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Using radio waves to control the density in a fusion plasma

October 29, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Recent fusion experiments on the DIII-D tokamak at General Atomics (San Diego) and the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts), show that beaming microwaves into the center of the plasma can be used to control the density....

Cinema-like environment helps audiences immerse in movies even on small screens & displays

October 29, 2014 11:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

If the surroundings are designed to be sufficiently stimulating, even a simple computer screen is enough to generate an intense cinematic experience. After observing some 300 study subjects, researchers at the Institute of Psychology of Johannes Gutenberg ...

Helping general electric upgrade the US power grid

October 29, 2014 11:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When researchers at General Electric Co. sought help in designing a plasma-based power switch, they turned to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The proposed switch, which GE is developing under contract ...

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Handheld devices and automation software could speed logistics on the battlefield

October 29, 2014 10:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Marines in Hawaii recently demonstrated that handheld devices and automation software could speed delivery of critical supplies to the front lines and even help planners determine when and where items will be needed ahead of time. Sponsored by ...

Making the Internet easier for a more responsive user experience

October 29, 2014 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $2.4 million National Science Foundation grant to study the increasingly complex ways in which content is delivered to users on the Internet and to invent new architectural ...

Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?

October 29, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research by physicists from Brown University puts the profound strangeness of quantum mechanics in a nutshell — or, more accurately, in a helium bubble. Experiments led by Humphrey Maris, professor of physics at Brown, suggest that ...

Creating the coldest cubic meter in the universe

October 29, 2014 9:48 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In an underground laboratory in Italy, an international team of scientists has created the coldest cubic meter in the universe. The cooled chamber—roughly the size of a vending machine—was chilled to 6 milliKelvin or -273.144 degrees Celsius....

Cause sought for space-supply rocket explosion

October 29, 2014 9:42 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS and MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press | Comments

The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across from the craft....

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Photos of the Day: Supersonic skydiving suit breaks sound barrier

October 29, 2014 8:37 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Google executive Alan Eustace, in the spacesuit, is shown with crew members Blikkies Blignaut, left, and Alex Garbino in preparation his leap from the edge of space that broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert....

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Thousands in Hungary march against Internet tax

October 28, 2014 7:19 pm | by Pablo Gorondi - Associated Press | Comments

Tens of thousands of protesters marched Tuesday against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015. The rally, the second in three days objecting to the scheme, was also a sign of growing discontent among mostly younger citizens....

Google working on pill that searches for illnesses

October 28, 2014 4:19 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Google's latest "moonshot" project involves detecting cancer by swallowing a pill. The pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor device that you wear....

Using lithium to enhance the performance of fusion plasmas

October 28, 2014 4:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For magnetic fusion energy to fuel future power plants, scientists must find ways to control the interactions that take place between the volatile edge of the plasma and the walls that surround it in fusion facilities. Such interactions can profoundly affect conditions....

Updated resource explores trends on STEM education, workforce

October 28, 2014 3:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It just became a lot easier for educators, students, parents, policymakers and business leaders to learn more about national trends in education and jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The National Science Board (NSB) today released....

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Laser experiments mimic cosmic explosions and planetary cores

October 28, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers are finding ways to understand some of the mysteries of space without leaving earth. Using high-intensity lasers at the University of Rochester's OMEGA EP Facility focused on targets smaller than a pencil's eraser, they conducted experiments....

Forum highlights technology tested on Space Station for deep space exploration

October 28, 2014 2:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Investigations on the International Space Station are not only helping astronauts live and work in space, but also are perfecting valuable tools and technologies that may help us at home and as humans travel to new destinations in our solar system....

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