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Survey finds people text and drive knowing dangers

November 5, 2014 8:38 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Most people do it anyway. In a new survey, 98 percent of motorists who own cellphones and text regularly said they were aware of the dangers, yet three-quarters of them admitted....

Dark matter may be massive

November 4, 2014 4:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The physics community has spent three decades searching for and finding no evidence that dark matter is made of tiny exotic particles. Case Western Reserve University theoretical physicists suggest researchers consider looking for candidates more ...

Rocket crash stirs uncertainty about space tourism

November 4, 2014 4:47 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Federal accident investigators have an early sense of what went wrong before an experimental spaceship designed to ferry tourists beyond the Earth's atmosphere broke apart during a test flight. But they still don't know why the craft prematurely shifted....

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Murata gets “AMPed” up about new industry coalition

November 4, 2014 3:56 pm | by Murata | Comments

On October 14, Murata became a founding member of the Architects of Modern Power (AMP) Consortium.  The new industry group, which also includes CUI and Ericsson Power Modules, aims to advance power system technology and boost supply chain security....

UCLA astronomers solve puzzle about bizarre object at the center of our galaxy

November 4, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For years, astronomers have been puzzled by a bizarre object in the center of the Milky Way that was believed to be a hydrogen gas cloud headed toward our galaxy's enormous black hole. Having studied it during its closest approach to the black hole ...

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Outsmarting thermodynamics in self-assembly of nanostructures

November 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

If you can uniformly break the symmetry of nanorod pairs in a colloidal solution, you're a step ahead of the game toward achieving new and exciting metamaterial properties. But traditional thermodynamic -driven colloidal assembly of these metamaterials ...

Better bomb-sniffing technology

November 4, 2014 12:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Utah engineers have developed a new type of carbon nanotube material for handheld sensors that will be quicker and better at sniffing out explosives, deadly gases and illegal drugs. A carbon nanotube is a cylindrical material....

Photos of the Day: The Army's new "smartsuit"

November 4, 2014 10:48 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit with the aim of reducing injuries and fatigue, while improving mission performance. The undersuit won’t exactly augment troops’ physical capabilities....

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Dual-purpose film designed for next-gen energy

November 4, 2014 10:29 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Rice University scientists who want to gain an edge in energy production and storage report they have found it in molybdenum disulfide. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour has turned molybdenum disulfide's two-dimensional form into a nanoporous film....

A look at Virgin Galactic's feathering technology

November 4, 2014 10:22 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Virgin Galactic spaceship destroyed when it broke apart high over the Mojave Desert was designed to take tourists on a fleeting thrill ride through the lower reaches of space. On the way back down, the tail sections of the rocket-powered ship ...

Putting batteries in a kidsafe coat of armor

November 3, 2014 4:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) led team has developed a simple "coat of armor" to encase small batteries, rendering them harmless if they are ever swallowed. Children, particularly infants and young toddlers, can ingest these batteries....

String field theory could be the foundation of quantum mechanics

November 3, 2014 4:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Two USC researchers have proposed a link between string field theory and quantum mechanics that could open the door to using string field theory — or a broader version of it, called M-theory — as the basis of all physics. "This could solve the mystery"....

Griffith scientists propose existence and interaction of parallel worlds

November 3, 2014 4:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Griffith University academics are challenging the foundations of quantum science with a radical new theory based on the existence of, and interactions between, parallel universes. In a paper published in the prestigious journal Physical Review X ...

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'Nanomotor lithography' answers call for affordable, simpler device manufacturing

November 3, 2014 4:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What does it take to fabricate electronic and medical devices tinier than a fraction of a human hair? Nanoengineers at the University of California, San Diego recently invented a new method of lithography in which nanoscale robots swim over the surface....

Line camera makes magnetic field lines visible in 3-D and real time

November 3, 2014 4:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

We encounter magnetic field sensors everywhere today – but few of us know it. These sensors make sure washing machines run concentrically, that headlights automatically adjust to the correct angle if a car is heavily loaded, or that we are warned....

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