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New 3-D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

October 22, 2014 4:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

At first glance, the static, greyscale display created by a group of researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China might not catch the eye of a thoughtful consumer in a market saturated with flashy, colorful electronics....

UNL researcher wins federal grant for groundbreaking solar energy project

October 22, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The gap between solar energy's promise and fruition once seemed equal to the distance separating its source from the Earth. That gap has narrowed significantly in recent years and work continues to close it further. Jinsong Huang, associate professor of mechanical ...

The top 20 US cities for tech startups

October 22, 2014 4:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

When you think of tech startups, you probably think Northern California. Companies there receive the largest share of funding from venture capitalists, but there are several other notable pockets around the country. In the first nine months of the year ...

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Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

October 22, 2014 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges. Carbon nanotubes have been touted as exceptional materials with unique properties....

Ph.D. designs new devices based on metamaterials

October 22, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Víctor Torres Landivar, Telecommunications engineer, has designed and manufactured new devices based on metamaterials (artificial materials with properties not found in nature). On drawing up his PhD, defended at the Public University of Navarre ...

A 'Star Wars' laser bullet -- this is what it really looks like

October 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its surroundings? The answers lie in a film made at the Laser Centre....

Turning waste from whisky-making into fuel

October 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based ...

Adaptive-zoom riflescope has push-button magnification

October 22, 2014 12:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When an Army Special Forces officer-turned engineer puts his mind to designing a military riflescope, he doesn't forget the importance of creating something for the soldiers who will carry it that is easy to use, extremely accurate, light-weight and has ...

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Supercomputers create new window into the early universe

October 22, 2014 12:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using two world-class supercomputers, the researchers were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of their approach by simulating the formation of a massive galaxy at the dawn of cosmic time. The ALMA radio telescope – which stands at an elevation....

Producing solar power with impure silicon

October 22, 2014 12:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"We're using less expensive raw materials in smaller amounts, we have fewer production steps, and have potentially lower total energy consumption," PhD candidate Fredrik Martinsen and Professor Ursula Gibson of the Department of Physics at NTNU explain....

Scientists use magnetic molecules to reach temperatures below -272.15°C

October 22, 2014 12:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team of scientists have become the first ever researchers to successfully reach temperatures below minus 272.15 degrees Celsius – only just above absolute zero – using magnetic molecules. The physicists and chemists are presenting....

The cost of cable vs. a la carte

October 22, 2014 11:21 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Is a la carte streaming a better deal? Combining current streaming services including Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access and the expected price of HBO's service, which starts next year, would run you about half of the average price of monthly cable....

Clean diesel cars among finalists for “Green Car of the Year” award

October 22, 2014 11:12 am | Comments

Clean diesel cars were included among the five finalist positions for 2015 “Green Car of the Year” award with the Audi A3 TDI clean diesel car and the Volkswagen Golf, which offers a new 2.0 liter TDI clean diesel, gasoline and electric engines, being named as finalists....

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Estimating the range of electric vehicles

October 22, 2014 10:26 am | by North Carolina State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new software that estimates how much farther electric vehicles can drive before needing to recharge. The new technique requires drivers to plug in their destination and automatically pulls in....

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Photos of the Day: The world's first hoverboard

October 22, 2014 10:20 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

The Hendo Hoverboard, created by Jill and Greg Henderson, uses a similar technology as MagLev trains to create lift. The prototype can only be used over a non-ferrous metal surface like copper or aluminum, though production versions could solve that issue....

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