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Vehicle cost, lack of consumer information hinder purchases of plug-in electric vehicles

April 22, 2015 2:15 pm | by National Academy of Sciences | Comments

Vehicle cost, current battery technology, and inadequate consumer knowledge are some of the barriers preventing widespread adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council. Developing less expensive ...

From metal to insulator and back again

April 22, 2015 2:10 pm | by Carnegie Institution | Comments

New work from Carnegie's Russell Hemley and Ivan Naumov hones in on the physics underlying the recently discovered fact that some metals stop being metallic under pressure. Their work is published in Physical Review Letters. Metals are compounds that are capable of ...

First exoplanet visible light spectrum

April 22, 2015 2:07 pm | by ESO | Comments

The exoplanet 51 Pegasi b lies some 50 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Pegasus. It was discovered in 1995 and will forever be remembered as the first confirmed exoplanet to be found orbiting an ordinary star like the Sun. It is also regarded as the archetypal hot Jupiter....

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NATO to hold major cyber defense drill in Estonia

April 22, 2015 2:00 pm | by JARI TANNER, Associated Press | Comments

About 400 computer experts will participate in a major cybersecurity drill in Estonia this week as part of NATO's efforts to upgrade its capability to counter potentially debilitating hacker attacks. Teams from 16 nations will take part in the Locked Shields 2015 ...

A 'Beat the Clock' for the YouTube generation

April 22, 2015 1:57 pm | by DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer | Comments

This isn't your grandparents' "Beat the Clock." Inside a soundstage at YouTube Space LA, a high-tech production facility operated by the streaming video site, a couple of YouTube stars have been outfitted with ...

Engineered softwood could transform pulp, paper and biofuel industries

April 22, 2015 1:13 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

Scientists today demonstrated the potential for softwoods to process more easily into pulp and paper if engineered to incorporate a key feature of hardwoods. The finding, published in this week's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could improve the ...

Assuring the reliability of solar panels

April 22, 2015 1:10 pm | by DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is co-leading an international push to assure the reliability of solar panels--an assurance demanded by customers, manufacturers, lenders, and utilities....

Review: Plenty of options for HBO online, not enough time

April 22, 2015 11:43 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

HBO Now, the cable channel's new stand-alone streaming service, is both a blessing and a curse. Like HBO Go, the app that cable and satellite TV subscribers have, HBO Now gives you instant access to new TV episodes and movies, along with programs from ...

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Duke/UNC collaboration trying to fix human ailments at molecular level

April 22, 2015 9:02 am | by Duke University | Comments

Anyone who has been sickened by the flu or a bout of food poisoning knows that viruses and bacteria can be powerful adversaries. But in recent decades, they have also become unlikely allies as scientists have turned bits and pieces of these infectious agents into tools ...

Apple’s Force Touch -- enhancing the existing touchscreen user experience

April 22, 2015 8:02 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

On March 9, Apple announced the Apple Watch and new MacBook at its Spring Forward event. The company also acclaimed its Force Touch (with Taptic Engine) as a new concept in these products. Apple previously seemed more interested in pressure-sensing technology, as it applied for a stylus use...

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

April 22, 2015 7:02 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

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

Computer model adds ease, precision to managing Asian carp

April 22, 2015 7:01 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

  The likelihood of Asian carp eggs being kept in suspension and hatching in the St. Joseph River in Michigan has been further evaluated using a model that examines a range of multiple flow and water temperature scenarios. Results illustrate the highest percentage of Asian carp eggs at risk...

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.

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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 ...

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