growing degree

February 3, 2015 1:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Statistics — the science of learning from data — is the fastest-growing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) undergraduate degree in the United States over the last four years, an analysis of federal government education data conducted by the American Statistical Association (ASA) ...

The rarely understood ammonium carbonate monohydrate

February 3, 2015 1:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New structural studies of the superficially simple ammonium carbonate monohydrate could shed light on industrial processes, biochemistry and even the interstellar building blocks of life. Researchers in Spain and the UK have used Laue single-crystal diffraction ...

NASA's Aqua satellite sees demise of Tropical Cyclone Ola

February 3, 2015 1:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Tropical Cyclone Ola was being battered by vertical wind shear in the Southern Pacific Ocean when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured an infrared picture of the storm. On Feb. 3, 2015 at 0900 UTC (4 a.m. EST), the Joint Typhoon Warning Center ...

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Creating virtual wind for physical turbines

February 3, 2015 1:13 pm | by Duke University | Comments

It’s hard to figure out which way the wind blows. It’s full of random fluctuations, changes of direction, currents and eddies, and it can have a completely different profile a short distance away. And it doesn’t help that it’s invisible. But accurately creating computer models ...

China has 649 million people online

February 3, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Already the world's largest, China's online population grew last year but drifted away from Twitter-like microblogs, with the number of microblog users falling by 32 million. The decline shows that Chinese microblogging sites have failed to recover from a major setback in 2013 when ...

NTU unveils Singapore's first 3-D printed concept car

February 3, 2015 11:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore's first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fibre single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the ...

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SiC and GaN soon available for integrators

February 3, 2015 11:21 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) wide band gap (WBG) technologies are almost ready to be used by power electronics integrators, said a report published by Yole Développement. Yole confirms that SiC is propagating across all industrial segments. Most companies today choose ...

‘Rugged’ drives join military drone’s arsenal of tech

February 3, 2015 10:56 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Mountain Secure Systems in Longmont, Colo. recently shipped an order of removable, ruggedized solid state drives for use in a pod system for the MQ-9 Reaper Drone, the company announced on Feb. 3. The MQ-9 drone is utilized by the U.S. military....

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NASA budget to fund Mars mission, asteroid capture

February 3, 2015 10:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

NASA is expected to receive $18.5 billion in the FY2016 Federal budget, a half-billion dollar increase. This budget allows for continuing development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, SpaceLaunch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) ...

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Zebrafish flex their muscles for research aboard the International Space Station

February 3, 2015 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Although zebrafish are not deadlifting weights in orbit, they are helping researchers learn about muscle changes during their stay aboard the International Space Station. This impacts not only the fish, but also the crew and can have implications for Earth-related muscle ...

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