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Photos of the Day: Railguns, robots, and shark drones at the Naval Future Force Expo

February 6, 2015 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

ECN’s Digital Editor, Jason Lomberg, paid a visit to the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO in Washington, DC yesterday, and this is what caught his eye. In particular, the Navy unveiled their electromagnetic railgun to the public for the first time, along with showcasing ...

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Photos of the Day: The "Ghost Gunner" milling machine for AR-15 lower receivers

February 27, 2015 10:21 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The “Ghost Gunner” tabletop milling machine can “manufacture any mil-spec 80% AR-15 lower receiver that already has the rear take down well milled out ... lowers with non-mil-spec trigger guards that are otherwise mil-spec are also compatible”....

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New CMI process recycles valuable rare earth metals from old electronics

February 27, 2015 10:11 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute have developed a two-step recovery process that makes recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective. Rare-earth metals are valuable ingredients in a variety of modern technologies and are found ...

New filter could advance terahertz data transmission

February 27, 2015 10:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Utah engineers have discovered a new approach for designing filters capable of separating different frequencies in the terahertz spectrum, the next generation of communications bandwidth that could allow cellphone users and Internet surfers to download data ...

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QR codes with advanced imaging protect computer chips

February 27, 2015 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

QR, or Quick Response, codes - those commonly black and white boxes that people scan with a smartphone to learn more about something - have been used to convey information about everything from cereals to cars and new homes....

Mouser Electronics signs global agreement with Microsemi

February 27, 2015 8:57 am | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. announced it has entered into a global distribution agreement and partnership with Microsemi Corporation – a leading global provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability, and performance....

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New flow battery to keep big cities lit, green, and safe

February 26, 2015 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery design that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in Nature Communications ...

Warming up the world of superconductors

February 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A superconductor that works at room temperature was long thought impossible, but scientists at USC may have discovered a family of materials that could make it reality. A team led by Vitaly Kresin, professor of physics at USC, found that aluminum "superatoms" ...

ORNL signs agreement with Whirlpool Corp. to develop new energy-efficient refrigerator

February 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corporation are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models. The goal of the cooperative research ...

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Black hole collisions provide new insight about the most energetic event in the universe

February 26, 2015 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research by an astrophysicist at The University of Texas at Dallas provides revelations about the most energetic event in the universe -- the merging of two spinning, orbiting black holes into a much larger black hole....

Yale physicists find a new form of quantum friction

February 26, 2015 1:07 pm | by Yale University | Comments

Physicists at Yale University have observed a new form of quantum friction that could serve as a basis for robust information storage in quantum computers in the future. The researchers are building upon decades of research, experimentally demonstrating a procedure theorized nearly 30 years ago....

New research predicts when, how materials will act

February 26, 2015 1:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In science, it's commonly known that materials can change in a number of ways when subjected to different temperatures, pressures or other environmental forces. A material might melt or snap in half. And for engineers, knowing when ...

Looking deeply into the universe in 3-D

February 26, 2015 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. After staring at the Hubble Deep Field South region for only 27 hours, the new observations reveal the distances, motions and other properties ...

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Hollywood sign among historic LA sites in new Web database

February 26, 2015 1:00 pm | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | Comments

From towering basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain's hillside home to downtown's towering art-deco high-rise buildings, Los Angeles is putting all its landmarks online. Planning and preservation officials gathered Tuesday on the observation tower ...

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Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers

February 26, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. Among the improvements over last year's model: The camera now has auto-focusing, whereas the older model had a fixed-focus lens that didn't ...

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Life-saving train design is rarely used

February 26, 2015 12:37 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals....

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