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Transparent, color solar cells fuse energy, beauty

March 5, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Colorful, see-through solar cells invented at the University of Michigan could one day be used to make stained-glass windows, decorations and even shades that turn the sun's energy into electricity. The cells, believed to be the first semi-transparent, colored photovoltaics, have the potential to vastly broaden the use of the energy source.


Research connects drug war violence in Mexico with desensitization in social media

March 5, 2014 9:06 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Amid  times of crisis, citizens often turn to social media as a method to share information, make observations and vent. But as a Georgia Tech professor’s research into social media use amid the Mexican drug war shows, posts can reveal growing numbness, or desensitization, during times of protracted violence and stress.

What makes flying snakes such gifted gliders?

March 5, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team of researchers exploring the aerodynamics of flying snakes finds that whirls of wind, the little vortices surrounding it, give them an extra lift. Animal flight behavior is an exciting frontier for engineers to apply knowledge of aerodynamics and to learn from nature's solutions to operating in the air.


3D scans map widespread fish disease

March 5, 2014 8:54 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Seventy-five per cent of antibiotics in Danish fish farms is used to treat fish with enteric redmouth disease. With the help of 3D scans, researchers at the University of Copenhagen have mapped how the fish are infected with the bacterium. The findings were recently published in the scientific publication PLOS ONE.

New jet-powered UAV is the future of asymmetrical warfare

March 5, 2014 8:09 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

While politicians and privacy advocates squabble over regulations for domestic drones, General Atomics has been hard at work developing the next unmanned terror of the skies for America’s foreign adversaries. Meet the Predator C Avenger, the future of asymmetrical warfare.


Fate of space programs and the ISS hangs in the balance with the conflict in Crimea

March 5, 2014 6:08 am | by AllVoices | News | Comments

The ongoing political upheaval in Ukraine and the escalation of unrest between Russia and the US could see aftereffects in the space programs related to the International Space Station because two cosmonauts, one of them from Crimea, and an American...

Google Glass still needs a killer app

March 5, 2014 1:10 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

Glass is still a pain to use, but a few apps reveal what it could become.Aside from the fact that it’s not yet publicly available, there are plenty of reasons to not wear Google Glass even if you get the chance. To name just a few: it’s expensive, it looks and feels weird, it doesn’t work...

Galactic gas stations

March 5, 2014 12:14 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Future lunar missions may be fueled by gas stations in space, according to MIT engineers: A spacecraft might dock at a propellant depot, somewhere between the Earth and the moon, and pick up extra rocket fuel before making its way to the lunar surface. Orbiting way stations could reduce the fuel...


Bitcoin bank closes after high-tech heist

March 4, 2014 8:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A bank specializing in bitcoins says it has closed after computer hackers robbed its digital currency. The closure of the Flexcoin bank comes just a week after the collapse of Mt. Gox, a major bitcoin exchange. Mt. Gox also linked its demise to an electronic heist. In a Tuesday notice, Flexcoin...

Watching for a Crimean cyberwar crisis

March 4, 2014 7:10 pm | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

An info-war is under way as websites are blocked and telecom cables to Crimea are mysteriously cut. Russia’s takeover of the Crimean peninsula has been accompanied by a elements of an information-control campaign: Telecom cables connecting that region to the rest of Ukraine have been severed....

‘Brain on Fire’ author describes her journey from darkness into light

March 4, 2014 6:16 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

In a talk before a packed audience at the Connecticut Mental Health Center auditorium,  Susannah Cahalan, New York Post journalist and author of “Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness,” recalled her psychological deterioration and her journey to find a correct diagnosis.

Report: Facebook in talks to acquire its own fleet of drones

March 4, 2014 6:08 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

If you like sinister Facebook conspiracy theories, a report today from the news blog TechCrunch provides you with a real doozy. Facebook is reportedly in serious talks to acquire a drone company called Titan Aerospace. The company makes solar-powered drones...

How 19th century physics could change the future of nanotechnology

March 4, 2014 5:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new twist on a very old physics technique could have a profound impact on one of the most buzzed-about aspects of nanoscience. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that their unique method of light-matter interaction analysis appears to be a good way of helping make better semiconductor nanowires.


Spiral galaxy spills blood and guts

March 4, 2014 5:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

This new Hubble image shows ESO 137-001, a galaxy located in the southern constellation of Triangulum Australe (The Southern Triangle) — a delicate and beautiful spiral galaxy, but with a secret. This image not only captures the galaxy and its backdrop in stunning detail, but also something more dramatic — intense blue streaks streaming outwards from the galaxy, seen shining brightly in ultraviolet light.

An environmentally friendly chemical reaction that does not waste any atoms

March 4, 2014 4:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new chemical synthesis for α-arylated Carbonyl derivatives was developed. Members of this class of substances typically possess interesting biological and pharmacological properties and often find applications as medicines. The new technique, which allows Carbonyl derivatives to be generated easily, efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner– without wasting any atoms –has raised significant scientific interest and awareness.


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