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UNC researchers find final pieces to the circadian clock puzzle

September 15, 2014 9:55 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have discovered how two genes – Period and Cryptochrome – keep the circadian clocks in all human cells in time and in proper rhythm with the 24-hour day, as well as the seasons. The finding, published today ...

Rice rolls 'neat' nanotube fibers

September 15, 2014 9:50 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The very idea of fibers made of carbon nanotubes is neat, but Rice University scientists are making them neat -- literally. The single-walled carbon nanotubes in new fibers created at Rice line up like a fistful of uncooked spaghetti....

Three's a charm: NIST detectors reveal entangled photon triplets

September 15, 2014 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have directly entangled three photons in the most technologically useful state for the first time, thanks in part to superfast, super-efficient single-photon detectors developed by ...

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Study sheds new light on why batteries go bad

September 15, 2014 9:40 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A comprehensive look at how tiny particles in a lithium ion battery electrode behave shows that rapid-charging the battery and using it to do high-power, rapidly draining work may not be as damaging as researchers had thought – and that the benefits ...

Options abound for selling used mobile phones

September 15, 2014 9:33 am | by ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writer | Comments

Apple's latest iPhones begin shipping later this month, a move bound to inspire many fans of the popular smartphone to ditch their current models in favor of the bigger, sleeker iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. It's a ritual familiar by now....

In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts

September 15, 2014 9:10 am | by WILSON RING, Associated Press | Comments

Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass. With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric ...

More compact, more reliable and more modular: Innovations for embedded systems at electronica 2014

September 15, 2014 8:56 am | Comments

The global market for embedded systems is growing at a rate of up to eight percent. Market volume in Germany alone is currently more than EUR 20 billion. Application-oriented solutions and products for this market of the future will be on display....

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Researchers create world's largest DNA origami

September 12, 2014 2:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of Copenhagen have created the world's largest DNA origami, which are nanoscale constructions with applications ranging from biomedical research to nanoelectronics....

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A breakthrough with innovative multifunction membranes

September 12, 2014 2:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A young startup at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has developed a first-of-its-kind multifunction water filtration membrane. With its expected cost savings and superior performance, the new invention has the potential to render current....

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NASA research gives guideline for future alien life search

September 12, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers searching the atmospheres of alien worlds for gases that might be produced by life can't rely on the detection of just one type, such as oxygen, ozone, or methane, because in some cases these gases can be produced non-biologically....

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Microscopic diamonds suggest cosmic impact responsible for major period of climate change

September 12, 2014 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Around 12,800 years ago, a sudden, catastrophic event plunged much of the Earth into a period of cold climatic conditions and drought. This drastic climate change—the Younger Dryas—coincided with the extinction of Pleistocene megafauna,....

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Moving silicon atoms in graphene with atomic precision

September 12, 2014 2:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Richard Feynman famously posed the question in 1959: is it possible to see and manipulate individual atoms in materials? For a time his vision seemed more science fiction than science, but starting with groundbreaking experiments in ...

Isola announces compliance with European Space Agency base-material standard

September 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Isola Group | Comments

Isola Group S.a r.l., a market leader in copper-clad laminates and dielectric prepreg materials used to fabricate advanced multilayer printed circuit boards (PCBs), today announced that its European subsidiary, Isola GmbH, complies with the European Space Agency's ...

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Cutting the cloud computing carbon cost

September 12, 2014 10:17 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Cloud computing involves displacing data storage and processing from the user's computer on to remote servers. It can provide users with more storage space and computing power that they can then access from anywhere in the world rather than....

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New family of materials for energy-efficient information storage and processing

September 12, 2014 10:16 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Switching the polarity of a magnet using an electric field (magnetoelectric memory [MEM] effect), can be a working principle of the next-generation technology for information processing and storage. Multiferroic materials are promising candidates....

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