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2-D or 3-D? That is the question

September 5, 2014 9:06 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The increased visual realism of 3-D films is believed to offer viewers a more vivid and lifelike experience—more thrilling and intense than 2-D because it more closely approximates real life. However, psychology researchers at the University of Utah, among those who use film clips routinely in the lab to study patients' emotional conditions, have found that there is no significant difference between the two formats....

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Rosetta-Alice spectrograph obtains first far ultraviolet spectra of a cometary surface

September 5, 2014 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

NASA's Alice ultraviolet (UV) spectrograph aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta comet orbiter has delivered its first scientific discoveries. Rosetta, in orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, is the first spacecraft to study a comet up close....

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Hurricane Norbert pinwheels in NASA satellite imagery

September 5, 2014 8:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Eastern Pacific's Hurricane Norbert resembled a pinwheel in an image from NASA's Terra satellite as bands of thunderstorms spiraled into the center. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement or GPM mission has helped forecasters see that Norbert has lost some of its organization early on September 4....

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Climate-smart agriculture requires three-pronged global research agenda

September 5, 2014 8:48 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Faced with climate change and diminishing opportunities to expand productive agricultural acreage, the world needs to invest in a global research agenda addressing farm and food systems, landscape and regional issues and institutional and policy matters if it is to meet the growing worldwide demand for food, fiber and fuel, suggests an international team of researchers....

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News media losing role as gatekeepers to new 'social mediators' on Twitter, study finds

September 5, 2014 8:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The U.S. government is doing a better job of communicating on Twitter with people in sensitive areas like the Middle East and North Africa without the participation of media organizations, according to a study co-authored by a University of Georgia researcher....

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Magnetic nanocubes self-assemble into helical superstructures

September 5, 2014 8:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Materials made from nanoparticles hold promise for myriad applications, from improved solar energy production to perfect touch screens. The challenge in creating these wonder-materials is organizing the nanoparticles into orderly arrangements....

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Motorola emphasizes design in circular smartwatch

September 5, 2014 2:17 am | by Anick Jesdanun - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Motorola rolled out a circular smartwatch Friday, counting on a more traditional design to win over consumers who have so far shunned other computerized wrist devices. Smartwatches so far have had rectangular faces, a shape that has turned off many consumers, said Steve Sinclair, Motorola's vice...

GaN Systems signs exclusive worldwide deal with Mouser Electronics

September 4, 2014 4:17 pm | Comments

GaN Systems Inc. announced it is has signed an exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with Mouser Electronics. GaN Systems’ gallium nitride power transistors are based on its proprietary Island Technology and offer significant advantages over traditional silicon MOSFETs and IGBTs....

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Murata launches new easier-to-navigate global web site

September 4, 2014 2:32 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Comments

Murata today announced the launch of their new global web site at murata.com. Using the recently released new corporate visual identity, the site has a fresh modern and tablet-friendly design. Aimed to increase customer satisfaction and ease navigation and access ...

Photos of the Day: Samsung phones impress, but new apps key

September 4, 2014 12:53 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

After years of promoting its phones as "the next big thing," Samsung is realizing that bigger isn't necessarily better. Two new Galaxy Note smartphones from Samsung are about the same size as last year's Note 3. What's different: A side screen on one of them and sharper cameras on both....

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The US and China hold close to half of the world’s planned PV projects

September 4, 2014 12:30 pm | by Josefin Berg – Senior Analyst Solar Research, IHS | Ihs | Comments

The global pipeline of PV projects now stands at 132 GW of which 10 GW are under construction, according to the PV Project Database published on a monthly basis by IHS Technology. The US and China together hold close to half of the world’s planned PV projects.

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Enhanced grenade lethality: On target even when enemy is concealed

September 4, 2014 11:21 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Small Arms Grenade Munitions are munitions rounds that aim to provide warfighters with the capability of shooting a 40-mm low-velocity grenade from an M203 or M320 rifle-mounted grenade launcher with the certainty that, if their target is hiding or behind an object, damage will still be inflicted....

How much gravity is enough?

September 4, 2014 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Keeping upright in a low-gravity environment is not easy, and NASA documents abound with examples of astronauts falling on the lunar surface. Now, a new study by an international team of researchers led by York University professors Laurence Harris and Michael Jenkin ...

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Forming consensus in social networks

September 4, 2014 10:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Social networks have become a dominant force in society. Family, friends, peers, community leaders and media communicators are all part of people's social networks. Individuals within a network may have different opinions on important issues, but it's their collective actions....

Titania-based material holds promise as new insulator for superconductors

September 4, 2014 10:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research from North Carolina State University shows that a type of modified titania, or titanium dioxide, holds promise as an electrical insulator for superconducting magnets, allowing heat to dissipate while preserving the electrical paths along which current flows....

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