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New method provides direct SI traceability for sound pressure

April 29, 2015 10:42 am | by National Physical Laboratory | Comments

Scientists at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) - the UK's National Measurement Institute - have developed an optical method for remotely measuring sound pressure inside a fully anechoic chamber which is the first to provide direct traceability to the SI base units.

New technique for exploring structural dynamics of nanoworld

April 29, 2015 10:19 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

A new technique for visualizing the rapidly changing electronic structures of atomic-scale materials as they twist, tumble and traipse across the nanoworld is taking shape at the California Institute of Technology. There, researchers have for ...

Windows that act like an LCD Screen

April 29, 2015 10:16 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

The secret desire of urban daydreamers staring out their office windows at the sad brick walls of the building opposite them may soon be answered thanks to transparent light shutters developed by a group of researchers at Pusan National University in South Korea.

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Berkeley Lab researchers find that saving energy is still cheap

April 29, 2015 9:54 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

What does it cost to save electricity? Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have conducted the most comprehensive study yet of the full cost of saving electricity by U.S. utility ...

Robotically discovering Earth's nearest neighbors

April 29, 2015 9:42 am | by University of Hawaii at Manoa | Comments

A team of astronomers using ground-based telescopes in Hawaii, California, and Arizona recently discovered a planetary system orbiting a nearby star that is only 54 light-years away. All three planets orbit their star at a distance closer than ...

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Cyclotron radiation from single electrons measured directly for first time

April 29, 2015 9:34 am | by DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

A year before Albert Einstein came up with the special theory of relativity, or E=mc2, physicists predicted the existence of something else: cyclotron radiation. Scientists predicted this radiation to be given off by electrons whirling around in a ...

The fearsome foursome: Technologies enable ambitious MMS mission

April 29, 2015 9:30 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

It was unprecedented developing a mission that could fly four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation and take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission -- an achievement enabled in part by four NASA-developed technologies that ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Cooling and Thermal Management

April 29, 2015 9:23 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

As electronics technology marches on, one thing doesn’t change: For safety and circuit integrity, designers must remove unwanted heat. Examples of products for Award consideration in this category include but are not limited to fans and blowers ...

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2015 IMPACT Awards finalists: Boards, Modules, and Embedded Systems

April 29, 2015 9:16 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

This category recognizes the innovative embedded systems and computers that reside on boards and the modules and chassis that connect to them. Examples of products for Award consideration include, but are not limited to ...

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Datel Data Acquisition Becomes Private Company

April 29, 2015 8:53 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

On April 1, Datel Data Acquisition announced that it would split from parent company Murata Power Solutions and establish itself as a private, employee-owned company called Datel Incorporated ...

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Tracking exploding lithium-ion batteries in real-time

April 28, 2015 2:02 pm | by University College London | Comments

What happens when lithium-ion batteries overheat and explode has been tracked inside and out for the first time by a UCL-led team using sophisticated 3D imaging. Understanding how Li-ion batteries fail and potentially cause ...

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HOMER software grows from NREL origins to standard for global microgrids

April 28, 2015 2:01 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

While Peter Lilienthal was a senior economist with NREL's International Programs Office from 1990-2007, he saw the need for a better way to design hybrid renewable energy microgrids. He began developing the Hybrid Optimization Model for Electric Renewables (HOMER) software....

Embracing the 5G era

April 28, 2015 1:56 pm | by Science China Press | Comments

To meet the demands of 2020, the 5G research has attracted global attention and made remarkable progress. 5G will be the first meaningful unified wideband mobile communication system. A recent research has systematically overviewed the ...

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First proton collisions at world's largest science experiment should start in early June

April 28, 2015 1:53 pm | by Southern Methodist University | Comments

First collisions of protons at the world's largest science experiment are expected to start the first or second week of June, according to a senior research scientist with CERN's Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. "It will be about another ...

Study: Obama most followed on Twitter, pope most influential

April 28, 2015 1:50 pm | by the Associated Press | Comments

A new study shows U.S. President Barack Obama is still by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, but Pope Francis is considered the most influential by the number of his messages retweeted. The annual Twiplomacy analysis of Twitter accounts ...

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