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December 5, 2013 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Human beings don't come with power sockets, but a growing numbers of us have medical implants that run off electricity. To keep our bionic body parts from powering down, a group of Arizona researchers is developing a safe, noninvasive, and efficient means of wireless power transmission through body tissue.

Laser light at useful wavelengths from semiconductor nanowires

December 5, 2013 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thread-like semiconductor structures called nanowires, so thin that they are effectively one-dimensional, show potential as lasers for applications in computing, communications, and sensing. Scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have demonstrated laser action in semiconductor nanowires....

CERN, eat your heart out? U of A research team helps identify an interstellar particle accelerator

December 5, 2013 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Newly released research in Nature Communications from the University of Alberta has identified the existence of a giant cosmic accelerator above the Earth. By analyzing data from NASA's Van Allen probes, U of A physicist Ian Mann, together with his colleagues at NASA and other institutes, have been able to measure and identify the "smoking gun" of a planetary scale process....

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Engineering Update #36: Amazon's new drone delivery system

December 5, 2013 10:40 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

If you're already signed up for Amazon prime for its next-day delivery, you might want to get onboard the drone trend since Amazon says that's the next big thing in sales. The drones would be capable of carrying packages and orders under 5 pounds to any site within 10 miles of a fulfillment center.

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Laser light at useful wavelengths from semiconductor nanowires

December 5, 2013 10:36 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Thread-like semiconductor structures called nanowires, so thin that they are effectively one-dimensional, show potential as lasers for applications in computing, communications, and sensing. Scientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have demonstrated laser action in semiconductor nanowires....

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China bars banks from handling bitcoins

December 5, 2013 10:28 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Bitcoins suffered a new setback after China's central bank said Thursday its banks and payment systems are barred from handling the virtual currency.The central bank said bitcoins did not qualify as a currency but private individuals still are allowed to trade them at their own risk.

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3D-printed heart uses urine to power robot (seriously)

December 5, 2013 10:24 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the buzzword story of the year, researchers at the University of the West of England created a 3D-printed heart robot heart that runs on urine. That’s right, a printed organ that pumps pee through a robot. This hot topic cornucopia was actually the result of a theory that urine was capable of making electricity.

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SolarCity to back up solar with Tesla batteries

December 5, 2013 10:22 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The solar panel installer SolarCity is beginning to address one of solar power's big drawbacks: The sun doesn't always shine. The solution: big battery packs that will provide backup power while lowering electric bills. The supplier: electric car maker Tesla Motors, whose CEO Elon Musk is also the chairman of SolarCity.

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Photos of the Day: In your face, selfie! 'Science' also tops for 2013

December 5, 2013 10:14 am | by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Look alive, selfie. There's another word of the year that's not all about you. While Oxford University Press, the British publisher of the Oxford dictionaries, declared those little smartphone self-portraits its winner last month, the folks at Merriam-Webster announced "science" on Tuesday.

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Venezuela cyber crackdown ensnares Web's Bitly

December 5, 2013 10:13 am | by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelans have been scrambling for dollars for weeks, taking refuge in the greenback as their own currency is in free fall. Rather than address the economic imbalances behind the bolivar's plunge, the government is going after the bearers of the bad news — it's blocking websites people use to track exchange rates on the black market.

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Hand-held UV-AB meter includes wavelength from 290-390 nm

December 5, 2013 10:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anaheim Scientific today introduced the fifth model in its M-Series of mini-handheld environmental meters: The M150 – Mini UV-AB Meter. The M-Series are small handheld meters that make taking measurements out in the field easy and convenient.

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High-power drive rack provides up to 30 A

December 5, 2013 10:03 am | Aerotech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Aerotech’s Npaq 6U is a high-power drive rack that uses plug-in amplifiers supporting both linear and PWM topologies to control brushless, DC brush or stepper motors. PWM amps offer up to 320 VDC operating voltage and 30 A peak current capability. Linear amplifiers provide up to 80 V and 20 A peak current for high power, low-noise applications.

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How smart is your dog? Yale aims to find out

December 5, 2013 8:31 am | by Yale UniversityYale University | News | Comments

Didn’t get into Yale? Maybe your dog can. A new academic research unit called the Canine Cognition Center at Yale opens Dec. 9, and psychologists there are recruiting dogs of all breeds to participate in games designed to reveal what and how they think.

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Broadband in schools gets boost from tech gurus

December 4, 2013 4:27 pm | by KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer | News | Comments

Needed to keep a school building running these days: Water, electricity - and broadband. Interactive digital learning on laptops and tablets is replacing traditional textbooks in many cases. Students are taking computer-based tests instead of fill-in-the bubble exams.

Obama's fixer-upper website races to catch up

December 4, 2013 4:15 pm | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

It looks like President Barack Obama's fickle health insurance website is finally starting to put up some respectable sign-up numbers, but its job only seems to have gotten harder. Two months in and out of the repair shop have left significantly less time to fulfill the White House goal of...

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