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First steps for Hector the robot stick insect

December 17, 2014 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University's latest posting on 'research_tv'. The robot is called ...

The simplest element: Turning hydrogen into 'graphene'

December 17, 2014 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New work from Carnegie's Ivan Naumov and Russell Hemley delves into the chemistry underlying some surprising recent observations about hydrogen, and reveals remarkable parallels between hydrogen and graphene under extreme pressures. Their work is the ...

SMU cyber warrior Fred Chang receives annual 'Security 7' award

December 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

SMU's cyber warrior, Fred Chang, has been named an Information Security Magazine "Security 7" award winner, which annually spotlights information security leaders at the top of their profession. Chang, who is former research director for the National ...

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NASA Goddard instrument makes first detection of organic matter on Mars

December 17, 2014 11:20 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars. Organic molecules are the building blocks of all known forms of terrestrial life, and consist of ...

How information moves between cultures

December 17, 2014 11:15 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

By analyzing data on multilingual Twitter users and Wikipedia editors and on 30 years' worth of book translations in 150 countries, researchers at MIT, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Aix Marseille University have developed network maps that ...

New findings from mind-controlled robot arm project

December 17, 2014 11:10 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her ...

NTU Singapore invents smart window that tints and powers itself

December 17, 2014 11:06 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) scientists have developed a smart window which can darken or brighten without the need for an external power source. This unique self-tinting window requires zero electricity to operate and ...

Linde, Sandia partnership looks to expand hydrogen fueling network

December 17, 2014 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories and industrial gas giant Linde LLC have signed an umbrella Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) that is expected to accelerate the development of low-carbon energy and industrial technologies, beginning ...

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Global carbon dioxide emissions increase to new all-time record, but growth is slowing down

December 17, 2014 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

2013 saw global CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reach a new all-time high. This was mainly due to the continuing steady increase in energy use in emerging economies over the past ten years. However, emissions increased at ...

Photos of the Day: "Rat rods" pieced together from vintage parts

December 17, 2014 10:33 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | Comments

The fast machines are pieced together from vintage parts and scrapyard finds. They are rumblier, rustier and turn more heads on the highway. Old vehicle parts that will be used in Rat Rod projects are stored outside Peter Duvaloois' shop....

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Lighter planes are the future

December 17, 2014 8:49 am | by University of Sheffield | Comments

A global fleet of composite planes could reduce carbon emissions by up to 15 percent, but the lighter planes alone will not enable the aviation industry to meet its emissions targets, according to new research. The study, by the Universities of ...

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Decades of research leads to advancements in nanotechnologies

December 16, 2014 3:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanotechnology is the study and engineering of matter and microscopic structures. These tiny systems continue to gain interest for their promise and commercial application. Henry C. "Hank" Foley, a researcher and administrator at the University of Missouri, is a pioneer in ...

Stacking 2-dimensional materials may lower cost of semiconductor devices

December 16, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials is ...

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How many American homes can Boeing's new jet power?

December 16, 2014 1:47 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

There are many luxuries that separate first class fliers from their fellow travelers going coach in the back of the plane, but in-flight entertainment isn’t one of them. The personal multiple-choice video screen standard on most long-haul flights has ...

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A solar observatory for use on suborbital manned space missions

December 16, 2014 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is preparing to unveil a new, miniature portable solar observatory for use onboard a commercial, manned suborbital spacecraft. The SwRI Solar Instrument Pointing Platform (SSIPP) will be on exhibit at the fall meeting of ...

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