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Cutting power could dramatically boost laser output

October 27, 2014 10:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lasers – devices that deliver beams of highly organized light – are so deeply integrated into modern technology that their basic operations would seem well understood. CD players, medical diagnostics and military surveillance all depend on lasers....

Breakthrough paves the way for DNA-based computer circuits in the future

October 27, 2014 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a paper published today in Nature Nanotechnology, an international group of scientists announced the most significant breakthrough in a decade toward developing DNA-based electrical circuits. The central technological revolution of the 20th century ...

Smarter, quicker-thinking referees? There's an app for that!

October 27, 2014 10:40 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

KU Leuven and UEFA, European football's governing body, have embarked on a four-year project to expand and fine-tune a web-based skills training platform for referees. Early results show that the application can improve assistant referees' on-field perception....

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How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

October 27, 2014 10:34 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help. The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online ...

Engineering students win challenge for real-time traffic app

October 24, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Three University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering students have won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficient....

US Navy awards $8 million to develop wave, tidal energy technology

October 24, 2014 3:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The U.S. Navy has committed to get half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. One element of that strategy will be looking to extract energy from tides, currents and waves. The University of Washington is helping to reach that goal....

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Liquid helium offers a fascinating new way to make charged molecules

October 24, 2014 3:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Innsbruck has developed a completely new way of forming charged molecules which offers tremendous potential for new areas of chemical research. Professor Andrew Ellis from ...

Environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic li-ion batteries

October 24, 2014 3:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physics researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered that most of the electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries — commonly found in consumer electronic devices — are superhalogens, and that the vast majority of these electrolytes ...

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Experiment tests the foundations of quantum mechanics at the large scale

October 24, 2014 11:52 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Southampton scientists have designed a new experiment to test the foundations of quantum mechanics at the large scale. Standard quantum theory places no limit on particle size and current experiments use larger and larger particles....

Technology provides higher education with a bright future

October 24, 2014 11:25 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

National event organized by Georgia Tech examined what’s next for online learning October 24, 2014 Atlanta, GA The Georgia Institute of Technology organized a national media roundtable Thursday to discuss the current state of online learning in higher education....

Army network connects Soldiers, NGOs in Ebola response mission

October 24, 2014 10:37 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The Army is deploying tactical network and mission command capabilities to the area that will provide the infrastructure for improved communications between U.S. Africa Command, deploying units, non-governmental organizations and other partners....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s unmanned research aircraft takes flight

October 24, 2014 10:36 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

With a small video camera mounted atop the center wing to record control surface movement, the small unmanned APV-3 research aircraft takes to the air for the first time with a flight control system incorporating segmented wing flaps and fiber optic sensors....

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Breaking the nano barrier to engineer the first protein microfiber

October 24, 2014 10:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering have broken new ground in the development of proteins that form specialized fibers used in medicine and nanotechnology. For as long as scientists have been able to create new proteins....

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Study: Some online shoppers pay more than others

October 24, 2014 10:00 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Internet users regularly receive all kinds of personalized content, from Google search results to product recommendations on Amazon. This is thanks to the complex algorithms that produce results based on users' profiles and past activity....

Microscope collects dynamic images of the molecules that animate life

October 24, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Over the last decade, powerful new microscopes have dramatically sharpened biologists' focus on the molecules that animate and propel life. Now, a new imaging platform developed by Eric Betzig and colleagues at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's ...

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