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Toyota to launch fuel cell car next month

November 18, 2014 10:46 am | by KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press | Comments

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. The world's largest automaker announced Tuesday that it will begin ...

U.S. to build two flagship supercomputers for National Labs

November 18, 2014 10:09 am | by Nvidia | Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled plans to build two GPU-accelerated supercomputers – expected to deliver at least three-times greater performance than today’s most powerful system – which will move the world closer to the long-held goal of ...

Researchers build tractor beam to move particles using light

November 18, 2014 5:57 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Optical trapping and manipulation of light-absorbing particles. The particle is visible as bright spot localized in the focal area of the singular beam   A research team that includes physicists from Texas A&M University at Qatar has taken the ...

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A new acoustic sensor for chemical and biological detection

November 17, 2014 6:52 pm | by Argonne National Laboratory | Comments

A new microscopic acoustic device that has been dramatically improved by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has the potential to form a new test for ovarian cancer or the presence of a particular chemical....

New report on sex and gender differences in adaptation to space flight

November 17, 2014 2:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the future, as space exploration takes astronauts on longer missions and more female astronauts participate, "The Impact of Sex and Gender on Adaptation to Space" will become increasingly critical to astronaut safety and mission success, as explored ...

UT Arlington to lead $1.6 million research project focused on digital learning

November 17, 2014 1:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Lab at UT Arlington has been chosen to lead a $1.6 million initiative to connect and support researchers across the country as they examine digital learning's effect on higher education today and ...

Spiral laser beam creates quantum whirlpool

November 17, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists have engineered a spiral laser beam and used it to create a whirlpool of hybrid light-matter particles called polaritons. "Creating circulating currents of polaritons - vortices - and controlling them has been a long-standing challenge," said leader ...

Readying the neural network

November 17, 2014 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Synapse, the name for the signal-receiving site on a neuron, comes from the Greek word for contact. Neuroscientists used to maintain that neurons form one-to-one relationship to contact one another. Yet more researchers are finding evidence that shows ...

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Controlling the movements occurring within magnetic materials

November 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of New York University and University of Barcelona physicists has developed a method to control the movements occurring within magnetic materials, which are used to store and carry information. The breakthrough could simultaneously bolster ...

Revolutionary solar-friendly form of silicon shines

November 17, 2014 12:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Silicon is the second most-abundant element in the earth's crust. When purified, it takes on a diamond structure, which is essential to modern electronic devices--carbon is to biology as silicon is to technology. A team of Carnegie scientists led ...

NTU engineers develop innovative process to print flexible electronic circuits

November 17, 2014 10:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has successfully printed complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer. The electronic circuits are printed using unique materials in layers on top of everyday flexible materials such as ...

Camera taken to space in '60s sold for $275,000

November 17, 2014 9:46 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The camera that "would forever change our view of Earth" from space more than a half century ago has been sold at auction for $275,000, the auctioneer says. The Hasselblad camera body and Zeiss lens, reportedly purchased by astronaut Wally Schirra ...

Engineers-in-training compete to be world champion drone builders

November 17, 2014 9:44 am | by American Society of Mechanical Engineers | Comments

Eighteen teams of young engineers-in-training competed for the right to call themselves world champion drone builders at the 22nd annual ASME Student Design Competition (SDC) finals today at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress...

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Review: Apple's iOS 8 provides a smarter type

November 17, 2014 9:42 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

I never would have considered writing this review on my iPhone if I hadn't upgraded to Apple's new operating system, iOS 8. With the free upgrade, typing on the iPhone's touch keyboard doesn't seems as tedious, cumbersome, or infuriating ...

Rutgers engineers create smartphone app to cut risk of power outages

November 17, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An easy-to-use smartphone app developed by Rutgers engineers will help keep the lights on in a heavily wooded New Jersey suburb that suffered widespread power outages during Superstorm Sandy. Officials in Warren Township, a country-like ...

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