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Want to print your own cell phone microscope for pennies? Here's how

September 16, 2014 4:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

At one o'clock in the morning, layers of warm plastic are deposited on the platform of the 3D printer that sits on scientist Rebecca Erikson's desk. A small plastic housing, designed to fit over the end of a cell phone, begins to take shape....

Making quantum dots glow brighter

September 16, 2014 4:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending ...

The future face of molecular electronics

September 16, 2014 3:22 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take ...

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Nanoribbon film keeps glass ice-free

September 16, 2014 3:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Rice University scientists who created a deicing film for radar domes have now refined the technology to work as a transparent coating for glass. The new work by Rice chemist James Tour and his colleagues could keep glass surfaces from windshields....

NASA announcing commercial crew winners

September 16, 2014 2:54 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency planned to announce which one or two private companies wins the right to transport astronauts to the International Space Station....

Self-driving cars now need a permit in California

September 16, 2014 2:51 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Computer-driven cars have been testing their skills on California roads for more than four years - but until now, the Department of Motor Vehicles wasn't sure just how many were rolling around. That changed Tuesday, when the agency ...

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Cells simply avoid chromosome confusion

September 16, 2014 11:38 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Reproductive cell division has evolved a simple, mechanical solution to avoid chromosome sorting errors, researchers report in the Sept. 11 Science Express.This natural safeguard prevents incorrect chromosome counts and misalignments....

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Texas A&M professor helps to develop new device that detects radiation better

September 16, 2014 11:35 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

In a move that could have huge implications for national security, researchers have created a very sensitive and tiny detector that is capable of detecting radiation from various sources at room temperature. The detector is eight to nine orders of magnitude....

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Major Asian markets set to lead growth over next five years

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by DisplaySearch | Comments

With legacy European markets continuing to decline, global solar PV demand is now being driven by Asian markets. Three of the Major Asia-Pacific countries are set to see annual demand double in 2014. The outliers in this trend are the UK and Australia....

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Martian meteorite yields more evidence of possibility of life on Mars

September 16, 2014 11:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.The finding of a 'cell-like' structure, which investigators now know once held water, came about as a result of collaboration....

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Elusive quantum transformations found near absolute zero

September 16, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Heat drives classical phase transitions—think solid, liquid, and gas—but much stranger things can happen when the temperature drops. If phase transitions occur at the coldest temperatures imaginable, where quantum mechanics reigns, subtle fluctuations ...

NASA inspector blasts asteroid protection program

September 16, 2014 9:54 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA's effort to identify potentially dangerous space rocks has taken a hit. On Monday, the space agency's inspector general released a report blasting NASA's Near Earth Objects program, which is meant to hunt and catalog comets....

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

September 16, 2014 9:50 am | by DIDI TANG, Associated Press | Comments

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going. But the property manager ...

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Kremlin-friendly tycoon buys Russian social media

September 16, 2014 9:44 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has paid $1.5 billion to gain full control of one of Russia's most popular social media websites, VKontakte. Mail.Ru, owned by Usmanov, said in a statement on Tuesday ...

Photos of the Day: Vintage artifacts of a bygone era

September 16, 2014 9:23 am | by Associated Press | Comments

This Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by the Green-Wood Historic Fund shows a detail from an amusment park shooting range built by William Mangels in an exhibit of his creations at the the Green-Wood Cemetery, where he is buried, in the Brooklyn ...

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