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Updated resource explores trends on STEM education, workforce

October 28, 2014 3:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It just became a lot easier for educators, students, parents, policymakers and business leaders to learn more about national trends in education and jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The National Science Board (NSB) today released....

Laser experiments mimic cosmic explosions and planetary cores

October 28, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers are finding ways to understand some of the mysteries of space without leaving earth. Using high-intensity lasers at the University of Rochester's OMEGA EP Facility focused on targets smaller than a pencil's eraser, they conducted experiments....

Forum highlights technology tested on Space Station for deep space exploration

October 28, 2014 2:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Investigations on the International Space Station are not only helping astronauts live and work in space, but also are perfecting valuable tools and technologies that may help us at home and as humans travel to new destinations in our solar system....

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Identifying 'stance taking' cues to enable sophisticated voice recognition

October 28, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the future, computers may be capable of talking to us during meetings just like a remote teleconference participant. But to help move this science-fiction-sounding goal a step closer to reality, it's first necessary to teach computers to recognize ...

Space weather that disrupts cell phones and creates Earthly havoc

October 28, 2014 1:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Each second, the sun hurls millions of tons of hot, charged plasma gas into space. This volatile "solar wind" buffets the magnetosphere, the magnetic field that surrounds the Earth, and can whip up geomagnetic storms that disrupt cell phone service....

Electric-car drivers trading gas for solar power

October 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer | Comments

Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight. Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle....

When hearing aid users listen to music, less is more

October 27, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The type of sound processing that modern hearings aids provide to make speech more understandable for wearers may also make music enjoyment more difficult, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The findings ...

Physicists closer to understanding matter, antimatter in universe

October 27, 2014 4:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists in Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences have made important discoveries regarding Bs meson particles—something that may explain why the Universe contains more matter than antimatter. Distinguished Professor Sheldon Stone and his colleagues ...

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Watching the hidden life of materials

October 27, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the "smart material" vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal....

Obama taking action to push manufacturing

October 27, 2014 4:31 pm | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers....

Excellence in engineering recognized at women's engineering event

October 27, 2014 11:25 am | Comments

Two Huntington Ingalls Industries employees were honored last week at the Society of Women Engineers’ annual conference in Los Angeles. Alma Martinez Fallon from HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and Dianna Genton from HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division received recognition for their dedication to women in the engineering profession.

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UT Dallas team infuses science into 'Minecraft' modification

October 27, 2014 11:14 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The 3-D world of the popular "Minecraft" video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, "Polycraft World," created by University of Texas at Dallas professors, students and alumni....

New software promises to revolutionize survey design and accuracy

October 27, 2014 11:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Doctoral student Emma Tosch of University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Computer Science won a Best Paper award this week at the premier international computer programming language design conference in Portland, Ore., for her work on "Surveyman"....

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New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring

October 27, 2014 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In less than a minute, a miniature device developed at the University of Montreal can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive than equipment ...

Strong magnetic field produces an exotic superconducting state

October 27, 2014 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Superconductors and magnetic fields do not usually get along. But a research team led by a Brown University physicist has produced new evidence for an exotic superconducting state, first predicted a half-century ago, that can indeed arise....

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