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Decades of research leads to advancements in nanotechnologies

December 16, 2014 3:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanotechnology is the study and engineering of matter and microscopic structures. These tiny systems continue to gain interest for their promise and commercial application. Henry C. "Hank" Foley, a researcher and administrator at the University of Missouri, is a pioneer in ...

Stacking 2-dimensional materials may lower cost of semiconductor devices

December 16, 2014 2:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A team of researchers led by North Carolina State University has found that stacking materials that are only one atom thick can create semiconductor junctions that transfer charge efficiently, regardless of whether the crystalline structure of the materials is ...

How many American homes can Boeing's new jet power?

December 16, 2014 1:47 pm | by GE Reports | Comments

There are many luxuries that separate first class fliers from their fellow travelers going coach in the back of the plane, but in-flight entertainment isn’t one of them. The personal multiple-choice video screen standard on most long-haul flights has ...

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A solar observatory for use on suborbital manned space missions

December 16, 2014 1:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is preparing to unveil a new, miniature portable solar observatory for use onboard a commercial, manned suborbital spacecraft. The SwRI Solar Instrument Pointing Platform (SSIPP) will be on exhibit at the fall meeting of ...

Scientists measure speedy electrons in silicon

December 16, 2014 1:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The entire semiconductor industry, not to mention Silicon Valley, is built on the propensity of electrons in silicon to get kicked out of their atomic shells and become free. These mobile electrons are routed and switched though transistors, carrying ...

CU-Boulder hardware to support experiments launching to space station

December 16, 2014 1:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The University of Colorado Boulder will fly state-of-the-art hardware on the commercial SpaceX Dragon spacecraft launching to the International Space Station (ISS) Dec. 19 to support experiments designed to better understand why the virulence of some pathogens ...

Nanoshaping method points to future manufacturing technology

December 16, 2014 12:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new method that creates large-area patterns of three-dimensional nanoshapes from metal sheets represents a potential manufacturing system to inexpensively mass produce innovations such as "plasmonic metamaterials" for advanced technologies. The metamaterials ...

Comet landing named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year

December 16, 2014 12:51 pm | by EurekAlert!, courtesy of Physics World | Comments

The first ever landing of a man-made probe onto a comet has been named Physics World Breakthrough of the Year for 2014. From a shortlist of 10 highly commended breakthroughs, the historic achievement by scientists working on the Rosetta mission ...

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Professor publishes fundamental study of nuclear radiation interactions

December 16, 2014 12:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The discoveries of the nuclear particle, the neutron, and shortly thereafter the fission reaction in uranium are among the most notable scientific and technological achievements in the 20th century. Nuclear science and engineering is now a global enterprise with ...

More-flexible digital communication

December 16, 2014 12:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Communication protocols for digital devices are very efficient but also very brittle: They require information to be specified in a precise order with a precise number of bits. If sender and receiver -- say, a computer and a printer -- are off by even ...

Stanford faculty awarded seed grants for innovative energy research

December 16, 2014 12:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Stanford University's Precourt Institute for Energy, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center and TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy have awarded eight seed grants totaling about $1.5 million for promising new research in clean technology and energy ...

Researchers use real data rather than theory to measure the cosmos

December 16, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time researchers have measured large distances in the Universe using data, rather than calculations related to general relativity. A research team from Imperial College London and the University of Barcelona has used data from astronomical surveys to ...

New simulator provides training in cybersecurity

December 16, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The system, presented and tested in Sweden a few weeks ago at a forum of experts in this field (the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm), is part of the SACO (Advanced Simulator for Organized Cyberdefense), a project from the INNPACTO subproject ...

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Light beams let data rates soar

December 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

You may know opals as fiery gemstones, but something special called OPALS is floating above us in space. On the International Space Station, the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) is demonstrating how laser communications can ...

Live images from inside materials

December 16, 2014 12:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In medicine, X-rays provide high-resolution images of our insides to help doctors make a definitive diagnosis. Industry uses X-rays, too - as a reliable, non-destructive way of seeing what's hidden on inside materials and components and to check for ...

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