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New technique makes LEDs brighter, more resilient

March 19, 2014 3:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new processing technique that makes light emitting diodes (LEDs) brighter and more resilient by coating the semiconductor material gallium nitride (GaN) with a layer of phosphorus-derived acid.

Mobile devices add allure to March Madness at work

March 19, 2014 3:09 pm | by Ryan Nakashima - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Every year, the NCAA college basketball tournament gives employees a reason to goof off at their desks and root for their alma maters. But there's a growing source of potential headaches for bosses. Media companies like hosts CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s Turner are doing all they can to...

A ‘Back to the Future’ approach to taking action on climate change

March 19, 2014 2:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

. How can communities dodge future disasters from Mother Nature before she has dealt the blow? Researchers are taking a unique approach to the issue and gaining input and support from community stakeholders. Daniel Murphy, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of anthropology, will present findings on March 20, at the 74th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA) in Albuquerque, N.M

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Photos of the Day: The ship's bridge of the future

March 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by VTT | News | Comments

VTT and Rolls-Royce have joined forces to imagine what the ship of a bridge will look like in the year 2025. As depicted, there was a heavy emphasis on augmented reality displays and personlizations. Each design came from studies of crew operations and ideas from current crews.

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A majority prefers letting computers decide

March 19, 2014 2:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Bonn: We tend to avoid human relationships in risky private business transactions. When individuals engage in risky business transactions with each other, they may end up being disappointed. This is why they'd rather leave the decision on how to divvy up jointly-owned monies to a computer than to their business partner

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Sorption energy storage and conversion for cooling and heating

March 19, 2014 1:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New materials and technologies are making it possible to utilize thermal energy more efficiently. Visit Hall 13 at the Hannover Messe (April 7-11) to find out how researchers from the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance are applying this to heat and cool spaces and industrial processes.

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Nanotube composites increase the efficiency of next generation of solar cells

March 19, 2014 1:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes are becoming increasingly attractive for photovoltaic solar cells as a replacement to silicon. Researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have discovered that controlled placement of the carbon nanotubes into nano-structures produces a huge boost in electronic performance. Their groundbreaking results are published in the prestigious journal Advanced Materials.

GPS also helps to analyze global water resources

March 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

WaterGAP (Water Global Assessment and Prognosis) is a hydrological model used to model water shortage, groundwater depletion, and floods and droughts (e.g. as impacted by climate change) over the land area of the globe. The Frankfurt hydrologist Prof. Petra Döll has examined how good a fit this model provides, using GPS observations and data from the GRACE satellite, which measures the gravitational field of the Earth.

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Edward Snowden: Your villain, my hero?

March 19, 2014 12:09 pm | by AllVoices | News | Comments

When the world's most famous whistle-blower Edward Snowden [Unlink] decided to hot foot it across the world in possession of a wealth of the NSA's secrets the reasons behind his actions were clear. Feeling that security organizations such as the...

Japan energy storage subsidies to spark market growth

March 19, 2014 11:44 am | by Sam Wilkinson, IHS research manager for Energy Storage | News | Comments

The introduction of subsidies for consumers and businesses installing energy storage in Japan and Germany is forecast to spark a drive to install the systems and help drive down costs just as they did for the solar PV industry over the past decade.

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Three-phase medium power film capacitors suit PFC, AC filtering applications

March 19, 2014 11:33 am | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, SC) has released the FLB Series medium power film capacitors.  Packaged in a cylindrical aluminum can with terminals that enable direct, three-phase, internal wire connection, FLB Series capacitors are comprised of

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PNNL joins national consortium creating hydrogen infrastructure

March 19, 2014 11:12 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | News | Comments

The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has joined a consortium of automakers, energy companies, government laboratories, and others that aims to accelerate the rollout of an infrastructure for hydrogen-powered vehicles and related technologies. The development comes a...

Power supply unit is designed for CompactPCI Serial

March 19, 2014 11:11 am | Schroff | Product Releases | Comments

Pentair (Straubenhardt) has created a 'quasi' standard for pluggable Schroff CompactPCI Serial PSUs and developed an AC PSU with a wide input voltage range. The PICMG has defined the power supply arrangements for CompactPCI Serial as

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IBM's Watson to help sequence cancer DNA

March 19, 2014 11:09 am | by Bree Fowler - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM is teaming up with the New York Genome Center to help fight brain cancer. The company said Wednesday that its Watson cloud computing system will be used in partnership with a New York-based genetic research center mainly to help sequence DNA for the treatment of glioblastoma, the most common...

Professors determine successful software programming aids

March 19, 2014 11:05 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The success of having software programmers work in pairs greatly depends on the ability level of those individual programmers, two UT Arlington College of Business professors have written in a recently released paper. The paper also concluded that using design patterns can greatly improve the quality of software programs and the productivity of programmers.

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