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Are virtual money transactions really anonymous?

November 25, 2014 4:07 pm | by University of Luxembourg | Comments

Bitcoin is the new money: minted and exchanged on the Internet. Faster and cheaper than a bank, the service is attracting attention from all over the world. But a big question remains: are the transactions really anonymous? Several research groups ...

Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation

November 25, 2014 4:03 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation. The 3-D printer delivered to the International Space Station two months ago made a sample replacement part for itself this week. NASA says it churned out a replica of the face plate for ...

Photos of the Day: China's J-31 stealth fighter

November 25, 2014 3:52 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Shenyang J-31 (aka, “Gyrfalcon” or “Snowy Owl”) is a mid-sized, twin-engine stealth fighter intended for medium and low-altitude missions like close-air support, aerial bombardment, and suppression of enemy air defenses. With a twin-rudder, twin-engine configuration ...

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Laser lift-off enables breakthrough in flexible electronics

November 25, 2014 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Flexible electronics have been touted as the next generation in electronics in various areas, ranging from consumer electronics to bio-integrated medical devices. In spite of their merits, insufficient performance of organic materials arising from ...

A hybrid vehicle that delivers DNA

November 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new hybrid vehicle is under development. Its performance isn't measured by the distance it travels, but rather the delivery of its cargo: vaccines that contain genetically engineered DNA to fight HIV, cancer, influenza and other maladies....

Study supports free 'super Wi-Fi'

November 25, 2014 2:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Wireless data transmission largely takes place via WLAN networks, such as WiFi. However, these networks are currently limited to high frequency ranges at 2 GHz and above and, hence, have a limited range. The authors of the study, Arnd Weber ...

Blu-ray disc can be used to improve solar cell performance

November 25, 2014 2:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Who knew Blu-ray discs were so useful? Already one of the best ways to store high-definition movies and television shows because of their high-density data storage, Blu-ray discs also improve the performance of solar cells -- suggesting ...

Heat-conducting plastic developed at U-Michigan

November 25, 2014 2:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The spaghetti-like internal structure of most plastics makes it hard for them to cast away heat, but a University of Michigan research team has made a plastic blend that does so 10 times better than its conventional counterparts. Plastics are inexpensive, lightweight ...

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Thanksgiving travel woes? There's an app for that

November 25, 2014 2:19 pm | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves ...

ASU, IBM move DNA sequencing technology a step closer to reality

November 25, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. "Our goal is to put cheap ...

Converting food waste to energy

November 25, 2014 1:52 pm | by United States Environmental Protection Agency | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and City of San Jose will celebrate the city’s successful food-waste-to-energy program at a tour of the nation’s first large-scale commercial anaerobic digestion facility, privately owned and operated by ...

New iPhones push Apple's market cap past $700B

November 25, 2014 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple, already the world's most valuable company, surpassed $700 billion in market capitalization Tuesday as its stock hit another all-time high. The company unveiled the latest version if the iPhone two months ago and sales have been surging....

Time in space exposes materials to the test of time

November 25, 2014 11:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Much like that pickup truck rusting in your backyard thanks to time, rain and the elements, extended stays in the brutal environment of space can take its toll on spacecraft, satellites and space stations. In fact, anything outside the protective blanket ...

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Asteroid impacts on Earth make structurally bizarre diamonds

November 25, 2014 11:52 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have argued for half a century about the existence of a form of diamond called lonsdaleite, which is associated with impacts by meteorites and asteroids. A group of scientists based mostly at Arizona State University now show that what ...

Obama presents the National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation

November 25, 2014 11:48 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

At a White House ceremony last Thursday, President Obama presented the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The awards ...

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