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Sensor uses radio waves to detect subtle changes in pressure

October 10, 2014 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Stanford engineers have invented a wireless pressure sensor that has already been used to measure brain pressure in lab mice with brain injuries. The underlying technology has such broad potential that it could one day be used to create....

Tesla's 'D' adds all-wheel drive, safety features

October 10, 2014 10:30 am | by Justin Pritchard - Associated Press - Associated Press | Comments

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new version of the luxury electric car maker's Model S sedan that includes all-wheel drive and self-driving "auto pilot" features. The open-to-the-public event Thursday night included free alcohol and test rides....

Dead star shines on

October 10, 2014 9:16 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A supernova is the cataclysmic death of a star, but it seems its remnants shine on. Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. This is the brightest pulsar -- a dense stellar remnant....

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Hubble reveals most detailed exoplanet weather map ever

October 10, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have made the most detailed map ever of the temperature of an exoplanet's atmosphere, and traced the amount of water it contains. The planet targeted for both of the investigations ...

'Plasmonic paper' detects chemical warfare agents

October 10, 2014 9:12 am | by AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing | Comments

Using a common laboratory filter paper decorated with gold nanoparticles, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have created a unique platform, known as "plasmonic paper," for detecting and characterizing even trace amounts of chemicals....

DNA nano-foundries cast custom-shaped metal nanoparticles

October 10, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have unveiled a new method to form tiny 3D metal nanoparticles in prescribed shapes and dimensions using DNA, Nature's building block, as a construction mold....

Electrically conductive plastics promising for batteries, solar cells

October 10, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics called "radical polymers" may bring low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries and ultrathin antistatic coatings for consumer electronics and aircraft. Researchers have established....

Virtual worlds to be used to trial potential new water systems

October 10, 2014 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Virtual worlds similar to those experienced by game-players of the global phenomena Minecraft and SimCity could be used to help test potential new water infrastructure development in the UK. Experts from the University of Exeter are pioneering....

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The new family portrait? 3D-printed statue selfies

October 10, 2014 8:52 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Walk into Eddie DaRoza's office and you'll find two of him there: the actual 32-year-old video producer, and a 5-inch statuette of him. "There are a lot of double takes. It's like a little action figure of myself," the Los Angeles native said....

Japan court orders Google to remove search results

October 10, 2014 8:48 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

A Japanese judge has ordered Google to remove search results of a man's unflattering past in an order the plaintiff's lawyer compared to Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling. The Tokyo District Court ordered Google Japan on Thursday....

Robotic surgery produces more complications, higher expense

October 10, 2014 8:45 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University....

More efficient transformer materials

October 9, 2014 2:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Transformers convert the standard voltage from the wall outlet into the lower voltages required by electronic devices. Similar but more powerful transformers are used in electricity substations to convert the high voltages of the transmission grid....

Miniature camera may lead to fewer accidents

October 9, 2014 2:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

All too often, a driver has only fractions of a second to decide when facing a potential car accident: A brief moment of distraction, overtiredness or inattention – there are several reasons why the number of accidents in Germany is high, on the autobahns most of all....

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Neuroscientists claim rare pair of research grants

October 9, 2014 2:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a rare distinction for one university, neuroimaging world leaders and USC Professors Arthur Toga and Paul Thompson will receive two major research center awards to advance their exploration of the human brain. Toga and Thompson each will establish....

New advances in additive manufacturing using laser solid forming to produce metallic parts

October 9, 2014 2:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Laser Solid Forming (LSF) is an innovative method for direct fabrication of metallic components in additive manufacturing. Renowned researchers Weidong Huang and Lin Xin, from China's Northwestern Polytechnical University, Shaanxi, describe their progress....

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