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Comet lander's measurements weaken space magnetism theory

April 14, 2015 1:28 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

Whatever caused small space rocks to lump together billions of years ago, magnetism is unlikely to be the reason. Scientists said Tuesday that measurements made by the European space probe Philae, which landed on ...

This year's fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

April 14, 2015 1:25 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology....

Executive warns future generation of women at risk of getting pushed out of STEM jobs

April 14, 2015 10:03 am | Comments

According to Verizon, technology skills will be required in 80% of all jobs in the next decade. (1) However, the chance for a future generation of women to occupy and excel in these positions is being impeded by social perceptions that STEM ...


X-ray study images structural damage in lithium-ion batteries

April 14, 2015 9:40 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY | Comments

Charging lithium-ion batteries too quickly can permanently reduce the battery capacity. Portions of the energy storage structure are thereby destroyed and deactivated. These structural changes have been visualized for the first time by DESY researcher Dr Ulrike Bösenberg along with ...

Hackers keep trying new targets in search of easy data

April 14, 2015 9:34 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The health care sector has become the hot target for hackers in recent months, according to researchers at Symantec, a leading cybersecurity company that says it's also seeing big increases in "spear-phishing," "ransomware" and efforts to exploit newly ...

'Space-age' research looks to provide new human health insights

April 14, 2015 8:18 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | Comments

Imagine if all of your physiological changes were hyper accelerated so that you passed through life cycles in weeks as opposed to decades. You'd be able to grow a beard overnight or your hair might begin graying in a matter of days or maybe menopause would come ...


Electrical control of quantum bits in silicon paves the way to large quantum computers

April 13, 2015 2:21 pm | by University of New South Wales | Comments

A UNSW-led research team has encoded quantum information in silicon using simple electrical pulses for the first time, bringing the construction of affordable large-scale quantum computers one step closer to reality. Lead researcher, UNSW Associate Professor Andrea Morello ...

NIST tightens the bounds on the quantum information 'speed limit'

April 13, 2015 2:15 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

If you're designing a new computer, you want it to solve problems as fast as possible. Just how fast is possible is an open question when it comes to quantum computers, but physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have narrowed the ...


Research team develops a hyper-stretchable elastic-composite energy harvester

April 13, 2015 2:12 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

A research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a hyper-stretchable elastic-composite energy harvesting device called a nanogenerator....

New ways to see light and store information

April 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by University of Cologne | Comments

Silicon based chips and transistors have been at the heart of all electronic devices since the 1950s. Driven by economic and environmental factors, and by the need for renewable energy resources, there is currently an enormous ...

For big data researchers, network and compute capabilities are lynchpin to success

April 13, 2015 1:35 pm | by Internet2 | Comments

For many researchers in the life sciences, Big Data is not just a buzz word--it's the daily reality for carrying out their work in areas like genomics, which is expected to equal if not surpass the data output of the particle physics community. For many scientists, in order ...

New technology provides superior ability to rapidly detect volatile organic compounds

April 13, 2015 1:30 pm | by Virginia Tech | Comments

Over the past several decades, the progress in micro fabrication technology has revolutionized the world in such fields as computing, signal processing, and automotive manufacturing. Making various types of instruments smaller is another example of ...

Solution-grown nanowires make the best lasers

April 13, 2015 1:12 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

Take a material that is a focus of interest in the quest for advanced solar cells. Discover a "freshman chemistry level" technique for growing that material into high-efficiency, ultra-small lasers. The result, disclosed today [Monday, April 13] in Nature Materials ...


An exoplanet with an infernal atmosphere

April 13, 2015 12:15 pm | by Université de Genève | Comments

As part of the PlanetS National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), astronomers from the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Bern, Switzerland, have come to measure the temperature of the atmosphere of an exoplanet with unequalled precision, by crossing ...

Review: New MacBook brings iPad's minimalism to laptop

April 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

From the moment I took it out of the box, Apple's new MacBook looked and felt like an iPad. The laptop is Apple's lightest and thinnest yet and borrows many of the iPad's designs, including the lack of a fan. The result is a 2-pound ...


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