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Harnessing the divas of the nanoworld

January 15, 2010 6:58 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

(Michigan Technological University) Boron nitride nanotubes have been notoriously difficult to grow, requiring special instrumentation, dangerous chemistry, or temperatures of over 1,500 degrees Celsius to assemble. As it turns out, they just needed a little encouragement. Now, Michigan...

Holditch selected vice president and president-elect of prestigious Texas academy

January 15, 2010 6:55 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Dr. Stephen A. Holditch, head of the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University and holder of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Chair, has been selected vice president and president-elect of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas...

Company Name to Be Changed to Integrated Freight Corporation

January 15, 2010 5:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

PlanGraphics, Inc. (OTCBB: PGRA) (www.integrated-freight.com (http://www.integrated-freight.com) ), announced the completion of a merger with Integrated Freight Corporation on December 24, 2009. Integrated Freight was merged into PlanGraphics following an acquisition of more than 90 percent of...

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Microbes Flourish In Healthy People

January 15, 2010 3:53 am | by Curious Cat Science and Engineering Blog | Comments

Bugs Inside: What Happens When the Microbes That Keep Us Healthy Disappear? by Katherine Harmon The human body has some 10 trillion human cells—but 10 times that number of microbial cells. So what happens when such an important part of our bodies goes missing? … “Someone who...

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China's population of Web users hits 384 million

January 15, 2010 1:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China's population of Internet users, already the world's largest, soared nearly 30 percent last year to 384 million as the number of people surfing the Web by mobile phone more than doubled, a research group reported Friday.The 28.9 percent growth rate was below 2008's eye-popping 41 percent...

China tries to limit Google dispute fallout

January 14, 2010 10:01 pm | by JOE McDONALD - AP Business Writers - Associated Press | Comments

China tried Friday to keep its censorship row with Google from damaging business confidence or ties with Washington, promising good conditions for foreign investors but giving no sign it might relax Internet controls.U.S.-China trade and economic ties will not be affected by any Google Inc....

Google's future in China unclear, despite praise for standing up to Chinese censorship

January 14, 2010 8:01 pm | by Foster Klug@ - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS@ - Associated Press | Comments

Google Inc. is enjoying an avalanche of goodwill because of its threat to leave China over email hacking attacks against dissidents.Does the Internet giant deserve the praise?It took four years for Google to reconsider its decision to help China control Internet information in return for access...

Hardware boosts December video game sales

January 14, 2010 3:01 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Americans spent a record $5.53 billion on video games in December, the most money ever in a single month, according to market researcher NPD Group.But even that wasn't enough to make up for the rest of 2009, and so the year ended with a sales decline. It had been a rough 12 months for the...

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NYS businesses benefit from JumpStart aid

January 14, 2010 2:52 pm | by Cornell University | Comments

Four small businesses will collaborate with Cornell Center for Materials Research scientists to improve their products.

CA to donate $50K to help Haiti quake victims

January 14, 2010 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Software maker CA Inc. said Thursday that it will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross to help victims of Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti and match up to $150,000 in employee donations to relief agencies.CA said it is collecting donations of food and clothing which will be sent to Haiti.

Oxidized PCB Finish

January 14, 2010 12:54 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

I've written a few times about potential and actual problems with different PCB finishes. Sometimes, the results are tragic and sometimes, just annoying. I'm not sure where this one falls on the continuum between the two extremes, or maybe even...

Yahoo elects Sue James to board

January 14, 2010 12:01 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Yahoo Inc. said Thursday that it elected Sue James to its board. The move was effective Monday.James fills one of two recently open seats on Yahoo's board — activist investor Carl Icahn resigned from the board in October and another member, Maggie Wilderotter, had planned to leave at the end of...

Secretary Chu Announces 69 Early Career Scientists to Receive up to $85 Million in Funding to Support Research

January 14, 2010 11:53 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

This news release is being issued today by the U.S. Department of Energy. Brookhaven Lab's Adrian Gozar has won a grant from DOE's new Early Career Research Program for his investigation of optical properties of materials at the level of nanometers, or billionths of a meter, to determine...

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College Mini-Semester Students Explore Science & Technology at Brookhaven Lab

January 14, 2010 9:54 am | by Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

Twenty-three students from 22 colleges — from New York and locations as far-ranging as Alabama and Kentucky — learned about world-class science and technological achievements at Brookhaven Lab during five activity-packed days of their winter break.

The future of motion-sensing technology

January 14, 2010 9:51 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Among its many virtues, Sci-Fi is very good at predicting real-world technology. The Steven Spielberg film, Minority Report, predicted two recent favorites—E-Ink and multi-touch. Ever since the latter hit theaters, scientists, researchers, engineers, and technophiles have been clamoring to reproduce the film’s futuristic touch screen technology.

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