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SF funds new method for making materials that can make lighter, more efficient vehicles

September 12, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Diana Lados, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and founding director of the university's Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc), has received a three-year, $424,000 award from the National Science Foundation....

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Replacing silicon electronics with nanomaterials

September 12, 2014 8:32 am | by Duke University | Comments

Aaron Franklin has joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry. Leaving IBM’s research enterprise for a professorship ...

UT Arlington research uses nanotechnology to help cool electrons with no external sources

September 11, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers has discovered a way to cool electrons to −228 °C without external means and at room temperature, an advancement that could enable electronic devices to function with very little energy. The process involves passing electrons....

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New study examines impact of violent media on the brain

September 11, 2014 4:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With the longstanding debate over whether violent movies cause real world violence as a backstop, a study published today in PLOS One found that each person's reaction to violent images depends on that individual's brain circuitry, and on how ...

Excitonic dark states shed light on TMDC atomic layers

September 11, 2014 4:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of Berkeley Lab researchers believes it has uncovered the secret behind the unusual optoelectronic properties of single atomic layers of transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) materials, the two-dimensional semiconductors that hold ...

The quantum revolution is a step closer

September 11, 2014 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Theories show how computing devices that operate according to quantum mechanics can solve problems that conventional (classical) computers, including super computers, can never solve. These theories have been experimentally tested for ...

The sound of an atom has been captured

September 11, 2014 4:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are first to show the use of sound to communicate with an artificial atom. They can thereby demonstrate phenomena from quantum physics with sound taking on the role of light. The results ...

New species of electrons can lead to better computing

September 11, 2014 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a research paper published this week in Science, the collaboration led by MIT's theory professor Leonid Levitov and Manchester's Nobel laureate Sir Andre Geim report a material in which electrons move at a controllable angle to applied fields....

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NASA's newest human spacecraft on the move

September 11, 2014 3:50 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans. Workers at Kennedy Space Center gathered to watch as the Orion capsule emerged from its assembly hangar Thursday morning, less than three months ...

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Photos of the Day: Nevada kick-starts special session over Tesla deal

September 11, 2014 2:11 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | Comments

Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead....

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Sandia cyber-testing contributes to DHS Transition to Practice

September 11, 2014 8:32 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Through the Department of Homeland Security’s Transition to Practice (TTP) program, cybersecurity technologies developed at Sandia National Laboratories — and at other federal labs — now stand a better chance of finding their way into ...

Graphene paints a corrosion-free future

September 11, 2014 8:31 am | by The University of Manchester | Comments

A thin layer of graphene paint can make impermeable and chemically resistant coatings which could be used for packaging to keep food fresh for longer and protect metal structures against corrosion, new findings from The University of Manchester show....

Angling chromium to let oxygen through

September 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Researchers have been trying to increase the efficiency of solid oxide fuel cells by lowering the temperatures at which they run. More efficient fuel cells might gain wider use in vehicles or as quiet, pollution-free, neighborhood electricity generating stations....

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Crystal solar and NREL team up to cut costs

September 10, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A faster, cheaper way to manufacture silicon solar cells, partially funded by the Energy Department and fine-tuned at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has won a coveted R&D 100 award as one of the top technology innovations....

Rice wireless experts tap unused TV spectrum

September 10, 2014 3:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up fat streams of data over wireless hotspots that could stretch for miles.In a presentation today at the Association for Computing ...

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