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The grass really is greener on TV and computer screens, thanks to quantum dots

August 11, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

High-tech specks called quantum dots could bring brighter, more vibrant color to mass market TVs, tablets, phones and other displays. Today, a scientist will describe a new technology called 3M quantum dot enhancement film (QDEF) that efficiently makes liquid crystal display (LCD) screens more richly colored....

Physicists create water tractor beam

August 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach. The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered they can control water flow patterns....

Astrophysicists detect destruction of 3 stars by black holes

August 11, 2014 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have reported registering three possible occasions of the total destruction of stars by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies....

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'Seeing' through virtual touch is believing

August 11, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Visual impairment comes in many forms, and it's on the rise in America. A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians....

Nanocubes get in a twist

August 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanocubes are anything but child's play. Weizmann Institute scientists have used them to create surprisingly yarn-like strands: They showed that given the right conditions, cube-shaped nanoparticles are able to align into winding helical structures....

Customized surface inspection

August 11, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Before a workpiece leaves the production plant, it is subjected to rigorous inspection: because even the most infinitesimal fracture or impact point could diminish the reliability or durability of a component. And when it comes to safety-critical applications – such as in the automotive or aerospace industries ...

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All-you-can-eat at the end of the universe

August 11, 2014 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

At the ends of the Universe there are black holes with masses equaling billions of our sun. These giant bodies – quasars – feed on interstellar gas, swallowing large quantities of it non-stop. Thus they reveal their existence: The light that is emitted by the gas as it is sucked in....

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Expert wants to help nab Russian password thieves

August 11, 2014 10:55 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

The hackers are a tight knit group, 10 or 11. They live in a Russian town, and have real jobs. But in their down time, the cybercriminals have spent the past seven months gathering a hoard of personal data, stealing 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of Internet heists....

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China tightens grip on instant messaging services

August 11, 2014 10:52 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China's government tightened control over popular instant messaging services Thursday after telling South Korea that access to some foreign services was blocked because they were used to exchange terrorism-related information. The government announced that only established media companies ...

Spying revelations lead to German encryption boom

August 11, 2014 10:51 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Revelations about the National Security Agency's electronic eavesdropping capabilities have sparked anger in Germany and a boom in encryption services that make it hard for the most sophisticated spies to read emails, listen to calls or comb through texts. Jon Callas, co-founder of Silent Circle ...

Global market for fiber-optic sensors to reach $2.2 billion by 2018

August 11, 2014 10:30 am | Comments

BCC Research reveals in its new report, FIBER OPTIC SENSORS: GLOBAL MARKETS, the global market for fiber optic sensors (FOS) is expected to reach $2.2 billion by 2018, registering a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.5% from 2013 to 2018. Medical and defense are the two markets....

Spectacular 3-D sketching system revolutionizes design interaction and collaboration

August 11, 2014 9:12 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Collaborative three-dimensional sketching is now possible thanks to a system known as Hyve-3D that University of Montreal researchers are presenting today at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver. "Hyve-3D is a new interface for 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching"....

Pairing old technologies with new for next generation electronic devices

August 11, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UCL scientists have discovered a new method to efficiently generate and control currents based on the magnetic nature of electrons in semi-conducting materials, offering a radical way to develop a new generation of electronic devices. One promising approach to developing new technologies is to exploit the electron's tiny magnetic moment....

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Outdoor enthusiasts use gadgets to stay plugged in

August 11, 2014 9:07 am | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | Comments

It used to be that outdoor enthusiasts went into the wilderness to unplug. Now, most want to stay plugged in to their electronic devices as long as they can. As a result, companies are catering to hikers, bikers, skiers, and paddle boarders....

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Cultural changes in attitude toward TV

August 11, 2014 9:04 am | by DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer | Comments

Manjula Stokes has twice sworn off television, once throwing a set off her deck in a fit over an ex-husband's sports obsession. Now she's a devotee of programs like "Downton Abbey," `'Mad Men," `'Survivor" and "Masters of Sex." The teacher from Santa Cruz, California, illustrates a subtle change....

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