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Twisted light transmitted over a large distance outdoors

November 12, 2014 9:21 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A group of researchers from Austria have sent twisted beams of light across the rooftops of Vienna. It is the first time that twisted light has been transmitted over a large distance outdoors, and could enable researchers to take advantage ...

Startup working to turn hoverboards into reality

November 12, 2014 9:10 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | Comments

The more your knees quiver, the more the 90 pound board you're perched on, floating above a pillow of air, seems about to shoot out from under your feet. A high-pitched engine scream bounces from the sheet of copper as you swivel and glide ...

Bilingual brains better equipped to process information

November 12, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Speaking more than one language is good for the brain, according to new research that indicates bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily than those who know a single language. The benefits occur because the ...

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Scientists build a better eye on our world

November 11, 2014 4:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Science begins with observation, and many defining moments in scientific progress followed the introduction of new ways to observe the world, from microscopes and telescopes to X-rays and MRIs. The Electronic Visualization Laboratory ...

UH receives $1.5M grant to prepare future cybersecurity workers

November 11, 2014 4:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

With breaches in data on the rise, cybersecurity is a growing concern. The University of Houston (UH) has been awarded a $1.5 million CyberCorps grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to train students in this increasingly important area ...

Creating bright X-ray pulses in the laser lab

November 11, 2014 4:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

X-rays are widely used in medicine and in materials science. To take a picture of a broken bone, it is enough to create a continuous flux of X-ray photons, but in order to study time-dependent phenomena on very short timescales, short X-ray pulses ...

Space: The final frontier in silicon chemistry

November 11, 2014 4:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Silicon, which is one of the most common elements in the Earth's crust, is also sprinkled abundantly throughout interstellar space. The only way to identify silicon-containing molecules in the far corners of the cosmos - and to understand ...

Mouser to distribute products by Advantech, an Intel IoT Member

November 11, 2014 3:51 pm | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. announced today it has entered into a distribution agreement for Europe and the Americas with Advantech, an innovator in the development and manufacture of high-quality, high-performance embedded and automation ...

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Harwin signs Lacon as German distributor

November 11, 2014 3:43 pm | Comments

Harwin has appointed Lacon as its German distributor to help drive increased market penetration in the region.  Lacon has over thirty years’ experience in high value-added distribution services and carries over 100,000 product lines from leading European ...

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Drexel engineers improve strength and flexibility of atom-thick films

November 11, 2014 3:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Making a paper airplane in school used to mean trouble. Today it signals a promising discovery in materials science research that could help next-generation technology -like wearable energy storage devices- get off the ground. Researchers ...

Controlling genes with your thoughts

November 11, 2014 2:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It sounds like something from the scene in Star Wars where Master Yoda instructs the young Luke Skywalker to use the force to release his stricken X-Wing from the swamp: Marc Folcher and other researchers from the group led by Martin Fussenegger ...

Final countdown nears for 1st comet landing

November 11, 2014 2:49 pm | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

How do you land a spacecraft on a comet that is streaking by at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph)? That's a problem scientists have been grappling with for more than a decade as they prepare for one of the most audacious space adventures ever....

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At a Glance: Pros, cons of mobile-payment systems

November 11, 2014 2:42 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Wireless? Bar codes? What's the best way to pay with your phone? Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you ...

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Sandia releases interface to help standardize supercomputer power and energy systems

November 11, 2014 12:53 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

To help moderate the energy needs of increasingly power-hungry supercomputers, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have released an application programming interface (API) with the goal of standardizing measurement and control....

Supercomputing speeds advances in deep neural networks

November 11, 2014 10:53 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Thomas Huang's research team is developing algorithms for image recognition for those unlabeled images with research spilling over to multimedia. The focus is on biometrics (face recognition, emotional recognition), human computer interface (avatars) ...

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