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Urban seismic network detects human sounds

October 29, 2014 5:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When listening to the Earth, what clues can seismic data reveal about the impact of urban life? Although naturally occurring vibrations have proven extremely useful to seismologists, until now the vibrations caused by humans haven't been explored....

Technology provides improved access for disabled voters

October 29, 2014 5:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A University of Florida researcher's desire to provide citizens with disabilities the same opportunity to vote as everyone else could serve as the catalyst for revolutionizing voter access nationwide. Juan Gilbert's Prime III, an electronic voting machine ...

Supersonic laser-propelled rockets

October 29, 2014 5:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists and science fiction writers alike have dreamt of aircrafts that are propelled by beams of light rather than conventional fuels. Now, a new method for improving the thrust generated by such laser-propulsion systems may bring them ...

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NIST 'combs' the atmosphere to measure greenhouse gases

October 29, 2014 4:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

By remotely "combing" the atmosphere with a custom laser-based instrument, researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ...

Tiny carbon nanotube pores make big impact

October 29, 2014 4:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team led by the Lawrence Livermore scientists has created a new kind of ion channel based on short carbon nanotubes, which can be inserted into synthetic bilayers and live cell membranes to form tiny pores that transport water, protons ...

Engineers develop novel ultrasound technology to screen for heart conditions

October 29, 2014 4:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have determined for the first time the impact of a ring-shaped vortex on transporting blood flow in normal and abnormal ventricles within the human heart. They worked with cardiologists....

Saving lots of computing capacity with a new algorithm

October 29, 2014 4:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The control of modern infrastructure such as intelligent power grids needs lots of computing capacity. Scientists of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) at the University of Luxembourg have developed an algorithm....

New technology shows promise for delivery of therapeutics to the brain

October 29, 2014 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new technology that may assist in the treatment of brain cancer and other neurological diseases is the subject of an article in a recent issue of the journal Technology, published by World Scientific Publishing Company. According to the authors ...

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Microrockets neutralize chemical and biological warfare agents

October 29, 2014 2:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With fears growing over chemical and biological weapons falling into the wrong hands, scientists are developing microrockets to fight back against these dangerous agents, should the need arise. In the journal ACS Nano, they describe new spherical micromotors....

NASA team proposes to use laser to track orbital debris

October 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by NASA | Comments

As participation in space exploration grows worldwide, so does the impact of orbital debris — man-made "space junk" that poses significant hazards to live spacecraft and astronauts should they cross paths and collide.Barry Coyle and Paul Stysley ...

Line camera makes magnetic field lines visible in 3D & real time

October 29, 2014 2:33 pm | by Fraunhofer | Comments

Fraunhofer scientists have developed a high-resolution magnetic line camera to measure magnetic fields in real time. Field lines in magnetic systems such as generators or motors, which are invisible to the human eye, can be made visible using this camera....

Global market for gas flow meters, sensors, & monitors to reach $6.4B by 2019

October 29, 2014 2:29 pm | by BCC Research | Comments

BCC Research (www.bccresearch.com) reveals in its new report, Gas Sensors and Gas Metering: Applications and Markets, the global market for gas flow meters, sensors, monitors, and secondary flow instrumentation is estimated to exceed $6.4 billion by 2019....

Free urban data -- what's it good for?

October 29, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Cities around the world are increasingly making urban data freely available to the public. But is the content or structure of these vast data sets easy to access and of value? A new study of more than 9,000 data sets from 20 cities presents encouraging results....

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ORNL technology transfer continues strong upward trend

October 29, 2014 1:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New methods are improving connections between private businesses and technology from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with 101 licenses and options executed during the last three years. Mike Paulus, director of Technology Transfer ...

Projecting a robot's intentions

October 29, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT's Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind. Standing in its path is an obstacle — a human pedestrian who's pacing back and forth. To get to the other side of the room, the robot ...

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