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Interstellar molecules are branching out

September 26, 2014 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Bonn, Germany), Cornell University (USA), and the University of Cologne (Germany) have for the first time detected a carbon-bearing molecule with a "branched" structure in interstellar space....

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Earth's water is older than the sun

September 26, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original source of Earth's water is key to understanding how life-fostering environments come into being and....

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Engineering at Illinois to Induct Six to Hall of Fame

September 26, 2014 11:32 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

The University of Illinois College of Engineering has announced the 2014 class of inductees into its Hall of Fame. The six newest members will be formally inducted on Thursday, Oct. 16 in a ceremony at the Grainger Auditorium of the newly opened Electrical and Computer Engineering ...

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A galaxy of deception

September 26, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers usually have to peer very far into the distance to see back in time, and view the Universe as it was when it was young. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of galaxy DDO 68, otherwise known as UGC 5340, was thought....

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On the road to artificial photosynthesis

September 26, 2014 9:51 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The excessive atmospheric carbon dioxide that is driving global climate change could be harnessed into a renewable energy technology that would be a win for both the environment and the economy. That is the lure of artificial photosynthesis....

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Blackout? Robots to the rescue

September 26, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count....

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BlackBerry posts $207 million loss

September 26, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

BlackBerry posted a loss of $207 million in the second quarter just days after the embattled company launched a new phone. The Canadian company said Friday it lost two cents per share on an adjusted basis on revenue of $916 million. The loss was smaller than its loss of $965 million a year ago. ...

Suomi NPP satellite data used for mitigating aviation related volcanic hazards

September 26, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A joint NOAA/NASA satellite is one of several satellites providing valuable information to aviators about volcanic hazards. An aviation "orange" alert was posted on August 18, 2014, for Bárðarbunga, a stratovolcano located under the Vatnajökull glacier....

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Mechanized human hands: System designed to improve hand function lost to nerve damage

September 26, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission....

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Single-photon detection, generation, and applications featured in Optical Engineering

September 26, 2014 9:15 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new special section on single-photon detection, generation, and applications in Optical Engineering highlights research on technologies with applications in areas as diverse as space exploration and quantum computing, furthering the field....

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Mechanized human hands: System designed to improve hand function lost to nerve damage

September 26, 2014 9:10 am | by Oregon State University | Comments

Engineers at Oregon State University have developed and successfully demonstrated the value of a simple pulley mechanism to improve hand function after surgery. The device, tested in cadaver hands, is one of the first instruments ever created that could improve the transmission of mechanical forces and movement while implanted inside the body.

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Intel invests up to $1.5B in China mobile venture

September 26, 2014 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Intel will pay up to $1.5 billion for a 20 percent state in a Chinese venture that will design and make Intel-branded chips for mobile phones and other electronics. The Chinese chipmakers Spreadtrum Communications and RDA Microelectronics are controlled by Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a state-owned company funded by Tsinghua University in Beijing.

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JRTC takes on cyber, hybrid, conventional threats as training evolves with missions

September 26, 2014 8:33 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

When the 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), descended from the night sky into the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, last month, it not only marked the first large-scale joint forced entry air assault in more than 11 years, it also...

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Apple bites stock market

September 25, 2014 5:29 pm | by Matthew Craft - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A stumble by Apple set off the worst rout in the stock market since July on Thursday. Apple dropped nearly 4 percent following its announcement late Wednesday that it had pulled a software update which prevented users from making phone calls. Other technology stocks also slumped. The selling...

New technology tracks tiniest pollutants in real time

September 25, 2014 4:35 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

September 25, 2014 Atlanta, GA A team of six faculty members at the Georgia Institute of Technology has been awarded a Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, totaling approximately $700,000 from NSF and Georgia Tech’s office of...

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