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A new step towards using graphene in electronic applications

January 14, 2015 3:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Few materials have received as much attention from the scientific world or have raised so many hopes with a view to their potential deployment in new applications as graphene has. This is largely due to its superlative properties: it is the thinnest material in ...

Stargazers begin hunt for planets

January 14, 2015 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Warwick scientists have begun searching for planets after the unveiling of twelve robotically controlled telescopes. The telescopes, which form a wide-field observing system called the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), aim to detect ...

How can we engage in direct modeling for computational fluid dynamics?

January 14, 2015 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Direct modeling for computational fluid dynamics provides an effective methodology to develop multi-scale numerical algorithms for flow simulation in all regimes from rarefied to continuum ones, which will help to improve the conventional CFD methods which ...

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Video series explores the state and future of technological convergence

January 14, 2015 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

You may have come across the acronyms -- NBIC (nano-bio-info-cogno) or BANG (bits-atoms-neurons-genes) -- but what exactly do these grammatical mash-ups mean for our economy and society? They refer to "technological convergence," a concept where ...

Researchers test flexible, three-dimensional supercapacitors

January 14, 2015 2:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Rice University scientists advanced their recent development of laser-induced graphene (LIG) by producing and testing stacked, three-dimensional supercapacitors, energy-storage devices that are important for portable, flexible electronics....

Experts explore the medical safety needs of civilian space travel

January 14, 2015 2:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The commercial aviation industry has medical care standards, as does NASA for traditional space missions, and the emerging commercial space transportation industry will need to define medical care practices as well. The unique risks posed by commercial spaceflight ...

People conform to the norm -- even if the norm is a computer

January 14, 2015 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Often enough it is human nature to conform. This tendency makes us follow the lead of computers, even if the machines give us the wrong advice. This is the finding of a study in Springer's journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review that investigates how ...

3-D facial imaging may aid in early detection of autism

January 14, 2015 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Autism is a spectrum of closely related disorders diagnosed in patients who exhibit a shared core of symptoms, including delays in learning to communicate and interact socially. Early detection of autism in children is the key for treatments to be ...

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Every atom matters when building strong concrete

January 14, 2015 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Even when building big, every atom matters, according to new research on particle-based materials at Rice University. Rice researchers Rouzbeh Shahsavari and Saroosh Jalilvand have published a study showing what happens at the nanoscale....

Review: Smarten up your home with Apple HomeKit

January 14, 2015 12:29 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple didn't attend last week's gadget show but its presence was felt. Many companies have designed "smart" home products that integrate with Apple's HomeKit, an emerging technology for controlling lights and appliances through a mobile app. There are other efforts to ...

Consumer electronics industry recognises need for a better smart TV experience

January 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Philips uWand | Comments

Philips uWand announced the findings of its latest Smart TV Report. The research shows a 15% increase in smart TV ownership by industry professionals since 2012. However, despite steady growth, engagement rates continue to be hampered by ...

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CES 2015: How many wearable devices would a person wear?

January 14, 2015 10:32 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Each year, the CES in Las Vegas jump-starts the technology market. It did so this year as well, but what was really different was the lack of real news makers in 2015. In past years, devices, mainly TVs, have occupied headlines, but this year, they lacked any real novelty....

Infineon Technologies AG successfully acquires International Rectifier

January 14, 2015 8:53 am | Comments

Infineon Technologies AG announced the closing of the acquisition of International Rectifier. With effect from today, the El Segundo based company has become part of Infineon following the approval of all necessary regulatory authorities and ...

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A favorable outlook for dynamic random-access memory

January 14, 2015 8:34 am | by SEMI | Comments

SEMI announced details from the SEMI World Fab Forecast Report illuminating the state of the semiconductor manufacturing industry, coincident with convening SEMI’s Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) in Half Moon Bay, Calif.  Among the insights across ...

"Deep thinking" is not just for geniuses

January 13, 2015 4:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What is intelligence? What is the nature of creativity, thinking, learning, and even of mind? In his latest book, Deep Thinking: What Mathematics Can Teach Us About the Mind, mathematician William Byers claims that all of these processes have a common ...

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