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Widespread wind from black hole can shape star formation

February 23, 2015 8:01 am | by European Space Agency | Comments

Astronomers have discovered that the winds from supermassive black holes at the centre of galaxies are blasted out in all directions. This new finding was made possible by observations with ESA's XMM-Newton and NASA's NuSTAR X-ray telescopes and it supports the picture of black holes ...

How black holes and their host galaxies might have evolved at the same time

February 20, 2015 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

By looking at the speed of ambient gas spewing out from a well-known quasar, astronomers are gaining insight into how black holes and their host galaxies might have evolved at the same time. Using the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array ...

NASCAR effort focuses on math, science for kids

February 20, 2015 9:02 am | by KIMBERLY HEFLING, AP Education Writer | Comments

It takes a lot of geometry and physics to get a race car to go 200 laps at speeds that can top 200 mph. In a nod to the often overlooked science behind races like Sunday's Daytona 500, NASCAR is announcing a years-long commitment....

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Is DC power the way of the future?

February 20, 2015 8:01 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

The war of the currents still rages ... politely, as ECN gathered panelists earlier this month to talk about AC vs. DC, Tesla vs. Edison, data centers, and the future of power engineering on Engineering Live....

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New sensor will help predict yield in bioenergy crops

February 19, 2015 5:03 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

A “look-ahead” sensor that converted the bending load of napiergrass to a measure of yield was one of four yield-sensing approaches developed by University of Illinois researchers. The study was conducted in Lorida, Florida and funded by the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI)....

Smarter multicore chips

February 19, 2015 3:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Computer chips' clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores, which can execute computations in parallel. But the ways in which a chip carves ...

Researchers develop new technique for making molybdenum disulfide

February 19, 2015 3:26 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Graphene, a single-atom-thick lattice of carbon atoms, is often touted as a replacement for silicon in electronic devices due to its extremely high conductivity and unbeatable thinness. But graphene is not the only two-dimensional material ...

The first researcher to observe 'god particle' analogue in superconductors

February 19, 2015 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the Higgs boson - the "God particle" believed responsible for all the mass in the universe - took place in 2012 at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, an underground facility where accelerated sub-atomic particles zip around ...

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New NIST tools to help boost wireless channel frequencies and capacity

February 19, 2015 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Smartphones and tablets are everywhere, which is great for communications but a growing burden on wireless channels. Forecasted huge increases in mobile data traffic call for exponentially more channel capacity. Boosting bandwidth and capacity could speed ...

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Cyberbullying linked to increase in depression among female college students

February 19, 2015 2:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

More than 1 in 4 females have experienced cyberbullying in college, increasing their risk for depression. Female college students who acted as cyberbullies were also more likely to report problem alcohol use, according to a new study published in Cyberpsychology ...

A new view of the solar system: Astrophysical jets driven by the sun

February 19, 2015 2:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As the sun skims through the galaxy, it flings out charged particles in a stream of plasma called the solar wind, and the solar wind creates a bubble extending far outside the solar system known as the heliosphere. For decades, scientists ...

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Obama sets out privacy rules for government drones

February 19, 2015 1:57 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

As the U.S. prepares to see more drones aloft in coming years, President Barack Obama is taking steps to ensure that the government respects privacy and civil liberties when it uses the unmanned aircraft to collect information. Obama issued a memorandum....

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Littelfuse Speed2Design wins second Platinum MarCom Award

February 19, 2015 1:50 pm | Comments

Littelfuse, Inc. has received a 2014 Platinum MarCom Award in the Marketing/Promo Campaign/Special Event category for the planning and promotion of the Speed2Design 2013 campaign. The company earned its second Platinum Award for creating ...

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MAPPS Fall Conference to be held in conjunction with Drone World Expo

February 19, 2015 1:45 pm | Comments

Drone World Expo is thrilled to announce a conference partnership with MAPPS, which will bring together all stakeholders, constituents, and levels of government in the surveying, mapping, and geospatial field. The MAPPS Conference will be held as a part of Drone World Expo....

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Review: Freedom! These smartwatches leave the phone behind

February 19, 2015 12:48 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Strap on the Samsung Gear S or the Sony SmartWatch 3 if you want to take a jog on the beach or head out for a bike ride without your phone clunking along. One of my frustrations with early smartwatches has been how little ...

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