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New quantum dots herald a new era of electronics operating on a single-atom level

January 27, 2014 11:04 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New types of solotronic structures, including the world's first quantum dots containing single cobalt ions, have been created and studied at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw. The materials and elements used to form these structures allow us to forecast new trends in solotronics....

Anti-shark devices popular on Maui after attacks

January 27, 2014 11:04 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A surge in shark attacks on Maui over the past year, including two fatal ones, hasn't stopped people from surfing and swimming in the warm ocean waters that surround the Hawaii island. But it has spurred sales of devices that claim to keep sharks away by emitting an electric pulse.

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Getting a charge from changes in humidity

January 27, 2014 11:01 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A new type of electrical generator uses bacterial spores to harness the untapped power of evaporating water, according to research conducted at the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Its developers foresee electrical generators driven by changes in humidity from sun-warmed ponds and harbors.

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NASA spacecraft take aim at nearby supernova

January 27, 2014 10:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

An exceptionally close stellar explosion discovered on Jan. 21 has become the focus of observatories around and above the globe, including several NASA spacecraft. The blast, designated SN 2014J, occurred in the galaxy M82 and lies only about 12 million light-years away.

Samsung, Google sign patent agreement

January 27, 2014 10:57 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants. Seoul-based Samsung said Monday that the deal covers patents to be filed over the next 10 years...

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India, Japan to cooperate in energy, telecoms

January 27, 2014 10:52 am | by ASHOK SHARMA, Associated Press | News | Comments

India and Japan have signed agreements on cooperation in the energy and telecom sectors during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to New Delhi. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held talks with Abe on Saturday and said India was taking steps to facilitate Japan's links with India's growing economy.

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China's lunar rover has mechanical trouble

January 27, 2014 10:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China says its first lunar rover is experiencing mechanical problems, a rare setback for its burgeoning space program that in recent years has conducted space walks and placed a space station in orbit. The six-wheeled Yutu vehicle began operating last month after making the first soft landing on the moon by a space probe in 37 years.

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TVS components deliver overvoltage protection in relay drives, motors, and other applications

January 27, 2014 9:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices has introduced its SM15KPAN series of high-powered surface mount transient voltage suppressor (TVS) components to provide overvoltage circuit protection in applications that include relay drives and motor (start/stop) back electromagnetic fields (EMF). The components also deliver module lightning protection....

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Photos of the Day: Bitstrips amuses, annoys as its comics go viral

January 27, 2014 8:59 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Bitstrips may seem like a sudden sensation now that the app maker's comic vignettes are all over Facebook and other social networks. But the Toronto startup's success was a drawn-out process. The concept for a mobile application that lets people turn their lives into comic strips took shape as a high school diversion more than 20 years ago.

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Expanding our view of vision

January 26, 2014 1:00 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Every time you open your eyes, visual information flows into your brain, which interprets what you’re seeing. Now, for the first time, MIT neuroscientists have noninvasively mapped this flow of information in the human brain with unique accuracy, using a novel brain-scanning technique.This technique, which combines two existing technologies, allows researchers to identify precisely both the location and timing of human brain activity....

Army helping draft flight regs for unmanned aircraft in U.S.

January 25, 2014 1:00 pm | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

Jeff Bezos made news recently by announcing that his company Amazon is testing package-delivery transport using drones. Others in the private sector are looking at the idea of using drones for surveillance or transport as well, and hobbyists are also eager to get into the airspace. What this means is that the skies could soon become pretty crowded....

Photos of the Day: Toddlers love selfies: Parenting in an iPhone age

January 25, 2014 9:03 am | by GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every so often, Brandi Koskie finds dozens of photos of her 3-year-old daughter, Paisley, on her iPhone - but they aren't ones Koskie has taken. "There'll be 90 pictures, sideways, of the corner of her eye, her eyebrow," said Koskie, who lives in Wichita, Kan. "She's just tapping her way right into my phone."

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Robotic gas pumps mean more pleasant winters

January 24, 2014 3:54 pm | by Allegra Sparta, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

For myself, and other residents of New Jersey, this isn’t really a big deal. I briefly flirted with the power of filling up my own tank (I actually thought it was kind of fun!) during my college years in upstate New York. However, New Yorkers are quick to remind us folks across the border of the luxury that is a full-service gas station. Well, here’s some good news for them and residents of the other 48 states that allow self-service....

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Carbon dioxide paves the way to unique nanomaterials

January 24, 2014 3:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In common perception, carbon dioxide is just a greenhouse gas, one of the major environmental problems of mankind. For Warsaw chemists CO2 became, however, something else: a key element of reactions allowing for creation of nanomaterials with unprecedented properties.

Opportunity still roving on Mars after a decade

January 24, 2014 3:09 pm | by ALICIA CHANG, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A decade after landing on Mars, the rover Opportunity is still chugging along. Sure, it has some wear and tear. One of its six wheels and two instruments stopped working long ago. It has an arthritic joint. Its flash memory occasionally suffers a senior moment. But these problems are considered minor for a journey that was supposed to be just a three-month adventure.

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