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$18 million NSF investment aims to take flat materials to new heights

September 30, 2014 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Graphene, a form of carbon in which a single layer of atoms forms a two-dimensional, honeycomb crystal lattice, conducts electricity and heat efficiently and interacts with light in unusual ways. These properties have led to worldwide efforts....

Chinese scientists unveil liquid phase 3-D printing method using low melting metal alloy ink

September 30, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Three-dimensional metal printing technology is an expanding field that has enormous potential applications in areas ranging from supporting structures, functional electronics to medical devices. Conventional 3D metal printing is generally restricted....

How to make a 'perfect' solar absorber

September 30, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The key to creating a material that would be ideal for converting solar energy to heat is tuning the material's spectrum of absorption just right: It should absorb virtually all wavelengths of light that reach Earth's surface from the sun....

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Photos of the Day: SkyOrbiter UAVs give internet to everyone

September 30, 2014 9:30 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The SkyOrbiter HA75 UAV operates at 22,000 meters with a 75 meter wingspan. And it can fly for 5 years, covering 5 million km without stopping. Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet....

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Fuel cell-powered mobile lights tested, proven, ready for commercial use

September 30, 2014 7:32 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Pilot program sets stage for commercialization and broader deployment LIVERMORE, Calif. — Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner, quieter and now have a proven track record in applications such as nighttime construction....

China approves iPhone 6 after security assurances

September 30, 2014 3:29 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

China's phone regulator has approved the iPhone 6 for sale after Apple Inc. promised never to allow other governments access to users' information. Tuesday's announcement reflected Chinese unease about the reliability of foreign communications technology....

New book calls for joy, trust and courage in engineering education

September 29, 2014 5:32 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

In their new book, "A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering," David E. Goldberg, emeritus professor of Engineering at Illinois, and Mark Somerville, professor of engineering and associate dean at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, contend that ...

Conflictive animations support the development of programming skills

September 29, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Traditional educational tools present information to students in a conventional way: what they present is true and students are expected to learn what is presented. In a PhD study completed recently at the University of Eastern Finland, Andrés Moreno ...

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Can cartoons be used to teach machines to understand the visual world?

September 29, 2014 3:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An enormous gap exists between human abilities and machine performance when it comes to understanding the visual world from images and videos. Humans are still way out in front. "People are the best vision systems we have," said Devi Parikh....

Underwater robot for port security

September 29, 2014 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface....

'Multi-spectra glasses' for scanning electron microscopy

September 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The scanning electron microscope is not only used for precisely surveying the surface topology of samples, but also for determining their chemical compositions. This is done by exciting the atoms to fluoresce under irradiation by an electron beam....

New UT Dallas technology may lead to prolonged power in mobile devices

September 29, 2014 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have created technology that could be the first step toward wearable computers with self-contained power sources or, more immediately, a smartphone that doesn't die after a few hours of heavy use....

New molecule found in space connotes life origins

September 29, 2014 12:17 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have discovered an unusual carbon-based molecule – one with a branched structure – contained within a giant gas cloud in interstellar space. Like finding a molecular needle in a cosmic haystack ...

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SIAM and ACM honor software developers for large-scale scientific computing toolkit

September 29, 2014 12:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) are pleased to present the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering to the PETSc core development team for the development of PETSc....

Smart, eco-friendly new battery to solve problems

September 29, 2014 11:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Present-day lithium batteries are efficient but involve a range of resource and environmental problems. Using materials from alfalfa (lucerne seed) and pine resin and a clever recycling strategy, Uppsala researchers have now come up with a highly ...

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