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VCU researcher receives NSF grant to extend lifespan of Li-ion batteries

January 22, 2015 12:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Virginia Commonwealth University professor has received a five-year, $505,000 award from the National Science Foundation to make lithium-ion batteries -- which power electric vehicles and portable electronic devices -- far more efficient, sustainable ...

"Ringing" in the New Year with $5.1 million in funding

January 22, 2015 12:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter @abmdigi | Comments

Wearable technology startup Ringly raised $5.1 million in Series A, led by Andreesen Horowitz. High Line Venture Partners, Silas Capital, PCH and others also participated in Series A funding for the smart ring company, Ringly founder and CEO Christina Mercando said in a press release.

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New York City’s largest wind turbine stands 160-feet tall

January 22, 2015 10:05 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Sunset Park in Brooklyn gained New York City’s first commercial-scale wind turbine on Tuesday, Jan. 14. The almost 160-foot tall wind turbine will power Sunset Park’s Material Recovery Facility, the principal sorting and separation center for New York City’s ...

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Uncovering hidden magnetic messages from the early solar system

January 22, 2015 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Geologists from the University of Cambridge uncover hidden magnetic messages from the early solar system in meteorites measured at BESSY II. A team of scientists led by Dr. Richard Harrison from the University of Cambridge, has captured information stored ...

Stepping stones to NASA's missions beyond low-Earth orbit

January 22, 2015 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"That's one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind." When Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon, many strides came before to achieve that moment in history. The same is true for a human mission to Mars. One step towards that journey begins ...

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Getting the best results when solving complex engineering problems

January 22, 2015 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Optimization algorithms, which try to find the minimum values of mathematical functions, are everywhere in engineering. Among other things, they're used to evaluate design tradeoffs, to assess control systems, and to find patterns in data....

Doubt cast on global firestorm generated by dino-killing asteroid

January 22, 2015 8:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Pioneering new research has debunked the theory that the asteroid that is thought to have led to the extinction of dinosaurs also caused vast global firestorms that ravaged planet Earth. A team of researchers from the University of Exeter, University of Edinburgh ...

Developer has plans to preserve Westinghouse atom smasher

January 22, 2015 8:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A developer has knocked over the Westinghouse atom smasher east of Pittsburgh but plans to preserve the structure no matter what happens to the property it was on. The brick building at the base of the five-story, lightbulb-shaped atom smasher was ...

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Reports: Google planning to sell wireless phone service

January 22, 2015 8:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday. If everything falls into place, Google Inc. could offer discounted wireless data plans that would ...

Video-based therapy might benefit babies at risk of autism

January 22, 2015 4:10 am | by The University of Manchester | Comments

Researchers at The University of Manchester have, for the first time, shown that video-based therapy for families with babies at risk of autism improves infants’ engagement, attention and social behaviour, and might reduce the likelihood of such children ...

Atoms can be in 2 places at the same time

January 21, 2015 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Can a penalty kick simultaneously score a goal and miss? For very small objects, at least, this is possible: according to the predictions of quantum mechanics, microscopic objects can take different paths at the same time. The world of macroscopic objects follows other ...

Today in Engineering History: Supersonic airliner takes flight

January 21, 2015 12:56 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

On this day in history, 1977, the first Concordes with commercial passengers took flight from London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris. The aircraft were 12 years in the making, a project that pitted English and French engineers against the USSR to ...

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Engineers to fine-tune 'cold spray,' the next-gen 3-D printing and manufacturing technology

January 21, 2015 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Engineers from Trinity College Dublin are leading a four-year, €500,000 European Space Agency (ESA) project to fine-tune 'Cold Spray,' (CS) - a revolutionary, environmentally friendly technology that deposits materials onto engineering components. The fruits of their labours ...

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Light replaces the needle for blood samples

January 21, 2015 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

One in twelve children are born prematurely in Switzerland. If hypoglycemia develops in these premature babies and persists for over an hour, it can affect brain development. In order to prevent this, the babies' blood sugar levels need to be measured at ...

Smart keyboard cleans and powers itself -- and can tell who you are

January 21, 2015 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a novel twist in cybersecurity, scientists have developed a self-cleaning, self-powered smart keyboard that can identify computer users by the way they type. The device, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could help prevent unauthorized users ...

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