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One step closer to renewable propane

April 15, 2015 | by Univ. of Manchester | Comments

Researchers at The Univ. of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a program of work aimed at developing the next generation of biofuels....

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Cost-efficiency of plug-in hybrids calculated a thousand times faster

April 21, 2015 9:51 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Plug-in hybrids have low fuel consumption, but require more costly parts than cars with a regular combustion engine.

Traffic emissions may pollute 1 in 3 Canadian homes

April 21, 2015 9:47 am | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | Comments

A trio of recently published studies from a team of University of Toronto engineers has found that air pollution could be spreading up to three times farther than thought--contributing to varying levels of air quality across cities.

Hurdles to US climate change action are in economics and politics, not divided science

April 21, 2015 9:45 am | by Springer | Comments

The U.S. Congress successfully hears the "supermajority" consensus on the reality and causes of climate change, according to scientists from Texas A&M University, Idaho State University, and University of Oklahoma. In a paper published in Climatic Change, the scientists suggest looking at business interests, partisan predispositions and political ideology for the hurdles to policy action.

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Google shaking up search recommendations on smartphones

April 21, 2015 9:41 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information.

Japan mulls 2018 moon landing, seeks to keep up with rivals

April 21, 2015 9:40 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH AP Business Writer | Comments

Japan's space agency is considering an unmanned mission to the moon by 2018 or early 2019, part of an effort to beef up aerospace technology and keep pace with China and other emerging powers.

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Japan's maglev train breaks own speed record at 603 kph

April 21, 2015 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.

Photos of the Day: Chevrolet debuts FNR — a vision of the future

April 20, 2015 3:07 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The FNR imagines what a fully autonomous, electric vehicle might look like many years from now and is meant to appeal to young, Chinese consumers. The concept's design from the minds at GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center does a pretty neat magic trick, too....

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OSU innovation boosts Wi-Fi bandwidth tenfold

April 20, 2015 1:35 pm | by Oregon State University | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have invented a new technology that can increase the bandwidth of WiFi systems by 10 times, using LED lights to transmit information. The technology could be integrated with existing WiFi systems to reduce bandwidth problems in ...

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NASA exercises contract option for White Sands Test Facility

April 20, 2015 1:01 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA is exercising its second cost-plus-award-fee option to extend the period of performance with Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, Tennessee, to provide test evaluation and support services at the agency's White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico....

Insects inspire next generation of hearing aids

April 20, 2015 12:25 pm | by University of Strathclyde | Comments

An insect-inspired microphone that can tackle the problem of locating sounds and eliminate background noise is set to revolutionise modern-day hearing aid systems. Ground-breaking research by the University of Strathclyde, and the MRC/CSO Institute ...

Technology can transfer human emotions to your palm through air

April 20, 2015 12:23 pm | by University of Sussex | Comments

Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a University of Sussex-led study has shown. Sussex scientist Dr Marianna Obrist, Lecturer at the Department of Informatics ...

An efficient method of producing metallic nanoparticles

April 20, 2015 12:20 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a new, cost-efficient method of producing various types of metallic nanoparticles. Nanoparticles can be used in applications such as conductive and magnetic inks, medical diagnostics and drug dosing, tailoring the ...

VTT accelerates commercialization of foam forming technology

April 20, 2015 12:17 pm | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Comments

Foam forming technology offers companies major cost saving possibilities in paper and paperboard manufacturing. It also expands the use of natural fibres in the production of recyclable and lightweight products. Some products can even be lightened by 15-25%....

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Developing a robotic therapist for children

April 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Carlos III University of Madrid | Comments

In collaboration with other national institutions, researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid are designing a new therapeutic tool for motor rehabilitation for children. In this project, an interactive social therapist robot, which is totally autonomous ...

Researchers develop acoustically driven controls for smartphones

April 20, 2015 12:11 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

As people find ever more inventive uses for smartphones, touchscreens sometimes fall short as control surfaces. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research have developed an inexpensive alternative - a toolbox of physical knobs, sliders and other mechanisms ...

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