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New flow battery to keep big cities lit, green, and safe

February 26, 2015 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery design that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in Nature Communications ...

Warming up the world of superconductors

February 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A superconductor that works at room temperature was long thought impossible, but scientists at USC may have discovered a family of materials that could make it reality. A team led by Vitaly Kresin, professor of physics at USC, found that aluminum "superatoms" ...

ORNL signs agreement with Whirlpool Corp. to develop new energy-efficient refrigerator

February 26, 2015 2:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Whirlpool Corporation are collaborating to design a refrigerator that could cut energy use by up to 40 percent compared with current models. The goal of the cooperative research ...

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Surface-mount isolators support 80W for infrastructure applications

February 26, 2015 2:00 pm | by Rfmw Ltd | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for twenty new surface mount isolators from RFCI. Available at popular base station frequencies from 728 to 2690MHz, these pin-style, surface mount isolators offer 500W peak forward power handling and 20-80W reverse power handling depending on ...

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Black hole collisions provide new insight about the most energetic event in the universe

February 26, 2015 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New research by an astrophysicist at The University of Texas at Dallas provides revelations about the most energetic event in the universe -- the merging of two spinning, orbiting black holes into a much larger black hole....

Yale physicists find a new form of quantum friction

February 26, 2015 1:07 pm | by Yale University | News | Comments

Physicists at Yale University have observed a new form of quantum friction that could serve as a basis for robust information storage in quantum computers in the future. The researchers are building upon decades of research, experimentally demonstrating a procedure theorized nearly 30 years ago....

New research predicts when, how materials will act

February 26, 2015 1:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

In science, it's commonly known that materials can change in a number of ways when subjected to different temperatures, pressures or other environmental forces. A material might melt or snap in half. And for engineers, knowing when ...

Looking deeply into the universe in 3-D

February 26, 2015 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. After staring at the Hubble Deep Field South region for only 27 hours, the new observations reveal the distances, motions and other properties ...

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Hollywood sign among historic LA sites in new Web database

February 26, 2015 1:00 pm | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | News | Comments

From towering basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain's hillside home to downtown's towering art-deco high-rise buildings, Los Angeles is putting all its landmarks online. Planning and preservation officials gathered Tuesday on the observation tower ...

Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers

February 26, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. Among the improvements over last year's model: The camera now has auto-focusing, whereas the older model had a fixed-focus lens that didn't ...

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Life-saving train design is rarely used

February 26, 2015 12:37 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals....

PSMA announces APEC 2015 Industry Session on nanotechnology

February 26, 2015 12:31 pm | News | Comments

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Nanotechnology Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2015 titled, “Nanotechnology — State and Federal Activities.” The session will take place on March 18, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m....

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Power Quality Training for Electrical Professionals

February 26, 2015 12:26 pm | Events

This 2-day learning event offers a combination of classroom style seminars with live demonstrations in real world settings. This seminar, presented by the Power Quality Specialists at Allied Industrial Marketing, Inc., provides an in-depth study of both Power Factor and Harmonics....

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Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders'

February 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Computers already have bested human champions in "Jeopardy!" and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: "Space Invaders." Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans....

Do you have the right to be disconnected?

February 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

We are all connected people according to panelists brought together for Engineering Live: The Connected Person on Feb. 25, but the way we balance connectivity and privacy is still being determined by our technology and our society....

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