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Engineered bacteria produce biofuel alternative for high-energy rocket fuel

March 31, 2014 9:12 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute have engineered a bacterium to synthesize pinene, a hydrocarbon produced by trees that could potentially replace high-energy fuels, such as JP-10, in missiles and other aerospace applications....

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Photos of the Day: The half-drone, half-satellite StratoBus

March 31, 2014 8:22 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

A project known as StratoBus has emerged from Thales in France. StratoBus totes the potential of precise, autonomous observation and communications assistance, and the first prototype from Thales is expected in the next five years. The autonomous airship operating at an altitude of about 20 km....

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A smart wristband with swappable parts

March 31, 2014 8:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

Startup Mighty Cast thinks teens may want a wearable computer with modular components.A Montreal-based startup called Mighty Cast is working on an electronic bracelet to which modular charms can add new functionality. It hopes to start selling it for about $50 later this year....

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Clemson researcher touts surgical safety checklist to save lives

March 31, 2014 6:23 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Clemson University research assistant professor Ashley Kay Childers has been selected to participate in a forum to discuss quality improvement programs in U.S. hospitals that reduce preventable readmissions, prevent medical errors, improve patient outcomes and cut costs.

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Lens-free camera sees things differently

March 31, 2014 1:11 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

An itty-bitty camera could bring sight to the Internet of things.Patrick Gill is excited to show me a small, fuzzy-looking picture of the Mona Lisa, printed in black and white on a piece of paper. It’s not much to look at, literally, but it’s unmistakably her, with long dark hair and that...

Heat-conducting polymer cools hot electronic devices at 200 degrees C

March 30, 2014 5:17 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

March 30, 2014 Atlanta, GA By harnessing an electropolymerization process to produce aligned arrays of polymer nanofibers, researchers have developed a thermal interface material able to conduct heat 20 times better than the original polymer....

Oculus's Kickstarter donors furious they won't see any of that $2 billion

March 29, 2014 1:09 am | by AllVoices | Comments

The Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset wouldn't exist if not for regular folks kicking down $10, $20 or $50 on Kickstarter. But regular folks did kick down those nickel and dime donations, allowing the virtual-reality gaming headset to go into development....

Facebook strives for global connectivity

March 28, 2014 7:09 pm | by AllVoices | Comments

The world's most famous philanthropist and inventor of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced plans to use drones, among other things in a bid to bring the Internet to much of the world's population who are still living without access. When...

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Cancer researchers find key protein link

March 28, 2014 3:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new understanding of proteins at the nexus of a cell's decision to survive or die has implications for researchers who study cancer and age-related diseases, according to biophysicists at the Rice University-based Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP).

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Researchers identify good bacteria that protects against HIV

March 28, 2014 3:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston by growing vaginal skin cells outside the body and studying the way they interact with "good and bad" bacteria, think they may be able to better identify the good bacteria that protect women from HIV infection....

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Photos of the Day: NASA's next spacesuit

March 28, 2014 9:19 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

NASA's Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine's Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design....

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Artesyn Embedded Technologies launches new website

March 27, 2014 3:25 pm | Comments

Artesyn Embedded Technologies, formerly Emerson Network Power’s Embedded Computing & Power business, today launched its new website at www.artesyn.com. The new site was designed with users in mind to provide quick and easy access to essential information....

First sightings of solar flare phenomena confirm 3-D models of space weather

March 27, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have for the first time witnessed the mechanism behind explosive energy releases in the Sun's atmosphere, confirming new theories about how solar flares are created. New footage put together by an international team led by University of Cambridge researchers shows how entangled magnetic field lines looping...

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Democratizing data visualization

March 27, 2014 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In 2007, members of the Haystack Group in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory released a set of Web development tools called "Exhibit." Exhibit lets novices quickly put together interactive data visualizations, such as maps with sortable data embedded in them....

Scientists watch nanoparticles grow

March 27, 2014 3:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III, Danish scientists observed the growth of nanoparticles live. The study shows how tungsten oxide nanoparticles are forming from solution. These particles are used for example for smart windows, which become opaque at the flick of a switch...

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