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Atoms can be in 2 places at the same time

January 21, 2015 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Can a penalty kick simultaneously score a goal and miss? For very small objects, at least, this is possible: according to the predictions of quantum mechanics, microscopic objects can take different paths at the same time. The world of macroscopic objects follows other ...

Today in Engineering History: Supersonic airliner takes flight

January 21, 2015 12:56 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

On this day in history, 1977, the first Concordes with commercial passengers took flight from London's Heathrow Airport and Orly Airport outside Paris. The aircraft were 12 years in the making, a project that pitted English and French engineers against the USSR to ...


Engineers to fine-tune 'cold spray,' the next-gen 3-D printing and manufacturing technology

January 21, 2015 12:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Engineers from Trinity College Dublin are leading a four-year, €500,000 European Space Agency (ESA) project to fine-tune 'Cold Spray,' (CS) - a revolutionary, environmentally friendly technology that deposits materials onto engineering components. The fruits of their labours ...


Light replaces the needle for blood samples

January 21, 2015 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

One in twelve children are born prematurely in Switzerland. If hypoglycemia develops in these premature babies and persists for over an hour, it can affect brain development. In order to prevent this, the babies' blood sugar levels need to be measured at ...

Smart keyboard cleans and powers itself -- and can tell who you are

January 21, 2015 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a novel twist in cybersecurity, scientists have developed a self-cleaning, self-powered smart keyboard that can identify computer users by the way they type. The device, reported in the journal ACS Nano, could help prevent unauthorized users ...

Decorative and flexible solar panels become part of interior design

January 21, 2015 11:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

VTT Technical Centre of Finland has developed and utilized a mass production method based on printing technologies allowing the manufacturing of decorative, organic solar panels. Design freedom improves the range of applications of the panels on the ...

Buying cars: Do product features matter more than brands?

January 21, 2015 11:51 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It is a popular belief among marketers that online searches for brand names are good indicators of which products consumers plan to buy. But a new study in the Journal of Marketing suggests that searches for specific features may be far more telling....

Do ambient fragrances make consumers purchase more?

January 21, 2015 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Do consumers make different choices based on the fragrance surrounding them? A new study in the Journal of Marketing shows for the first time that the "temperature" of scents in a store atmosphere may have a powerful effect on what and how much customers buy....


Self-assembled nanotextures improve conversion of sunlight to electricity

January 21, 2015 11:47 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Reducing the amount of sunlight that bounces off the surface of solar cells helps maximize the conversion of the sun's rays to electricity, so manufacturers use coatings to cut down on reflections. Now scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory ...

B&B Electronics emerges as global intelligent IoT/M2M expert B+B SmartWorx

January 21, 2015 11:31 am | Comments

Thirty-four-year-old networking expert B&B Electronics today emerged as B+B SmartWorx. While continuing the tradition of developing mission-critical network connectivity technology for remote or demanding environments, B+B SmartWorx is ramping up ...

Facebook tries to cut down on hoaxes

January 21, 2015 11:23 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Facebook has a new fix for fibs. The Menlo Park, California-based social media company said Tuesday that it has updated its service to reduce the number of hoaxes that appear in users' news feeds. These posts - which include scams or deliberately false ...

Google, Fidelity fuel Elon Musk's SpaceX with $1B investment

January 21, 2015 10:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion. The infusion announced Tuesday will give Google Inc. and Fidelity Investments a nearly 10 percent stake in SpaceX, a Hawthorne, California ...


Review: Open e-book format comes with headaches

January 21, 2015 10:39 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

In the world of e-books, you largely have a choice between Amazon's Kindle and everyone else. Inc. distributes its e-books in a proprietary format that isn't compatible with other devices and systems. Other companies have embraced a format called ...


IMS appoints Stephen Gouin as Global Sales Manager

January 21, 2015 10:11 am | by IMS | Comments

IMS is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Gouin as Global Sales Manager. Stephen will be responsible for worldwide sales operations including overall direction and strategy of our global sales initiative.  In making the announcement, John Silvia ...

GM's new affordable electric car could upstage Tesla

January 21, 2015 9:49 am | by Associated Press | Comments

With the introduction of an affordable electric car that can go 200 miles on a single charge, General Motors is setting up a showdown with Tesla to sell an electric vehicle to the masses. It may also upstage a car of its own. GM on Monday unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt....



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