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Researchers discover cool-burning flames in space, could lead to better engines on earth

July 28, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars. The discovery was made during a series of experiments on the International Space Station by a team led by Forman Williams, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering....

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Superconductivity could form at high temperatures in layered 2D crystals

July 28, 2014 3:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An elusive state of matter called superconductivity could be realized in stacks of sheetlike crystals just a few atoms thick, a trio of physicists has determined. Superconductivity, the flow of electrical current without resistance, is usually found in materials chilled to the most frigid temperatures....

US increases duties for Chinese solar PV components and extends to Taiwanese products

July 28, 2014 3:19 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

The US Department of Commerce DOC released its preliminary findings in its anti-dumping (AD) investigation concerning Chinese and Taiwanese solar PV components, confirming that the DOC found evidence of dumping. Preliminary rates were set forth that vary by both country and specific company....

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Glow in space is evidence of a hot bubble in our galaxy

July 28, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When we look up to the heavens on a clear night, we see an immense dark sky with uncountable stars. With a small telescope we can also see galaxies, nebulae, and the disks of planets. If you look at the sky with an X-ray detector, you would see many of these same familiar objects....

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Wyss Institute's technology translation engine launches 'Organs-on-Chips' company

July 28, 2014 2:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that its human 'Organs-on-Chips' technology will be commercialized by a newly formed private company to accelerate development of pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetic, and personalized medicine products....

Serial time-encoded amplified microscopy for ultrafast imaging based on multi-wavelength laser

July 28, 2014 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ultrafast real-time optical imaging is an effective and important tool for studying dynamical events, such as shock waves, neural activity, laser surgery and chemical dynamics in living cells. Limited by the frame rate, conventional imaging system such as charge-coupled device (CCD) ...

Refrigerator magnets

July 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The magnets cluttering the face of your refrigerator may one day be used as cooling agents, according to a new theory formulated by MIT researchers. The theory describes the motion of magnons — quasi-particles in magnets that are collective rotations of magnetic moments, or "spins"....

How sweet it is

July 28, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A powerful new tool that can help advance the genetic engineering of "fuel" crops for clean, green and renewable bioenergy, has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a multi-institutional partnership led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)....

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Booming mobile health app market needs more FDA oversight for consumer safety, confidence

July 28, 2014 1:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Smart phones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health ("mHealth") apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms. While tremendous potential exists to broaden access to medical treatment and control costs ...

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Gadget Watch: PadFone novel as phone-tablet hybrid

July 28, 2014 1:15 pm | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Companies often blend old products to give you something new. This summer, AsusTek Computer Inc. claims you don't need both a phone and a tablet — as long as you get its new PadFone X. The PadFone works like any other phone and has a screen that measures 5 inches diagonally. When you want a...

Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows

July 28, 2014 12:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say. A fresh study using up-to-date fossil records and improved analytical tools has helped palaeontologists to build a new narrative of the prehistoric creatures' demise, some 66 million years ago....

Measuring the smallest magnets

July 28, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine trying to measure a tennis ball that bounces wildly, every time to a distance a million times its own size. The bouncing obviously creates enormous "background noise" that interferes with the measurement. But if you attach the ball directly to a measuring device, so they bounce together, you can eliminate the noise problem....

The source of the sky's X-ray glow

July 28, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In findings that help astrophysicists understand our corner of the galaxy, an international research team has shown that the soft X-ray glow blanketing the sky comes from both inside and outside the solar system. The source of this "diffuse X-ray background" has been debated for the past 50 years....

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New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data'

July 28, 2014 12:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In an age of "big data," a single computer cannot always find the solution a user wants. Computational tasks must instead be distributed across a cluster of computers that analyze a massive data set together. It's how Facebook and Google mine your web history to present you with targeted ads....

Stanford team achieves 'holy grail' of battery design: A stable lithium anode

July 28, 2014 12:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. In a paper published today in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step....

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