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BU receives NSF grant to develop 'smart city' cloud platform

September 23, 2014 3:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Boston University's Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering today announced it has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a "smart-city" cloud platform designed to streamline....

Southampton scientists grow a new challenger to graphene

September 23, 2014 3:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of Southampton's Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has developed a new way to fabricate a potential challenger to graphene. Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms in a honeycomb lattice ...

Los Alamos researchers uncover properties in nanocomposite oxide ceramics for reactor fuel

September 23, 2014 3:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanocomposite oxide ceramics have potential uses as ferroelectrics, fast ion conductors, and nuclear fuels and for storing nuclear waste, generating a great deal of scientific interest on the structure, properties, and applications of these blended materials....

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Paraffins to cut energy consumption in homes

September 23, 2014 3:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Thermal energy storage is a common strategy in energy production systems in which the period of production does not coincide with that of consumption. This happens with the production of hot water by means of solar thermal panels, for example....

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NREL Industry Growth Forum attracts clean energy entrepreneurs and investors

September 23, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts Oct. 28 and 29 in Denver, as the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum....

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Apple: 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold

September 23, 2014 3:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it had sold 9 million of the then-new iPhone 5C and 5S models....

Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes

September 23, 2014 3:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University have demonstrated a new method to improve the reliability and performance of transistors and circuits based on carbon nanotubes (CNT), a semiconductor material that has ...

Kessler Foundation researchers find foot drop stimulator beneficial in stroke rehab

September 23, 2014 3:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Kessler Foundation scientists have published a study showing that use of a foot drop stimulator during a task-specific movement for 4 weeks can retrain the neuromuscular system. This finding indicates that applying the foot drop stimulator....

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'Space bubbles' may have aided enemy in fatal Afghan battle

September 23, 2014 3:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the early morning hours of March 4, 2002, military officers in Bagram, Afghanistan desperately radioed a Chinook helicopter headed for the snowcapped peak of Takur Ghar. On board were 21 men, deployed to rescue a team of Navy SEALS....

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Airway muscle-on-a-chip mimics asthma

September 23, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The majority of drugs used to treat asthma today are the same ones that were used 50 years ago. New drugs are urgently needed to treat this chronic respiratory disease, which causes nearly 25 million people in the United States alone to wheeze....

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Businesses and investors pressing for green policy

September 23, 2014 3:05 pm | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Comments

Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute....

Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones

September 23, 2014 3:00 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media....

electronica 2014 with security solutions for the networked world

September 23, 2014 9:57 am | Comments

Everyone is talking about the Internet of Things. The industrial sector is hoping that greater networking will improve working processes. Cars that communicate with each other could lead to enhanced and more efficient traffic management....

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University of Utah engineers unlock potential for faster computing

September 23, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material – a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor – that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform lightning-fast calculations but don't overheat....

Lego-like modular components make building 3-D 'labs-on-a-chip' a snap

September 22, 2014 4:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Thanks to new LEGO-like components developed by researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, it is now possible to build a 3-D microfluidic system quickly and cheaply by simply snapping together small modules by hand. Microfluidic systems ...

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