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Watching the hidden life of materials

October 27, 2014 4:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the "smart material" vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal....

Obama taking action to push manufacturing

October 27, 2014 4:31 pm | by JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama on Monday expanded his push for increased manufacturing in the United States by directing federal money toward new technologies, apprenticeship programs and competitions designed to assist small manufacturers....

Excellence in engineering recognized at women's engineering event

October 27, 2014 11:25 am | Comments

Two Huntington Ingalls Industries employees were honored last week at the Society of Women Engineers’ annual conference in Los Angeles. Alma Martinez Fallon from HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division and Dianna Genton from HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division received recognition for their dedication to women in the engineering profession.

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UT Dallas team infuses science into 'Minecraft' modification

October 27, 2014 11:14 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The 3-D world of the popular "Minecraft" video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, "Polycraft World," created by University of Texas at Dallas professors, students and alumni....

New software promises to revolutionize survey design and accuracy

October 27, 2014 11:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Doctoral student Emma Tosch of University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Computer Science won a Best Paper award this week at the premier international computer programming language design conference in Portland, Ore., for her work on "Surveyman"....

New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring

October 27, 2014 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In less than a minute, a miniature device developed at the University of Montreal can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive than equipment ...

Strong magnetic field produces an exotic superconducting state

October 27, 2014 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Superconductors and magnetic fields do not usually get along. But a research team led by a Brown University physicist has produced new evidence for an exotic superconducting state, first predicted a half-century ago, that can indeed arise....

Cutting power could dramatically boost laser output

October 27, 2014 10:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Lasers – devices that deliver beams of highly organized light – are so deeply integrated into modern technology that their basic operations would seem well understood. CD players, medical diagnostics and military surveillance all depend on lasers....

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Breakthrough paves the way for DNA-based computer circuits in the future

October 27, 2014 10:45 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a paper published today in Nature Nanotechnology, an international group of scientists announced the most significant breakthrough in a decade toward developing DNA-based electrical circuits. The central technological revolution of the 20th century ...

Smarter, quicker-thinking referees? There's an app for that!

October 27, 2014 10:40 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

KU Leuven and UEFA, European football's governing body, have embarked on a four-year project to expand and fine-tune a web-based skills training platform for referees. Early results show that the application can improve assistant referees' on-field perception....

How to pick a college? Data crunchers hope to help

October 27, 2014 10:34 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | Comments

For many high school seniors, fall means deciding where to apply for college and maybe visiting a guidance counselor. Data crunchers hope to help. The popularity of social media sites and advancements in the ability to analyze the vast amounts of data we put online ...

Engineering students win challenge for real-time traffic app

October 24, 2014 3:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Three University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering students have won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge for a smart traffic light network that adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficient....

US Navy awards $8 million to develop wave, tidal energy technology

October 24, 2014 3:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The U.S. Navy has committed to get half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. One element of that strategy will be looking to extract energy from tides, currents and waves. The University of Washington is helping to reach that goal....

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Liquid helium offers a fascinating new way to make charged molecules

October 24, 2014 3:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A collaboration between researchers at the Universities of Leicester and Innsbruck has developed a completely new way of forming charged molecules which offers tremendous potential for new areas of chemical research. Professor Andrew Ellis from ...

Environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic li-ion batteries

October 24, 2014 3:33 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physics researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University have discovered that most of the electrolytes used in lithium-ion batteries — commonly found in consumer electronic devices — are superhalogens, and that the vast majority of these electrolytes ...

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