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Creating virtual wind for physical turbines

February 3, 2015 1:13 pm | by Duke University | Comments

It’s hard to figure out which way the wind blows. It’s full of random fluctuations, changes of direction, currents and eddies, and it can have a completely different profile a short distance away. And it doesn’t help that it’s invisible. But accurately creating computer models ...

China has 649 million people online

February 3, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Already the world's largest, China's online population grew last year but drifted away from Twitter-like microblogs, with the number of microblog users falling by 32 million. The decline shows that Chinese microblogging sites have failed to recover from a major setback in 2013 when ...

NTU unveils Singapore's first 3-D printed concept car

February 3, 2015 11:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore's first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fibre single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the ...

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SiC and GaN soon available for integrators

February 3, 2015 11:21 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) wide band gap (WBG) technologies are almost ready to be used by power electronics integrators, said a report published by Yole Développement. Yole confirms that SiC is propagating across all industrial segments. Most companies today choose ...

‘Rugged’ drives join military drone’s arsenal of tech

February 3, 2015 10:56 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Mountain Secure Systems in Longmont, Colo. recently shipped an order of removable, ruggedized solid state drives for use in a pod system for the MQ-9 Reaper Drone, the company announced on Feb. 3. The MQ-9 drone is utilized by the U.S. military....

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NASA budget to fund Mars mission, asteroid capture

February 3, 2015 10:45 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

NASA is expected to receive $18.5 billion in the FY2016 Federal budget, a half-billion dollar increase. This budget allows for continuing development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, SpaceLaunch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) ...

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Zebrafish flex their muscles for research aboard the International Space Station

February 3, 2015 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Although zebrafish are not deadlifting weights in orbit, they are helping researchers learn about muscle changes during their stay aboard the International Space Station. This impacts not only the fish, but also the crew and can have implications for Earth-related muscle ...

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Researchers determine how the brain controls robotic grasping tools

February 3, 2015 10:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Grasping an object involves a complex network of brain functions. First, visual cues are processed in specialized areas of the brain. Then, other areas of the brain use these signals to control the hands to reach for and manipulate the desired object. New findings from researchers at the ...

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Public participation should be at the heart of big data projects

February 3, 2015 10:24 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Public participation should be at the heart of big data projects in health care and biomedical research, according to the findings of a new report by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The report calls for greater transparency about how people's data are used, and recommends the ...

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New technique doubles the distance of optical fiber communications

February 3, 2015 10:19 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new way to process fibre optic signals has been demonstrated by UCL researchers, which could double the distance at which data travels error-free through transatlantic sub-marine cables. The new method has the potential to reduce the costs of ...

How spaceflight ages the immune system prematurely

February 3, 2015 10:17 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As the world waits to see if Mars One can establish a human colony on Mars, scientists are working to determine the long-term consequences of living in low or no-gravity conditions, such as those that might exist on the trip to another planet. New research published online ...

A scalable electric drive for buses and trucks

February 2, 2015 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The future belongs to electric motors, and commercial vehicles are no exception. To date, however, many attempts to develop electric motors for commercial vehicles have stalled at the prototype stage or are extremely expensive: Usually electric models ...

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Mining the Moon becomes a serious prospect

February 2, 2015 4:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With an estimated 1.6 billion tonnes of water ice at its poles and an abundance of rare-earth elements hidden below its surface, the Moon is rich ground for mining. In this month's issue of Physics World, science writer Richard Corfield ...

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To save your energy while strolling, walk this sway

February 2, 2015 4:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When participants in a charity event took the first walk across the newly opened London Millennium Footbridge in 2000, their feet fell into sync, and the natural side-to-side motion of their steps caused the suspension bridge to sway. That's the physics ...

Grain boundaries could strengthen graphene

February 2, 2015 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Far from being a defect, a winding thread of odd rings at the border of two sheets of graphene has qualities that may prove valuable to manufacturers, according to Rice University scientists. Graphene, the atom-thick form of carbon, rarely appears as ...

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