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Stopping at red lights exposes drivers to high levels of air pollution

February 13, 2015 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UK commuters spend an average of about 1.5 hours a day at the wheel. Road vehicles in particular are known to emit polluting nanoparticles which contribute to respiratory and heart diseases. Now, researchers at the University of Surrey have found that ...

Interstellar technology throws light on spinning black holes

February 13, 2015 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The team responsible for the Oscar-nominated visual effects at the centre of Christopher Nolan's epic, Interstellar, have turned science fiction into science fact by providing new insights into the powerful effects of black holes....

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China wind power capacity jumps to record high

February 13, 2015 9:12 am | by Associated Press | Comments

China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources. The National Energy Administration said Thursday ...

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Harvard, MIT sued over lack of closed captioning online

February 13, 2015 9:07 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Advocates for the deaf sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, saying the universities failed to provide closed captioning for online courses, podcasts and other educational programs....

This watch keeps you awake

February 12, 2015 4:31 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Fitness bands are intended to keep people moving, but what about an application for more sedate times? Spark, a smartwatch currently being funded on Kickstarter, gently vibrates using a 12V vibration motor if its suite of motion trackers notice ...

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Data-storage for eternity

February 12, 2015 4:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scrolls thousands of years old provide us with a glimpse into long-forgotten cultures and the knowledge of our ancestors. In this digital era, in contrast, a large part of our knowledge is located on servers and hard drives. It will be a challenge for this data ...

Exotic states materialize with supercomputers

February 12, 2015 4:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists used supercomputers to find a new class of materials that possess an exotic state of matter known as the quantum spin Hall effect. The researchers published their results in the journal Science in December 2014, where they propose ...

Power efficiency in the violin

February 12, 2015 4:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Some of the most prized violins in the world were crafted in the Italian workshops of Amati, Stradivari, and Guarneri -- master violinmaking families from the 17th and 18th centuries who produced increasingly powerful instruments in the renaissance ...

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Buildings with 'rocking' technology would be more earthquake-resilient

February 12, 2015 2:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Buildings that rock during an earthquake and return to plumb would withstand seismic shaking better than structural designs commonly used in vulnerable zones of California and elsewhere, a Case Western Reserve University researcher has found....

A novel high-power microwave generator

February 12, 2015 2:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

High-power microwaves are frequently used in civil applications, such as radar and communication systems, heating and current drive of plasmas in fusion devices, and acceleration in high-energy linear colliders. They can also be used for ...

Methane emissions from natural gas industry higher than previously thought

February 12, 2015 2:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

World leaders are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it's unclear just how much we're emitting. In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a new program to track these emissions, but scientists ...

New insight into how rubber could improve tires and reduce air pollution

February 12, 2015 2:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

People have been making rubber products from elastic bands to tires for centuries, but a key step in this process has remained a mystery. In a report in the ACS journal Macromolecules, scientists have described this ...

Waterloo researchers awarded $5.3 million to partner with industry on strategic research

February 12, 2015 2:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Eleven University of Waterloo researchers are receiving more than $5.3 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to partner with industry on strategic research - including a project that will ...

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Meeting the challenges of Big Data

February 12, 2015 2:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology is hosting a session on the challenges and social impacts of Big Data with the US Government Accountability Office at the AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting in San Jose, California....

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Bacterial armor holds clues for self-assembling nanostructures

February 12, 2015 2:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine thousands of copies of a single protein organizing into a coat of chainmail armor that protects the wearer from harsh and ever-changing environmental conditions. That is the case for many microorganisms. In a new study, researchers ...

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