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Weather history time machine

October 16, 2014 10:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

During the 1930s, North America endured the Dust Bowl, a prolonged era of dryness that withered crops and dramatically altered where the population settled. Land-based precipitation records from the years leading up to the Dust Bowl are consistent....

Researchers develop world's thinnest electric generator

October 16, 2014 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report today that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)....

Tuning light to kill deep cancer tumors

October 16, 2014 10:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international group of scientists led by Gang Han, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has combined a new type of nanoparticle with an FDA-approved photodynamic therapy to effectively kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo with minimal damage....

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Milky Way ransacks nearby dwarf galaxies

October 16, 2014 10:23 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, along with data from other large radio telescopes, have discovered that our nearest galactic neighbors, the dwarf spheroidal galaxies, are devoid of star-forming gas....

Creating medical devices with dissolving metal

October 16, 2014 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Pittsburgh researchers recently received another $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to continue a combined multi-university, private-industry effort to develop implantable medical devices made from biodegradable metals....

Building the 3-dimensional materials of the future

October 16, 2014 9:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers in Japan have developed a novel yet simple technique, called "diffusion driven layer-by-layer assembly," to construct graphene into porous three-dimensional (3D) structures for applications in devices such as batteries and supercapacitors....

Magnetic mirrors enable new technologies by reflecting light

October 16, 2014 9:54 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As in Alice's journey through the looking-glass to Wonderland, mirrors in the real world can sometimes behave in surprising and unexpected ways, including a new class of mirror that works like no other. As reported today in The Optical Society's ...

Predicting fatigue in aircraft parts

October 16, 2014 9:50 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UT Arlington engineering professors have received a $451,781 Air Force Office of Scientific Research grant to examine the material surface at the micro- and nano-scale level that will provide clues for predicting fatigue in aircraft parts. Haiying Huang ...

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New catalyst could improve biofuels production

October 16, 2014 9:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Washington State University researchers have developed a new catalyst that could lead to making biofuels cheaply and more efficiently. Led by Voiland Distinguished Professor Yong Wang, the researchers mixed inexpensive iron with a tiny amount....

HBO to offer stand-alone streaming service

October 16, 2014 9:42 am | by MAE ANDERSON AND MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writers | Comments

Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" ...

Google tries to upstage Apple with latest devices

October 16, 2014 9:38 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad. It's also releasing a new streaming video and music device....

'Dressing' explains superconductivity in conventional superconductors

October 15, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"Imagine a heavy ball rolling on an elastic net: what happens?" asks Daniele Fausti, researcher at Elettra Sincrotrone of Trieste and the University of Trieste. That's how Fausti explains the concept of "dressing" in physics: "the ball's movement is slowed down....

Interactive typewriter allows communication through internet forums

October 15, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An antique typewriter has been transformed for the digital generation, using sensors and circuit boards to turn it into an interactive social tool. Joe Hounsham, a graduate of the BA (Hons) Digital Art and Technology programme at Plymouth University ...

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3-D technology helps examine the formation of cliffband landscapes

October 15, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A blend of photos and technology takes a new twist on studying cliff landscapes and how they were formed. Dylan Ward, a University of Cincinnati assistant professor of geology, will present a case study on this unique technology application....

LED light bulbs that don't require rare earth elements

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

The phase-out of traditional incandescent bulbs in the U.S. and elsewhere, as well as a growing interest in energy efficiency, has given LED lighting a sales boost. However, that trend could be short-lived as key materials known as rare earth elements ...

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