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Quality of graphene and spatial imaging of reactivity depends on carbon surface

May 8, 2015 10:53 am | by Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences | Comments

A convenient procedure to visualize defects on graphene layers by mapping the surface of carbon materials with an appropriate contrast agent was introduced by a team of researchers from Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) involved ...

Spacecraft MESSENGER reveals Mercury's magnetic field secrets

May 8, 2015 8:10 am | by University of British Columbia | Comments

New data from MESSENGER, the spacecraft that orbited Mercury for four years before crashing into the planet a week ago, reveals Mercury's magnetic field is almost four billion years old. The discovery helps scientists piece together the history of Mercury, the closest ...

Nobel laureates, scholars discuss computation in the future of their fields

May 7, 2015 3:11 pm | by Brown University | Comments

John von Neumann was without doubt one of the 20th Century's greatest minds. He is considered to be one of the founders of digital computing, pioneered game theory as a model of decision-making, and made critical contributions in the fields of physics, applied mathematics, and engineering.

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Fresh evidence for how water reached Earth found in asteroid debris

May 7, 2015 3:07 pm | by University of Warwick | Comments

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth, new research strongly suggests. Published by the Royal Astronomical Society and led by the University of Warwick, the research ...

For marketers, esports an enticing way to reach millennials

May 7, 2015 3:00 pm | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | Comments

The latest ally in competitive gaming's fight for mainstream awareness just might be marketers. At an intimate, invite-only gathering this week at an exclusive seaside resort, executives from corporations like AT&T ...

High-altitude balloon class emphasizes hands-on learning

May 7, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

On a fine day in April a sizeable crowd gathered to watch as a helium-filled balloon rose, carrying into the sky several students’ projects from Prof. Vicki Coverstone’s high-altitude balloon class. The balloon would rise some 90,000 feet before popping from the ...

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For batteries, one material does it all

May 7, 2015 2:13 pm | by Univ. of Maryland | Comments

Engineers at the Univ. of Maryland have created a battery that is made entirely out of one material, which can both move electricity and store it. "To my knowledge, there has never been any similar work reported," said Dr. Kang Xu of ...

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Researchers developing solution for GPS-denied environments

May 7, 2015 2:02 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

While the French police in “The DaVinci Code” were able to use a GPS chip to track symbologist Robert Langdon through the Louvre Museum after a curator was murdered, CSL Professor Soon-Jo Chung spoils their fun by noting that technology unfortunately it ...

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Code optimization yields three-fold increase in engine simulation speed

May 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

VERIFI has taken the next step in its work with Convergent Science, Inc., optimizing the code running the company’s CONVERGE engine modeling software and achieving a three-fold increase in speed. The new code allowed VERIFI to recently run the largest engine simulation conducted to date.

Appeals court says police can withhold license plate scans

May 7, 2015 10:53 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press | Comments

Police don't have to disclose license plate records that advocacy groups sought to gauge how high-tech surveillance was being used, a California appeals court ruled Wednesday. The unanimous ruling by the 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected a ...

Social media and mourning: Funerals may be the last frontier

May 7, 2015 10:50 am | by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | Comments

Taya Dunn Johnson has been living large online for years, embracing Facebook, Twitter and other social streams to frequently share her most mundane and intimate moments. Her husband - her high school sweetheart and an IT specialist - was an offline kind of guy, though he ...

A wild ride for one Illinois computer science student: From high school dropout to graduation

May 7, 2015 10:02 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Marrissa Hellesen is just a few weeks away from completing her Bachelor of Science degree requirements from one of the most prestigious computer science programs in the world. Earlier this spring the 26-year old was honored as one of 12 Knights of St. Patrick, a distinction given to a...

Massachusetts Clean Energy Partnership project recognized as an ‘Innovation in Government’ finalist

May 7, 2015 10:01 am | by United States Environmental Protection Agency | Comments

CAMBRIDGE – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, has recognized the “Massachusetts Clean Energy Partnership for Wastewater and Drinking Water Facilities” project as one of five finalists in this year’s Innovations...

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Building scaffolds in the cell's power stations

May 7, 2015 10:01 am | by BIOSS - Centre for Biological Signalling Studies | Comments

A group of scientists led by Assistant Professor Dr. Martin van der Laan has decoded the molecular basis for the characteristic structures inside of mitochondria. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of cells and contain microscopic, strongly infolded ...

NRL licenses new polymer resin for commercial applications

May 7, 2015 9:55 am | by Naval Research Laboratory | Comments

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Chemistry Division and Technology Transfer Office announce today the signing of licensing agreements for the commercial manufacturing of an NRL-developed PEEK-like phthalonitrile (PN) resin composition. Inventors of the licensed patents are ...

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