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ORNL thermomagnetic processing method provides path to new materials

November 6, 2014 3:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For much the same reason LCD televisions offer eye-popping performance, a thermomagnetic processing method developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can advance the performance of polymers. Polymers are used....

Sustainability, astrobiology illuminate future of life in universe

November 6, 2014 3:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Human-caused climate change, ocean acidification and species extinctions may eventually threaten the collapse of civilization, according to some scientists, while other people argue that for political or economic reasons we should allow industrial development....

Half of all stars may lie outside galaxies

November 6, 2014 3:26 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

The universe may be full of reclusive stars - not washed-up Hollywood stars, but the kind lurking deep in the cosmos. Scientists report that as many as half of all stars may lie outside galaxies. Individually, these lonesome stars are too faint to detect....

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electronica 2014: CEOs discuss the Internet of Things

November 6, 2014 3:22 pm | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is making it easier for the physical world to merge with the digital world and is revolutionizing our lives. Networked medical electronics is improving how patients will be treated and cared for in the future. In "smart homes" ...

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Student Day at electronica 2014: Getting careers in the electronics industry off to a successful start

November 6, 2014 3:19 pm | Comments

As an innovation location, Germany needs highly qualified electronics specialists. As technological advancements continue, the need for experts in this field will continue to increase in the next few years. Against this backdrop, the last day of electronica 2014 ...

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Manipulating complex molecules by hand

November 6, 2014 2:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"The technique makes it possible for the first time to remove large organic molecules from associated structures and place them elsewhere in a controlled manner," explains Dr. Ruslan Temirov from Jülich's Peter Grünberg Institute. This brings the scientists ...

Novel 3D printing process enables metal additive manufacturing for consumer market

November 6, 2014 2:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lower-cost 3D printers for the consumer market offer only a limited selection of plastic materials, while industrial additive manufacturing (AM) machines can print parts made of high-performance metals. The application of a novel process ...

This robot makes you feel like a 'ghost' is in the room

November 6, 2014 2:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

People don't really tend to see ghosts or guardian angels as much as "feel" them, and now researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on November 6 think they know where that "feeling of a presence" (FoP) phenomenon comes from....

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Caltech rocket experiment finds surprising cosmic light

November 6, 2014 2:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using an experiment carried into space on a NASA suborbital rocket, astronomers at Caltech and their colleagues have detected a diffuse cosmic glow that appears to represent more light than that produced by known galaxies in the universe....

Transitions between states of matter: It's more complicated, scientists find

November 6, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The seemingly simple process of phase changes--those transitions between states of matter--is more complex than previously known, according to research based at Princeton University, Peking University and New York University. Their study ...

Microsoft releases Office apps for iPhones, iPads

November 6, 2014 2:38 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft is releasing new, beefed-up versions of its popular Office software apps for iPhones and iPads, part of the company's push to stay relevant to workers in an increasingly mobile world. It's also working on new versions for Android tablets....

Synthetic biology is key for long-term manned space missions

November 6, 2014 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Does synthetic biology hold the key to manned space exploration of Mars and the Moon? Berkeley Lab researchers have used synthetic biology to produce an inexpensive and reliable microbial-based alternative to the world's most effective ...

Virgin Galactic looks to resume tests in 2015

November 6, 2014 1:00 pm | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press | Comments

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO says....

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Cybersecurity firm IDs new Apple-targeting malware

November 6, 2014 12:52 pm | by TOM MURPHY, AP Business Writer | Comments

Palo Alto Networks has discovered a new form of malware that may have affected hundreds of thousands of Apple mobile device users, largely in China. The cybersecurity provider has named the malware WireLurker and said it monitors devices connected....

Photos of the Day: The "ambulance drone"

November 6, 2014 9:38 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

When we think of drones, we’ve come to expect either soulless killing machines, toys for hobbyists, or an invasion of our privacy. We’ve never thought of them as live-saving miracle workers, but that’s exactly what a Dutch-based student unveiled last week....

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