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Taking aircraft manufacturing out of the oven

April 14, 2015 1:46 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Composite materials used in aircraft wings and fuselages are typically manufactured in large, industrial-sized ovens: Multiple polymer layers are blasted with temperatures up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit, and solidified to form a solid, resilient material. Using this ...

Graphene pushes the speed limit of light-to-electricity conversion

April 14, 2015 1:44 pm | by ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences | News | Comments

The efficient conversion of light into electricity plays a crucial role in many technologies, ranging from cameras to solar cells. It also forms an essential step in data communication applications, since it allows for information carried by light to be ...

Study shows novel pattern of electrical charge movement through DNA

April 14, 2015 1:40 pm | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

Electrical charges not only move through wires, they also travel along lengths of DNA, the molecule of life. The property is known as charge transport. In a new study appearing in the journal Nature Chemistry, authors, Limin Xiang, Julio Palma ...

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Assistant professor addresses philosophical questions of machines, research

April 14, 2015 1:36 pm | by Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Benjamin C. Jantzen, an assistant professor of philosophy in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech, has won a 2015 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Award to study how to enable machines to ...

Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies

April 14, 2015 1:33 pm | by Penn State | News | Comments

After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from NASA's WISE orbiting observatory has found no evidence of advanced civilizations in them. "The idea behind our research is that, if an ...

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Comet lander's measurements weaken space magnetism theory

April 14, 2015 1:28 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Whatever caused small space rocks to lump together billions of years ago, magnetism is unlikely to be the reason. Scientists said Tuesday that measurements made by the European space probe Philae, which landed on ...

This year's fight for the tech industry: Patent trolls

April 14, 2015 1:25 pm | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology....

IC scanner and micro near field probes up to 60 µm resolution

April 14, 2015 1:06 pm | by Langer EMV-Technik GmbH | Product Releases | Comments

The ICS 105 IC scanner can be used together with the ICR near-field microprobes to measure high-frequency near fields above integrated circuits (ICS 105 GND set) and small modules (ICS 105 UH set). The analysis of an IC's near fields provides a better understanding of what happens inside the IC at high frequencies. The measurements ...

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Aluminium-ion battery can charge a smartphone in one minute

April 14, 2015 12:16 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor in Chief, WDD, @JMooneyWDD | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever sat around waiting for your cell phone to charge? For me, it's a painful wait. If I'm really in a rush, I'll even turn my phone on airplane mode, because according to I-don't-know-who, it charges faster that way. If you've ever sat waiting for some juice ...

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Executive warns future generation of women at risk of getting pushed out of STEM jobs

April 14, 2015 10:03 am | News | Comments

According to Verizon, technology skills will be required in 80% of all jobs in the next decade. (1) However, the chance for a future generation of women to occupy and excel in these positions is being impeded by social perceptions that STEM ...

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HotSpot Episode: High-tech armor monitors damage to combatant

April 14, 2015 9:58 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

Sydney-based startup Unified Weapons Master (UWM) is developing a full-contact weapons-based fighting competition that uses extremely high-tech suits of armor to protect the combatants while providing real-time updates on how badly ...

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X-ray study images structural damage in lithium-ion batteries

April 14, 2015 9:40 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY | News | Comments

Charging lithium-ion batteries too quickly can permanently reduce the battery capacity. Portions of the energy storage structure are thereby destroyed and deactivated. These structural changes have been visualized for the first time by DESY researcher Dr Ulrike Bösenberg along with ...

Hackers keep trying new targets in search of easy data

April 14, 2015 9:34 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The health care sector has become the hot target for hackers in recent months, according to researchers at Symantec, a leading cybersecurity company that says it's also seeing big increases in "spear-phishing," "ransomware" and efforts to exploit newly ...

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China goes on the attack with the “Great Cannon”

April 14, 2015 9:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Not content with merely blocking their own citizens’ unfettered internet access, China has gone to the source, targeting the websites and servers which attempt to circumvent the infamous “Great Firewall of China.” Researchers have dubbed this new attack infrastructure the “Great Cannon”....

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'Space-age' research looks to provide new human health insights

April 14, 2015 8:18 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

Imagine if all of your physiological changes were hyper accelerated so that you passed through life cycles in weeks as opposed to decades. You'd be able to grow a beard overnight or your hair might begin graying in a matter of days or maybe menopause would come ...

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