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Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air

August 19, 2014 8:51 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN LOCHER, Associated Press | Comments

Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays - "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair. Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant ...

A Closer Look: Do more with companion devices

August 19, 2014 8:48 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Apple has ways of encouraging you to buy more of its products: It offers bonus features on devices like the iPhone and iPad that work only when paired with other Apple gadgets. Amazon does it, too. It's understandable. The devices need to communicate with each other....

US won't reveal records on health website security

August 19, 2014 8:45 am | by JACK GILLUM, Associated Press | Comments

After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in....

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Sandia report draws lessons learned from ‘perfect heists’ for national security

August 19, 2014 8:20 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

LIVERMORE, Calif. — In 2003, the unthinkable happened at Belgium’s Antwerp Diamond Center. Thieves broke into its reputedly impenetrable vault and made off with hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds, gold, cash and other valuables. Through years of meticulous planning, they got past...

Bacterial nanowires are really wires, not hairs

August 18, 2014 8:17 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Some bacteria shoot out tendrils that conduct electricity. Now, researchers have determined the structure of one variety of bacterial nanowire, and found the wires are distinct from common bacterial hairs that they closely resemble. The results will help scientists understand how bacteria build ...

3-D codes yield unprecedented physics, engineering insights

August 18, 2014 5:18 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

When the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated on re-entry in 2002, sophisticated computer models were key to determining what happened. A piece of foam flew off at launch and hit a tile, damaging the leading edge of the shuttle wing and exposing the underlying structure....

Photos of the Day: 3D-printed blades for jet engine turbines

August 18, 2014 1:21 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

Engineers at the Italian aerospace company Avio have developed a breakthrough process for 3D printing light-weight metal blades for jet engine turbines. The method builds the blades from a titanium powder fused with a beam of electrons....

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On the edge of graphene

August 18, 2014 1:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) have discovered that the conductivity at the edges of graphene devices is different to that of the central material. Local scanning electrical techniques were used to examine the local nanoscale electronic properties....

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TUM researchers develop defense against cyberattacks

August 18, 2014 1:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Port scanners are programs that search the Internet for systems that exhibit potential vulnerabilities. According to the report published today by journalists at Heise Online, Hacienda is one such port scanning program. The report says that this program is being put into service by the "Five Eyes"....

Bats bolster brain hypothesis, maybe technology, too

August 18, 2014 12:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Amid a neuroscience debate about how people and animals focus on distinct objects within cluttered scenes, some of the newest and best evidence comes from the way bats "see" with their ears, according to a new paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology. In fact, the perception process in question ...

Mid-power LEDs to account for 48 percent of the market In 2014

August 18, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jamie Fox, IHS Inc. | Comments

The growing lighting end market in 2014 is now projected to account for 35 percent of all packaged light-emitting diode (LED) dollars, according to IHS. For the first time, this is more than all backlighting combined. In 2013, lighting and backlighting accounted for...

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Visual control of big data

August 18, 2014 9:47 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the age of big data, visualization tools are vital. With a single glance at a graphic display, a human being can recognize patterns that a computer might fail to find even after hours of analysis. But what if there are aberrations in the patterns?

New X-ray imaging developed by scientists

August 18, 2014 9:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists have developed an x-ray imaging system that enables researchers to see 'live' how effective treatments are for cystic fibrosis. Published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the imaging method allows researchers....

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Credit allocation among researchers determined by new algorithm

August 18, 2014 9:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new algorithm developed at Northeastern's Center for Complex Network Research helps shed light on how to properly allocate credit. The research was published this month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in a paper co-​​authored by Hua-​​Wei Shen....

Scientists discover interstellar stardust

August 18, 2014 9:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

We may joke about looking for a needle in a haystack, but that's nothing compared to searching for stardust in a foil! A new paper published in Science reveals that such work has led to the discovery of seven dust particles that are not only out of this world, they're out of this solar system....

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