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Sweden targets Pirate Bay again after complaint

December 10, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Swedish police have raided a server room in Stockholm in an action targeting the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. Police spokesman Paul Pinder said Wednesday the raid took place after Rights Alliance, a Swedish Internet anti-piracy group ...

Mouser announces expanded partnership and portfolio with Hittite Microwave Products from Analog Devices

December 9, 2014 4:46 pm | by Mouser Electronics | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading global distributor and developer's top choice for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced that they have expanded their strategic partnership and worldwide distribution agreement with Analog Devices ...

Publisher hopes to sell books through Twitter

December 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A leading book publisher is hoping that Twitter will not only help promote books, but sell them directly. Hachette Book Group announced Monday that it has teamed with the e-commerce platform Gumroad. The deal will allow Twitter users ...

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Scientists re-create what may be life's first spark

December 9, 2014 9:29 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what might have been the original spark of life on Earth. The researchers zapped clay and a chemical soup with the laser to simulate the energy of a speeding asteroid smashing into the planet....

Light propagation in solar cells made visible

December 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

How can light which has been captured in a solar cell be examined in experiments? Jülich scientists have succeeded in looking directly at light propagation within a solar cell by using a trick. The photovoltaics researchers are working on periodic nanostructures that ...

New technique offers spray-on solar power

December 8, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Pretty soon, powering your tablet could be as simple as wrapping it in cling wrap. That's Illan Kramer's hope. Kramer and colleagues have just invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using miniscule light-sensitive materials known a ...

Computers that teach by example

December 8, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society's conference next week, MIT researchers ...

45-year physics mystery shows a path to quantum transistors

December 8, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An odd, iridescent material that's puzzled physicists for decades turns out to be an exotic state of matter that could open a new path to quantum computers and other next-generation electronics. Physicists at the University of Michigan have discovered or confirmed ...

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X-ray laser acts as tool to track life's chemistry

December 8, 2014 2:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international research team that includes researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has captured the highest-resolution protein snapshots ever taken with an X-ray laser, revealing how a key protein in a photosynthetic ...

How many atoms does it take to predict the thermal expansion of liquid metals?

December 8, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The ability to predict macroscopic physical and chemical properties from information derived at the micro-scale or atomic scale for various kinds of materials has yet to be perfected in the field of materials physics and chemistry. Although macro-scopic ...

Finding the Achilles' heel of GaN-based LEDs in harsh radiation environments

December 8, 2014 1:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) based devices are attractive for harsh environment electronics because of their high chemical and the mechanical stability of GaN itself that has a higher atomic displacement energy than other semiconductor materials....

New research will help robots know their limits

December 8, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of UK researchers is embarking on a collaborative project to ensure that the autonomous robots we build in the future will be safer, making decisions that are ethical and follow legislation on robotics. Robots that can think and act without ...

Evidence of life on Mars?

December 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In 2012 the Mars Science Laboratory landed in the fascinating Gale crater. The Gale crater is of such great interest because of the 5.5 km high mountain of layered materials in the middle. This material tells an intricate story of the history of Mars, perhaps ...

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High engagement in comment sections can curb internet trolling

December 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scrolling through the comments section on a news site is like seeing a verbal war before your eyes. Internet trolls flourish in an anonymous world, so much so that sites like Reuters and Popular Science have done away with the comment sections altogether....

Is natural gas a 'bridge' to a hotter future?

December 8, 2014 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Natural gas power plants produce substantial amounts of gases that lead to global warming. Replacing old coal-fired power plants with new natural gas plants could cause climate damage to increase over the next decades, unless their methane leakage ...

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