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A superconductor-surrogate earns its stripes

November 19, 2013 12:18 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Understanding superconductivity – whereby certain materials can conduct electricity without any loss of energy – has proved to be one of the most persistent problems in modern physics. Scientists have struggled for decades to develop a cohesive theory of superconductivity...

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Like other offenses, cyberdeviance and cybercrime seem to start and peak in the teen years

November 19, 2013 12:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Tech-y teens, often more curious than criminal, are likely to start turning their talents to cyberdeviance and cybercrime at about age 15, with such activities peaking at about age 18. That's according to a snapshot survey by University of Cincinnati researchers....

SlipChip counts molecules with chemistry and a cell phone

November 19, 2013 12:07 pm | by California Institute of Technology | News | Comments

In developing nations, rural areas, and even one's own home, limited access to expensive equipment and trained medical professionals can impede the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Many qualitative tests that provide a simple "yes" or "no" answer (like an at-home pregnancy test) have been optimized for use in these resource-limited settings.

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Optimizing electronic correlations for superconductivity

November 19, 2013 12:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The decades-long effort to create practical superconductors moved a step forward with the discovery at Rice University that two distinctly different iron-based compounds share common mechanisms for moving electrons. Samples from two classes of iron-based superconductors, pnictides and chalcogenides, employ similar coupling....

Chaotic physics in ferroelectrics hints at brain-like computing

November 19, 2013 12:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Unexpected behavior in ferroelectric materials explored by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory supports a new approach to information storage and processing. Ferroelectric materials are known for their ability to spontaneously switch polarization when an electric field is applied.

New program offers blueprint and 'Golden Rules' for increasing sustainable electricity in developing country governments

November 19, 2013 12:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The first hybrid wind-diesel electricity park in Ecuador's famed Galápagos World Heritage Site, built by the private sector in partnership with the national and local governments, has for the past five years successfully reduced costly diesel imports to San Cristóbal Island by a third....

Enabling flexible, cost-effective testing of tire-pressure monitoring systems and other automotive subsystems

November 19, 2013 11:43 am | by Hock Yew Yeap, Agilent Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Passenger safety is a major element of every automotive design. This focus is supported by ongoing efforts to enhance safety-related features, either as a competitive advantage in the marketplace or in response to government requirements. One such mandated feature is the tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS)....

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Hyundai to sell hydrogen-powered SUV in 2014

November 19, 2013 11:32 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

For years, the joke in the auto industry was that a mass-produced car that runs on hydrogen was always a decade away. That will change next year when Hyundai starts selling a Tucson SUV powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. It will be the first mass-market vehicle of its type to be sold or leased in the U.S.  

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Honda counts on lean production for hybrid Fit

November 19, 2013 11:30 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Honda is making a big push with its new Fit subcompact to get out of being the perennial also-ran of hybrid cars to Japanese rival Toyota, the maker of the Prius. It's a challenge hinged on making the technology affordable. Hybrids deliver fuel efficiency by switching between a gasoline engine and an electric motor, depending on driving conditions but cost more than gasoline cars.

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US safety agency opens probe into Tesla fires

November 19, 2013 11:26 am | by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety watchdog is investigating whether Tesla's Model S electric car is vulnerable to fires because roadway debris can pierce the car's underbody and battery. The National Highway Traffic Administration, which announced the probe early Tuesday, is looking into two incidents in which Model S drivers struck metal objects on highways.

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Uncertainties abound in Fukushima decommissioning

November 19, 2013 11:23 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's costly, risky and dependent on technologies that have yet to be fully developed. A decades-long journey filled with unknowns lies ahead for Japan, which took a small step this week toward decommissioning its crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. Nobody knows exactly how much fuel melted after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems.

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Jury set to decide how much Samsung owes Apple

November 19, 2013 11:21 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury is set Tuesday to begin deciding behind closed doors how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. Apple is demanding $380 million. Samsung counters that it only owes $52 million for using features such as "pinch-to-zoom" in 13 older-generation products.

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Medical LED provides better light for operating rooms

November 19, 2013 10:42 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

The new Osram Ostar Medical from Osram Opto Semiconductors is the first LED component with a high color-rendering index (CRI) of 95 and the capability of adjusting the temperature of the color white. This makes it ideal for medical applications such as operating rooms....

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Photos of the Day: Pressure cooking to improve electric car batteries

November 19, 2013 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Batteries that power electric cars have problems. They take a long time to charge. The charge doesn't hold long enough to drive long distances. They don't allow drivers to quickly accelerate. They are big and bulky. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have redesigned the component materials of the battery in an environmentally friendly way....

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10W integrated RGBW LED eases color mixing, simplifies integration

November 18, 2013 3:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SemiLEDs Corporation announced the introduction and release of the 10-Watt M63 RGBW integrated 6363 LED. The 4-channel M63 RGBW delivers over 410 total lumens of combined red, green, blue and white light output.

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