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Yale physicists find a new form of quantum friction

February 26, 2015 1:07 pm | by Yale University | Comments

Physicists at Yale University have observed a new form of quantum friction that could serve as a basis for robust information storage in quantum computers in the future. The researchers are building upon decades of research, experimentally demonstrating a procedure theorized nearly 30 years ago....

New research predicts when, how materials will act

February 26, 2015 1:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In science, it's commonly known that materials can change in a number of ways when subjected to different temperatures, pressures or other environmental forces. A material might melt or snap in half. And for engineers, knowing when ...

Looking deeply into the universe in 3-D

February 26, 2015 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe. After staring at the Hubble Deep Field South region for only 27 hours, the new observations reveal the distances, motions and other properties ...

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Hollywood sign among historic LA sites in new Web database

February 26, 2015 1:00 pm | by JOHN ROGERS, Associated Press | Comments

From towering basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain's hillside home to downtown's towering art-deco high-rise buildings, Los Angeles is putting all its landmarks online. Planning and preservation officials gathered Tuesday on the observation tower ...

Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers

February 26, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. Among the improvements over last year's model: The camera now has auto-focusing, whereas the older model had a fixed-focus lens that didn't ...

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Life-saving train design is rarely used

February 26, 2015 12:37 pm | by JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the collision between a Southern California commuter train and a truck abandoned on the tracks was this: No one died and only eight people on board were admitted to hospitals....

PSMA announces APEC 2015 Industry Session on nanotechnology

February 26, 2015 12:31 pm | Comments

The Power Sources Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Nanotechnology Committee is sponsoring an Industry Session at APEC 2015 titled, “Nanotechnology — State and Federal Activities.” The session will take place on March 18, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m....

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Computer program bests humans at 'Space Invaders'

February 26, 2015 9:56 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | Comments

Computers already have bested human champions in "Jeopardy!" and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: "Space Invaders." Google scientists have cooked up software that can do better than humans....

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Do you have the right to be disconnected?

February 26, 2015 9:47 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

We are all connected people according to panelists brought together for Engineering Live: The Connected Person on Feb. 25, but the way we balance connectivity and privacy is still being determined by our technology and our society....

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Elon Musk's solar company to use former Solyndra buildings

February 25, 2015 5:32 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. The two-building, 200,000-square-foot complex in Fremont, California ...

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Photos of the Day: Military's largest cargo plane transports pathfinder backplane

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by NASA | Comments

Rare glimpse into the mouth of a C-5 Galaxy military transport plane, the largest cargo plane in the U.S. fleet, which was designed to carry tanks, just before STTARS (the Space Telescope Transporter for Air Road and Sea) was loaded for transport....

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Mouser, Grant Imahara unveil robotics "Empowering Innovation Challenge"

February 25, 2015 11:25 am | by Mouser Electronics | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc. is partnering with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to call on engineers of all levels to join them on a journey to Empower Innovation Together. Engineers worldwide can engage with Grant Imahara ...

New flow battery to keep big cities lit, green, & safe

February 25, 2015 11:02 am | by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | Comments

Ensuring the power grid keeps the lights on in large cities could be easier with a new battery design that packs far more energy than any other battery of its kind and size. The new zinc-polyiodide redox flow battery, described in Nature Communications , uses an electrolyte that has more than ...

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New nanowire structure absorbs light efficiently

February 25, 2015 10:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University, Finland have developed a new method to implement different types of nanowires side-by-side into a single array on a single substrate. The new technique makes it possible to use different semiconductor materials ...

Using 'fuzzy logic' to optimize hybrid solar/battery systems

February 25, 2015 10:51 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

How did fuzzy logic help a group of researchers in Tunisia and Algeria create an ideal photovoltaic system that obeys the supply-and-demand principle and its delicate balance? In the Journal of Renewable & Sustainable Energy ...

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