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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 ...

Dutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix

December 1, 2014 12:29 pm | by TOBY STERLING, Associated Press | Comments

Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday. Blue energy takes advantage of the difference in salt concentration between ...

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Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet

December 1, 2014 9:18 am | by SAM HANANEL, Associated Press | Comments

The Supreme Court is weighing the free-speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other social media. The justices will hear arguments Monday in the case of a man who was sentenced to nearly four years in ...

Cyber Monday gears up to get online shoppers hyped

December 1, 2014 9:12 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

After a busy holiday weekend in shopping malls, millions of Americans are expected to log on and keep shopping on the day dubbed Cyber Monday. That day, the Monday after Thanksgiving, has been the biggest online shopping day of the year since ...

Girls Scouts byting into digital for cookie sales

December 1, 2014 9:08 am | by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press | Comments

Watch out world, the Girl Scouts are going digital to sell you cookies. For the first time in nearly 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young go-getters to push their wares using a mobile app or personalized websites. But only if their scout ...

Amazon's new robot army is ready to ship

December 1, 2014 9:02 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | Comments

A year ago, Amazon.com workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping. Now the e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency - and given workers' legs ...

Gift Guide: How to choose a new cellphone

December 1, 2014 8:58 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there's likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. So why wait? Here are some things to consider before hitting stores....

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An eel-lectrifying future for autonomous underwater robots

November 26, 2014 10:06 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged 'invasion' had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media.

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Global quantum communications -- no longer the stuff of fiction?

November 26, 2014 10:04 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Neither quantum computers nor quantum cryptography will become prevalent technologies without memory systems able to manipulate quantum information easily and effectively. The Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw has recently made inroads into popularizing...

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Protons fuel graphene prospects

November 26, 2014 10:01 am | by Eurekalert! | Comments

Published in the journal Nature, the discovery could revolutionise fuel cells and other hydrogen-based technologies as they require a barrier that only allow protons - hydrogen atoms stripped off their electrons - to pass through. In addition, graphene membranes could be used...

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Large TV Screen Size Growth Outpaces Smaller Sizes During Festive Diwali Season

November 26, 2014 8:56 am | 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 at a leading flat panel TV brand disclosed that rural...

State safety award goes to Sandia engineer

November 26, 2014 8:53 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Luis G. Amezcua, a surveillance assessment engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, began his safety career in Mexico helping improve safety standards in the construction industry. His career has followed an interesting trajectory. Amezcua received the New Mexico Safety...

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MIT grads launch all-terrain wheelchair in U.S.

November 25, 2014 4:13 pm | by Alissa Mallinson, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering | Comments

Global Research Innovation and Technology (GRIT), an MIT MechE spinoff started by Tish Scolnik ’10, Mario Bollini ’09 SM ’12, Benjamin Judge ’11 MEng ’12, and Assistant Professor Amos Winter SM ’05 PhD ’11, recently launched a successful Kickstarter ...

New device could make large biocircuits practical

November 25, 2014 4:10 pm | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers have made great progress in recent years in the design and creation of biological circuits — systems that, like electronic circuits, can take a number of different inputs and deliver a particular kind of output. But while individual components ...

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