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X-ray laser acts as tool to track life's chemistry

December 8, 2014 2:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international research team that includes researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has captured the highest-resolution protein snapshots ever taken with an X-ray laser, revealing how a key protein in a photosynthetic ...

How many atoms does it take to predict the thermal expansion of liquid metals?

December 8, 2014 2:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The ability to predict macroscopic physical and chemical properties from information derived at the micro-scale or atomic scale for various kinds of materials has yet to be perfected in the field of materials physics and chemistry. Although macro-scopic ...

Finding the Achilles' heel of GaN-based LEDs in harsh radiation environments

December 8, 2014 1:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) based devices are attractive for harsh environment electronics because of their high chemical and the mechanical stability of GaN itself that has a higher atomic displacement energy than other semiconductor materials....

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New research will help robots know their limits

December 8, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of UK researchers is embarking on a collaborative project to ensure that the autonomous robots we build in the future will be safer, making decisions that are ethical and follow legislation on robotics. Robots that can think and act without ...

Evidence of life on Mars?

December 8, 2014 12:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In 2012 the Mars Science Laboratory landed in the fascinating Gale crater. The Gale crater is of such great interest because of the 5.5 km high mountain of layered materials in the middle. This material tells an intricate story of the history of Mars, perhaps ...

High engagement in comment sections can curb internet trolling

December 8, 2014 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scrolling through the comments section on a news site is like seeing a verbal war before your eyes. Internet trolls flourish in an anonymous world, so much so that sites like Reuters and Popular Science have done away with the comment sections altogether....

Is natural gas a 'bridge' to a hotter future?

December 8, 2014 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Natural gas power plants produce substantial amounts of gases that lead to global warming. Replacing old coal-fired power plants with new natural gas plants could cause climate damage to increase over the next decades, unless their methane leakage ...

Solid-state proteins maximize intensity of fluorescent-protein-based lasers

December 8, 2014 12:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The same research team that developed the first laser based on a living cell has shown that use of fluorescent proteins in a solid form rather than in solution greatly increases the intensity of light produced, an accomplishment that takes advantage of ...

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Mobile apps still collect information on kids

December 8, 2014 12:35 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

Worried that toy stores, fast food chains, and other retailers are tracking your kids online this holiday season? A landmark 2013 law aimed at protecting the privacy of America's youngest mobile consumers hasn't stopped app developers from collecting vast ...

7 largest US districts to teach computer science

December 8, 2014 12:29 pm | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Comments

The seven largest school districts in the U.S. are joining more than 50 others to start offering introductory computer science to all their students, the White House said Monday. The school districts encompassing New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami ...

Researchers convert sunlight to electricity with over 40 percent efficiency!

December 8, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UNSW Australia's solar researchers have converted over 40% of the sunlight hitting a solar system into electricity, the highest efficiency ever reported. The record efficiency was achieved in outdoor tests in Sydney, before being independently confirmed by ...

Unusual electronic state found in new class of superconductors

December 8, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Columbia Engineering, Columbia Physics and Kyoto University has discovered an unusual form of electronic order in a new family of unconventional ...

Technique allows low-cost creation of 3-D nanostructures

December 8, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new lithography technique that uses nanoscale spheres to create three-dimensional (3-D) structures with biomedical, electronic and photonic applications. The new technique is ...

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Review: Standout phone features, but do you need?

December 8, 2014 9:03 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

There's an Android phone for everyone. Need to swim with it? Get a waterproof model. Travel a lot? Get one with longer battery life. The novel features in these phones aren't going to be necessities for everyone (especially at these prices). But if ...

World's fastest 2-D camera may enable new scientific discoveries

December 4, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of biomedical engineers at Washington University in St. Louis, led by Lihong Wang, PhD, the Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has developed the world's fastest receive-only 2-D camera, a device that can capture ...

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