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Los Alamos develops new technique for growing high-efficiency perovskite solar cells

January 30, 2015 12:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

This week in the journal Science, Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers reveal a new solution-based hot-casting technique that allows growth of highly efficient and reproducible solar cells from large-area perovskite crystals. "These perovskite crystals offer ...

Complex environments push 'brain' evolution

January 30, 2015 12:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Little animations trying to master a computer game are teaching neuroscience researchers how the brain evolves when faced with difficult tasks. Neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University have programmed animated critters that ...

New light-converting materials point to cheaper, more efficient solar power

January 30, 2015 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applications Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs....

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Building trustworthy big data algorithms

January 30, 2015 10:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Much of our reams of data sit in large databases of unstructured text. Finding insights among emails, text documents, and websites is extremely difficult unless we can search, characterize, and classify their text data in a meaningful way. One of the leading ...

MIT accepting applications for Integrated Design program

January 30, 2015 10:48 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Are you an engineer or businessperson looking to further your education? Starting in the fall semester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will offer a Master’s degree in Integrated Design, geared toward engineering, business and design professionals in the early ...

Making smart materials even smarter

January 30, 2015 10:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Pablo Tarazaga speaks of solid structures such as aluminum beams as if they were living organisms. From his unique mechanical engineering perspective Tarazaga, of Virginia Tech, wants to grow mechanical waves in solid, one- and two-dimensional materials to ...

Army, Air Force Joint Interoperability provides intelligence products for consumers

January 30, 2015 10:13 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

The U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command and the Air Force's 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing are taking the lead in guiding military intelligence units in the analysis of intelligence and creation of the clearest possible products for ...

`Anonymized' credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

January 30, 2015 9:48 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN and JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | Comments

Credit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included - and this is after companies "anonymized" the transaction ...

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How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?

January 30, 2015 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins. Those factors have left some investors ...

SXSW names Interactive Innovation Award Finalists

January 30, 2015 9:29 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A shark-detecting buoy, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs changing lives in Sudan, and a “thinking” music player were among the finalists for the South By Southwest (SXSW) Innovation Awards, to be presented for innovative developments in the Internet of Things, wearables ...

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Professor: UK must aspire to be best place in world to do science

January 30, 2015 8:10 am | by The University of Manchester | Comments

Science needs to have a higher cultural and political profile, if the UK is to really capitalise on its world leading position according to Professor Brian Cox OBE, the Royal Society’s newly appointed Professor for Public Engagement in Science at The University of Manchester....

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider gears up for run 2

January 29, 2015 5:11 pm | by CERN Press Office | Comments

CERN announced at the 174th session of the CERN Council that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is gearing up for its second three-year run. The LHC is the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world and the whole 27-kilometre superconducting machine is now ...

5 resources for STEM teachers

January 29, 2015 4:54 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter @abmdigi | Comments

With STEM careers taking off, STEM students need capable, confident teachers targeting all segments of the population. In a Town Hall conference call on Jan. 28, STEMconnector brought together representatives of advocacy organizations, educational seminars, and universities ...

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Drone maker restricts D.C. flights

January 29, 2015 4:10 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Comments

The maker of the drone that crash-landed on the White House lawn is reportedly publishing a firmware update that would restrict the quadcopters from flying within Washington, D.C.’s restricted airspace. The company, SZ DJI Technology Co. of Shenzhen, China ...

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Army equips Stryker unit with new communications technology

January 29, 2015 4:09 pm | by U.S. Army | Comments

Strykers in the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team/2nd Infantry Division, or 2/2 SBCT, are being retrofitted with the Army's new tactical communications network, increasing Soldiers' ability to communicate over greater distances, share mission data and maintain situational awareness....

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