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Neutrino detectors could help curb nuclear weapons activity

August 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and even in the fictional world of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" look to subatomic particles called neutrinos to answer the big questions about the universe. Now, a group of scientists led by a physics professor ...

Researchers prove stability of wonder material silicene

August 12, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team of researchers has taken a significant step towards understanding the fundamental properties of the two-dimensional material silicene by showing that it can remain stable in the presence of oxygen. In a study published today, 12 August, in IOP Publishing's journal 2D Materials ...

Could hemp nanosheets topple graphene for making the ideal supercapacitor?

August 12, 2014 12:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As hemp makes a comeback in the U.S. after a decades-long ban on its cultivation, scientists are reporting that fibers from the plant can pack as much energy and power as graphene, long-touted as the model material for supercapacitors. They're presenting their research....

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Mostly positive reviews for NFL's new tablets

August 12, 2014 12:14 pm | by Teresa M. Walker, AP Pro Football Writer | Comments

Adjusting to new technology just isn't easy for some people, even in the NFL where everyone is trying to find that winning edge.Even in a pouring rain, Titans assistant coach Louie Cioffi flipped through soggy black-and-white printouts reviewing the opening series with his defensive backs....

A Closer Look: Multitasking on mobile devices

August 12, 2014 10:30 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Smartphones and tablets would be much more useful if they allowed us to multitask the way desktop and laptop computers do. When I'm watching video, for instance, I have to pause it to read an email or text that comes in. When I'm composing a message to make plans ...

High school STEM Engineering Program will incorporate 3-D design and printing projects in fall curriculum

August 12, 2014 9:05 am | Comments

The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education's (CIJE) CIJE-Tech programs in schools nationwide will add advanced 3-D printing and software design as part of its CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program. The CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program ...

Synthetic bones may help in search for shock wave defense

August 12, 2014 8:19 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Shock waves from battlefield explosions are invisible threats for U.S. Soldiers and their top-of-the-line combat helmets, but with new studies in synthetic human physiology, researchers are learning how to lessen blast wave effects on the brain....

The world's leading trade fair for the electronics industry is 50

August 11, 2014 4:45 pm | Comments

The world's leading trade fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2014. Since 1964, electronica has been showing the electronic trends of tomorrow and providing a comprehensive overview of the international industry....

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The future of the automobile at electronica 2014: Connectivity, lighting and autonomous driving

August 11, 2014 4:39 pm | Comments

In the future, mobility will to a large extent be influenced by developments in automotive electronics. The latest buzzwords include energy efficiency, electromobility, connected car and autonomous driving. This year, some 1,500 exhibitors will demonstrate these....

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Scarcity of elements in products like smartphones needs addressing, say scientists

August 11, 2014 3:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Many of today's technological innovations from the iPhone to electric motors for hybrid cars require the use of materials — elements — that are scarce or difficult to obtain. As demand for these devices grows, the problem of dwindling critical element supplies must be addressed....

The grass really is greener on TV and computer screens, thanks to quantum dots

August 11, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

High-tech specks called quantum dots could bring brighter, more vibrant color to mass market TVs, tablets, phones and other displays. Today, a scientist will describe a new technology called 3M quantum dot enhancement film (QDEF) that efficiently makes liquid crystal display (LCD) screens more richly colored....

Physicists create water tractor beam

August 11, 2014 3:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach. The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered they can control water flow patterns....

Astrophysicists detect destruction of 3 stars by black holes

August 11, 2014 3:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences have reported registering three possible occasions of the total destruction of stars by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies....

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'Seeing' through virtual touch is believing

August 11, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Visual impairment comes in many forms, and it's on the rise in America. A University of Cincinnati experiment aimed at this diverse and growing population could spark development of advanced tools to help all the aging baby boomers, injured veterans, diabetics and white-cane-wielding pedestrians....

Nanocubes get in a twist

August 11, 2014 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanocubes are anything but child's play. Weizmann Institute scientists have used them to create surprisingly yarn-like strands: They showed that given the right conditions, cube-shaped nanoparticles are able to align into winding helical structures....

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