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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions with a more effective carbon capture method

March 4, 2015 3:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Trapping carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants and various industries could play a significant role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future. But current materials that can collect CO2 -- from smokestacks, for example -- have low capacities ...

Big box stores could ditch the grid, use natural gas fuel cells instead

March 4, 2015 3:02 pm | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Large facilities like big box stores or hospitals could keep the lights on by using a fuel cell that runs off the natural gas that already flows in pipelines below most city streets. Instead of drawing electricity from the power grid, facilities could use natural gas-powered solid oxide fuel ...

Siemens grants $30 million in software licenses to the George Washington University

March 4, 2015 2:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Today, from the opening of the new Science and Engineering Hall at the George Washington University, Siemens and GW announced a $30 million in-kind grant of software licenses to enhance programs in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and strengthen ...

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Where you live could mean 'greener' alternatives do more harm than good

March 4, 2015 2:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Whether it's swapping your car for an electric vehicle, or your natural gas furnace for geothermal heating, transitioning from fossil fuels to electric-powered technology is widely believed to be the best way to lower carbon emissions....

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Why isn't the universe as bright as it should be?

March 4, 2015 1:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A handful of new stars are born each year in the Milky Way, while many more blink on across the universe. But astronomers have observed that galaxies should be churning out millions more stars, based on the amount of interstellar gas available....

Internet invades everything at gadget fair in Barcelona

March 4, 2015 1:41 pm | by JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press | Comments

The pervasive creep of the Internet from computers and phones to all kinds of objects is the theme of this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress wireless show. For those who couldn't join the tens of thousands in Barcelona ...

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FCC head defends Internet neutrality rules on the road

March 4, 2015 12:29 pm | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | Comments

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Tuesday that ...

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Cameras in drones: Rapid progress for $1 billion+ non-military market

March 4, 2015 11:38 am | by IDTechEx | Comments

Most drones are and will remain electric as detailed in the new IDTechEx report, "Electric Drones: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) 2015-2025" www.idtechex.com/uav. Cameras of an increasing variety of types will be in more and more drones....

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Obesity is associated with brain's neurotransmitters

March 4, 2015 10:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain. New research reveals how obesity is associated with altered functioning of brain's opioid system....

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Twitter helps smokers kick the habit, UCI-Stanford study finds

March 4, 2015 10:40 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When subjects in a smoking cessation program tweet each other regularly, they're more successful at kicking the habit, according to a study by UC Irvine and Stanford University researchers. Specifically, daily "automessages" that encourage and direct the social media ...

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Army Research Laboratory lays out science and technology priorities through 2019

March 4, 2015 9:05 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

U.S. Army Research Laboratory, or ARL, director Dr. Thomas Russell approved the final technical implementation plan that will guide the laboratory's technical strategy through 2019. The implementation plan is the final element of ARL's technical strategy....

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Smart garments could change how we interact

March 3, 2015 10:52 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

As wearables become more common, consumers also want them to be smaller and less obtrusive. Smartwatches are in their heyday now, but the consumer of the future might be looking for a device that is not only more useful, but more invisible....

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United Airlines won't accept rechargeable battery shipments

March 3, 2015 10:46 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | Comments

Some of the world's largest airlines are banning bulk shipments of rechargeable batteries in the face of mounting evidence of their potential to cause catastrophic in-flight fires. Citing safety concerns, United Airlines on Monday became the second major ...

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UC research partnership explores how to best harness solar power

March 2, 2015 4:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger, lighter, more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon or germanium technology on the market. Yan Jin, a UC doctoral student ...

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Supersonic electrons could produce future solar fuel

March 2, 2015 4:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from institutions including Lund University have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons' rapid transit through a light-converting molecule....

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