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Asteroid impacts on Earth make structurally bizarre diamonds

November 25, 2014 11:52 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists have argued for half a century about the existence of a form of diamond called lonsdaleite, which is associated with impacts by meteorites and asteroids. A group of scientists based mostly at Arizona State University now show that what ...

Obama presents the National Medals of Science, Technology and Innovation

November 25, 2014 11:48 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At a White House ceremony last Thursday, President Obama presented the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The awards ...

Physicists and chemists work to improve digital memory technology

November 25, 2014 11:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The improvements in random access memory that have driven many advances of the digital age owe much to the innovative application of physics and chemistry at the atomic scale. Accordingly, a team led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers has ...

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How does the brain react to virtual reality?

November 25, 2014 10:41 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

UCLA neurophysicists have found that space-mapping neurons in the brain react differently to virtual reality than they do to real-world environments. Their findings could be significant for people who use virtual reality for gaming, military, commercial ...

Here's what the astronauts are having for Thanksgiving

November 25, 2014 10:38 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

On Thursday, while you're nestled in your home, enjoying food with friends and family, take a minute to think about how lucky you are that your Thanksgiving turkey isn't freeze-dried. The crew on the International Space Station (ISS) consists of Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore...

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Unmanned vehicle provides first 3-D images of underside of Antarctic ice

November 25, 2014 10:34 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research team has successfully tested an autonomous underwater vehicle, AUV, that can produce high-resolution, three-dimensional maps of Antarctic sea ice. SeaBED, as the vehicle is known, measured ...

How can students learn efficient materials concepts for solar cells?

November 25, 2014 10:26 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

How can students be efficiently introduced to materials concepts for solar cells? To date there is mainly basic literature about the physics of solar cells and there are specialized articles and books about certain types or classes of solar cell materials....

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Pathbreaking radio telescope project studies early universe

November 25, 2014 10:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Arizona State University has joined with 14 other institutions in Australia, India, New Zealand and the United States in a radio telescope project that focuses on the early universe and the birth and formation of the first galaxies. The radio telescope is the ...

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Unidentified country likely behind spying software

November 25, 2014 10:12 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Cyber-security researchers say they've identified a highly sophisticated computer hacking program that appears to have been used by an as-yet unidentified government to spy on banks, telecommunications companies, official agencies and other ...

LED lamps use only 7.5 watts of power

November 25, 2014 10:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Soraa (Fremont, CA) announced that it has upgraded the performance of its award-winning MR16 GU10 base 120V LED lamp line with the world’s most efficient LED — the company’s third generation GaN on GaN LED. Featuring the company’s ...

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All-in-one indicator features moisture seal for outdoor applications

November 25, 2014 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has developed a series of indicators that combine design flexibility and ease of assembly with ruggedness and reliability. The all-in-one CNX 714FV Series 14mm indicator utilizes FlexVolt Technology, enabling it to be used with ...

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LED connector range features mated footprint of 8.80mm x 11.00mm

November 25, 2014 9:15 am | Gct Semiconductor, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

GCT has expanded its range of White Lite LED lighting connectors. Engineered to be the perfect choice for LED strip light applications, the new BJ300 and 301 two position mating connector combinations offer reliable dual-contact design. LED ...

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Replacing mailmen with drones

November 25, 2014 8:58 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

When Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos announced his company’s plans in late 2013 to start offering 30 minute drone deliveries for packages weighing less than five pounds, many news outlets criticized his idea. In spite of this criticism, Amazon is now ...

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Army Cyber branch offers Soldiers new challenges

November 25, 2014 8:55 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Soldiers who want to defend the nation in cyberspace, as part of the Army's newest and most technologically advanced career field, now have an Army branch to join that will take its place alongside infantry, artillery, and the other Army combat arms ...

This is what it's like to fly in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle

November 25, 2014 8:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly in the cockpit of an F-15E Strike Eagle? Perhaps, like me, if you're not familiar with the fighter than you have not had this particular dream, but for many folks this video is as close as you're going ...

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