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Our cups runneth over – the hoverboard is real!

October 21, 2014 | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, the pinnacle of nerd fantasies has come true — the hoverboard is real! Next year is 2015, which means we’ve finally caught up to Back to the Future II — and its quasi-plausible vision of the future. How’d it do? Well, we don’t have flying cars....

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Some scientists share better than others

October 22, 2014 5:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some scientists share better than others. While astronomers and geneticists embrace the concept, the culture of ecology still has a ways to go. Research by Michigan State University, published in the current issue of Bioscience, explores the paradox....

New 3-D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

October 22, 2014 4:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

At first glance, the static, greyscale display created by a group of researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China might not catch the eye of a thoughtful consumer in a market saturated with flashy, colorful electronics....

UNL researcher wins federal grant for groundbreaking solar energy project

October 22, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The gap between solar energy's promise and fruition once seemed equal to the distance separating its source from the Earth. That gap has narrowed significantly in recent years and work continues to close it further. Jinsong Huang, associate professor of mechanical ...

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The top 20 US cities for tech startups

October 22, 2014 4:03 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

When you think of tech startups, you probably think Northern California. Companies there receive the largest share of funding from venture capitalists, but there are several other notable pockets around the country. In the first nine months of the year ...

This is what it’s like to be an aerial photographer

October 22, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

They’re the unsung heroes of the sky — the men and women flying alongside the studs piloting some of the most advanced aerial systems in the world. Their purpose? To take stunning aerial photography  ... though that meager description does them a disservice....

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This mouse of the future requires your whole body

October 22, 2014 3:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you thought Leap Motion was going to be the mouse of the future (ok, I thought it was) then you should brace yourself for what could be the next big thing in the world of the mouse. The Dynamic Chair is a full-body chair designed to replace the traditional mouse....

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Is Apple Pay really all that?

October 22, 2014 2:50 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Blogs | Comments

The hype around Apple Pay is overblown. I'm generally not impressed when Android users scream from the mountaintop that they've had this or that feature for years. Having used a number of high-end Android phones, I know what first to market means....

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Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

October 22, 2014 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges. Carbon nanotubes have been touted as exceptional materials with unique properties....

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Ph.D. designs new devices based on metamaterials

October 22, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Víctor Torres Landivar, Telecommunications engineer, has designed and manufactured new devices based on metamaterials (artificial materials with properties not found in nature). On drawing up his PhD, defended at the Public University of Navarre ...

A 'Star Wars' laser bullet -- this is what it really looks like

October 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its surroundings? The answers lie in a film made at the Laser Centre....

Grid-connected signal controller designed for IoT applications

October 22, 2014 1:56 pm | Semitec Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Semitech Semiconductor (Melbourne, Australia) announced its new SM2480. A single-chip, grid-connected signal controller, the SM2480 is ideal for solar inverters, smart lighting LED ballasts, home and building automation and other SCADA....

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Discrete-to-digital sensor features internal lightning protection

October 22, 2014 1:47 pm | Holt Integrated Circuits | Product Releases | Comments

Holt Integrated Circuits (Mission Viejo, CA) announced a new discrete-to-digital sensor IC, HI-8429, an 8-channel device with programmable sense channels and internal lightning protection. The sense input thresholds are programmable....

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Turning waste from whisky-making into fuel

October 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based ...

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Adaptive-zoom riflescope has push-button magnification

October 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When an Army Special Forces officer-turned engineer puts his mind to designing a military riflescope, he doesn't forget the importance of creating something for the soldiers who will carry it that is easy to use, extremely accurate, light-weight and has ...

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Supercomputers create new window into the early universe

October 22, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using two world-class supercomputers, the researchers were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach by simulating the formation of a massive galaxy at the dawn of cosmic time. The ALMA radio telescope – which stands at an elevation....

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