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NASA announcing commercial crew winners

September 16, 2014 2:54 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency planned to announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station....

Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

September 16, 2014 2:51 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency ...

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Cells simply avoid chromosome confusion

September 16, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Reproductive cell division has evolved a simple, mechanical solution to avoid chromosome sorting errors, researchers report in the Sept. 11 Science Express.This natural safeguard prevents incorrect chromosome counts and misalignments....

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Texas A&M professor helps to develop new device that detects radiation better

September 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

In a move that could have huge implications for national security, researchers have created a very sensitive and tiny detector that is capable of detecting radiation from various sources at room temperature. The detector is eight to nine orders of magnitude....

Major Asian markets set to lead growth over next five years

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

With legacy European markets continuing to decline, global solar PV demand is now being driven by Asian markets. Three of the Major Asia-Pacific countries are set to see annual demand double in 2014. The outliers in this trend are the UK and Australia....

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Martian meteorite yields more evidence of possibility of life on Mars

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.The finding of a 'cell-like' structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration....

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Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

September 16, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Heat drives classical phase transitions—think solid, liquid, and gas—but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops. If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable, where quantum mechanics reigns, subtle fluctuations ...

NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program

September 16, 2014 9:54 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit. On Monday, the space agency's inspector general released a report blasting NASA's Near Earth Objects program, which is meant to hunt and catalog comets....

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Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

September 16, 2014 9:50 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | Comments

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But the property manager ...

Kremlin-friendly tycoon buys Russian social media

September 16, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has paid $1.5 billion to gain full control of one of Russia's most popular social media websites, VKontakte. Mail.Ru, owned by Usmanov, said in a statement on Tuesday ...

Photos of the Day: Vintage artifacts of a bygone era

September 16, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | Comments

This Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by the Green-Wood Historic Fund shows a detail from an amusment park shooting range built by William Mangels in an exhibit of his creations at the the Green-Wood Cemetery, where he is buried, in the Brooklyn ...

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'Squid skin' metamaterials project yields vivid color display

September 16, 2014 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The quest to create artificial "squid skin" -- camouflaging metamaterials that can "see" colors and automatically blend into the background -- is one step closer to reality, thanks to a breakthrough color-display technology unveiled this week by Rice....

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Collaboration drives achievement in protein structure research

September 16, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When this week's print issue of the journal Science comes out, a collective cheer will go up from New Mexico, Montana and even the Netherlands, thanks to the type of collaborative effort that is more and more the norm in these connected times....

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Data visualisation page illustrates the power consumption of smartphones

September 16, 2014 8:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The NODES research group at the University of Helsinki's Department of Computer Science has published a live graph comparing the fragmentation and power consumption of Android and iOS devices. The visualisation employs more than two....

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NSF funds new method for making materials that can make lighter, more efficient vehicles

September 15, 2014 10:52 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Diana Lados, associate professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and founding director of the university's Integrative Materials Design Center (iMdc), has received a three-year, $424,000 award from the ...

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