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Superconducting-silicon qubits

July 2, 2014 9:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Theorists propose a way to make superconducting quantum devices such as Josephson junctions and qubits, atom-by-atom, inside a silicon crystal. Such systems could combine the most promising aspects of silicon spin qubits with the flexibility of superconducting circuits....

UH researchers identify one of world's thinnest piezoelectric materials

July 2, 2014 9:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

There are a handful of naturally occurring materials, known as piezoelectric materials, that generate electricity if you bend, stretch or apply another mechanical force to them, and vice versa – if you apply a voltage across them, they'll deform accordingly. These materials are currently the subject of intense research....

UH chemical engineer makes device fabrication easier, thanks to NSF grant

July 2, 2014 9:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Have you ever wondered how the tiny components and devices inside your cell phone are made? The devices inside your phone and computer, such as integrated circuits, microprocessors and memory chips, are made in a process called lithography that, in Greek, translates quite literally to "writing on stones"....

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Research could lead to dramatic energy savings at data farms

July 2, 2014 9:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent. Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ...

License plate readers are important police tool, but hurdles remain, study finds

July 2, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Systems that automatically read automobile license plates have the potential to save police investigative time and increase safety, but law enforcement officials must address issues related to staffing, compatibility and privacy before the technology can reach its full potential, according to a new RAND Corporation report....

'Deep learning' makes search for exotic particles easier

July 2, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Fully automated "deep learning" by computers greatly improves the odds of discovering particles such as the Higgs boson, beating even veteran physicists' abilities, according to findings by UC Irvine researchers published today in the journal Nature Communications....

NSA's Internet monitoring said to be legal

July 2, 2014 9:36 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA's collection of domestic calling records "lacked a viable legal foundation" and should be shut down....

Infographic: My boss is going to get somebody killed

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry....

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Google adds more musical chops with Songza deal

July 1, 2014 6:14 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google is fine-tuning its digital music strategy with the acquisition of Songza, a service that creates soundtracks tailored for people's changing moods. Financial terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed. That means the price is considered to be too small to affect Google Inc.,...

Zero tolerance for xenon

July 1, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the U.S. medical isotope producer NorthStar have signed a RadioXenon Emissions Pledge. Through this document, NorthStar pledges to cooperate with the CTBTO....

Review: Android Wear is about simplifying future

July 1, 2014 1:59 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN AP Technology Writer | Comments

In its first iteration, Google's Android Wear software for computerized wristwatches isn't so much about innovation as it is an effort at simplification. Available in two smartwatches out within the next week, Android Wear is rather limited in what it can do....

Research proves shock wave from explosives causes significant eye damage

July 1, 2014 1:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are discovering that the current protective eyewear used by our U.S. armed forces might not be adequate to protect soldiers exposed to explosive blasts. According to a recent study, ocular injuries now account for 13 percent of all battlefield injuries....

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Reigning in chaos in particle colliders yields big results

July 1, 2014 1:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When beams with trillions of particles go zipping around at near light speed, there's bound to be some chaos. Limiting that chaos in particle colliders is crucial for the groundbreaking results such experiments are designed to deliver. In a special focus issue of the journal Chaos....

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Evolution of life's operating system revealed in detail

July 1, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The evolution of the ribosome, a large molecular structure found in the cells of all species, has been revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study. Around 4 billion years ago, the first molecules of life came together on the early Earth and formed precursors of modern proteins and RNA....

'Molecular movies' will enable extraordinary gains in bioimaging, health research

July 1, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers today announced the creation of an imaging technology more powerful than anything that has existed before, and is fast enough to observe life processes as they actually happen at the molecular level. Chemical and biological actions can now be measured as they are occurring or, in old-fashioned movie parlance, one frame at a time....

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