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Interactive typewriter allows communication through internet forums

October 15, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An antique typewriter has been transformed for the digital generation, using sensors and circuit boards to turn it into an interactive social tool. Joe Hounsham, a graduate of the BA (Hons) Digital Art and Technology programme at Plymouth University ...

3-D technology helps examine the formation of cliffband landscapes

October 15, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A blend of photos and technology takes a new twist on studying cliff landscapes and how they were formed. Dylan Ward, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of geology, will present a case study on this unique technology application....

LED light bulbs that don't require rare earth elements

October 15, 2014 12:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The phase-out of traditional incandescent bulbs in the U.S. and elsewhere, as well as a growing interest in energy efficiency, has given LED lighting a sales boost. However, that trend could be short-lived as key materials known as rare earth elements ...

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Recouping energy for electric vehicles

October 15, 2014 8:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A limiting factor for the driving range of electric vehicles is the amount of energy supplied by the batteries. To recoup as much braking energy as possible, engineers at the Gear Research Centre (FZG) at the TU München have developed a light-weight ...

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Astronauts receive mental health treatment through virtual reality

October 14, 2014 4:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Hiking in the mountains or lying on the beach are good ways to relieve stress on Earth, but on spaceflights there's no way to get back to nature. Astronauts feeling stressed on long-duration flights, however, may soon find computerized solace in the form....

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Engineers develop prototype of disposable lung infection detector

October 14, 2014 4:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine a low-cost, disposable breath analysis device that a person with cystic fibrosis could use at home along with a smartphone to immediately detect a lung infection, much like the device police use to gauge a driver's blood alcohol level. Timely knowledge ...

Researchers fight friction with one-atom-thick graphene

October 14, 2014 4:30 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Nanoscientist Anirudha Sumant and his colleagues at Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials and Argonne’s Energy Systems division applied a one-atom-thick layer of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon, in between a steel ball and a steel disk....

Ordinary microwave oven synthesizes hydrogen fuel cells

October 14, 2014 2:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Swedish and Chinese researchers show how a unique nano-alloy composed of palladium nano-islands embedded in tungsten nanoparticles creates a new type of catalysts for highly efficient oxygen reduction, the most important reaction in hydrogen....

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Future computers could be built from magnetic 'tornadoes'

October 14, 2014 2:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. A team from the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations, and so take ...

Electric vehicle technology packs more punch in smaller package

October 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using 3-D printing and novel semiconductors, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a power inverter that could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful and more efficient. At the core of this development ...

Rice's Office of STEM Engagement promotes K-12 outreach

October 14, 2014 2:27 pm | Comments

Rice University has created the Office of STEM Engagement to support and promote its wide-ranging efforts to improve K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Houston-area school districts. Rice University's Office ...

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Superconductivity and ferromagnetism make strange bedfellows

October 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Chemists at Ludwig-Maximilias-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have synthesized a ferromagnetic superconducting compound that is amenable to chemical modification, opening the route to detailed studies of this rare combination of physical properties....

New materials could make it safer to store nuclear waste

October 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Minerals that endure in nature for millions of years are inspiring a Clemson University-led research team to explore whether new materials could be developed to encase nuclear waste for safe storage. Glass is now used to isolate nuclear waste....

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ORNL researchers observe atoms moving inside bulk material

October 14, 2014 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have obtained the first direct observations of atomic diffusion inside a bulk material. The research, which could be used to give unprecedented insight into the lifespan ...

Smartphone network could track incoming cosmic rays

October 14, 2014 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Your smartphone could become part of the world's largest telescope. A team led by UC Irvine physicist Daniel Whiteson and UC Davis physicist Michael Mulhearn has designed an app to turn the global network of smartphones into a planet-sized ...

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