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A qubit candidate shines brighter

December 29, 2014 1:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the race to design the world's first universal quantum computer, a special kind of diamond defect called a nitrogen vacancy (NV) center is playing a big role. NV centers consist of a nitrogen atom and a vacant site that together replace two adjacent carbon atoms in ...

What you tweet when partying can be useful for improving urban planning

December 29, 2014 1:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Millions of Twitter users are constantly reporting where they are and what they are doing. With this information, two Spanish computer science experts suggest using geolocalized tweets for urban planning and land use. They have already done it in ...

Photos of the Day: 15 best drone images from 2014

December 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by Dronestagram | Comments

The drone enthusiast community has been very inspired this year. With thousands of stunning pictures published on our platform, the future of photography is in good hands. Here are the best photos that drones took in 2014 all over the world....

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Air Force's largest solar array celebrates 1st anniversary

December 29, 2014 12:55 pm | by Kevin Elliott, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Public Affairs | Comments

The 16.4-megawatt solar farm, built under a 25-year power purchase agreement, was a joint effort between the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Davis-Monthan AFB, SunEdison, LLC and Tucson Electric Power (TEP). The array is exceeding expectations....

Crafting ultrathin color coatings in Harvard's sub-basement

December 29, 2014 12:49 pm | by Harvard University | Comments

In a sub-basement deep below the Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering at Harvard University, Mikhail Kats gets dressed. Mesh shoe covers, a face mask, a hair net, a pale gray jumpsuit, knee-high fabric boots, vinyl gloves, safety goggles, and ...

2015 International CES to host largest ever "Internet of Things" showcase

December 29, 2014 12:28 pm | by Consumer Electronics Association | Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that the 2015 International CES will feature the largest ever showcase of products, services and technologies that make up the “Internet of Things” (IoT), with more than 900 exhibitors planning ...

Smart homes in Europe and North America reached 10.6 million in 2014

December 29, 2014 12:20 pm | by Berg Insight | Comments

According to a new research report from Berg Insight, the number smart homes in Europe and North America reached 10.6 million in 2014. The North American market recorded a 70 percent year-on-year growth in the installed base of smart homes to 7.9 million....

E-readers foil good night's sleep

December 29, 2014 11:09 am | by Penn State | Comments

You may think your e-reader is helping you get to sleep at night, but it might actually be harming your quality of sleep, according to researchers. Exposure to light during evening and early nighttime hours suppresses release of the sleep-facilitating hormone melatonin....

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Atom-thick CCD could capture images

December 29, 2014 10:48 am | by Rice University | Comments

An atomically thin material developed at Rice University may lead to the thinnest-ever imaging platform. Synthetic two-dimensional materials based on metal chalcogenide compounds could be the basis for superthin devices, according to Rice researchers....

Powerful enough for a gamer, made for an engineer

December 29, 2014 10:35 am | by Brigham Young University | Comments

It's like a scene from a gamer's wildest dreams: 12 high-definition, 55-inch 3D televisions all connected to a computer capable of supporting high-end, graphics-intensive gaming. On the massive screen, images are controlled by a Wii remote that interacts with ...

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Army takes another step toward self-sustainment

December 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Jeff Sisto, NSRDEC Public Affairs | Comments

The Army took another step toward increasing self sustainment, while saving energy at its contingency bases overseas.Army researchers recently completed Demonstration 1, the first in a series of demonstrations looking at energy-saving technologies, which will ...

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Giant blimp to patrol skies for missile threat

December 29, 2014 10:21 am | by C. Todd Lopez | Comments

The army plans to launch the first of two tethered aerostats from a ground base just north of Baltimore in late December, 2014.The aerostat, part of the "Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor" system, referred to as JLENS for short ...

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Virtual lab advances DoD's ability to test microelectronics

December 29, 2014 9:34 am | by DARPA | Comments

Under the auspices of DARPA’s Integrity and Reliability of Integrated Circuits program, researchers from the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are collaborating in powerful new ways to determine the ...

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Internet of Things stimulates MEMS market

December 29, 2014 9:30 am | by IHS Technology | Comments

The explosive expansion of the Internet of things (IoT) is driving rapid demand growth for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) devices in areas including asset-tracking systems, smart grids and building automation. Worldwide market revenue for MEMS ...

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Breakthrough in predictions of pressure-dependent combustion chemical reactions

December 29, 2014 9:25 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Sandia and Argonne national laboratories have demonstrated, for the first time, a method to successfully predict pressure-dependent chemical reaction rates. It's an important breakthrough in combustion and atmospheric chemistry that is expected to ...

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