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Elon Musk's solar company to use former Solyndra buildings

February 25, 2015 5:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. The two-building, 200,000-square-foot complex in Fremont, California ...

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Photos of the Day: Military's largest cargo plane transports pathfinder backplane

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by NASA | Comments

Rare glimpse into the mouth of a C-5 Galaxy military transport plane, the largest cargo plane in the U.S. fleet, which was designed to carry tanks, just before STTARS (the Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea) was loaded for transport....

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Mouser, Grant Imahara unveil robotics "Empowering Innovation Challenge"

February 25, 2015 11:25 am | by Mouser Electronics | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is partnering with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to call on engineers of all levels to join them on a journey to Empower Innovation Together. Engineers worldwide can engage with Grant Imahara ...

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New flow battery to keep big cities lit, green, & safe

February 25, 2015 11:02 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery design that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in Nature Communications , uses an electrolyte that has more than ...

New nanowire structure absorbs light efficiently

February 25, 2015 10:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University, Finland have developed a new method to implement different types of nanowires side-by-side into a single array on a single substrate. The new technique makes it possible to use different semiconductor materials ...

Using 'fuzzy logic' to optimize hybrid solar/battery systems

February 25, 2015 10:51 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

How did fuzzy logic help a group of researchers in Tunisia and Algeria create an ideal photovoltaic system that obeys the supply-and-demand principle and its delicate balance? In the Journal of Renewable & Sustainable Energy ...

In quest for better lithium-air batteries, chemists boost carbon's stability

February 25, 2015 10:47 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

To power a car so it can travel hundreds of miles at a time, lithium-ion batteries of the future are going to have to hold more energy without growing too big in size. That's one of the dilemmas confronting efforts to power cars ...

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Queen's researchers in bid to develop world's fastest super computers

February 25, 2015 9:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast are creating ground-breaking computer software which has the potential to develop some of the world's fastest super computers. The software, developed by researchers in the School of Electronics ...

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Graphene shows potential as novel anti-cancer therapeutic strategy

February 25, 2015 9:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Manchester scientists have used graphene to target and neutralise cancer stem cells while not harming other cells. This new development opens up the possibility of preventing or treating a broad range of cancers, using a non-toxic material....

Russia to keep its part of space station after its duty ends

February 25, 2015 9:34 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Russia's space agency expects the International Space Station to stay in orbit through 2024, and plans to create its own space outpost with its segment of the station after that. Roscosmos' scientific council concluded Tuesday that ...

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Bar-Ilan University neuroscientists literally change the way we think

February 24, 2015 4:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Does your mind wander when performing monotonous, repetitive tasks? Of course! But daydreaming involves more than just beating back boredom. In fact, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

Porsche enters the battery powered car race

February 24, 2015 4:47 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Porsche may be drawing closer to Tesla territory with a high-end battery-powered car, according to a report from Car Magazine. The rumored Tesla rival is currently going by the name Porsche 717, a moniker that might be changed ...

Nanotechnology and genetic interference may tackle 'untreatable' brain tumors

February 24, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

There are no effective available treatments for sufferers of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive and devastating form of brain tumor. The disease, always fatal, has a survival rate of only 6-18 months. Now a new Tel Aviv University study may offer ...

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Novel pretreatment could cut biofuel costs by 30 percent or more

February 24, 2015 3:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have invented a novel pretreatment technology that could cut the cost of biofuels production by about 30 percent or more by dramatically reducing the amount of enzymes needed to break down ...

Space station 3-D printed items, seedlings return in the belly of a Dragon

February 24, 2015 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Newly 3-D printed wrenches, data to improve cooling systems, protein crystals and seedling samples returned Feb. 10 aboard SpaceX's fifth contracted resupply mission to the International Space Station. Researchers will ...

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