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NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory celebrates 15th anniversary

July 22, 2014 2:16 pm | by NASA | Comments

Fifteen years ago, NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. Since its deployment on July 23, 1999, Chandra has helped revolutionize our understanding of the universe through its unrivaled X-ray vision....

NIST shows ultrasonically propelled nanorods spin dizzyingly fast

July 22, 2014 12:52 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they'll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits. Why? No one yet knows exactly. But researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have clocked their speed—and it's fast....

Seals forage at offshore wind farms

July 22, 2014 12:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

By using sophisticated GPS tracking to monitor seals' every movement, researchers have shown for the first time that some individuals are repeatedly drawn to offshore wind farms and pipelines. Those man-made structures probably serve as artificial reefs and attractive hunting grounds....

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Obama commemorates moon landing's 45th anniversary

July 22, 2014 12:38 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

This week's 45th anniversary of man's first landing on the moon is being celebrated at the White House. President Barack Obama met with representatives of the Apollo 11 mission in the Oval Office Tuesday morning. Apollo 11 landed on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969....

Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips

July 22, 2014 12:36 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. But did you remember your gadgets and chargers? Did you download enough entertainment? Do you know where you're going? In my travels, I've come across a number of products and services worth bringing along....

Japan approves joint missile study, export to US

July 22, 2014 12:33 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | Comments

Japan has approved the export of a locally-made component for a missile defense system to the U.S. and is launching joint research with Britain on air-to-air missile technology for fighter jets. The approval late Thursday marks the first defense technology transfer since Japan eased military export rules in April....

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Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

July 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach. The Rockville, Maryland-based organization said late Monday that it was contacted Friday by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and federal authorities who said payment card numbers may have been stolen....

Purdue students to design, build, fly spaceflight experiment to test green propellant

July 22, 2014 12:17 pm | by Purdue University | Comments

Students taking the Zero-Gravity Flight Experiment course at Purdue University will see their creation soar to the upper atmosphere to study a new green propellant, partnering with Aerojet Rocketdyne to demonstrate that the propellant can replace the traditional but highly toxic hydrazine fuel....

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Microsoft makes design central to its future

July 21, 2014 4:14 pm | by Ryan Nakashima - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Before Ralf Groene helped devise the look and feel of Microsoft's Surface tablet, he designed food — or "food concepts," he says, for people on the go. Among them: dried noodles that come wrapped around a pair of chopsticks; a tubular meal that can be pulled with two fingers from a car cup holder...

New inexpensive and easy computer software provides real-time and highly accurate data on traffic

July 21, 2014 3:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the University of Granada have designed new software that provides real time data on traffic. It is a device that provides information on traffic flow between cities. Drivers can use this information to choose the fastest route as they plan to drive to their destinations....

It's go time for LUX-Zeplin dark matter experiment

July 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

From the physics labs at Yale University to the bottom of a played-out gold mine in South Dakota, a new generation of dark matter experiments is ready to commence. The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science and the National Science Foundation recently gave the go-ahead to LUX-Zeplin (LZ)....

Improving driver safety: How to prevent streetlight glare in the new world of LED lighting

July 21, 2014 3:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain because while our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful. Even as LED technology has transformed the lighting industry....

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Highly charged ions

July 21, 2014 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The world is mostly neutral. That is, most of the atoms in our environment are electrically neutral. The number of electrons in the outer parts of atoms equals the number of protons at the centers of atoms. As one or more electrons are plucked away from the atoms, the remaining electrons feel a much stronger positive pull from the nucleus....

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Speedy computation enables scientists to reconstruct an animal's development cell by cell

July 21, 2014 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Recent advances in imaging technology are transforming how scientists see the cellular universe, showing the form and movement of once grainy and blurred structures in stunning detail. But extracting the torrent of information contained in those images often surpasses the limits of existing computational and data analysis techniques....

A noble gas cage

July 21, 2014 1:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When nuclear fuel gets recycled, the process releases radioactive krypton and xenon gases. Naturally occurring uranium in rock contaminates basements with the related gas radon. A new porous material called CC3 effectively traps these gases, and research appearing July 20 in Nature Materials shows how: by breathing enough to let the gases in but not out....

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