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CU-Boulder hardware to support experiments launching to space station

December 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The University of Colorado Boulder will fly state-of-the-art hardware on the commercial SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launching to the International Space Station (ISS) Dec. 19 to support experiments designed to better understand why the virulence of some pathogens ...

Nanoshaping method points to future manufacturing technology

December 16, 2014 12:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new method that creates large-area patterns of three-dimensional nanoshapes from metal sheets represents a potential manufacturing system to inexpensively mass produce innovations such as "plasmonic metamaterials" for advanced technologies. The metamaterials ...

Comet landing named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year

December 16, 2014 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert!, courtesy of Physics World | Comments

The first ever landing of a man-made probe onto a comet has been named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for 2014. From a shortlist of 10 highly commended breakthroughs, the historic achievement by scientists working on the Rosetta mission ...

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Professor publishes fundamental study of nuclear radiation interactions

December 16, 2014 12:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The discoveries of the nuclear particle, the neutron, and shortly thereafter the fission reaction in uranium are among the most notable scientific and technological achievements in the 20th century. Nuclear science and engineering is now a global enterprise with ...

More-flexible digital communication

December 16, 2014 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Communication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with a precise number of bits. If sender and receiver -- say, a computer and a printer -- are off by even ...

Stanford faculty awarded seed grants for innovative energy research

December 16, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded eight seed grants totaling about $1.5 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy ...

Researchers use real data rather than theory to measure the cosmos

December 16, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time researchers have measured large distances in the Universe using data, rather than calculations related to general relativity. A research team from Imperial College London and the University of Barcelona has used data from astronomical surveys to ...

New simulator provides training in cybersecurity

December 16, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The system, presented and tested in Sweden a few weeks ago at a forum of experts in this field (the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm), is part of the SACO (Advanced Simulator for Organized Cyberdefense), a project from the INNPACTO subproject ...

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Light beams let data rates soar

December 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On the International Space Station, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is demonstrating how laser communications can ...

Live images from inside materials

December 16, 2014 12:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In medicine, X-rays provide high-resolution images of our insides to help doctors make a definitive diagnosis. Industry uses X-rays, too - as a reliable, non-destructive way of seeing what's hidden on inside materials and components and to check for ...

Mouser launches new motor control application site

December 16, 2014 10:48 am | by Mouser Electronics | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. today announced the introduction of their new Motor Control Applications site. Mouser's new applications site provides developers with the resources they need to learn about the latest advances in motor control, and the newest components ...

Photos of the Day: Low-cost alternatives to the F-35

December 16, 2014 10:07 am | by ECN Staff, @ecnonline | Comments

Canada (and a host of other allied nations) are wavering in their support in the F-35, and some, like our neighbors to the north, are actively considering alternatives, including the Eurofigher Typhoon (seen above), Dassault Rafale and Boeing Super Hornet. None of these ...

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Climate change could leave cities more in the dark

December 15, 2014 5:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Cities like Miami are all too familiar with hurricane-related power outages. But a Johns Hopkins University analysis finds climate change will give other major metro areas a lot to worry about in future storms. Johns Hopkins engineers created a ...

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Nuclear should be in the energy mix for biodiversity

December 15, 2014 5:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity. In an open letter to environmentalists with ...

Mobile radio passive radar makes harbors safer

December 15, 2014 5:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Airports are now subject to careful security surveillance, but many coastal towns and ports are not; they often lack radar installations to keep track of small boats, meaning terrorists could easily use speedboats to approach the coastline and bring explosives ...

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