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Boxfish shell inspires new materials for body armor and flexible electronics

July 29, 2015 10:05 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

The boxfish's unique armor draws its strength from hexagon-shaped scales and the connections between them, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found...

RED Epic Dragon Camera captures riveting images on space station

July 29, 2015 10:02 am | by NASA/Johnson Space Center | News | Comments

In October 2014 NASA delivered high-definition, 3-D footage of astronauts living and working on the International Space Station to the Internet, posting video of astronauts exploring water tension in microgravity...

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What sound would you send to space to represent Earth?

July 29, 2015 9:47 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

What sounds represent Earth? It's an interesting question--and perhaps a puzzling one--but something that the team involved in the Voyager probes had to answer....

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Making the new silicon: Gallium nitride electronics could drastically cut energy usage

July 29, 2015 9:37 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

An exotic material called gallium nitride (GaN) is poised to become the next semiconductor for power electronics, enabling much higher efficiency than silicon...

First detection of lithium from an exploding star

July 29, 2015 9:22 am | by ESO | News | Comments

The chemical element lithium has been found for the first time in material ejected by a nova. Observations of Nova Centauri 2013 made using telescopes at ESO's La Silla Observatory, and near Santiago in Chile, help...

Controlling phase changes in solids

July 29, 2015 9:20 am | by ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences | News | Comments

Rewritable CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs owe their existence to phase-change materials, those materials that change their internal order when heated and whose structures...

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DC-DC power modules with high voltage DC input

July 29, 2015 9:09 am | by TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | TDK-Lambda Americas, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of an extension to the TDK-Lambda PH-A280 series of DC-DC power modules with high voltage DC input. Operating from a wide range DC input of 200 to 425VDC, which is widely used in HVDC (High Voltage DC Current) applications, the PH-A280 range now includes 3.3V, 15V and 28V outputs...  

Short wavelength plasmons observed in nanotubes

July 29, 2015 9:08 am | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

The term "plasmons" might sound like something from the soon-to-be-released new Star Wars movie, but the effects of plasmons have been known about for centuries. Plasmons ...

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New tool uses 'drug spillover' to match cancer patients with treatments

July 29, 2015 9:06 am | by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus | News | Comments

Targeted therapies attack a cancer's genetic sensitivities. However, it can be difficult to discover the genetics driving a patient's cancer, and the effects of drugs designed to target a genetic abnormality often go beyond their intended target alone....

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The mysterious features of Ceres have been named

July 29, 2015 9:04 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

NASA’s Dawn mission to Ceres has released colorful new maps of the dwarf planet, showcasing a diverse topography, with height differences between crater bottoms and mountain peaks as great as 9 miles. These craters are pretty similar in depth and diameter to the craters found on Saturn’s icy satellites, Dione and Tethys, so these findings are kind of a big deal...

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ASU researchers demonstrate the world's first white lasers

July 29, 2015 9:04 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

While lasers were invented in 1960 and are commonly used in many applications, one characteristic of the technology has proven unattainable. No one has been able to create a laser that beams white light...

China auto sales slump hits industry fortunes

July 29, 2015 8:57 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s $5 billion initiative to create cars for China and other emerging markets comes just as automakers face a collapse in the booming Chinese demand they were counting on to power their growth....

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Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

July 29, 2015 8:55 am | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the age of Apple's CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks. The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today's vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession....

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Spaceship pilot describes harrowing free fall after breakup

July 29, 2015 8:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Free-falling miles above the desert, his test spaceship ripped to pieces and the frigid air hard to breathe, pilot Peter Siebold struggled through crippling injuries to turn on his oxygen and just to stay conscious...

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M2M chipset for IoT devices

July 28, 2015 7:20 pm | by Redpine Signals | Product Releases | Comments

Redpine Signals announced the availability of a new range of wireless connectivity modules from its M2Mcombo family of products for IoT devices...

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