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First Look: Samsung gets a lot right with new S6 phones

March 2, 2015 8:53 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Samsung's new Galaxy smartphones improve in two major areas: design and picture quality. Samsung ramped up its camera technology in last fall's Galaxy Note 4, and the camera is even better in the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge announced Sunday....

'Ecosystem services' help assess ocean energy development

February 27, 2015 1:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With many projects under development in coastal regions such as New England, tidal power -- which extracts "hydrokinetic" energy from marine environments -- seems poised to join other U.S. commercial power sources. A new study finds that little ...

Top-precision optical atomic clock starts ticking

February 27, 2015 10:52 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A state-of-the-art optical atomic clock, collaboratively developed by scientists from the University of Warsaw, Jagiellonian University, and Nicolaus Copernicus University, is now "ticking away" at the National Laboratory of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics in Toru?, Poland....

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New research signals big future for quantum radar

February 27, 2015 10:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A prototype quantum radar that has the potential to detect objects which are invisible to conventional systems has been developed by an international research team led by a quantum information scientist at the University of York....

Ensuring security for networks of the future

February 27, 2015 10:47 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Today's company networks comprise hundreds of devices: routers for directing data packets to the right receiver, firewall components for protecting internal networks from the outside world, and network switches. Such networks are extremely inflexible....

Using wind-powered freighters to reduce fuel consumption by 40 percent

February 27, 2015 10:38 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

International shipping is transporting 90 percent of all goods on earth. Running on heavy fuel oil freighters contribute to pollution. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) wants to reduce the environmental impact of ocean liners. One of ...

Photos of the Day: The "Ghost Gunner" milling machine for AR-15 lower receivers

February 27, 2015 10:21 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The “Ghost Gunner” tabletop milling machine can “manufacture any mil-spec 80% AR-15 lower receiver that already has the rear take down well milled out ... lowers with non-mil-spec trigger guards that are otherwise mil-spec are also compatible”....

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New CMI process recycles valuable rare earth metals from old electronics

February 27, 2015 10:11 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the Critical Materials Institute have developed a two-step recovery process that makes recycling rare-earth metals easier and more cost-effective. Rare-earth metals are valuable ingredients in a variety of modern technologies and are found ...

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New filter could advance terahertz data transmission

February 27, 2015 10:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Utah engineers have discovered a new approach for designing filters capable of separating different frequencies in the terahertz spectrum, the next generation of communications bandwidth that could allow cellphone users and Internet surfers to download data ...

QR codes with advanced imaging protect computer chips

February 27, 2015 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

QR, or Quick Response, codes - those commonly black and white boxes that people scan with a smartphone to learn more about something - have been used to convey information about everything from cereals to cars and new homes....

Mouser Electronics signs global agreement with Microsemi

February 27, 2015 8:57 am | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. announced it has entered into a global distribution agreement and partnership with Microsemi Corporation – a leading global provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability, and performance....

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New flow battery to keep big cities lit, green, and safe

February 26, 2015 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery design that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in Nature Communications ...

Warming up the world of superconductors

February 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A superconductor that works at room temperature was long thought impossible, but scientists at USC may have discovered a family of materials that could make it reality. A team led by Vitaly Kresin, professor of physics at USC, found that aluminum "superatoms" ...

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ORNL signs agreement with Whirlpool Corp. to develop new energy-efficient refrigerator

February 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corporation are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models. The goal of the cooperative research ...

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Black hole collisions provide new insight about the most energetic event in the universe

February 26, 2015 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research by an astrophysicist at The University of Texas at Dallas provides revelations about the most energetic event in the universe -- the merging of two spinning, orbiting black holes into a much larger black hole....

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