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Nuclear should be in the energy mix for biodiversity

December 15, 2014 5:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Leading conservation scientists from around the world have called for a substantial role for nuclear power in future energy-generating scenarios in order to mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity. In an open letter to environmentalists with ...

Mobile radio passive radar makes harbors safer

December 15, 2014 5:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Airports are now subject to careful security surveillance, but many coastal towns and ports are not; they often lack radar installations to keep track of small boats, meaning terrorists could easily use speedboats to approach the coastline and bring explosives ...

Ancient wisdom boosts sustainability of biotech cotton

December 15, 2014 5:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Advocates of biotech crops and those who favor traditional farming practices such as crop diversity often seem worlds apart, but a new study shows that these two approaches can be compatible. An international team led by Chinese scientists and ...

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Disney Research builds computer models to analyze pro basketball and soccer

December 15, 2014 5:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With the ball at the three-point line near the top of the key, what will Tim Duncan of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs do? Pass to a player posting up? Or does he take a shot? An analysis by Disney Research of player tracking data, however, suggests the ...

Lead islands in graphene can magnetize the material of the future

December 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers in Spain have discovered that if lead atoms are intercalated on a graphene sheet, a powerful magnetic field is generated by the interaction of the electrons' spin with their orbital movement. This property could have implications in ...

New algorithm a Christmas gift to 3-D printing -- and the environment

December 15, 2014 5:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Just in time for Christmas, Simon Fraser University computing science professor Richard Zhang reveals how to print a 3D Christmas tree efficiently and with zero material waste, using the world's first algorithm for automatically decomposing a ...

Copyright confusion has 'chilling effects' in online creative publishing

December 15, 2014 5:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Online content creation has become easier than ever and is quickly reaching parity with content consumption. From writing a blog or social media post to letting an app turn your photos into a video montage, anyone with an Internet connection can ...

Giant European particle collider ready for 2nd run

December 15, 2014 4:40 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The scientific organization that operates the world's biggest particle accelerator says it's gearing up for a second three-year run. The Large Hadron Collider buried beneath the Swiss-French border near Geneva was instrumental in the discovery of ...

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Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green

December 15, 2014 4:35 pm | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming. Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of ...

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Photos of the Day: U.S. launches classified defense satellite

December 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office payload launches from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. The mission is classified for national security reasons, so no details ...

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Earth's most abundant mineral finally has a name

December 15, 2014 9:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An ancient meteorite and high-energy X-rays have helped scientists conclude a half century of effort to find, identify and characterize a mineral that makes up 38 percent of the Earth. And in doing so, a team of scientists led by Oliver Tschauner, a mineralogist ...

Controlling shape of light particles opens the way to 'quantum internet'

December 15, 2014 9:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the same way as we now connect computers in networks through optical signals, it could also be possible to connect future quantum computers in a 'quantum internet'. The optical signals would then consist of individual light particles or photons. One ...

Fraud-proof credit cards possible with quantum physics

December 15, 2014 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Credit card fraud and identify theft are serious problems for consumers and industries. Though corporations and individuals work to improve safeguards, it has become increasingly difficult to protect financial data and personal information from ...

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Stanford team combines logic, memory to build a 'high-rise' chip

December 15, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For decades, the mantra of electronics has been smaller, faster, cheaper. Today, Stanford engineers add a fourth word - taller. At a conference in San Francisco, a Stanford team will reveal how to build high-rise chips that could leapfrog the performance of ...

High-speed Internet on its way to more schools

December 15, 2014 9:36 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission agreed Thursday to dramatically boost spending to bring high-speed Internet access to schools and libraries in poor or rural areas, a move that would likely increase Americans' phone bills by about $2 a ...

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