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Reinterpreting dark matter

September 17, 2014 4:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In cosmology, cold dark matter is a form of matter the particles of which move slowly in comparison with light, and interact weakly with electromagnetic radiation. It is estimated that only a minute fraction of the matter in the Universe is baryonic matter....

Using solar energy to turn raw materials into ingredients for every day life

September 17, 2014 3:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Just about everything we touch in the course of a day - car, phone, computer, fridge, detergent - even medicines, rely on the chemical industry to turn raw materials such as petroleum by-products, minerals and farm products into valuable chemicals....

American-made wind turbine blades

September 17, 2014 3:31 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories is helping makers of wind turbine blades improve the labor productivity associated with blade fabrication and finishing. This improved productivity makes domestic blades more cost competitive with blades from countries ...

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Toward making lithium-sulfur batteries a commercial reality for a bigger energy punch

September 17, 2014 3:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A fevered search for the next great high-energy, rechargeable battery technology is on. Scientists are now reporting they have overcome key obstacles toward making lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries, which have the potential to leave today's lithium-ion ...

New MRI technique helps clinicians better predict outcomes following mild traumatic brain injury

September 17, 2014 3:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that detects microstructural changes in brain tissue, can help physicians better predict the likelihood for poor clinical outcomes following mild traumatic brain injury ...

Engineers develop algorithms to switch out and recharge battery modules in electric cars

September 17, 2014 3:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine being able to switch out the batteries in electric cars just like you switch out batteries in a photo camera or flashlight. A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are trying to accomplish just that, in partnership with ...

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Oxides discovered by CCNY team could advance memory devices

September 17, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The quest for the ultimate memory device for computing may have just taken an encouraging step forward. Researchers at The City College of New York led by chemist Stephen O'Brien have discovered new complex oxides that exhibit both magnetic ...

Smallest known galaxy with a supermassive black hole

September 17, 2014 3:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A University of Utah astronomer and his colleagues discovered that an ultracompact dwarf galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole – the smallest galaxy known to contain such a massive light-sucking object. The finding suggests huge black holes ...

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Nature's designs inspire research into new light-based technologies

September 17, 2014 3:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"Nature has developed, very cleverly, some lessons on how to create the features that we desire in optical design," said Joseph Shaw, director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University. "As we explore surfaces and structures ...

Nujira and Rohde & Schwarz host joint seminars on testing Envelope Tracking performance for Chinese market

September 17, 2014 12:17 pm | by Nujira Ltd. and Rohde & Schwarz | Comments

Nujira Ltd, the global Envelope Tracking (ET) chip company, and Rohde & Schwarz, leaders in test and measurement, will be hosting a series of joint seminars in China on how ET improves LTE battery life. The two companies will demonstrate test ...

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For electronics beyond silicon, a new contender emerges

September 17, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Silicon has few serious competitors as the material of choice in the electronics industry. Yet transistors, the switchable valves that control the flow of electrons in a circuit, cannot simply keep shrinking to meet the needs of powerful, compact ...

Scientists twist radio beams to send data

September 17, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Building on previous research that twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radiowaves, reaching high speeds without some of the hassles that can go with optical systems....

UCI team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time

September 17, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UC Irvine chemists have scored a scientific first: capturing moving images of a single molecule as it vibrates, or "breathes," and shifts from one quantum state to another. The groundbreaking achievement, led by Ara Apkarian, professor ...

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'Smart material' chin strap harvests energy from chewing

September 17, 2014 8:52 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable ...

Water-based nuclear battery developed by MU can be used to generate electrical energy

September 16, 2014 4:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

From cell phones to cars and flashlights, batteries play an important role in everyday life. Scientists and technology companies constantly are seeking ways to improve battery life and efficiency. Now, for the first time using a water-based solution ...

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