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ASU, IBM move DNA sequencing technology a step closer to reality

November 25, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of scientists from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute and IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine. "Our goal is to put cheap ...

Converting food waste to energy

November 25, 2014 1:52 pm | by United States Environmental Protection Agency | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and City of San Jose will celebrate the city’s successful food-waste-to-energy program at a tour of the nation’s first large-scale commercial anaerobic digestion facility, privately owned and operated by ...

New iPhones push Apple's market cap past $700B

November 25, 2014 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Apple, already the world's most valuable company, surpassed $700 billion in market capitalization Tuesday as its stock hit another all-time high. The company unveiled the latest version if the iPhone two months ago and sales have been surging....

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Time in space exposes materials to the test of time

November 25, 2014 11:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Much like that pickup truck rusting in your backyard thanks to time, rain and the elements, extended stays in the brutal environment of space can take its toll on spacecraft, satellites and space stations. In fact, anything outside the protective blanket ...

Asteroid impacts on Earth make structurally bizarre diamonds

November 25, 2014 11:52 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have argued for half a century about the existence of a form of diamond called lonsdaleite, which is associated with impacts by meteorites and asteroids. A group of scientists based mostly at Arizona State University now show that what ...

Obama presents the National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation

November 25, 2014 11:48 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

At a White House ceremony last Thursday, President Obama presented the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The awards ...

Physicists and chemists work to improve digital memory technology

November 25, 2014 11:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The improvements in random access memory that have driven many advances of the digital age owe much to the innovative application of physics and chemistry at the atomic scale. Accordingly, a team led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers has ...

How does the brain react to virtual reality?

November 25, 2014 10:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UCLA neurophysicists have found that space-mapping neurons in the brain react differently to virtual reality than they do to real-world environments. Their findings could be significant for people who use virtual reality for gaming, military, commercial ...

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Unmanned vehicle provides first 3-D images of underside of Antarctic ice

November 25, 2014 10:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully tested an autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, that can produce high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of Antarctic sea ice. SeaBED, as the vehicle is known, measured ...

How can students learn efficient materials concepts for solar cells?

November 25, 2014 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

How can students be efficiently introduced to materials concepts for solar cells? To date there is mainly basic literature about the physics of solar cells and there are specialized articles and books about certain types or classes of solar cell materials....

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Pathbreaking radio telescope project studies early universe

November 25, 2014 10:19 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Arizona State University has joined with 14 other institutions in Australia, India, New Zealand and the United States in a radio telescope project that focuses on the early universe and the birth and formation of the first galaxies. The radio telescope is the ...

Unidentified country likely behind spying software

November 25, 2014 10:12 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Cyber-security researchers say they've identified a highly sophisticated computer hacking program that appears to have been used by an as-yet unidentified government to spy on banks, telecommunications companies, official agencies and other ...

Army Cyber branch offers Soldiers new challenges

November 25, 2014 8:55 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Soldiers who want to defend the nation in cyberspace, as part of the Army's newest and most technologically advanced career field, now have an Army branch to join that will take its place alongside infantry, artillery, and the other Army combat arms ...

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NASA sets prelaunch activities for Orion flight test

November 24, 2014 7:52 pm | by NASA | Comments

The first flight test of Orion, NASA’s next-generation spacecraft that will send astronauts to an asteroid and onward to Mars, is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4. NASA will host a series of news conferences and flight test commentary on NASA Television, as ...

New supercomputers increase nation's computational capacity and capability

November 24, 2014 4:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Tens of thousands of researchers nationwide currently harness the power of massive supercomputers to solve research problems that cannot be answered in the lab. However, studies show this represents only a fraction of the potential users of ...

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