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Ultra-thin nanowires can trap electron 'twisters' that disrupt superconductors

February 24, 2015 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Superconductor materials are prized for their ability to carry an electric current without resistance, but this valuable trait can be crippled or lost when electrons swirl into tiny tornado-like formations called vortices. These disruptive mini-twisters often form ...

The little engine that could (run on batteries)

February 24, 2015 12:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Britain’s first battery-powered passenger train hummed down the tracks in January and February, completing a six-week passenger trial designed to show the British rail industry the benefits of replacing some ...

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Could your product win the “Oscars of Invention?”

February 24, 2015 9:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Entry is now open for the expanded 2015 R&D 100 Awards, organized by R&D Magazine. This competition marks the most innovative, cutting-edge technologies and services of 2014, and this year has widened its scope to include manufacturing ...

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TDK offers easy online tool to find the right EPCOS snubber capacitor

February 24, 2015 9:33 am | Comments

TDK Corporation has developed the EPCOS Snubber Ca Finder – an innovative online tool that simplifies and speeds the search for suitable EPCOS snubber capacitors to protect IGBT modules against voltage peaks. With Snubber Cap Finder ...

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Research with space explorers may one day heal Earth's warriors

February 24, 2015 9:11 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Growing bone on demand sounds like a space-age concept--a potentially life changing one. Such a capability could benefit those needing bone for reconstructive surgery due to trauma like combat injuries or those waging ...

Google teams up with 3 wireless carriers to combat Apple Pay

February 24, 2015 9:02 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet. The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how ...

Resolving to stay fit in space and on Earth

February 23, 2015 4:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In February, our attention turns to romantic matters of the heart. As American Heart Month, this month is also a time to focus on heart health and a perfect excuse to start working out to improve your physical fitness. Astronauts on the International Space Station ...

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Fossil fuel divestment effort comes to energy-rich Colorado

February 23, 2015 4:36 pm | by DAN ELLIOTT, Associated Press | Comments

A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels came deep into energy country Friday as activists asked the University of Colorado to divest from coal and petroleum companies. The university's governing Board of Regents ...

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Apple to set up high-tech data hubs in Northern Europe

February 23, 2015 4:29 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday. The hubs, to begin operations in 2017 ...

QD Vision named Edison Award finalist for Color IQ Quantum Dot Technology

February 23, 2015 11:07 am | Comments

QD Vision, Inc. has been named a 2015 Award Finalist by the internationally renowned Edison Awards. The distinguished awards, inspired by Thomas Edison’s persistence and inventiveness, recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy....

Professor develops web tool to speed data collection

February 23, 2015 10:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

By 2030, one in five Americans will be age 65 or older. To understand the role neighborhoods play in seniors' ability to 'age in place'--living safely and independently in one's home of choice rather than in a healthcare facility--American University sociology ...

Future of biobanking and translational research in China

February 23, 2015 10:30 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As clinical medical research in China reaches a turning point, the country's strategy for expanding its biosample collection and analysis capabilities and its focus on acquiring new sources of biomedical data ...

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Tracking invasives? There's an app for that

February 23, 2015 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Invasive species will have a tougher time sneaking around undetected, thanks to an app developed by Michigan State University. Midwestern residents can now snap photos with their smart phones, log a few quick notes, and send their alert ...

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Ancient and modern cities aren't so different

February 23, 2015 9:38 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and the University of Colorado Boulder....

A wearable, printable, temperature sensor

February 23, 2015 9:30 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a "fever alarm armband," a flexible, self-powered wearable device that sounds an alarm in case of high body temperature. This armband will be presented at the 2015 IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference....

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