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Ordinary microwave oven synthesizes hydrogen fuel cells

October 14, 2014 2:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Swedish and Chinese researchers show how a unique nano-alloy composed of palladium nano-islands embedded in tungsten nanoparticles creates a new type of catalysts for highly efficient oxygen reduction, the most important reaction in hydrogen....

Future computers could be built from magnetic 'tornadoes'

October 14, 2014 2:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. A team from the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations, and so take ...

Electric vehicle technology packs more punch in smaller package

October 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using 3-D printing and novel semiconductors, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a power inverter that could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful and more efficient. At the core of this development ...

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Rice's Office of STEM Engagement promotes K-12 outreach

October 14, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

Rice University has created the Office of STEM Engagement to support and promote its wide-ranging efforts to improve K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Houston-area school districts. Rice University's Office ...

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Connector delivers easier, faster field termination

October 14, 2014 12:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (Harrisburg, PA) announces the launch of its new CeeLok FAS-X connector that combines rugged reliability with signal integrity to support current high-speed protocols and new, faster protocols on the horizon. The new connector features....

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BGA socket features elastomer capable of 75 GHz

October 14, 2014 12:42 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new BGA socket design using high-performance elastomer capable of 75 GHz, very low inductance, and wide temperature applications. The GT-BGA-6008 socket is designed for 27x27 mm package size....

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Superconductivity and ferromagnetism make strange bedfellows

October 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chemists at Ludwig-Maximilias-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have synthesized a ferromagnetic superconducting compound that is amenable to chemical modification, opening the route to detailed studies of this rare combination of physical properties....

New materials could make it safer to store nuclear waste

October 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Minerals that endure in nature for millions of years are inspiring a Clemson University-led research team to explore whether new materials could be developed to encase nuclear waste for safe storage. Glass is now used to isolate nuclear waste....

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ORNL researchers observe atoms moving inside bulk material

October 14, 2014 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have obtained the first direct observations of atomic diffusion inside a bulk material. The research, which could be used to give unprecedented insight into the lifespan ...

Smartphone network could track incoming cosmic rays

October 14, 2014 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Your smartphone could become part of the world's largest telescope. A team led by UC Irvine physicist Daniel Whiteson and UC Davis physicist Michael Mulhearn has designed an app to turn the global network of smartphones into a planet-sized ...

Researchers say academia can learn from Hollywood

October 14, 2014 12:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

According to a pair of University of Houston (UH) professors and their Italian colleague, while science is increasingly moving in the direction of teamwork and interdisciplinary research, changes need to be made in academia to allow for a more collaborative ...

Carbon nanotubes could displace silicon in LEDs

October 14, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Even as the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has enshrined light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the single most significant and disruptive energy-efficient lighting solution of today, scientists around the world continue unabated to search for the even-better-bulbs....

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Batteries that can be recharged to 70 percent in just 2 minutes

October 14, 2014 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have developed a new battery that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only 2 minutes. The battery will also have a longer lifespan of over 20 years. Expected to be the next big thing....

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Searching for answers to black holes

October 14, 2014 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Is matter falling into the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way or being ejected from it? No one knows for sure, but a UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist is searching for an answer. Carl Gwinn, a professor in UCSB's Department of Physics ...

Why I'm bullish on OLED lighting in automotive

October 14, 2014 11:43 am | by James Montgomery, Senior Market Research Editor, NanoMarkets | Blogs | Comments

The fledgling industry for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) industry is now entering a phase of concerted efforts to achieve commercialization on a wider scale. OLED lighting is inching toward mass production, particularly for industrial and large-scale....

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