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UNH scientists show 'breaking waves' perturb Earth's magnetic field

May 11, 2015 1:42 pm | by University of New Hampshire | Comments

The underlying physical process that creates striking "breaking wave" cloud patterns in our atmosphere also frequently opens the gates to high-energy solar wind plasma that perturbs Earth's magnetic field, or magnetosphere, which protects us from cosmic radiation....

Mirror, mirror on the wall: Smart mirrors boost sales

May 11, 2015 1:39 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | Comments

Imagine a fitting room with a "smart" mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video so you can compare the image side-by-side with other colorful shirts you try on. It might even show you how ...

Separating rare earth metals with UV light

May 11, 2015 10:11 am | by KU Leuven | Comments

Researchers from the KU Leuven Department of Chemical Engineering have discovered a method to separate two rare earth elements - europium and yttrium - with UV light instead of with traditional solvents. Their findings ...

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Electronic security tag for protecting valuable shipments

May 11, 2015 10:07 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Comments

In collaboration with its EU project partners, VTT has developed an electronic security tag, which can used to protect valuable shipments and enhance product safety in the future. By using a security tag equipped with sensors, the sender and the recipient can ensure ...

Electrons corralled using new quantum tool

May 8, 2015 2:21 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers have succeeded in creating a new "whispering gallery" effect for electrons in a sheet of graphene -- making it possible to precisely control a region that reflects electrons within the material. They say the accomplishment could provide a basic ...

UW researchers hack a teleoperated surgical robot to reveal security flaws

May 8, 2015 2:05 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

To make cars as safe as possible, we crash them into walls to pinpoint weaknesses and better protect the people who use them. That's the idea behind a series of experiments conducted by a University of Washington engineering team who hacked a ...

Penn and UC Merced researchers match physical and virtual atomic friction experiments

May 8, 2015 1:46 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Technological limitations have made studying friction on the atomic scale difficult, but researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Merced, have now made advances in that quest on two fronts.

Could mobile phone data help bring electricity to the developing world?

May 8, 2015 1:42 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | Comments

Lack of quality demographic data is a major obstacle to infrastructure planning in the developing world. In a recent study, a team of researchers from the Santa Fe Institute in the U.S., the University of Manchester in the U.K., and the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in ...

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Penn researchers develop custom artificial membranes with programmable surfaces

May 8, 2015 1:39 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells.

Photos of the Day: Altered-gravity aircraft inaugurated

May 8, 2015 1:22 pm | by European Space Agency (ESA) | Comments

ESA, France’s space agency CNES and the German aerospace centre DLR inaugurated the Airbus A310 ZERO-G refitted for altered gravity by running 12 scientific experiments this week. Repeatedly putting the aircraft on an ...

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Chemistry student involved in sun harvest breakthrough

May 8, 2015 1:01 pm | by Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen | Comments

The Sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only we knew how to harvest and save it. But storing sunshine is not trivial. Now a student at Department of Chemistry ...

MIT engineers hand 'cognitive' control to underwater robots

May 8, 2015 11:55 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

For the last decade, scientists have deployed increasingly capable underwater robots to map and monitor pockets of the ocean to track the health of fisheries, and survey marine habitats and species. In general, such robots are effective at carrying out ...

University of Houston launches plans for superconductor manufacturing institute

May 8, 2015 11:52 am | by University of Houston | Comments

The University of Houston will lead plans for an Advanced Superconductor Manufacturing Institute (ASMI), aimed at speeding the full commercialization of high-temperature superconductors. Energetics Inc. will support UH in this effort.

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Pandora wins appeal against songwriters society ASCAP

May 8, 2015 11:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Internet streaming service Pandora in a dispute with the songwriters rights society ASCAP. ASCAP - the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers - had been seeking to raise what Pandora pays ...

Drone use poised to expand to newsrooms despite FAA limits

May 8, 2015 11:44 am | by SALLY HO, Associated Press | Comments

Newsgathering by drone is gaining traction as an industry practice, but how the technology can actually be used to cover the news of the day is murky given its legal limitations. The emerging technology has been used in ...

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