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New findings could help keep satellites and space debris from colliding

November 13, 2014 12:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Half a million objects, including debris, satellites, and the International Space Station, orbit the planet in the thermosphere, the largest layer of Earth's atmosphere. To predict the orbits--and potential collisions--of all this stuff, scientists must ...

Cats and athletes teach robots to fall

November 13, 2014 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A cat always lands on its feet. At least, that's how the adage goes. Karen Liu hopes that in the future, this will be true of robots as well. To understand the way feline or human behavior during falls might be applied to robot landings, Liu ...

Software to automatically outline bones in x-rays

November 13, 2014 12:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Amidst a national shortage of radiographers in the UK and an increasing requirement for researchers to work with large databases of radiograph images, the software which is being funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ...

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New process isolates promising material

November 13, 2014 12:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

After graphene was first produced in the lab in 2004, thousands of laboratories began developing graphene products worldwide. Researchers were amazed by its lightweight and ultra-strong properties. Ten years later, scientists now search for ...

Drones patrol half of Mexico border

November 13, 2014 12:07 pm | by ELLIOT SPAGAT and BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press | Comments

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to ...

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Study at SLAC explains atomic action in high-temperature superconductors

November 13, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A study at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory suggests for the first time how scientists might deliberately engineer superconductors that work at higher temperatures. In their report, a team led by SLAC and Stanford University ...

Virtual reality helps people to comfort and accept themselves

November 13, 2014 9:13 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Self-compassion can be learned using avatars in an immersive virtual reality, finds new research led by UCL. This innovative approach reduced self-criticism and increased self-compassion and feelings of contentment in naturally self-critical ...

A new approach to atomic timekeeping

November 13, 2014 9:09 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

What time is it? The answer, no matter what your initial reference may be — a wristwatch, a smartphone, or an alarm clock — will always trace back to the atomic clock. The international standard for time is set by atomic clocks — room-sized ...

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New partnership to further commercialization of graphene

November 13, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and The University of Manchester have signed a memorandum of understanding to help move the potential benefits of graphene closer to practical use, by accelerating the commercialisation of the remarkable 2D ...

5 questions about the historic comet landing

November 13, 2014 8:59 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | Comments

The European Space Agency has achieved a historic first - landing a washing machine-sized spacecraft on a comet speeding through our solar system at 41,000 mph (66,000 kph). Here are answers to five questions about the space mission....

People feel loss of control of personal info

November 13, 2014 8:55 am | by BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

It's been 15 years since Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy infamously quipped "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it." You'd think we would have gotten the message by now, with all the news of online data breaches, revelations about ...

NASA statement on successful Rosetta Comet landing

November 12, 2014 5:32 pm | by NASA | Comments

The following statement is from John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, about the successful comet landing by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft: “We congratulate ...

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Supercomputers enable high-resolution climate models, truer simulation of extreme weather

November 12, 2014 5:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But using some of the most powerful supercomputers now available, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) climate scientist ...

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Large TV size growth outpaces smaller sizes during festive Diwali season

November 12, 2014 4:53 pm | by DisplaySearch | Comments

Demand for larger screen sizes, primarily 32” and 40”, increased during the Indian Diwali Festival season from September 17 to October 7. Unlike prior years, there was demand for 32” and 40” sizes in both semi-urban and rural areas. A top source ...

Fighting crime through crowdsourcing

November 12, 2014 4:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Crowdsourcing utilizes the input of a crowd of online users to collaboratively solve problems. To advance this emerging technology, researchers at the University of Miami are developing a computing model that uses crowdsourcing to combine and ...

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