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Nitrogen fingerprint in biomolecules could be from early sun

September 30, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Chemical fingerprints of the element nitrogen vary by extremes in materials from the molecules of life to the solar wind to interstellar dust. Ideas for how this great variety came about have included alien molecules shuttled in by icy comets....

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Simulations reveal an unusual death for ancient stars

September 30, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Certain primordial stars—those 55,000 and 56,000 times the mass of our Sun, or solar masses—may have died unusually. In death, these objects—among the Universe's first-generation of stars—would have exploded as supernovae and burned....

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Blades of grass inspire advance in organic solar cells

September 30, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using a bio-mimicking analog of one of nature's most efficient light-harvesting structures, blades of grass, an international research team led by Alejandro Briseno of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has taken a major step in developing....

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NIH taps lab to develop sophisticated electrode array system to monitor brain act

September 30, 2014 2:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a grant today to develop an electrode array system that will enable researchers to better understand how the brain works through unprecedented....

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'Green' technology developed at Louisiana Tech University earns company LA StartUp Prize

September 30, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Alchemy Geopolymer Solutions (AGS), an innovative concrete technology company that emerged from geopolymer research conducted at Louisiana Tech University, has won the inaugural LA StartUp Prize. Presented as "the most amazing entrepreneurial....

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A new dimension for integrated circuits: 3-D nanomagnetic logic

September 30, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) have demonstrated a new kind of building block for digital integrated circuits. Their experiments show that future computer chips could be based on three-dimensional arrangements....

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New material steals oxygen from the air

September 30, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen ...

Researchers get $5.25 million to advance nuclear technologies in South Carolina

September 30, 2014 1:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of environmental scientists and engineers, led by Clemson University associate professor Brian Powell, was awarded a three-year, $5.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research....

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Taking thin films to the extreme

September 30, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Applying a well-known optical phenomenon called thin-film interference, a group of researchers at Harvard University has demonstrated the ability to "paint" ultra-thin coatings onto a rough surface -- work that holds promise for making....

NTU and German scientists invent award winning 2-in-1 motor for electric cars

September 30, 2014 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and German Aerospace Centre (DLR) have invented a 2-in-1 electric motor which increases the range of electric vehicles. This innovative engine integrates the traditional electric motor....

How things coil

September 30, 2014 1:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When one sends an email from Boston to Beijing, it travels through submarine optical cables that someone had to install at some point. The positioning of these cables can generate intriguing coiling patterns that can also cause problems....

$18 million NSF investment aims to take flat materials to new heights

September 30, 2014 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Graphene, a form of carbon in which a single layer of atoms forms a two-dimensional, honeycomb crystal lattice, conducts electricity and heat efficiently and interacts with light in unusual ways. These properties have led to worldwide efforts....

Chinese scientists unveil liquid phase 3-D printing method using low melting metal alloy ink

September 30, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Three-dimensional metal printing technology is an expanding field that has enormous potential applications in areas ranging from supporting structures, functional electronics to medical devices. Conventional 3D metal printing is generally restricted....

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How to make a 'perfect' solar absorber

September 30, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material's spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth's surface from the sun....

Photos of the Day: SkyOrbiter UAVs give internet to everyone

September 30, 2014 9:30 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The SkyOrbiter HA75 UAV operates at 22,000 meters with a 75 meter wingspan. And it can fly for 5 years, covering 5 million km without stopping. Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet....

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