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Company successfully tests space tourism balloon

June 26, 2014 8:04 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | Comments

An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 miles above the earth. World View Enterprises of Tucson said Tuesday that it launched the flight last week from Roswell....

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Ghost writing the whip

June 25, 2014 1:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"Ghost imaging" sounds like the spooky stuff of frivolous fiction, but it's an established technique for reconstructing hi-res images of objects partly obscured by clouds or smoke. Now a group of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) is applying ghost imaging to secure stored or shared electronic data....

New technology: The goose bump sensor

June 25, 2014 1:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Can emotional states be measured quantitatively, and if so what would advertising, manufacturing and social media companies do with that data? Imagine a world in which a consumer's real-time physical and emotional response helped to determine his/her experience of music, online ads or the temperature in the room....

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New study uses blizzard to measure wind turbine airflow

June 25, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at the University of Minnesota (UMN) using snow during a Minnesota blizzard is giving researchers new insight into the airflow around large wind turbines. This research is essential to improving wind energy efficiency, especially in wind farms where airflows from many large wind turbines interact with each other....

Metal particles in solids aren't as fixed as they seem, new memristor study shows

June 25, 2014 1:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In work that unmasks some of the magic behind memristors and "resistive random access memory," or RRAM—cutting-edge computer components that combine logic and memory functions—researchers have shown that the metal particles in memristors don't stay put as previously thought....

A collaboration of minds and metal

June 25, 2014 1:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

This past January, Derek Ahneman, a graduate student in the lab of Abigail Doyle, a Princeton University associate professor of chemistry, began work on an ambitious new project: he proposed the merger of two areas of research to enable a powerful reaction that neither could broadly achieve on its own....

Next generation internet will arrive without fanfare, network architects say

June 25, 2014 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Someday soon, the world will migrate away from the old, original Internet to a new, next-generation Internet with far better security, greater mobility and many other improved features, but most of us will never know the change has occurred, says computer science researcher Arun Venkataramani of the University of Massachusetts Amherst....

Demonstrating a driverless future

June 25, 2014 12:50 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the coming decades, we will likely commute to work and explore the countryside in autonomous, or driverless, cars capable of communicating with the roads they are traveling on. A convergence of technological innovations in embedded sensors, computer vision, artificial intelligence ...

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Mining mountains of data for medical insights

June 25, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Epidemiologists know that an important piece of evidence is often staring you in the face – but it's not always easy to see the forest for the trees. Danish scientists recently teamed up with University of New Mexico researchers to test a powerful new method for predicting the progress of common diseases....

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Net energy analysis should become a standard policy tool, Stanford scientists say

June 25, 2014 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Policymakers should conduct "net energy analyses" when evaluating the long-term sustainability of energy technologies, according to new Stanford University research. Net energy analysis provides a quantitative way to compare the amount of energy a technology produces over its lifetime....

All together now -- a lesson from Space Station 'ant-stronauts'

June 25, 2014 12:07 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A recent study on the International Space Station brings to mind Aesop's fable of the Ant and the Grasshopper, and it is pretty amazing what we can learn from these industrious insects. The activities of a crew of ants that lived aboard the orbiting laboratory as part of the Ants in Space CSI-06 investigation are inspiring students and scientists alike....

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Recent progress in whole-lifecycle software architecture modeling

June 25, 2014 12:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The gradually increasing complexity of user requirements and runtime environments of software demands software to be of more capabilities and thus become more complex than ever. In the past several decades, there was a trend that the scale of software has been increasing continuously....

Nanoscale velcro used for molecule transport

June 25, 2014 12:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Biological membranes are like a guarded border. They separate the cell from the environment and at the same time control the import and export of molecules. The nuclear membrane can be crossed via many tiny pores. Scientists at the Biozentrum and the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel ...

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Evidence of the big fix?

June 25, 2014 11:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

There are many open questions that the Standard Model cannot answer. One of them is the smallness of the Higgs expectation value vh compared with the Planck scale. In their latest work, Dr Yuta Hamada, Dr Hikaru Kawai and Dr Kiyoharu Kawana at Kyoto University, consider the radiation S of the universe at the late stage as a function of vh....

World's first magnetic hose created

June 25, 2014 11:54 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The magnetic hose designed by the researchers consists of a ferromagnetic cylinder covered by a superconductor material, a surprisingly simple design given the complicated theoretical calculations and numerous lab tests it had to undergo. A 14-centimeter prototype was built....

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