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China launches experimental moon orbiter

October 24, 2014 8:54 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China launched an experimental spacecraft on Friday to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface. The eight-day program is a test run for a 2017 mission that aims to have a Chinese spacecraft ...

California startup unveils gun technology for cops

October 24, 2014 8:49 am | by HAVEN DALEY, Associated Press | Comments

A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. The latest product by Yardarm Technologies would notify dispatchers in real time when an officer's gun is taken out of its holster and when it's fired....

Army develops app to determine body's water needs

October 24, 2014 8:24 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Researchers from U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, and a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, developed an app that will help unit leaders accurately predict water needs with the goal of minimizing....

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Evaluating powerful batteries for modular grid energy storage

October 24, 2014 8:22 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories has begun lab-based characterization of TransPower’s GridSaver, the largest grid energy storage system analyzed at Sandia’s Energy Storage Test Pad in Albuquerque, N.M. Project lead David Rosewater said Sandia will evaluate....

Using hyperspectral imaging for balloon-borne platforms

October 23, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Narrowband or hyperspectral imaging is a valuable technique used in planetary science for characterizing surfaces and surrounding environments. For example, it can be used to spatially map molecular species of interest on the surface of a solid or icy body....

Tackling blindness, deafness through neuroengineering

October 23, 2014 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth $3.6 million....

How safe is 'safe' when using the internet as a communication channel?

October 23, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With information transfers taking place more commonly on the internet nowadays, via email or electronic payment systems like PayPal, the integrity of the internet as a secure means for communication has become an obsession that is very real....

Waste, an alternative source of energy to petroleum

October 23, 2014 12:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Martín Olazar, a UPV/EHU chemical engineer, has designed a fundamental process for producing alternatives to petroleum in sustainable refineries. As Olazar himself pointed out, one of the unavoidable conditions of the process is not to harm the environment....

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Lucky star escapes black hole with minor damage

October 23, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers have gotten the closest look yet at what happens when a black hole takes a bite out of a star—and the star lives to tell the tale. We may think of black holes as swallowing entire stars—or any other object that wanders too close to their immense gravity....

Intelligent materials that work in space

October 23, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Currently, when a satellite is launched into space, the movable parts are usually attached using fixed mechanisms that are require small pyrotechnical explosions to free them. This occurs in solar panels, for example, which have been deployed for decades this way....

Hitaltech announce distribution agreement with Allied Electronics

October 23, 2014 9:59 am | Comments

The range of DIN Rail mounting enclosures now available to purchase via Allied Electronics includes the Railbox Standard and Railbox Compact, the Modulbox XTS B version as well as a DIN rail mounting enclosure produced specifically to house the Raspberry Pi B+....

Research tool captures information with ultrafast data collection

October 23, 2014 8:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When studying extremely fast reactions in ultrathin materials, two measurements are better than one. A new research tool invented by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute ...

Nanoparticle technology triples the production of biogas

October 23, 2014 8:36 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have developed the new BiogàsPlus, a technology which allows increasing the production....

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New policymaking tool for shift to renewable energy

October 23, 2014 8:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications....

Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless gains, not phones

October 23, 2014 8:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from cheaper non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The nation's second-largest wireless carrier is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals....

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