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Oxides discovered by CCNY team could advance memory devices

September 17, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The quest for the ultimate memory device for computing may have just taken an encouraging step forward. Researchers at The City College of New York led by chemist Stephen O'Brien have discovered new complex oxides that exhibit both magnetic ...

Smallest known galaxy with a supermassive black hole

September 17, 2014 3:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A University of Utah astronomer and his colleagues discovered that an ultracompact dwarf galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole – the smallest galaxy known to contain such a massive light-sucking object. The finding suggests huge black holes ...

Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

September 17, 2014 3:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"Nature has developed, very cleverly, some lessons on how to create the features that we desire in optical design," said Joseph Shaw, director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University. "As we explore surfaces and structures ...

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Nujira and Rohde & Schwarz host joint seminars on testing Envelope Tracking performance for Chinese market

September 17, 2014 12:17 pm | by Nujira Ltd. and Rohde & Schwarz | Comments

Nujira Ltd, the global Envelope Tracking (ET) chip company, and Rohde & Schwarz, leaders in test and measurement, will be hosting a series of joint seminars in China on how ET improves LTE battery life. The two companies will demonstrate test ...

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For electronics beyond silicon, a new contender emerges

September 17, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking to meet the needs of powerful, compact ...

Scientists twist radio beams to send data

September 17, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Building on previous research that twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radiowaves, reaching high speeds without some of the hassles that can go with optical systems....

UCI team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time

September 17, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UC Irvine chemists have scored a scientific first: capturing moving images of a single molecule as it vibrates, or "breathes," and shifts from one quantum state to another. The groundbreaking achievement, led by Ara Apkarian, professor ...

'Smart material' chin strap harvests energy from chewing

September 17, 2014 8:52 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable ...

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Water-based nuclear battery developed by MU can be used to generate electrical energy

September 16, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an important role in everyday life. Scientists and technology companies constantly are seeking ways to improve battery life and efficiency. Now, for the first time using a water-based solution ...

Computerized emotion detector

September 16, 2014 4:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Face recognition software measures various parameters in a mug shot, such as the distance between the person's eyes, the height from lip to top of their nose and various other metrics and then compares it with photos of people in the database ...

Want to print your own cell phone microscope for pennies? Here's how

September 16, 2014 4:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

At one o'clock in the morning, layers of warm plastic are deposited on the platform of the 3D printer that sits on scientist Rebecca Erikson's desk. A small plastic housing, designed to fit over the end of a cell phone, begins to take shape....

Making quantum dots glow brighter

September 16, 2014 4:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending ...

The future face of molecular electronics

September 16, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take ...

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Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free

September 16, 2014 3:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Rice University scientists who created a deicing film for radar domes have now refined the technology to work as a transparent coating for glass. The new work by Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues could keep glass surfaces from windshields....

NASA announcing commercial crew winners

September 16, 2014 2:54 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency planned to announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station....

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