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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 ...

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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 ...

USTelecom files suit against government's new Internet rules

April 13, 2015 11:57 am | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | Comments

A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules has begun. The rules were voted on in February and uphold the principle of net neutrality - that online content be allowed to load at the same speed....

Lethality expert: TRADOC to publish helpful robotics doctrine

April 13, 2015 11:33 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Doctrine drives training and modernization, and new doctrine to be released in January 2016, will provide impetus for growth in the rapidly-evolving field of robotics, Lt. Col. Matt Dooley predicted. Dooley, chief of the lethality branch at the Army Capabilities Integration Center, discussed the future of robotics in ...

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Firms push high-tech solutions to fortify airport perimeters

April 13, 2015 10:06 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Technology firms increasingly pitch new sensors and software to U.S. airports as a way to bolster exterior security and keep intruders out, but such digital barriers come with a hefty price tag and don't always work. An Associated Press investigation this week documented ...

Who's a CEO? Google image results can shift gender biases

April 10, 2015 3:22 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

Getty Images last year created a new online image catalog of women in the workplace - one that countered visual stereotypes on the Internet of moms as frazzled caregivers rather than powerful CEOs. A new University of Washington study adds ...

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Engineers now understand how complex carbon nanostructures form

April 10, 2015 3:18 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbia | Comments

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are microscopic tubular structures that engineers "grow" through a process conducted in a high-temperature furnace. The forces that create the CNT structures known as "forests" often are unpredictable and are mostly left ...

UT Arlington nanopillar fabrication to lead to more efficient electronics

April 10, 2015 3:13 pm | by University of Texas at Arlington | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher will build nanoscale pillars that will lead to more energy-efficient transistors in electronic devices and gadgets. Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department ...

Study looks inside the universe's most powerful explosions

April 10, 2015 2:59 pm | by Ohio State University | Comments

A new study provides an inside look at the most powerful explosions in the universe: gamma-ray bursts. These rare explosions happen when extremely massive stars go supernova. The stars' strong magnetic fields channel most ...

How many gold atoms make gold metal?

April 10, 2015 2:53 pm | by Academy of Finland | Comments

Researchers at the Nanoscience Center at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, have shown that dramatic changes in the electronic properties of nanometre-sized chunks of gold occur in well-defined size range. Small gold nanoclusters could be used, for instance ...

Social media and gaming initiative aims to enhance education on energy efficiency

April 10, 2015 2:50 pm | by University of Plymouth | Comments

Affordable housing residents will be encouraged to use a specially devised game for smartphones and tablets linked to smart meters as part of a partnership initiative designed to reduce energy and CO2 consumption in their homes. EnerGAware is a €2million project funded ...

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New material could boost batteries' power, help power plants

April 10, 2015 2:47 pm | by Clemson University | Comments

You're going to have to think very small to understand something that has the potential to be very big. A team of researchers, including Kyle Brinkman of Clemson University, developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions.

Graphene looking promising for future spintronic devices

April 10, 2015 1:59 pm | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have discovered that large area graphene is able to preserve electron spin over an extended period, and communicate it over greater distances than had previously been known. This has opened the door....

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