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‘Iron Sun’ key explanation of how stars transmit energy

January 6, 2015 7:31 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Working at temperatures matching the interior of the sun, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have been able to determine experimentally, for the first time in history, iron’s role in inhibiting energy transmission from the center of the sun to near the edge of...

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Crowd science provides major boost for research

January 5, 2015 10:30 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Crowd science is making possible research projects that might otherwise be out of reach, tapping thousands of volunteers to help with such tasks as classifying animal photos, studying astronomical images, counting sea stars and examining cancer cell images. Also known as “citizen science,” these...

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Researchers create successful predictions of combustion reaction rates

January 5, 2015 7:28 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

Researchers at Argonne and Sandia National Laboratories have demonstrated, for the first time, a method to successfully predict pressure-dependent chemical reaction rates, an important breakthrough in combustion and atmospheric chemistry that is expected to benefit auto and engine manufacturers,...

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Cold virus replicates better at cooler temperatures

January 5, 2015 5:33 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

The common cold virus can reproduce itself more efficiently in the cooler temperature found inside the nose than at core body temperature, according to a new Yale-led study. This finding may confirm the popular, yet contested, notion that people are more likely to catch a cold in cool-weather...

NASA detects record-breaking outburst from Milky Way’s black hole

January 5, 2015 5:29 pm | by NASA | Comments

Astronomers have observed the largest X-ray flare ever detected from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This event, detected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, raises questions about the behavior of this giant black hole and its surrounding environment.

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Remanufacturing and design: a promising solution for achieving green, profitable businesses

January 5, 2015 3:31 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

In his research, ISE associate professor Harrison Kim and his colleagues have developed an optimization model to maximize total life-cycle profit from selling new products and remanufactured products. It optimizes both the initial design and design upgrades at the end-of-life stage and...

Student scientists ready to launch experiments to ISS

January 5, 2015 2:29 pm | by NASA | Comments

Students will look to the skies this week when SpaceX's fifth commercial resupply services (CRS) mission to the International Space Station lifts off at 6:18 a.m. EST Tuesday, Jan. 6, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will carry scientific research...

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Predicting how drivers will react

January 5, 2015 9:22 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have solved a 70 year old mystery in traffic research: an until now inexplicable jerkiness when we steer a vehicle. The discovery may lead to safety systems in cars that can correct dangerous steering movements before they occur.

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The road to more efficient biofuel

January 5, 2015 9:10 am | by University of Massachusetts at Amherst | Comments

Plant geneticists including Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Siobhan Brady at the University of California, Davis, have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin.

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NASA explores inflatable spacecraft technology

January 5, 2015 9:04 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS, Associated Press | Comments

Devising a way to one day land astronauts on Mars is a complex problem and NASA scientists think something as simple as a child's toy design may help solve the problem. Safely landing a large spacecraft on the Red planet is just one of many engineering challenges the agency faces as it eyes an ambitious goal of sending humans into deep space later this century.

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US says NKorea sanctions step 1 in Sony response

January 5, 2015 9:02 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | Comments

The United States says its new round of sanctions against North Korea is just the opening salvo in its response to an unprecedented cyberattack on Sony. Yet there may be little else the U.S. can do to further isolate a country that already has few friends in the world.Even the latest...

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N. Korea blasts US for sanctions over Sony attack

January 5, 2015 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

North Korea on Sunday criticized the United States for slapping sanctions on Pyongyang officials and organizations for a cyberattack on Sony Pictures — the latest fallout from a Hollywood movie depicting the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un...

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Las Vegas airport preps for tech-savvy travelers

January 5, 2015 8:56 am | by KIMBERLY PIERCEALL, Associated Press | Comments

While the gadgets of the future are only just arriving in Las Vegas for the annual International CES show, officials at the city's main airport are updating a decades-old terminal to cater to legions of tech-savvy travelers. By Friday at McCarran International Airport, a couple...

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Raise your home's IQ: smart gadgets take center stage at CES

January 5, 2015 8:54 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on — perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet...

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How to build your own laser blaster

January 2, 2015 4:37 pm | by Qfusion Labs | Comments

Stop the Grinch from reaching Santa! We love to build fun things and for this Christmas season, we spent a couple of hours creating this holiday-themed Laser Blaster game. How the gameplay works: Squeeze the trigger on the gun to start the game. The Grinch...  

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