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Scientists discover how plastic solar panels work

July 1, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists don't fully understand how 'plastic' solar panels work, which complicates the improvement of their cost efficiency, thereby blocking the wider use of the technology. However, researchers at the University of Montreal, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Imperial College London ...

A new method to detect infrared energy using a nanoporous ZnO/n-Si photodetector

July 1, 2014 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Experiments aimed at devising new types of photodetectors have been triggered by the increasing use of optoelectronic devices in personal electronics, cameras, medical equipment, computers and by the military. Professor Zhao Kun and co-researchers at the State Key Laboratory of Petroleum Resource and Prospecting ...

Up in flames: Evidence confirms combustion theory

July 1, 2014 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) and the University of Hawaii have uncovered the first step in the process that transforms gas-phase molecules into solid particles like soot and other carbon-based compounds....

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Finland to lead the way in developing the storage of solar and wind energy

July 1, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has joined forces with Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Finland Futures Research Centre at the University of Turku in the launch of an extensive development project for a brand new energy system and its associated business sector in Finland....

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Muscle-powered bio-bots walk on command

July 1, 2014 1:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign demonstrated a class of walking "bio-bots" powered by muscle cells and controlled with electrical pulses, giving researchers unprecedented command over their function. The group published its work in the online early edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science....

New Wayne State research to improve energy efficiency and lessen environmental pollutants

July 1, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Wayne State University professor has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, the agency's most prestigious award for up-and-coming researchers in science and engineering. The five-year, nearly $406,000 grant was awarded to Eranda Nikolla, Ph.D....

Scientists engineer nanoparticles to prevent bone cancer, strengthen bones

July 1, 2014 1:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research collaboration between Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) has utilized nanomedicine technologies to develop a drug-delivery system that can precisely target and attack cancer cells in the bone, as well as increase bone strength and volume to prevent bone cancer progression....

Waste heat could be new source of clean energy

July 1, 2014 12:52 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

About two-thirds of all the energy we use in computers, in cars, in making products such as steel—is lost as heat. That energy does not do anything useful, and yet we are paying for it all the same. MechSE Assistant Professor Sanjiv Sinha, with the help of...

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Nanotechnology for a sustainable future, new book offers insights

July 1, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanotechnology offers solutions to pressing global issues, but they also have the potential to lead to unexpected risks and unintended consequences. A newly released book, Nanotechnology Environmental Health and Safety: Risk, Regulation and Management, offers insights into how these new technologies may be applied....

Stanford engineers envision an electronic switch just 3 atoms thick

July 1, 2014 12:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Do not fold, spindle or mutilate. Those instructions were once printed on punch cards that fed data to mainframe computers. Today's smart phones process more data, but they still weren't built for being shoved into back pockets. In the quest to build gadgets that can survive such abuse, engineers have been testing electronic systems....

Photobomb elimination: An innovative approach for image-completion software

July 1, 2014 12:16 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

With image-editing software like Adobe Photoshop, adding a missing face into a group photo is rather simple. Removals, however—perhaps omitting a photobomber from the same image—are much less straightforward. Content must be created; a gap must be filled....

Photos of the Day: NASA’s ISSpresso machine weighs 44 lbs.

July 1, 2014 10:18 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Certified for safety and approved by NASA, ISSpresso initially will fly with 20 coffee capsules. Extra packets will follow for the six-member crew, if the trial run goes well. The 44-pound machine — a compact 14 inches by 17 inches — will be housed ...

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Spansion joins ZigBee Alliance

July 1, 2014 10:09 am | Comments

Spansion Inc. announced it joined the ZigBee Alliance. Through active participation in the ZigBee Alliance, Spansion will continue to contribute to open standards and technology collaboration to accelerate the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT)....

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Infographic: Tech conferences around the world Summer/Fall 2014

July 1, 2014 10:06 am | Comments

Check out this infographic for tech conferences happening across the industry (and around the world) for Summer and Fall 2014. Includes several recent conferences along with shows happening as early as October and as late as December....

EU slashes mobile data roaming fees by 55 percent

June 30, 2014 4:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The European Union says the surcharges for surfing the Internet on mobile devices while traveling across the 28-nation bloc will be more than halved. The European Commission says the new cap on the so-called roaming fees will be effective starting Tuesday, just in time for the summer holiday travel season....

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