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Gravity may have saved the universe after the Big Bang

November 18, 2014 11:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research by a team of European physicists could explain why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang. Studies of the Higgs particle - discovered at CERN in 2012 and responsible for giving mass to all particles - have ...

Physicists suggest new way to detect dark matter

November 18, 2014 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For years physicists have been looking for the universe's elusive dark matter, but so far no one has seen any trace of it. Maybe we are looking in the wrong place? Now physicists from University of Southern Denmark propose a new technique to detect ...

Huge solar plant lags in early production

November 18, 2014 11:00 am | by MICHAEL R. BLOOD, Associated Press | Comments

The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected. Sprawling across ...

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Feds say Web privacy firm deceived consumers

November 18, 2014 10:56 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Federal regulators said a respected Internet privacy company gave its seal of approval to commercial websites and mobile apps but failed to check whether they were indeed meeting standards for safeguarding customers' data. The company known ...

NYC plan would replace pay phones with Wi-Fi hubs

November 18, 2014 10:51 am | by DEEPTI HAJELA, Associated Press | Comments

Pay phones on New York City streets would become a thing of the past under a plan announced Monday that would replace them with stand-alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls as well as mobile phone charging ...

Toyota to launch fuel cell car next month

November 18, 2014 10:46 am | by KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press | Comments

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. The world's largest automaker announced Tuesday that it will begin ...

U.S. to build two flagship supercomputers for National Labs

November 18, 2014 10:09 am | by Nvidia | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled plans to build two GPU-accelerated supercomputers – expected to deliver at least three-times greater performance than today’s most powerful system – which will move the world closer to the long-held goal of ...

Researchers build tractor beam to move particles using light

November 18, 2014 5:57 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Optical trapping and manipulation of light-absorbing particles. The particle is visible as bright spot localized in the focal area of the singular beam   A research team that includes physicists from Texas A&M University at Qatar has taken the ...

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A new acoustic sensor for chemical and biological detection

November 17, 2014 6:52 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

A new microscopic acoustic device that has been dramatically improved by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has the potential to form a new test for ovarian cancer or the presence of a particular chemical....

New report on sex and gender differences in adaptation to space flight

November 17, 2014 2:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the future, as space exploration takes astronauts on longer missions and more female astronauts participate, "The Impact of Sex and Gender on Adaptation to Space" will become increasingly critical to astronaut safety and mission success, as explored ...

UT Arlington to lead $1.6 million research project focused on digital learning

November 17, 2014 1:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab at UT Arlington has been chosen to lead a $1.6 million initiative to connect and support researchers across the country as they examine digital learning's effect on higher education today and ...

Spiral laser beam creates quantum whirlpool

November 17, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists have engineered a spiral laser beam and used it to create a whirlpool of hybrid light-matter particles called polaritons. "Creating circulating currents of polaritons - vortices - and controlling them has been a long-standing challenge," said leader ...

Readying the neural network

November 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Synapse, the name for the signal-receiving site on a neuron, comes from the Greek word for contact. Neuroscientists used to maintain that neurons form one-to-one relationship to contact one another. Yet more researchers are finding evidence that shows ...

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Controlling the movements occurring within magnetic materials

November 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of New York University and University of Barcelona physicists has developed a method to control the movements occurring within magnetic materials, which are used to store and carry information. The breakthrough could simultaneously bolster ...

Revolutionary solar-friendly form of silicon shines

November 17, 2014 12:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Silicon is the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust. When purified, it takes on a diamond structure, which is essential to modern electronic devices--carbon is to biology as silicon is to technology. A team of Carnegie scientists led ...

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