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Researchers demonstrate angular accelerating light

April 15, 2015 12:29 pm | by University of the Witwatersrand | Comments

Light must travel in a straight line and at a constant speed, or so the laws of nature suggest. Now, researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg have demonstrated that laser light traveling along a helical path through space, can accelerate and ...

MIT sensor detects spoiled meat

April 15, 2015 12:24 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat. The sensor, which consists of chemically modified ...

Tackling 'boring science' with grant for female engineers to teach robot lessons at school

April 15, 2015 9:39 am | by Brunel University | Comments

Female students at Brunel University London will teach schoolchildren to programme robots in a new bid to balance the gender divide in STEM subjects. The university will train 40 Women in Engineering postgraduates to deliver the unique Robo-Code sessions at ...


Researchers design first all-photonic repeaters

April 15, 2015 9:25 am | by University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering | Comments

Imagine having your MRI results sent directly to your phone, with no concern over the security of your private health data. Or knowing your financial information was safe on a server halfway around the world. Or sending highly sensitive business correspondence, without worrying ...

Tablet for 2 waiting at an Olive Garden near you soon

April 15, 2015 9:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Olive Garden has a tablet for two waiting for you. The Italian restaurant chain said Tuesday that it is installing Ziosk computer tablets at all of its U.S. locations so customers can order and pay by touch screen....

Investigators warn airplane computers could be hacked

April 15, 2015 9:15 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

The same Internet access now available on most commercial flights makes it possible for hackers to bring down a plane, a government watchdog warned Tuesday. The finding by the Government Accountability Office presents chilling new scenarios for passengers....

Swarming UAVs fly into the future

April 15, 2015 8:53 am | by Office of Naval Research (ONR) | Comments

A new era in autonomy and unmanned systems for naval operations is on the horizon, as officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) have announced recent technology demonstrations of swarming unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)....


New CU-Boulder technique could slash energy used to produce many plastics

April 14, 2015 2:41 pm | by University of Colorado at Boulder | Comments

A new material developed at the University of Colorado Boulder could radically reduce the energy needed to produce a wide variety of plastic products, from grocery bags and cling wrap to replacement hips and bulletproof vests. Approximately 80 million metric tons of polyethylene ...


The app for frequent fliers and those who are radiation-conscious

April 14, 2015 2:38 pm | by Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) | Comments

Frequent fliers are now able to monitor their personal radiation exposure when flying using the TrackYourDose app. Behind the app lies intensive research work undertaken by the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB). Since 1997 PTB has studied the ...

'Parachuting' boron on benzene rings

April 14, 2015 2:35 pm | by Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University | Comments

Tuning the para position of benzene moieties is significant for creating biologically active compounds and optoelectronic materials. Yet, attaching a functional handle specifically at the para position of benzene has been challenging due to multiple reactive sites on ...

Bury nuclear waste down a very deep hole, say UK scientists

April 14, 2015 2:30 pm | by University of Sheffield | Comments

Scientists at the University of Sheffield calculate that all of the UK's high level nuclear waste from spent fuel reprocessing could be disposed of in just six boreholes 5km deep, fitting within a site no larger than a football pitch. The concept - called deep borehole disposal ...

Interactivity tools can boost persuasiveness of websites

April 14, 2015 2:26 pm | by Penn State | Comments

Messages conveyed on websites may be more persuasive if theses websites are interactive, according to researchers. In a study, participants who visited an interactive antismoking website were more likely than controls to say that smoking was ...

Harvesting energy from electromagnetic waves

April 14, 2015 1:55 pm | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

For our modern, technologically-advanced society, in which technology has become the solution to a myriad of challenges, energy is critical not only for growth but also, more importantly, survival. The sun is an abundant and practically infinite source of energy, so researchers ...


Taking aircraft manufacturing out of the oven

April 14, 2015 1:46 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Composite materials used in aircraft wings and fuselages are typically manufactured in large, industrial-sized ovens: Multiple polymer layers are blasted with temperatures up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit, and solidified to form a solid, resilient material. Using this ...

Graphene pushes the speed limit of light-to-electricity conversion

April 14, 2015 1:44 pm | by ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences | Comments

The efficient conversion of light into electricity plays a crucial role in many technologies, ranging from cameras to solar cells. It also forms an essential step in data communication applications, since it allows for information carried by light to be ...


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