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Silver nanowires demonstrate unexpected self-healing mechanism

January 23, 2015 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With its high electrical conductivity and optical transparency, indium tin oxide is one of the most widely used materials for touchscreens, plasma displays, and flexible electronics. But its rapidly escalating price has forced the electronics industry to search for ...

New technique helps probe performance of organic solar cell materials

January 23, 2015 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research team led by North Carolina State University has developed a new technique for determining the role that a material's structure has on the efficiency of organic solar cells, which are candidates for low-cost, next generation solar power. The researchers have used ...

LG to launch curved G Flex 2 smartphone next week

January 23, 2015 1:10 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. said it will start selling a new curved smartphone next week in its latest effort to bring the curve to a mass market. The South Korean company said Thursday that the G Flex 2 will be launched locally on Jan. 30 and overseas in coming months....

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Twitter can predict rates of coronary heart disease

January 23, 2015 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Twitter has broken news stories, launched and ended careers, started social movements and toppled governments, all by being an easy, direct and immediate way for people to share what's on their minds. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have ...

Profitable phishing schemes tinker with our heads, then rip us off

January 23, 2015 12:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University at Buffalo have found evidence that the incredible spread of email phishing scams may be due to phishers' increased use of "information-rich" emails that alter recipients' cognitive processes in a way ...

Re-creating planet formation, super-earths, and giant planets in the laboratory

January 23, 2015 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New laser-driven compression experiments reproduce the conditions deep inside exotic super-Earths and giant planet cores, and the conditions during the violent birth of Earth-like planets, documenting the material properties that determined planets' formation and ...

A first peek beneath the surface of a comet

January 23, 2015 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In some of the first research findings to be published from the European Space Agency's Rosetta Mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists including astronomer Peter Schloerb of the University of Massachusetts Amherst report early measurements of ...

Scientists set quantum speed limit

January 23, 2015 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have proved a fundamental relationship between energy and time that sets a "quantum speed limit" on processes ranging from quantum computing and tunneling to optical switching. The energy-time uncertainty relationship ...

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Scientists 'bend' elastic waves with new metamaterials

January 23, 2015 9:14 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Sound waves passing through the air, objects that break a body of water and cause ripples, or shockwaves from earthquakes all are considered "elastic" waves. These waves travel at the surface or through a material without causing any permanent changes to ...

Hands-on with Microsoft's hologram device

January 23, 2015 9:08 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft didn't use skydivers or stunt cyclists to introduce what it hopes will be the next big leap in computing technology. Instead, with its new HoloLens headset, the company is offering real-world examples to show how you might use three-dimensional ...

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China blocks VPN services that skirt online censorship

January 23, 2015 9:02 am | by JACK CHANG, Associated Press | Comments

China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday. The virtual private network provider Golden Frog wrote ...

NASA scientists could commute to Mars

January 22, 2015 3:53 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Scientists at NASA may be able to commute to Mars this year ... virtually, anyway. NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called ...

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Improving the privacy of the Internet currency Bitcoin

January 22, 2015 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"Within the research community, it is well-known that the anonymity of Bitcoin can be broken", explains Aniket Kate of Saarland University, who leads the independent research group "Cryptographic Systems" at the Cluster of Excellence "Multimodal Computing and Interaction". Experts like ...

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Queen's University engineers develop world's longest 'flat pack' arch bridge

January 22, 2015 1:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Civil Engineers at Queen's University Belfast in collaboration with pre-cast concrete specialists Macrete Ireland have developed the world's longest 'flat pack' arch bridge. Based on the 'FlexiArch' system, the bridge is unique in that it will be transported to ...

Black hole on a diet creates a 'changing look' quasar

January 22, 2015 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Yale University astronomers have identified the first "changing look" quasar, a gleaming object in deep space that appears to have its own dimmer switch. The discovery may offer a glimpse into the life story of the universe's great beacons....

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