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Extending the life of rechargeable lithium batteries

December 2, 2014 10:53 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

A new study will help researchers create longer-lasting, higher-capacity lithium rechargeable batteries, which are commonly used in consumer electronics. In a study published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers showed how a coating that makes ...

Photos of the Day: Cheetah robot has real-world applications

December 2, 2014 8:35 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | Comments

In this Oct. 24, 2014 photo, researchers Randall Briggs, left, and Will Bosworth monitor a robotic cheetah during a test run on an athletic field at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. MIT scientists said the robot, modeled after the fastest land animal

Pasta helps explain mysterious, ring-shaped polymers

December 1, 2014 4:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Two physicists from the University of Warwick have taken to the kitchen to explain the complexity surrounding what they say is one of the last big mysteries in polymer physics. As a way of demonstrating the complicated shapes that ring-shaped ...

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'Smart dust' technology could reshape space telescopes

December 1, 2014 4:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Telescope lenses someday might come in aerosol cans. Scientists at Rochester Institute of Technology and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory are exploring a new type of space telescope with an aperture made of swarms of particles released from ...

Computer equal to or better than humans at cataloging science

December 1, 2014 4:29 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In 1997, IBM's Deep Blue computer beat chess wizard Garry Kasparov. This year, a computer system developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison equaled or bested scientists at the complex task of extracting data from scientific publications and ...

Golden Ratio offers a unity of science

December 1, 2014 4:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It is said to represent a "cosmic constant" found in the curvature of elephant tusks, the shape of a kudu's horn, the destructive beauty of Hurricane Katrina, and in the astronomical grandeur of how planets, moons, asteroids and rings are distributed in ...

Matched 'hybrid' systems may enable wider use of renewable energy

December 1, 2014 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The use of renewable energy in the United States could take a significant leap forward with improved storage technologies or more efforts to "match" different forms of alternative energy systems that provide an overall more steady flow of electricity, researchers ...

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Social media data may help understand human behavior

December 1, 2014 1:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A growing number of academic researchers are mining social media data to learn about both online and offline human behavior. In recent years, studies have claimed the ability to predict everything from summer blockbusters to fluctuations in ...

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Single-atom gold catalysts may expedite production of fuel and chemicals

December 1, 2014 1:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New catalysts designed and investigated by Tufts University School of Engineering researchers and collaborators from other university and national laboratories have the potential to greatly reduce processing costs in future fuels, such as hydrogen. The catalysts ...

Characteristics of a universal simulator

December 1, 2014 12:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"A quantum computer may be thought of as a 'simulator of overall Nature," explains Fabio Franchini, a researcher at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) of Trieste, "in other words, it's a machine capable of simulating Nature as ...

New electrolyte for magnesium-sulfur batteries

December 1, 2014 12:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Helmholtz Institute Ulm (HIU) established by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is pushing research relating to batteries of the next and next-but-one generations: A research team has now developed an electrolyte that may be used for ...

Researchers develop a magnetic levitating gear

December 1, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

This research is being carried out under the auspices of MAGDRIVE, a European research project coordinated by Professor José Luis Pérez Díaz, from the UC3M Instituto Pedro San Juan de Lastanosa, in which seven European entities participate. It ...

Researchers explore 3-D microsurgical anatomy of brainstem

December 1, 2014 12:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A study using intricate fiber dissection techniques provides new insights into the deep anatomy of the human brainstem--and helps to define "safe entry zones" for neurosurgeons performing brainstem surgery, according to a special article published in ...

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Ground-based detection of super-Earth transit senses exoplanets

December 1, 2014 12:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time, a team of astronomers - including York University Professor Ray Jayawardhana - have measured the passing of a super-Earth in front of a bright, nearby Sun-like star using a ground-based telescope. The transit of the exoplanet 55 ...

Hitting graphene with microbullets confirms its strength

December 1, 2014 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Graphene's great strength appears to be determined by how well it stretches before it breaks, according to Rice University scientists who tested the material's properties by peppering it with microbullets. The two-dimensional carbon honeycomb ...

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