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Scientists capture ultrafast snapshots of light-driven superconductivity

April 17, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new study pins down a major factor behind the appearance of superconductivity—the ability to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency—in a promising copper-oxide material. Scientists used carefully timed pairs of laser pulses at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's Linac Coherent Light Source....

Meteorites yield clues to red planet's early atmosphere

April 17, 2014 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Geologists who analyzed 40 meteorites that fell to Earth from Mars unlocked secrets of the Martian atmosphere hidden in the chemical signatures of these ancient rocks. Their study, published April 17 in the journal Nature, shows that the atmospheres of Mars and Earth diverged in important ways....

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Information storage for the next generation of plastic computers

April 17, 2014 11:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, thanks to research published on April 16 in the journal Nature Communications. The paper describes a new proposal by University of Iowa researchers....

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Scientists observe quantum superconductor-metal transition and superconducting glass

April 17, 2014 11:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The article "Collapse of superconductivity in a hybrid tin–grapheme Josephson junction array'" (authors: Zheng Han, Adrien Allain, Hadi Arjmandi-Tash,Konstantin Tikhonov, Mikhail Feigelman, Benjamin Sacépé,Vincent Bouchiat, published in Nature Physics on March 30, 2014, DOI:10.1038/NPHYS2929)...

Shape-shifting touchscreen buttons head to mass production

April 17, 2014 11:12 am | by MIT Technology Review | Comments

An iPad accessory launching later this year will bring transparent morphing buttons to the device’s screen to aid touch-typing.As they peck out text on the featureless glass surface of their phone or tablet, some people still mourn the passing of the physical keyboard....

Simplicity is key to co-operative robots

April 17, 2014 9:36 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A way of making hundreds - or even thousands - of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK. The team, working in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo), in the University's Faculty of Engineering...

Searching for dark energy with neutrons

April 17, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

All the particles we know to exist make up only about five per cent of the mass and energy of the universe. The rest – "Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy" – remains mysterious. A European collaboration lled by researchers from the Vienna University of Technology has now carried out extremely sensitive measurements....

'Kill switch' coming to all smartphones in 2015

April 17, 2014 9:10 am | by AllVoices | Comments

Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft took time out from bashing one another and stealing each other's trade secrets to agree on something Tuesday. Under an agreement just announced, the major smartphone manufacturers will include a "kill switch" on every phone...

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Photos of the Day: Solar-powered plane to circle the globe

April 16, 2014 2:43 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg recently unveiled the Solar Impulse 2 which, in 2015, will become the first solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the globe. The Solar Impulse 2 will fly non-stop for 120 straight hours without stopping for food, fuel, or supplies (or bathroom breaks)....

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Wire inspection: As fast as a world-class sprinter

April 16, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The wire blank shoots from the drawing die which molds it into the desired shape. Up to ten meters per second, the workpiece is fast – and thus can keep pace with world-class runners like Usain Bolt. At these speeds, an in-line inspection – inspecting the workpiece during the production process...

Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking

April 16, 2014 1:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) the greatest danger to nuclear security comes from terrorists acquiring sufficient quantities of plutonium or highly enriched uranium (HEU) to construct a crude nuclear explosive device. The IAEA also notes that most cases of illicit nuclear trafficking...

Rethink education to fuel bioeconomy, says report

April 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Microbes can be highly efficient, versatile and sophisticated manufacturing tools, and have the potential to form the basis of a vibrant economic sector. In order to take full advantage of the opportunity microbial-based industry can offer, though, educators need to rethink how future microbiologists are trained....

At Yale, progress in the fight against quantum dissipation

April 16, 2014 1:19 pm | by Yale UniversityYale University | Comments

Scientists at Yale have confirmed a 50-year-old, previously untested theoretical prediction in physics and improved the energy storage time of a quantum switch by several orders of magnitude. They report their results in the April 17 issue of the journal Nature.

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UC research illuminates 'touchy' subject

April 16, 2014 1:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

By solving a long standing scientific mystery, the common saying "you just hit a nerve" might need to be updated to "you just hit a Merkel cell," jokes Jianguo Gu, PhD, a pain researcher at the University of Cincinnati (UC). That's because Gu and his research colleagues have proved that Merkel cells...

Conductive Inks: Booming to $2.8 billion by 2024

April 16, 2014 1:16 pm | by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx | Comments

The conductive ink and paste business is a large market that will generate $1.6 billion in 2014 in revenue at the ink/paste level. This market however is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players...

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