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Solar-power device would use heat to enhance efficiency

January 20, 2014 1:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new approach to harvesting solar energy, developed by MIT researchers, could improve efficiency by using sunlight to heat a high-temperature material whose infrared radiation would then be collected by a conventional photovoltaic cell. This technique could also make it easier to store the energy for later use, the researchers say.

Electric drive vehicles have little impact on emissions

January 20, 2014 1:34 pm | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

A new study from North Carolina State University indicates that even a sharp increase in the use of electric drive passenger vehicles (EDVs) by 2050 would not significantly reduce emissions of high-profile air pollutants carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides.

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Keeping whales safe in sound

January 20, 2014 1:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A step-by-step guide to reducing impacts on whales and other marine species during seismic sea floor surveys has been developed by experts with IUCN's Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel (WGWAP) and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. In a study published in the journal Aquatic Mammals the authors present the most thorough, robust and practical approach....

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Island channel could power about half of Scotland, studies show

January 20, 2014 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Renewable tidal energy sufficient to power about half of Scotland could be harnessed from a single stretch of water off the north coast of the country, engineers say. Researchers have completed the most detailed study yet of how much tidal power could be generated by turbines placed in the Pentland Firth....

Implanted sensors monitor cerebral pressure

January 20, 2014 1:26 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

If the pressure in a patient’s brain is too high, physicians implant a system in the head that regulates the pressure. A sensor can now measure and individually adjust brain pressure. The sensor system is approved for use as ...   

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Peeking into Schrodinger's box

January 20, 2014 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Until recently measuring a 27-dimensional quantum state would have been a time-consuming, multistage process using a technique called quantum tomography, which is similar to creating a 3D image from many 2D ones. Researchers at the University of Rochester have been able to apply a recently developed, alternative method called direct measurement....

12,000 lb test craft dropped 8,000 ft

January 20, 2014 1:24 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Engineers and safety specialists from NASA and Space Exploration Technologies gathered in Morro Bay, Calif., in late December to demonstrate how the company's Dragon spacecraft's parachute system would function in the event of an ... 

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SKorea credit card data theft highlights lapses

January 20, 2014 1:21 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A massive theft of customer data from three major credit card firms in South Korea has shown security lapses in the financial industry. First revealed by prosecutors, the theft of information linked to 80 million credit cards such as salaries, monthly card usage, credit rating and card numbers has sparked widespread public concern.

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Nuclear power unpredictable, Fukushima engineer warns in Taiwan

January 20, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese engineer who helped build part of the Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 reactor said in Taiwan on Wednesday that the safety of nuclear power plants is unpredictable, urging Taiwan to ditch atomic energy for renewable resources. Mitsuhiko Tanaka, who arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday with a delegation of Japanese parliamentarians...

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Low-priced "generic" home appliances gaining popularity

January 20, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

So-called "generic" home appliances have become popular among Japanese consumers placing priority on low prices and practicality over multiple functions and brands. Generic home appliances use older generations of technologies and have limited functions while maintaining basic features. The name "generic" is believed to have come from "generic" drugs.

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Expanded ethernet switch family offers robust network communication

January 20, 2014 1:11 pm | Aitech | Product Releases | Comments

Aitech Defense Systems has expanded its line of rugged, managed Gigabit Ethernet switches to include several new versions. In addition to the original 6U CompactPCI (C660) version, Aitech now offers managed Gigabit Ethernet switches in 6U VPX (C670), 3U VPX (C680) and XMC (M620) formats.

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Scientists hope comet-chaser spacecraft wakes up

January 20, 2014 12:45 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Europe's Rosetta probe is due to wake up from years of hibernation Monday, but scientists face an agonizing wait of several hours until the first signal reaches Earth and they can celebrate a new milestone in their unprecedented mission to land a spacecraft on a comet.

High court takes cases on cellphone searches

January 20, 2014 12:42 pm | by MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether police need a warrant to search the cellphones of people they have arrested. The court will hear two cases in which criminal defendants were convicted and sentenced to lengthy prison terms at least in part on the strength of evidence obtained by warrantless searches of their cellphones.

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Photos of the Day: Silicon Valley sees shortage of EV charge stations

January 20, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

An increasing number of electric-vehicle driving employees at Silicon Valley companies are finding it hard to access car-charging stations at work, creating incidents of "charge rage" among drivers. Installation of electric vehicle charging ports at some companies has not kept pace with soaring demand....

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Court: Bloggers have First Amendment protections

January 20, 2014 12:38 pm | by JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial in a defamation lawsuit....

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