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Construction to begin on NASA spacecraft set to visit asteroid in 2018

April 11, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

NASA's team that will conduct the first U.S. mission to collect samples from an asteroid has been given the go-ahead to begin building the spacecraft, flight instruments and ground system, and launch support facilities. This determination was made Wednesday....

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SU professors test boundaries of 'new physics' with discovery of 4-quark hadron

April 11, 2014 11:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences have helped confirm the existence of exotic hadrons—a type of matter that cannot be classified within the traditional quark model. Their finding is the subject of a forthcoming article....

Sneak a peek through the mist to technology of the future

April 11, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A tabletop display with personal screens made from a curtain of mist that allow users to move images around and push through the fog-screens and onto the display, will be unveiled at an international conference later this month. The research paper, to be presented at one of the world's most important conferences...

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3-D printing cancer cells to mimic tumors

April 11, 2014 11:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A group of researchers in China and the US have successfully created a 3D model of a cancerous tumour using a 3D printer. The model, which consists of a scaffold of fibrous proteins coated in cervical cancer cells, has provided a realistic 3D representation of a tumour's environment....

Scientists grow cartilage to reconstruct nose

April 11, 2014 11:27 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the University of Basel report first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. Cartilage cells were extracted from the patient's nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane....

Eye of the beholder -- improving the human-robot connection

April 11, 2014 11:24 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers are programming robots to communicate with people using human-like body language and cues, an important step toward bringing robots into homes. Researchers at the University of British Columbia enlisted the help of a human-friendly robot named Charlie....

Researchers develop ErSb nanostructures with applications in infrared and terahertz ranges

April 11, 2014 11:23 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a feat that may provide a promising array of applications, from energy efficiency to telecommunications to enhanced imaging, researchers at UC Santa Barbara have created a compound semiconductor of nearly perfect quality with embedded nanostructures containing ordered lines of atoms....

The ATM strikes back

April 11, 2014 11:19 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Its head and pronotum are usually rusty red, and its abdomen blue or shiny green: the bombardier beetle is approximately one centimetre long and common to Central Europe. At first glance, it appears harmless, but it possesses what is surely the most aggressive chemical defence system in nature....

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BLOODHOUND team predict the impact of the 1,000 mph supersonic car

April 11, 2014 11:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new paper from the Swansea University, College of Engineering team working on the BLOODHOUND SSC (Supersonic car) project has been published on the aerodynamic characteristics of travelling at 1,000mph. Simulations have looked at how the car will cope....

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New self-healing plastics developed

April 11, 2014 11:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scratches in the car finish or cracks in polymer material: Self-healing materials can repair themselves by restoring their initial molecular structure after the damage. Scientists of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and Evonik Industries have developed a chemical crosslinking reaction....

Electrical device helps paralyzed men move legs

April 11, 2014 11:02 am | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Three years ago, doctors reported that zapping a paralyzed man's spinal cord with electricity allowed him to stand and move his legs. Now they've done the same with three other patients, suggesting their original success was no fluke. Experts say it's a promising development....

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Physicist wins $1.3M tech prize for data storage

April 11, 2014 10:59 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press | Comments

Anyone who uses large data centers, cloud services, social networks or gets music and film online can thank British-American physicist Stuart Parkin. Parkin won the 1 million-euro ($1.3 million) Millennium Technology Prize on Wednesday for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase....

New technology unwraps mummies' ancient mysteries

April 11, 2014 10:57 am | by JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press | Comments

Our fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using the latest technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries. Scientists at the museum have used CT scans and sophisticated imaging software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, preserved internal organs...

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Swiss unveil new solar plane for global flight

April 11, 2014 9:22 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press | Comments

The Swiss-made airplane built for the first round-the-world solar flight has wings longer than a Boeing 747 jumbo jet yet weighs only about as much as a large car. The Solar Impulse 2, unveiled to the world Wednesday at Switzerland's Payerne Air Force Base, is a bigger and better version....

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Scientists try 3-D printer to build human heart

April 11, 2014 9:18 am | by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3-D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient....

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