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Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules

September 29, 2014 | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | Comments

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts....

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World record in data transmission with smart circuits

October 21, 2014 4:46 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Fewer cords, smaller antennas and quicker video transmission. This may be the result of a new type of microwave circuit that was designed at Chalmers University of Technology. The research team behind the circuits currently holds an attention-grabbing record....

Big black holes can block new stars

October 21, 2014 4:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Massive black holes spewing out radio-frequency-emitting particles at near-light speed can block formation of new stars in aging galaxies, a study has found. The research provides crucial new evidence that it is these jets of "radio-frequency feedback" ...

See-through sensors open new window into the brain

October 21, 2014 4:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers' efforts to understand the brain. The team described its technology....

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Garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

October 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery designs. The ORNL-led team used scanning transmission ...

Cosmic rays threaten future deep-space astronaut missions

October 21, 2014 3:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Crewed missions to Mars remain an essential goal for NASA, but scientists are only now beginning to understand and characterize the radiation hazards that could make such ventures risky, concludes a new paper by University of New Hampshire scientists....

This electric car is cheap, efficient, and safe

October 21, 2014 2:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

More and more people are considering the purchase of an electric car. Whenever possible, it should run on renewably generated electricity. They want to conserve fossil resources and make a contribution to the environment – while playing the role....

Solar energy prices see double-digit declines in 2013

October 21, 2014 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 - 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)....

Gaining a deeper understanding of catalytic reactions

October 21, 2014 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have developed deeper understanding of the ideal design for mesoporous nanoparticles used in catalytic reactions, such as hydrocarbon conversion to biofuels. The research will help determine....

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A list of merchants taking Apple Pay

October 21, 2014 2:30 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

More than 200,000 payment locations in the U.S. are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet. Apple said it has worked....

Researchers build "smart city" to test the smart grid

October 20, 2014 3:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive "smart city" laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies. Scientists have received ...

New type of microelectrode simplifies study of brain disorders

October 20, 2014 3:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have used graphene -- a two-dimensional form of carbon only one atom thick -- to fabricate....

Unlocking the power of experimental superconducting computer chips

October 20, 2014 3:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Computer chips with superconducting circuits — circuits with zero electrical resistance — would be 50 to 100 times as energy-efficient as today's chips, an attractive trait given the increasing power consumption of the massive data centers that power....

Scientists create possible precursor to life

October 20, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

How did life originate? And can scientists create life? These questions not only occupy the minds of scientists interested in the origin of life, but also researchers working with technology of the future. If we can create artificial living systems, we may not ...

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1980s aircraft helps quantum technology take flight

October 20, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What does a 1980s experimental aircraft have to do with state-of-the art quantum technology? Lots, as shown by new research from the Quantum Control Laboratory at the University of Sydney, and published in Nature Physics today. Over several years ...

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New hydrogen mixture allows wild molecular interactions

October 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Hydrogen—the most abundant element in the cosmos—responds to extremes of pressure and temperature differently. Under ambient conditions hydrogen is a gaseous two-atom molecule. As confinement pressure increases, the molecules adopt different states....

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