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One planet, 2 stars: New research shows how circumbinary planets form

January 31, 2014 2:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine would have formed far from its current location in the Star Wars universe, a new University of Bristol study into its real world counterparts, observed by the Kepler space telescope, suggests. Like the fictional Star Wars planet, Kepler-34(AB)b is a circumbinary planet, so-called because its orbit encompasses two stars.


Quantum dots provide complete control of photons

January 31, 2014 2:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

By emitting photons from a quantum dot at the top of a micropyramid, researchers at Linköping University are creating a polarized light source for such things as energy-saving computer screens and wiretap-proof communications. Polarized light – where all the light waves oscillate on the same plane – forms the foundation for technology such as LCD displays....


An electronic tongue can identify brands of beer

January 31, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Spanish researchers have managed to distinguish between different varieties of beer using an electronic tongue. The discovery, published in the journal 'Food Chemistry', is accurate in almost 82% of cases. Beer is the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drink in the world. Now, scientists at the Autonomous University of Barcelona have led a study....


'Attention on the flight deck': What doctors can learn from pilots about communication

January 31, 2014 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

As computers become common in medical examination rooms across the United States, a new study explores the role this technology plays in the doctor-patient relationship. The researchers looked to aviation, with its long history of success in complex communication between humans and machines, as an exemplar that may provide useful strategies to improve communication in the exam room.


Los Angeles Unified School District gets lower price for thousands of iPads

January 31, 2014 1:38 pm | by Associated Press, Los Angeles | News | Comments

Los Angeles Unified School District is getting a break on the price of thousands of iPads, as it continues the rollout of a $1 billion plan to provide the tablets to all students. The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday ( ) that under a deal with Apple, the district would save $200 each on iPads that will be used on new state tests, although the computers won't include curriculum.  

Study shows autistic brains create more information at rest

January 31, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research from Case Western Reserve University and University of Toronto neuroscientists finds that the brains of autistic children generate more information at rest – a 42% increase on average. The study offers a scientific explanation for the most typical characteristic of autism – withdrawal into one's own inner world.

UH researcher works on plant-based plastics

January 31, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A researcher with the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering has begun work to develop plant-based plastics and rubbers, preparing for a future when petroleum -- currently the feedstock for most plastics -- isn't so readily available. Megan Robertson, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, received a $500,000 grant....

Faster X-ray technology paves the way for better catalysts

January 31, 2014 1:06 pm | News | Comments

By using a novel X-ray technique, researchers have observed a catalyst surface at work in real time and were able to resolve its atomic structure in detail. The new technique, pioneered at DESY's X-ray light source PETRA III, may pave the way for the design of better catalysts and other materials on the atomic level.


Prince Charles slams climate-change deniers

January 31, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

Prince Charles has called people who deny human-made climate change a "headless chicken brigade" who are ignoring overwhelming scientific evidence. The heir to the British throne, a dedicated environmentalist, accused "powerful groups of deniers" of mounting "a barrage of sheer intimidation" against opponents.

Cameron: UK public has shrugged off NSA leaks

January 31, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday he believes the British public has largely shrugged off the espionage disclosures of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, telling lawmakers that people seem to be satisfied that U.K. spies are doing their jobs.

Just how bad are America’s infrastructure problems?

January 31, 2014 12:55 pm | by Mike Collins | Blogs | Comments

Ever since the financial industry pushed the economy over the cliff and into the Great Recession, there has been a debate about investing in rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But just what is infrastructure and how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?


Spy agency reportedly kept tabs on passengers at a major Canadian airport

January 31, 2014 11:21 am | by Associated Press, Toronto | News | Comments

A secret document leaked by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden shows Canada's electronic spy agency used information gleaned from a free internet service at a Canadian airport to track the wireless devices of thousands of airline passengers.

Military Radar Summit

January 31, 2014 11:10 am | Events

In its 7th year, the event is the only one of its kind in North America that focuses solely on advancing military radar capabilities. This event will bring together the most influential and knowledgeable radar experts in order to discuss the future measures and strategies for Developing the Next-Generation Military Radar while Maintaining and Advancing Current Systems.


Control IC reduces part count for high-performance dimming applications

January 31, 2014 10:19 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the IRS2983 control IC for single-stage Flyback and Buck-Boost topologies used in LED drivers and power supplies. The IRS2983 employs primary side regulation that reduces component count and simplifies design by eliminating the opto-isolator and other components necessary for isolated feedback for fixed loads.


Breakthrough Technologies Driving Successful Energy Harvesting-Powered Products

January 31, 2014 10:09 am | Events

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Energy Harvesting Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2014 titled: “Breakthrough Technologies Driving Successful Energy Harvesting-Powered Products.” The session will take place on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Fort Worth, Texas Convention Center.



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