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Penn and UC Merced researchers match physical and virtual atomic friction experiments

May 8, 2015 1:46 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Technological limitations have made studying friction on the atomic scale difficult, but researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Merced, have now made advances in that quest on two fronts.

Could mobile phone data help bring electricity to the developing world?

May 8, 2015 1:42 pm | by Santa Fe Institute | Comments

Lack of quality demographic data is a major obstacle to infrastructure planning in the developing world. In a recent study, a team of researchers from the Santa Fe Institute in the U.S., the University of Manchester in the U.K., and the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in ...

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Penn researchers develop custom artificial membranes with programmable surfaces

May 8, 2015 1:39 pm | by University of Pennsylvania | Comments

Decorating the outside of cells like tiny antenna, a diverse community of sugar molecules acts like a telecommunications system, sending and receiving information, recognizing and responding to foreign molecules and neighboring cells.

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Photos of the Day: Altered-gravity aircraft inaugurated

May 8, 2015 1:22 pm | by European Space Agency (ESA) | Comments

ESA, France’s space agency CNES and the German aerospace centre DLR inaugurated the Airbus A310 ZERO-G refitted for altered gravity by running 12 scientific experiments this week. Repeatedly putting the aircraft on an ...

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Chemistry student involved in sun harvest breakthrough

May 8, 2015 1:01 pm | by Faculty of Science - University of Copenhagen | Comments

The Sun is a huge source of energy. In just one hour planet Earth is hit by so much sunshine that humankind could cover its energy needs for an entire year if only we knew how to harvest and save it. But storing sunshine is not trivial. Now a student at Department of Chemistry ...

MIT engineers hand 'cognitive' control to underwater robots

May 8, 2015 11:55 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

For the last decade, scientists have deployed increasingly capable underwater robots to map and monitor pockets of the ocean to track the health of fisheries, and survey marine habitats and species. In general, such robots are effective at carrying out ...

University of Houston launches plans for superconductor manufacturing institute

May 8, 2015 11:52 am | by University of Houston | Comments

The University of Houston will lead plans for an Advanced Superconductor Manufacturing Institute (ASMI), aimed at speeding the full commercialization of high-temperature superconductors. Energetics Inc. will support UH in this effort.

Pandora wins appeal against songwriters society ASCAP

May 8, 2015 11:47 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of Internet streaming service Pandora in a dispute with the songwriters rights society ASCAP. ASCAP - the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers - had been seeking to raise what Pandora pays ...

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Drone use poised to expand to newsrooms despite FAA limits

May 8, 2015 11:44 am | by SALLY HO, Associated Press | Comments

Newsgathering by drone is gaining traction as an industry practice, but how the technology can actually be used to cover the news of the day is murky given its legal limitations. The emerging technology has been used in ...

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5 things to know about the NSA court ruling

May 8, 2015 11:39 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

A federal appeals court has declared illegal the National Security Agency program that collects data on the landline calling records of nearly every American. The ruling Thursday, the first of its kind by an appeals court, comes as Congress considers whether to continue, end or ...

Google opens its first Asia startup campus in Seoul

May 8, 2015 11:36 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google's first campus for startups and entrepreneurs in Asia opened on Friday in a glitzy neighborhood of South Korea's capital Seoul. Google Inc. cited South Korea's flourishing startup scene and pervasive smartphone use as the reasons for ...

Quality of graphene and spatial imaging of reactivity depends on carbon surface

May 8, 2015 10:53 am | by Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences | Comments

A convenient procedure to visualize defects on graphene layers by mapping the surface of carbon materials with an appropriate contrast agent was introduced by a team of researchers from Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry of Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) involved ...

Spacecraft MESSENGER reveals Mercury's magnetic field secrets

May 8, 2015 8:10 am | by University of British Columbia | Comments

New data from MESSENGER, the spacecraft that orbited Mercury for four years before crashing into the planet a week ago, reveals Mercury's magnetic field is almost four billion years old. The discovery helps scientists piece together the history of Mercury, the closest ...

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Nobel laureates, scholars discuss computation in the future of their fields

May 7, 2015 3:11 pm | by Brown University | Comments

John von Neumann was without doubt one of the 20th Century's greatest minds. He is considered to be one of the founders of digital computing, pioneered game theory as a model of decision-making, and made critical contributions in the fields of physics, applied mathematics, and engineering.

Fresh evidence for how water reached Earth found in asteroid debris

May 7, 2015 3:07 pm | by University of Warwick | Comments

Water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth, new research strongly suggests. Published by the Royal Astronomical Society and led by the University of Warwick, the research ...

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