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Engineering self-assembling amyloid fibers

January 27, 2015 1:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nature has many examples of self-assembly, and bioengineers are interested in copying or manipulating these systems to create useful new materials or devices. Amyloid proteins, for example, can self-assemble into the tangled plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease -- but ...

Breakthrough promises secure communications and faster computers

January 27, 2015 1:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Unlike Bilbo's magic ring, which entangles human hearts, engineers have created a new micro-ring that entangles individual particles of light, an important first step in a whole host of new technologies. Entanglement - the instantaneous connection between two ...

Studying degradation in an active, autonomous nanomachine

January 27, 2015 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As nanomachine design rapidly advances, researchers are moving from wondering if the nanomachine works to how long it will work. This is an especially important question as there are so many potential applications, for instance, for medical uses, including drug delivery, early diagnosis ...

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Ancient star system reveals Earth-sized planets forming near start of universe

January 27, 2015 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A Sun-like star with orbiting planets, dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy, has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. At 11.2 billion years old it is the oldest star with earth-sized planets ever found and proves that such planets have formed throughout ...

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Using 3-D printing, MakerBot and Feinstein Institute repair tracheal damage

January 27, 2015 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have made a medical breakthrough using 3D printing on a MakerBot® Replicator® 2X Experimental 3D Printer to create cartilage designed for tracheal repair or replacement. The results were reported today at the ...

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New search engine lets users look for relevant results faster

January 27, 2015 12:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT have developed a new search engine that outperforms current ones, and helps people to do searches more efficiently. The SciNet search engine is different because it changes internet searches ...

'Astro-archaeological' discovery from the dawn of time

January 27, 2015 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists led by University of Birmingham asteroseismologists have discovered a solar system with 5 Earth-sized planets dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy. Thanks to the NASA Kepler mission, the scientists announced today (Tuesday 27 January 2015) ...

Does space flight inspire school students to take STEM subjects?

January 27, 2015 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Science Education researchers at University of York are to work with leading space scientist and The Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to investigate if human spaceflight inspires school students to take science, technology, engineering and maths ...

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Carbon nanoballs can greatly contribute to sustainable energy supply

January 27, 2015 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that the insulation plastic used in high-voltage cables can withstand a 26 per cent higher voltage if nanometer-sized carbon balls are added. This could result in enormous efficiency gains in the ...

The laser pulse that gets shorter all by itself

January 27, 2015 12:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a marathon, everyone starts at roughly the same place at roughly the same time. But the faster runners will gradually increase their lead, and in the end, the distribution of runners on the street will be very broad. Something similar happens to a pulse of light sent ...

A promising new pathway to valleytronics

January 27, 2015 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A potential avenue to quantum computing currently generating quite the buzz in the high-tech industry is "valleytronics," in which information is coded based on the wavelike motion of electrons moving through certain two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors. Now, a ...

Dutch judge approves hacking suspect's extradition to US

January 27, 2015 12:32 pm | by MIKE CORDER, Associated Press | Comments

A Dutch judge on Tuesday approved the extradition to the U.S. of a Russian suspected of involvement in a multimillion-dollar computer hack. The ruling at The Hague District Court clears the way for Vladimir Drinkman to be sent to New Jersey, where he is ...

Qualtré announces channel partnership with Alps Electric

January 27, 2015 10:40 am | Comments

Qualtré, Inc. announced that a Commercial Sales Agreement has been executed with Alps Electric, enabling them to market and sell Qualtré’s industrial-grade gyroscopes worldwide.  This agreement further expands on the existing manufacturing and strategic partnerships between the two companies....

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Facebook suffers outage affecting users worldwide

January 27, 2015 9:33 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook said the outage that made its social media sites inaccessible worldwide for about an hour Tuesday was self-inflicted. Users of PCs and Facebook's mobile app reported they lost access in Asia, the United States, Australia and the U.K. Facebook-owned Instagram was also ...

Imagining a futuristic solar economy

January 27, 2015 8:14 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

“Close your eyes and imagine you are living 200 years from now. Get up in the morning and you are not allowed to touch fossil fuels,” is the contemplative daydream of Dr. Rakesh Agrawal, distinguished professor of chemical engineering at Purdue University, master inventor ...

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