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Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules

September 29, 2014 | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | Comments

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts....

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1980s aircraft helps quantum technology take flight

October 20, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What does a 1980s experimental aircraft have to do with state-of-the art quantum technology? Lots, as shown by new research from the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney, and published in Nature Physics today. Over several years ...

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New hydrogen mixture allows wild molecular interactions

October 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Hydrogen—the most abundant element in the cosmos—responds to extremes of pressure and temperature differently. Under ambient conditions hydrogen is a gaseous two-atom molecule. As confinement pressure increases, the molecules adopt different states....

Transatlantic network allows faster data exchange between US and Europe

October 20, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists across the U.S. will soon have access to new, ultra high-speed network links spanning the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to a project currently underway to extend ESnet (the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network) to London....

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Light switches help convert carbon dioxide into organic substances

October 20, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Diatoms play an important role in water quality and in the global climate. They generate about one fourth of the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere and perform around one-quarter of the global CO2 assimilation, i.e. they convert carbon dioxide....

Teachers know technology better than their students

October 20, 2014 12:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Members of today's younger Net Generation aren't more tech savvy than their teachers just because they were born into a world full of computers. In fact, if it weren't for the coaxing and support of their educators, many students would never use....

New ways to create "smart materials"

October 20, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Microscopic particles that bind under low temperatures will melt as temperatures rise to moderate levels, but re-connect under hotter conditions, a team of New York University scientists has found. Their discovery points to new ways to create "smart materials"....

Switching on a laser by taking energy away

October 20, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What started out as a mathematical oddity, has now become a new kind of laser technology. Two years ago, physicists at TU Wien predicted a paradoxical laser effect: Under certain conditions, a laser can be switched on not by supplying it with more energy....

Wobbling of a Saturn moon hints at what lies beneath

October 20, 2014 8:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using instruments aboard the Cassini spacecraft to measure the wobbles of Mimas, the closest of Saturn's regular moons, a Cornell University astronomer publishing in Science, Oct. 17, has inferred that this small moon's icy surface cloaks either ...

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Magnetic fields form cosmic jets of young stars

October 20, 2014 8:42 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astrophysical jets are counted among our Universe's most spectacular phenomena: From the centers of black holes, quasars, or protostars, these rays of matter sometimes protrude several light years into space. Now, for the first time ever, an international team ...

Electricity access marginally related to climate change

October 20, 2014 8:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Improving household electricity access in India over the last 30 years contributed only marginally to the nation's total carbon emissions growth during that time, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. "Energy access is fundamental....

Crystallizing the DNA nanotechnology dream

October 20, 2014 8:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

DNA has garnered attention for its potential as a programmable material platform that could spawn entire new and revolutionary nanodevices in computer science, microscopy, biology, and more. Researchers have been working to master the ability....

New imaging technique helps resolve microbiology controversy

October 20, 2014 8:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The claim by microbiologist Derek Lovley and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that the microbe Geobacter produces tiny electrical wires, called microbial nanowires, has been mired in controversy for a decade, but the researchers say ...

CBS debuts stand-alone streaming service

October 20, 2014 8:26 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows. The news comes a day after HBO said it plans to offer....

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Researchers develop world’s thinnest electric generator

October 20, 2014 8:25 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology have reported they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)....

4 teams tackle the future of exploration for NASA

October 20, 2014 8:21 am | by NASA | Comments

Recognizing that technology drives exploration, NASA has selected four teams of agency technologists for participation in the Early Career Initiative (ECI) pilot program. The program encourages creativity and innovation among early career NASA technologists....

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