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NRL researchers develop novel method to synthesize nanoparticles

September 24, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Materials Science and Technology Division have developed a novel one-step process using, for the first time in these types of syntheses, potassium superoxide (KO2) to rapidly form oxide nanoparticles....

Most stars are born in clusters, some leave 'home'

September 24, 2014 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New modeling studies from Carnegie's Alan Boss demonstrate that most of the stars we see were formed when unstable clusters of newly formed protostars broke up. These protostars are born out of rotating clouds of dust and gas, which act....

Solar explosions inside a computer

September 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The shorter the interval between two explosions in the solar atmosphere, the more likely it is that the second flare will be stronger than the first one. ETH Professor Hans Jürgen Herrmann and his team have been able to demonstrate this, using model calculations....

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Taking advantage of graphene defects

September 24, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Electronic transport in graphene contributes to its characteristics. Now, a Russian scientist proposes a new theoretical approach to describe graphene with defects—in the form of artificial triangular holes—resulting in the rectification of the electric current....

Army, Air Force move data over same network for first time at Joint Base San Antonio

September 24, 2014 9:33 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

This month, the Army and Air Force achieved major network security and capacity upgrades at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, in partnership with the Defense Information Systems Agency. This is the first Department of Defense location to achieve....

Researchers aim to improve educational software through speech and emotion detection

September 24, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have won a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve educational software by enabling it to assess facial expression, body language, speech and other cues to better respond....

Mars missions: Successes and failures

September 24, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Getting a spacecraft to orbit Mars is a complex mission that few countries have attempted, and even fewer have achieved. The former Soviet Union made the world's first attempt in 1960, but the satellite didn't get far from Earth. The United States ...

Study: Apple's new iPhones score big in durability

September 24, 2014 2:29 am | by Anne D'innocenzio - AP Retail Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says. Apple's iPhone 6, whose screen measures 4.7 inches, did the best across a variety of tests that measures....

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Wind energy proposal would light Los Angeles homes

September 24, 2014 2:29 am | by Michael R. Blood - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The push for clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases has led to multibillion-dollar investments in wind and solar projects, but finding an economical way to store renewable energy that comes and goes like the breeze or the sun has proved challenging....

Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

September 24, 2014 2:29 am | by Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability — but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features. Those are among....

Smart meters could cause conflict for housemates, study shows

September 23, 2014 4:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Arguments about whose turn it is to do the washing up, negotiating rights to the TV remote control and disputes over noise — as many students returning to university for the new academic year are about to learn the hard way, sharing a house ...

Photos of the Day: Robots given unprecedented dexterity

September 23, 2014 4:12 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Armed with the GelSight sensor, a robot can grasp a freely hanging USB cable and plug it into a USB port. The GelSight sensor uses different-colored light, channeled down different faces of the cubic housing, to make three-dimensional measurements....

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A piece of work demonstrates various ways for controlling light in the terahertz frequency

September 23, 2014 4:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Journal of Optics has devoted the front page of its special edition on Mid-infrared and THz Photonics to the work produced by the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre researchers Víctor Pacheco-Peña, Víctor Torres, Miguel Beruete ...

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Artificial intelligence that imitates children's learning

September 23, 2014 4:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The computer programmes used in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) are highly specialised. They can for example fly airplanes, play chess or assemble cars in controlled industrial environments. However, a research team from Gothenburg, Sweden ...

Search for better biofuels microbes leads to the human gut

September 23, 2014 3:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have scoured cow rumens and termite guts for microbes that can efficiently break down plant cell walls for the production of next-generation biofuels, but some of the best microbial candidates actually may reside in the human....

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