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Physicist seeks answers on supermassive black holes with the next-gen X-ray telescope

March 20, 2015 1:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Waterloo Professor Brian McNamara along with two Canadian astronomers will be part of the science working group directing ASTRO-H, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA's) newest flagship x-ray astronomy observatory....

Photos of the Day: Test flights for Mars landing tech

March 20, 2015 12:30 pm | by NASA | Comments

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have been developing cutting-edge technologies that would enable spacecraft to land at a specific location on Mars — or any other planetary body — with more precision than ever before....

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Texas Instruments funds statue of female engineer on Illinois' campus

March 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

At a dedication this week for two spaces named for Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, Steve Lyle remarked on the company's next step in supporting engineering students at Illinois: funding for a statue depicting a female ...

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Sandia showcases biology breakthroughs available for licensing

March 20, 2015 12:02 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Technologies developed in Sandia National Laboratories’ biosciences program could soon find their way into doctors’ offices — devices like wearable microneedles that continuously analyze electrolyte levels and a lab-on-a-disk that can test a drop of blood for 64 different diseases ....

Discovering drop-in biofuels to leverage petroleum refineries

March 20, 2015 12:01 pm | by National Renewable Energy Laboratory | Comments

In the search for abundant and sustainable options to petroleum-derived fuels, biofuels stand out as a promising alternative. An NREL study is determining which biomass-derived oxygenates are most commercially feasible in drop-in fuels that are compatible with existing engines and fuel ...

As Explorer loses ground, Microsoft readies new web browser

March 20, 2015 10:22 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Look out, Internet Explorer. After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program. Microsoft has built a new web browser designed for the modern web....

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US turns to rewards in hunt for overseas cyber criminals

March 20, 2015 10:19 am | by ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press | Comments

The FBI considers Evgeniy Bogachev one of the world's most prolific and brilliant cyber criminals, slapping his photos - bald, beefy-faced and smiling faintly - on "Wanted" fliers posted online. The Russian would be an ideal target for prosecution - if only the Justice Department could find him.

Outgoing NSA lawyer helped preserve controversial programs

March 20, 2015 10:13 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

When news of secret National Security Agency surveillance programs began breaking in June 2013, even government insiders had questions. Often, Raj De was the man with the answers. The Harvard-trained lawyer, who departed last week as NSA general counsel ...

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China web freedom group faces online disruption

March 20, 2015 10:10 am | by MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press | Comments

A U.S.-subsidized advocacy group that helps Internet users inside China bypass blockages on censored content says it is suffering a mysterious denial-of-service attack disrupting its operations. Greatfire.org says the attack started two days ago and Internet traffic ...

Iron rain fell on early Earth, new Z machine data supports

March 20, 2015 8:02 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories’ Z machine have helped untangle a long-standing mystery of astrophysics: why iron is found spattered throughout Earth’s mantle, the roughly 2,000-mile thick region between Earth’s core and its crust. At first blush, it seemed more ...

Clean energy future: New cheap and efficient electrode for splitting water

March 19, 2015 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

UNSW Australia scientists have developed a highly efficient oxygen-producing electrode for splitting water that has the potential to be scaled up for industrial production of the clean energy fuel, hydrogen. The new technology is based on an inexpensive, specially coated ...

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Imperfect graphene opens door to better fuel cells

March 19, 2015 1:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The honeycomb structure of pristine graphene is beautiful, but Northwestern University scientists, together with collaborators from five other institutions, have discovered that if the graphene naturally has a few tiny holes in it, you have a proton-selective membrane that could ...

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Hidden benefits of electric vehicles revealed

March 19, 2015 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Electric vehicles are cool, research shows. Literally. A study in this week's Scientific Reports by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) and in China add more fuel to the already hot debate about whether electric vehicles ...

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Chemistry research holds great promise for advancing sustainable energy

March 19, 2015 12:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later....

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Towards 'printed' organic solar cells and LEDs

March 18, 2015 2:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In order to make solar energy widely affordable scientists and engineers all over the world are looking for low-cost production technologies. Flexible organic solar cells have a huge potential in this regard....

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