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Scientists explain how memories stick together

April 17, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains how neurons retain select memories a few hours after an event. This new framework provides a more complete picture of how memory works, which can inform research into disorders liked Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, post-traumatic stress and learning disabilities....

Making radiation-proof materials for electronics, power plants

April 17, 2014 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster made the dangers of radiation all too real. To avoid similar tragedies in the future, scientists are working to develop new radiation-proof materials for nuclear power plants, as well as for less obvious applications such as medical devices and airplanes....

Progress in the fight against quantum dissipation

April 17, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at Yale have confirmed a 50-year-old, previously untested theoretical prediction in physics and improved the energy storage time of a quantum switch by several orders of magnitude. They report their results in the April 17 issue of the journal Nature....

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Turning harmful gas into valuable fuels, chemicals

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A University of California, Riverside researcher is leading a team that won a nearly $500,000 grant to study a process that transforms harmful greenhouse gas emissions into valuable fuels and chemicals by using a unique catalyst. "The proposed approach is very attractive," said Arun Raju, an assistant research engineer at the Bourns College of Engineering....

Scientists capture ultrafast snapshots of light-driven superconductivity

April 17, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new study pins down a major factor behind the appearance of superconductivity—the ability to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency—in a promising copper-oxide material. Scientists used carefully timed pairs of laser pulses at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's Linac Coherent Light Source....

Meteorites yield clues to red planet's early atmosphere

April 17, 2014 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of these ancient rocks. Their study, published April 17 in the journal Nature, shows that the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged in important ways....

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Information storage for the next generation of plastic computers

April 17, 2014 11:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, thanks to research published on April 16 in the journal Nature Communications. The paper describes a new proposal by University of Iowa researchers....

Scientists observe quantum superconductor-metal transition and superconducting glass

April 17, 2014 11:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The article "Collapse of superconductivity in a hybrid tin–grapheme Josephson junction array'" (authors: Zheng Han, Adrien Allain, Hadi Arjmandi-Tash,Konstantin Tikhonov, Mikhail Feigelman, Benjamin Sacépé,Vincent Bouchiat, published in Nature Physics on March 30, 2014, DOI:10.1038/NPHYS2929)...

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Shape-shifting touchscreen buttons head to mass production

April 17, 2014 11:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

An iPad accessory launching later this year will bring transparent morphing buttons to the device’s screen to aid touch-typing.As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard....

Simplicity is key to co-operative robots

April 17, 2014 9:36 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A way of making hundreds - or even thousands - of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK. The team, working in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo), in the University's Faculty of Engineering...

Searching for dark energy with neutrons

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

All the particles we know to exist make up only about five per cent of the mass and energy of the universe. The rest – "Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy" – remains mysterious. A European collaboration lled by researchers from the Vienna University of Technology has now carried out extremely sensitive measurements....

'Kill switch' coming to all smartphones in 2015

April 17, 2014 9:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft took time out from bashing one another and stealing each other's trade secrets to agree on something Tuesday. Under an agreement just announced, the major smartphone manufacturers will include a "kill switch" on every phone...

Photos of the Day: Solar-powered plane to circle the globe

April 16, 2014 2:43 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg recently unveiled the Solar Impulse 2 which, in 2015, will become the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the globe. The Solar Impulse 2 will fly non-stop for 120 straight hours without stopping for food, fuel, or supplies (or bathroom breaks)....

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Wire inspection: As fast as a world-class sprinter

April 16, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The wire blank shoots from the drawing die which molds it into the desired shape. Up to ten meters per second, the workpiece is fast – and thus can keep pace with world-class runners like Usain Bolt. At these speeds, an in-line inspection – inspecting the workpiece during the production process...

Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking

April 16, 2014 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) the greatest danger to nuclear security comes from terrorists acquiring sufficient quantities of plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU) to construct a crude nuclear explosive device. The IAEA also notes that most cases of illicit nuclear trafficking...

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