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Computer program could help solve arson cases

April 25, 2014 9:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Sifting through the chemical clues left behind by arson is delicate, time-consuming work, but University of Alberta researchers teaming with RCMP scientists in Canada, have found a way to speed the process. A computer program developed by University of Alberta chemistry professor James Harynuk ...

Metabolism may have started in our early oceans before the origin of life

April 25, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The chemical reactions behind the formation of common metabolites in modern organisms could have formed spontaneously in the earth's early oceans, questioning the events thought to have led to the origin of life. In new research funded by the Wellcome Trust...

Traces of recent water on Mars

April 25, 2014 9:14 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The southern hemisphere of Mars is home to a crater that contains very well-preserved gullies and debris flow deposits. The geomorphological attributes of these landforms provide evidence that they were formed by the action of liquid water in geologically recent time....

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Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

April 25, 2014 9:08 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another. The agreement announced Thursday averts a Silicon Valley trial....

Could solar power work at night?

April 25, 2014 8:54 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Every source of energy has its shortcomings. Some people think wind turbines are eyesores, fossil fuels aren’t renewable, and solar energy requires sunlight to work well and properly. Recently, a team at MIT and Harvard found a way to solve the problem of darkness for the use of solar energy....

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A new method to monitor nuclear reactors

April 25, 2014 8:51 am | by Technische Universität München | News | Comments

When monitoring nuclear reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has to rely on input given by the operators. In the future, antineutrino detectors may provide an additional option for monitoring. In addition to neutrons, the fission reaction of nuclear fuels ...

WSU innovation improves drowsy driver detection

April 25, 2014 8:48 am | by Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane | News | Comments

Researchers at Washington State University Spokane have developed a new way to detect when drivers are about to nod off behind the wheel. Their recently patented technology is based on steering wheel movements—which are more variable in drowsy drivers....

Flexible technology could be printed in clothing

April 25, 2014 8:44 am | by Monash University | News | Comments

A new version of “spaser” technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small, efficient, and flexible they could be printed on clothing. A team of researchers from Monash University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering (ECSE) has modelled....

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Researchers characterize a new shape using rubber bands

April 25, 2014 8:39 am | by Paul Karoff, Harvard University | News | Comments

While setting out to fabricate new springs to support a cephalopod-inspired imaging project, a group of Harvard researchers stumbled upon a surprising discovery: the hemihelix, a shape rarely seen in nature. This made the researchers wonder....

Securities regulators are probing recall, says GM

April 25, 2014 8:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. securities regulators are looking into General Motors' delayed recall of more than 2 million cars with a deadly ignition switch problem. GM disclosed in a quarterly report that the Securities and Exchange Commission has made inquiries about the recall....

Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs

April 25, 2014 8:32 am | by by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Big companies are finally starting to spend money, and that could mean a better economy and more jobs are on the way.Industrial companies such as General Electric, Honeywell and Caterpillar make expensive equipment that other companies need to buy to grow their business....

How trustworthy is the data you’re using?

April 25, 2014 8:30 am | by Rich Garvin, Training & Development Manager, Knovel | Blogs | Comments

When I began my mechanical engineering career in the materials handling industry 30 years ago, go-to resources primarily included engineering books and handbooks on the bookshelf in your office. Experienced engineers were adept at knowing which resources had answers....

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Nokia, Microsoft close $7.5 billion cellphone deal

April 25, 2014 8:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. says it has completed the 5.44 billion-euro ($7.5 billion) sale of its cellphone and services division to Microsoft Corp. Friday's closure of the deal, which includes a license to a portfolio of Nokia patents, follows delays in global regulatory approvals, including from China. The...

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Photos of the Day: The T-50 Russian stealth fighter prototype

April 25, 2014 8:00 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Sukhoi T-50 is a prototype for the fifth-generation Russian stealth fighter, the PAK-FA, which many experts claim could outperform the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. With its advanced avionics, large fuel capacity, “extreme plus agility”, and ability to avoid detection, the PAK-FA could become the “most lethal and survivable fighter ever built for air combat engagements"....

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Miniature chip bead ferrite comes in 0201 package

April 24, 2014 5:06 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Miniaturization of electronic circuits not only requires small components, but also interference-free operation. With the WE-TMSB product family, Würth Elektronik eiSos offers the smallest chip bead ferrite in the standard 0201 chip format. This package design increases packing density of components....

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