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Monitoring system provides weather intel to help keep the campus community safe

September 2, 2014 11:23 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

September 2, 2014 Atlanta, GA The familiar adage, “Everyone talks about the weather, but nobody ever seems to do anything about it,” may hold true for the general population, but for the Georgia Tech Police Department’s Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP), monitoring campus weather...

Future solar panels

September 2, 2014 11:22 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The solar panels we see tend to be rigid and black. Organic photovoltaic technology, by contrast, enables more translucent and more flexible solar panels in a range of colours to be manufactured. But this technology needs to meet certain requirements if it is to be accepted....

Google building fleet of package-delivering drones

September 2, 2014 11:19 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly. The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race....

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Tesla, Chinese firm plan 400 charging stations

September 2, 2014 11:16 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | Comments

Tesla Motors Co. and a state-owned Chinese phone carrier announced plans Friday to build 400 charging stations for electric cars in a new bid to promote popular adoption of the technology in China. Plans call for China Unicom Ltd. to provide space for construction....

Kris Hauser: Building smarter robots

September 2, 2014 10:20 am | by Duke University | Comments

Kris Hauser, an expert in computer science, informatics and robotics, joined both the electrical and computer engineering department and the mechanical engineering and materials science department in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering on August 3, 2014....

Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms

September 2, 2014 9:09 am | by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press | Comments

Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information....

Mysteries of space dust revealed

September 2, 2014 8:17 am | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

The first analysis of space dust collected by a special collector onboard NASA’s Stardust mission and sent back to Earth for study in 2006 suggests the tiny specks open a door to studying the origins of the solar system and possibly the origin of life itself. This is the first time synchrotron....

New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

August 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

With the holiday shopping season coming, Samsung and LG unveiled small improvements to their computerized wristwatches to try to sway shoppers. Samsung's latest version can do more without a smartphone to go with it. LG's has a round screen. Apple is also believed to be working on its own...

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Neuroscientists watch imagination happening in the brain

August 28, 2014 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one," sang John Lennon in his 1971 song Imagine. And thanks to the dreams of a BYU student, we now know more about where and how imagination happens in our brains. Stefania Ashby and her faculty mentor devised experiments....

Filter technology -- uses inert gas to bore holes in high-quality steel

August 28, 2014 2:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Two early-stage venture capital investors are joining the i3 Membrane GmbH startup in August 2014. High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) of Bonn and Innovationsstarter Fonds of Hamburg are investing in development and marketing of a novel filter technology....

Quantum physics enables revolutionary imaging method

August 28, 2014 2:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), and the University of Vienna have developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique with strikingly counterintuitive features....

Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phone

August 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Samsung has unveiled a computerized wristwatch that can do more without a smartphone to go with it, while LG has one with a round design. Thursday's announcements come as technology companies prepare for the holiday shopping season. Apple is also believed to be working on its own smartwatch, and...

New analytical technology reveals 'nanomechanical' surface traits

August 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new research platform uses a laser to measure the "nanomechanical" properties of tiny structures undergoing stress and heating, an approach likely to yield insights to improve designs for microelectronics and batteries. This new technique, called nanomechanical Raman spectroscopy ...

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A new, tunable device for spintronics

August 28, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Spin-charge converters are important devices in spintronics, an electronic which is not only based on the charge of electrons but also on their spin and the spin-related magnetism. Spin-charge converters enable the transformation of electric into magnetic signals and vice versa....

Small molecule acts as on-off switch for nature's antibiotic factory

August 28, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have identified the developmental on-off switch for Streptomyces, a group of soil microbes that produce more than two-thirds of the world's naturally derived antibiotic medicines. Their hope now would be to see whether it is possible....

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