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New optical materials break digital connectivity barriers

March 18, 2015 2:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

From computers, tablets, and smartphones to cars, homes, and public transportation, our world is more digitally connected every day. The technology required to support the exchange of massive quantities of data is critical.

Coffee and code: Software giant opens Silicon Valley cafe

March 18, 2015 12:55 pm | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Silicon Valley has no shortage of coffee shops where sleep-starved programmers and eager entrepreneurs sit hunched over laptop computers and talk about ideas for launching the next Google or Facebook....

Facebook explains what posts are not allowed on its network

March 18, 2015 12:51 pm | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook is trying to clarify what posts, images and other content it allows on its site and why. In an update to its community standards page, the world's largest online social network gave users more guidance on why ...

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Google's moonshots, gender bias at South by Southwest

March 18, 2015 12:44 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Music flooded into the streets around Austin's convention center as South by Southwest's music festival kicked off and the interactive portion wrapped up. The head of Google's (X) division talked about testing driverless cars ...

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'Distracted driving' at an all-time high; new approaches needed

March 18, 2015 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Young, inexperienced drivers have always gotten into more automobile accidents, but if you add in a lot of distractions, it's a recipe for disaster - and a new Pacific Northwest research program is learning more about these risks while identifying ...

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Nanospheres cooled with light to explore the limits of quantum physics

March 17, 2015 10:45 am | by University College London | Comments

A team of scientists at UCL led by Peter Barker and Tania Monteiro (UCL Physics and Astronomy) has developed a new technology which could one day create quantum phenomena in objects far larger than any achieved so far.

Solar could meet California energy demand 3 to 5 times over

March 17, 2015 10:42 am | by Carnegie Institution | Comments

In the face of global climate change, increasing the use of renewable energy resources is one of the most urgent challenges facing the world.

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Harvard's president speaks in China about climate change

March 17, 2015 10:09 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | Comments

The Harvard president told students at one of China's most prestigious universities Tuesday that academic institutions must be unfettered places where every topic can be raised and every question asked to help tackle challenges such as climate change.

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Lawmakers weigh in on 'net neutrality'

March 17, 2015 10:07 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

Lawmakers are getting their chance this week to weigh in on the "net neutrality" debate that has pitted Internet activists against big cable companies and prompted a record number of public comments filed to U.S. regulators.

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Recycling aircraft more efficiently

March 16, 2015 2:49 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | Comments

The aviation industry is constantly evolving so that it can design lighter aircraft, reduce consumption and emissions and put in place more efficient recycling systems that allow the valuable materials used to build aircraft to be reused.

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A new method for making perovskite solar cells

March 16, 2015 1:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research led by a Brown University Ph.D. student has revealed a new way to make light-absorbing perovskite films for use in solar cells. The new method involves a room-temperature solvent bath to create perovskite crystals....

Researchers increase energy density of lithium storage materials

March 16, 2015 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The lithium ion battery currently is the most widespread battery technology. It is indispensable for devices, such as laptops, mobile phones or cameras. Current research activities are aimed at reaching higher lithium storage densities....

Don't want NSA to spy on your email? 5 things you can do

March 16, 2015 1:26 pm | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

More than half of Americans are worried about the U.S. government's digital spies prying into their emails, texts, search requests and other online information, but few are trying to thwart the surveillance.

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Trending at SXSW: Mind cloning, off-the-grid messaging

March 16, 2015 1:23 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

As a plane with a Grumpy Cat flag flew overhead, courtesy of Friskies, the Technorati flooded into panel discussions and happy hour spots at the annual tech festival South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.

Silk could be new 'green' material for next-generation batteries

March 16, 2015 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lithium-ion batteries have enabled many of today's electronics, from portable gadgets to electric cars. But much to the frustration of consumers, none of these batteries last long without a recharge.

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