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Doped graphene nanoribbons with potential

September 8, 2014 4:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Graphene is a semiconductor when prepared as an ultra-narrow ribbon – although the material is actually a conductive material. Researchers from Empa and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have now developed a new method to selectively dope....

First-ever look inside a working lithium-ion battery

September 8, 2014 3:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time, researchers have been able to open a kind of window into the inner workings of a lithium-ion battery. Using a neutron beam, chemists and engineers at The Ohio State University were able to track the flow of lithium atoms....

UT Arlington genomic data-mining framework to aid manufacturers discover desired materials

September 8, 2014 2:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A UT Arlington computer and data scientist has won a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop a scalable data-mining framework that will help manufacturers quickly discover desired materials for building their products. Junzhou Huang ...

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Obama taps Google, Twitter execs for tech jobs

September 8, 2014 2:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama has named executives from Google and Twitter to tops spots on his technology policy team. The White House says Megan Smith will serve as chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy....

Season's new phones are all about selfie image

September 8, 2014 2:02 pm | by FRANK JORDANS and ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press | Comments

Visit any tourist destination, and you're bound to see individuals and groups taking photos of themselves for sharing on social media. It's a declaration to the world that they were there. Pop stars such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber ...

Twitter tests shopping service

September 8, 2014 1:56 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Twitter is testing a way to let users go shopping or make charitable contributions between tweets. A small percentage of users will receive tweets from Twitter test partners Monday featuring a "buy" button that lets them make purchases or donate money....

LCD panel supply and demand: Will 2015 be tighter?

September 8, 2014 11:32 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Panel makers benefitted from the panel shortage in Q2’14, which enabled panel prices and shipments to increase at the same time. We recently summarized the reasons for the shortage. We expecting the tightness in TV, notebook PC, and monitor panels....

Disruptive technology: How the Army Research Laboratory will change the future

September 8, 2014 9:21 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Scientists are unlocking the mysteries of power, energy and lethality in the search for new materials and technologies. The U.S. Army Research Laboratory conducts fundamental research, which endeavors to provide revolutionary capabilities....

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Photos of the Day: The world's fastest electric motorcycle

September 5, 2014 2:01 pm | by KillaCycle Racing | Comments

Land speed record holder Eva Håkansson and her home-built electric streamliner sidecar motorcycle “KillaJoule” set several historical records at Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials last week. With a top speed of 241.901 mph (389.219 km/h) and a two-way average of 240.726 mph ...

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Kent State researchers to develop mobile app for Cuyahoga Valley National Park

September 5, 2014 12:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A $952,000 National Science Foundation grant to researchers at Kent State University will result in a mobile device application to help visitors to Cuyahoga Valley National Park learn more about the park's history and ecology and become "citizen scientists" by sharing their findings with others....

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ESF symposium focuses on 'New American Environmentalism'

September 5, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A group of leading environmental scientists and policy experts will gather Sept. 11 at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) to discuss a New American Environmentalism.Participating in a symposium held in connection with the inauguration of ESF's new president, the panelists will represent ESF and several other institutions: Syracuse University, the Mohawk Council of the Akwesasne, the U.S. Green Building Council....

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Brain mechanism underlying the recognition of hand gestures develops even when blind

September 5, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Does a distinctive mechanism work in the brain of congenitally blind individuals when understanding and learning others' gestures? Or does the same mechanism as with sighted individuals work? Japanese researchers figured out that activated brain regions of congenitally blind individuals ...

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Peptoid nanosheets at the oil-water interface

September 5, 2014 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

From the people who brought us peptoid nanosheets that form at the interface between air and water, now come peptoid nanosheets that form at the interface between oil and water. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed peptoid nanosheets - two-dimensional biomimetic materials with customizable properties....

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The future of ultrascale computing under study

September 5, 2014 10:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ultrascale systems combine the advantages of distributed and parallel computing systems. The former is a type of computing in which many tasks are executed at the same time coordinately to solve one problem, based on the principle that a big problem can be divided into many smaller ones that are simultaneously solved....

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Harvard & Cornell researchers develop untethered, autonomous soft robot

September 5, 2014 10:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine a non-rigid, shape-changing robot that walks on four "legs," can operate without the constraints of a tether, and can function in a snowstorm, move through puddles of water, and even withstand limited exposure to flames. Harvard advanced materials chemist George Whitesides, PhD and colleagues describe the mobile, autonomous robot they have created in Soft Robotics....

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