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The sound of an atom has been captured

September 11, 2014 4:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are first to show the use of sound to communicate with an artificial atom. They can thereby demonstrate phenomena from quantum physics with sound taking on the role of light. The results ...

New species of electrons can lead to better computing

September 11, 2014 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a research paper published this week in Science, the collaboration led by MIT's theory professor Leonid Levitov and Manchester's Nobel laureate Sir Andre Geim report a material in which electrons move at a controllable angle to applied fields....

NASA's newest human spacecraft on the move

September 11, 2014 3:50 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA is one step closer to launching its newest spacecraft designed for humans. Workers at Kennedy Space Center gathered to watch as the Orion capsule emerged from its assembly hangar Thursday morning, less than three months ...

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Photos of the Day: Nevada kick-starts special session over Tesla deal

September 11, 2014 2:11 pm | by SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press | Comments

Critics say Nevada lawmakers are gambling with taxpayers' money, but they clearly were in the minority as legislators moved forward with an unprecedented package of up to $1.3 billion in incentives they hope to approve in the days ahead....

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Sandia cyber-testing contributes to DHS Transition to Practice

September 11, 2014 8:32 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Through the Department of Homeland Security’s Transition to Practice (TTP) program, cybersecurity technologies developed at Sandia National Laboratories — and at other federal labs — now stand a better chance of finding their way into ...

Graphene paints a corrosion-free future

September 11, 2014 8:31 am | by The University of Manchester | Comments

A thin layer of graphene paint can make impermeable and chemically resistant coatings which could be used for packaging to keep food fresh for longer and protect metal structures against corrosion, new findings from The University of Manchester show....

Angling chromium to let oxygen through

September 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Researchers have been trying to increase the efficiency of solid oxide fuel cells by lowering the temperatures at which they run. More efficient fuel cells might gain wider use in vehicles or as quiet, pollution-free, neighborhood electricity generating stations....

Crystal solar and NREL team up to cut costs

September 10, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A faster, cheaper way to manufacture silicon solar cells, partially funded by the Energy Department and fine-tuned at its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has won a coveted R&D 100 award as one of the top technology innovations....

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Rice wireless experts tap unused TV spectrum

September 10, 2014 3:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Rice University wireless researchers have found a way to make the most of the unused UHF TV spectrum by serving up fat streams of data over wireless hotspots that could stretch for miles.In a presentation today at the Association for Computing ...

Molecular self-assembly controls graphene-edge configuration

September 10, 2014 3:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research team headed by Prof. Patrick Han and Prof. Taro Hitosugi at the Advanced Institute of Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University discovered a new bottom-up fabrication method that produces defect-free graphene nanoribbons....

This star cluster is not what it seems

September 10, 2014 3:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Milky Way galaxy is orbited by more than 150 globular star clusters, which are balls of hundreds of thousands of old stars dating back to the formation of the galaxy. One of these, along with several others in the constellation of Sagittarius....

UC San Diego researchers build first 500 GHz photon switch

September 10, 2014 3:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The work took nearly four years to complete and it opens a fundamentally new direction in photonics – with far-reaching potential consequences for the control of photons in optical fiber channels. Researchers at the University of California ...

First graphene-based flexible display produced

September 10, 2014 2:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The partnership between the two organisations combines the graphene expertise of the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC), with the transistor and display processing steps that Plastic Logic has already developed for flexible electronics....

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Cloud-computing revolution applies to evolution

September 10, 2014 2:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant to two Rice University computer science groups will allow them to build cloud-computing tools to help analyze evolutionary patterns. With the three-year grant, Christopher Jermaine and Luay Nakhleh ...

'Electronic skin' could improve early breast cancer detection

September 10, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and shape ...

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