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Virgin Galactic partners with New Mexico hotel

July 9, 2014 11:04 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | Comments

Virgin Galactic appears to be getting closer to reaching its long-delayed goal of launching tourists into space. The company said Monday it has selected Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces as the preferred hotel for its elite roster of passengers, who will pay $200,000 a person to make the flights from Spaceport America....

Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy

July 9, 2014 11:02 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country. The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant....

Judge says ocean sound blasts need not be halted

July 9, 2014 11:01 am | by GEOFF MULVIHILL, Associated Press | Comments

Scientific research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves can go ahead despite an effort by Gov. Chris Christie's administration to halt it, a judge ruled Tuesday. The project, years in the making, emerged suddenly last week as a major public issue in New Jersey....


Soldiers test changes to Army's mobile network that make it easier to use

July 9, 2014 10:20 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Covering over 1,250 miles a day in scorching desert heat, Soldiers successfully completed the second of two rigorous developmental tests to evaluate improvements to the Army's high capacity, mobile tactical communications network backbone, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2....

New supercomputer accelerates pace of health research across North of England

July 9, 2014 6:16 am | by The University of Manchester | Comments

The Health eResearch Centre (HeRC), a research partnership led by The University of Manchester, has advanced Northern England’s computing power by financing a new computer system that can analyse bigger and more complex sets of information than was previously possible....

Federal research spurs Washington state to store energy

July 8, 2014 6:15 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Three Washington state utilities have been awarded $14.3 million in matching grants from the state's new Clean Energy Fund to lead energy storage projects with ties to federally funded research at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory....

Better visualizing of fitness-app data helps discover trends, reach goals

July 8, 2014 3:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Smartphone apps can track where we eat our meals, when we commute to and from work and how many minutes we exercise each day. Ten thousand steps today? Check. More people are opting to use their phones as "life-logging" devices, but is the data they collect actually useful?

Supermassive black hole blows molecular gas out of galaxy at 1 million kilometers per hour

July 8, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research by academics at the University of Sheffield has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, deepening our understanding of the future of the Milky Way. The supermassive black holes in the cores of some galaxies drive massive outflows of molecular hydrogen gas....


Record levels of solar ultraviolet measured in South America

July 8, 2014 3:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers in the U.S. and Germany has measured the highest level of ultraviolet radiation ever recorded on the Earth's surface. The extraordinary UV fluxes, observed in the Bolivian Andes only 1,500 miles from the equator, are far above those normally considered to be harmful to both terrestrial and aquatic life....

Solar energy gets a boost

July 8, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A perspective article published last month by University of California, Riverside chemists in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters was selected as an Editors Choice—an honor only a handful of research papers receive. The perspective reviews the chemists' work on "singlet fission," a process in which a single photon generates a pair of excited states....

A hotspot for powerful cosmic rays

July 8, 2014 2:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An observatory run by the University of Utah found a "hotspot" beneath the Big Dipper emitting a disproportionate number of the highest-energy cosmic rays. The discovery moves physics another step toward identifying the mysterious sources of the most energetic particles in the universe....

32,000 Mormon missionaries to get iPad minis

July 8, 2014 2:26 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | Comments

The Mormon church is moving forward with its plan to arm missionaries with iPad minis and broaden their proselytizing to social media. A test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving in the United States and Japan went well, prompting the initiative's expansion....

How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

July 8, 2014 8:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars. As the company began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, it listened to customers who complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn....


Bioelectronics could lead to a new class of medicine

July 7, 2014 3:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine having tiny electronics implanted somewhere in your body that can regulate nerve signals and make symptoms of various disorders go away. That's the vision of the field of bioelectronic medicine — the emerging discipline that has made enough promising advances to draw a big investment by a pharmaceutical giant....

Finding real value in big data for public health

July 7, 2014 3:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Media reports of public health breakthroughs made possible by big data have been largely oversold, according to a new study, published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Many studies deserve praise for being the first of their kind....


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