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Underwater robot for port security

September 29, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface....

'Multi-spectra glasses' for scanning electron microscopy

September 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The scanning electron microscope is not only used for precisely surveying the surface topology of samples, but also for determining their chemical compositions. This is done by exciting the atoms to fluoresce under irradiation by an electron beam....

New UT Dallas technology may lead to prolonged power in mobile devices

September 29, 2014 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn't die after a few hours of heavy use....

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New molecule found in space connotes life origins

September 29, 2014 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule – one with a branched structure – contained within a giant gas cloud in interstellar space. Like finding a molecular needle in a cosmic haystack ...

SIAM and ACM honor software developers for large-scale scientific computing toolkit

September 29, 2014 12:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) are pleased to present the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering to the PETSc core development team for the development of PETSc....

Smart, eco-friendly new battery to solve problems

September 29, 2014 11:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, Uppsala researchers have now come up with a highly ...

Drones for moviemaking win FAA approval

September 29, 2014 11:07 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

The government granted six movie and television production companies permission to use drones for filming, an important step toward greater use of the technology by commercial operators, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday....

Global solar flight to start, end in Abu Dhabi

September 29, 2014 10:57 am | by ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press | Comments

A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft will start and attempt to finish its first round-the-world flight from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a government-backed renewable energy company in the oil-rich Gulf federation said Thursday....

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Europe Union OKs constant chatting on flights

September 29, 2014 10:01 am | by DAVID RISING, Associated Press | Comments

European skies may soon be alive with the sound of small talk with new safety rules allowing the use of all portable electronics, including cell phones, at any time during flights. Under the guidelines issued Friday by the European Aviation Safety Agency ...

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European Space Agency sets date for comet landing

September 29, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov. 12. It says the maneuver will take about seven hours starting from the moment its unmanned probe Rosetta releases the 100-kilogram lander at 0835 GMT (0335 EST)....

Microsoft touches the large interactive display market

September 29, 2014 8:33 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Soon after Microsoft purchased Perceptive Pixel (PPI) in 2012, PPI founder Jeff Han spoke at their Build developers’ conference, stating “There’s no reason why large scale devices like PPI shouldn’t be in every meeting room, every conference room ...

In-flight sensor tests a step toward Structural Health Monitoring for safer flights

September 29, 2014 8:32 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Sandia Labs testing advanced technology to enhance aviation safety ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nine commercial aircraft flying regular routes are on the frontier of aviation safety, carrying sensors that monitor their structural health along with their routine maintenance....

Penn team studies nanocrystals by passing them through tiny pores

September 26, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has now applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole....

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Progress in materials science

September 26, 2014 2:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

RESEARCHERS at the University of Huddersfield have collaborated with a colleague at a leading Chinese university to produce a detailed appraisal of a complex new welding technique that could be increasingly valuable to modern industry....

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Scanning babies' fingerprints could save lives

September 26, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Each year 2.5 million children die worldwide because they do not receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time. Anil Jain, Michigan State University professor, is developing a fingerprint-based recognition method to track vaccination....

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