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A new, tunable device for spintronics

August 28, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Spin-charge converters are important devices in spintronics, an electronic which is not only based on the charge of electrons but also on their spin and the spin-related magnetism. Spin-charge converters enable the transformation of electric into magnetic signals and vice versa....

Small molecule acts as on-off switch for nature's antibiotic factory

August 28, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have identified the developmental on-off switch for Streptomyces, a group of soil microbes that produce more than two-thirds of the world's naturally derived antibiotic medicines. Their hope now would be to see whether it is possible....

Nanoscale assembly line

August 28, 2014 2:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Cars, planes and many electronic products are now built with the help of sophisticated assembly lines. Mobile assembly carriers, on to which the objects are fixed, are an important part of these assembly lines. In the case of a car body, the assembly components are attached....

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Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey ...

Apple loses bid to block sales of 9 Samsung phones

August 28, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A federal judge has rejected Apple's attempt to block the sale of several older Samsung smartphones that copied features in the iPhone. Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology....

NASA's TRMM Satellite sees powerful towering storms in Cristobal

August 28, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

NASA's TRMM satellite identified areas of heavy rainfall occurring in Hurricane Cristobal as it continued strengthening on approach to Bermuda. NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission or TRMM satellite flew above Hurricane Cristobal on August 26 at 11:35 UTC (7:35 a.m. EDT) gathering rainfall data....

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Experiments explain why some liquids are 'fragile' and others are 'strong'

August 28, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Only recently has it become possible to accurately "see" the structure of a liquid. Using X-rays and a high-tech apparatus that holds liquids without a container, Kenneth Kelton, PhD, the Arthur Holly Compton Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, was able to compare the behavior of glass-forming liquids as they approach the glass transition....

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Novel 'butterfly' molecule could build new sensors, photoenergy conversion devices

August 28, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Exciting new work by a Florida State University research team has led to a novel molecular system that can take your temperature, emit white light, and convert photon energy directly to mechanical motions. And, the molecule looks like a butterfly....

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Research geared to keep women from fleeing IT profession

August 28, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For years, employers and experts have been trying to reverse the exodus of women from information technology positions.They're failing. Studies show that women are significantly underrepresented in the IT field, and the number of women who've graduated with degrees in computer and information science have plummeted from 37 percent in 1985 to 18 percent in 2011....

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Two Ames Laboratory scientists named 'Most Influential Scientific Minds'

August 28, 2014 9:01 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Two Ames Laboratory physicists, Paul Canfield and Sergey Bud'ko, were recently named to Thomson Reuters' World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014. Researchers earned inclusion on the list by writing the greatest number of highly cited papers, ranking among the top 1 percent for their subject field and year of publication between 2002 and 2012....

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NASA begins hurricane mission with Global Hawk flight to Cristobal

August 28, 2014 8:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The first of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft landed at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, on Aug. 27 after surveying Hurricane Cristobal for the first science flight of NASA's latest hurricane airborne mission. NASA's airborne Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel, or HS3, mission returns to NASA Wallops for the third year to investigate the processes that underlie hurricane formation and intensity change....

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Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality

August 27, 2014 10:16 pm | by Emaun Kashfi - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. At HeatSync Labs, the tables are littered with computer chips, pens, pads and tools while the room is abuzz with the chatter of would-be inventors...

NanoMarkets report projects next-gen solar PV materials to become a $2 billion market by 2021

August 27, 2014 5:27 pm | Comments

The total market value of emerging PV technologies -- advanced crystalline silicon cell architectures, thin films, organic and dye-sensitized technologies, and various nanomaterials -- will surge to $262 million in 2017 and nearly $2.1 billion by 2021, up from just $20 million today....

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Time Warner Cable says widespread outages are largely resolved, still investigating cause

August 27, 2014 4:20 pm | by MAE ANDERSON AP Technology Writer | Comments

Time Warner Cable said Wednesday that service was largely restored after a problem during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours. The company said it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone - the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances....

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Video games come of age as a spectator sport as Amazon buys Twitch for $970 million

August 27, 2014 4:16 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY and KEN SWEET AP Business Writers | Comments

Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros."....

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