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Electrically conductive plastics promising for batteries, solar cells

October 10, 2014 9:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics called "radical polymers" may bring low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible and lightweight batteries and ultrathin antistatic coatings for consumer electronics and aircraft. Researchers have established....

Virtual worlds to be used to trial potential new water systems

October 10, 2014 8:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Virtual worlds similar to those experienced by game-players of the global phenomena Minecraft and SimCity could be used to help test potential new water infrastructure development in the UK. Experts from the University of Exeter are pioneering....

The new family portrait? 3D-printed statue selfies

October 10, 2014 8:52 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Walk into Eddie DaRoza's office and you'll find two of him there: the actual 32-year-old video producer, and a 5-inch statuette of him. "There are a lot of double takes. It's like a little action figure of myself," the Los Angeles native said....

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Japan court orders Google to remove search results

October 10, 2014 8:48 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer | Comments

A Japanese judge has ordered Google to remove search results of a man's unflattering past in an order the plaintiff's lawyer compared to Europe's "right to be forgotten" ruling. The Tokyo District Court ordered Google Japan on Thursday....

Robotic surgery produces more complications, higher expense

October 10, 2014 8:45 am | by Columbia University Medical Center | Comments

For benign gynecologic conditions, robot-assisted surgery involves more complications during surgery and may be significantly more expensive than conventional laparoscopic surgery, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University....

More efficient transformer materials

October 9, 2014 2:43 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Transformers convert the standard voltage from the wall outlet into the lower voltages required by electronic devices. Similar but more powerful transformers are used in electricity substations to convert the high voltages of the transmission grid....

Miniature camera may lead to fewer accidents

October 9, 2014 2:39 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

All too often, a driver has only fractions of a second to decide when facing a potential car accident: A brief moment of distraction, overtiredness or inattention – there are several reasons why the number of accidents in Germany is high, on the autobahns most of all....

Neuroscientists claim rare pair of research grants

October 9, 2014 2:27 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a rare distinction for one university, neuroimaging world leaders and USC Professors Arthur Toga and Paul Thompson will receive two major research center awards to advance their exploration of the human brain. Toga and Thompson each will establish....

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New advances in additive manufacturing using laser solid forming to produce metallic parts

October 9, 2014 2:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Laser Solid Forming (LSF) is an innovative method for direct fabrication of metallic components in additive manufacturing. Renowned researchers Weidong Huang and Lin Xin, from China's Northwestern Polytechnical University, Shaanxi, describe their progress....

University of Illinois, Mayo Clinic collaborate to revolutionize genomic data analysis

October 9, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Today's researchers, working with the advantages of new, sophisticated laboratory technology, have unleashed a river of valuable biomedical data—much more, in fact, than many of them have the tools to properly analyze, or the capacity to store....

'Data smashing' could unshackle automated discovery

October 9, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A little known secret in data mining is that simply feeding raw data into a data analysis algorithm is unlikely to produce meaningful results, say the authors of a new Cornell University study. From recognizing speech to identifying unusual stars ...

Discovery of new subatomic particle sheds light on fundamental force of nature

October 9, 2014 2:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The discovery of a new particle will "transform our understanding" of the fundamental force of nature that binds the nuclei of atoms, researchers argue. Led by scientists from the University of Warwick, the discovery of the new particle will help....

Unstoppable magnetoresistance

October 9, 2014 1:47 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Mazhar Ali, a fifth-year graduate student in the laboratory of Bob Cava, the Russell Wellman Moore Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, has spent his academic career discovering new superconductors, materials coveted for their ability....

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New NIH Big Data to facilitate collection of large-scale health data

October 9, 2014 1:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins today announced a new national initiative, the National Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), focused on developing computational tools to facilitate the collection and analysis....

Nanoparticles get a magnetic handle

October 9, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A long-sought goal of creating particles that can emit a colorful fluorescent glow in a biological environment, and that could be precisely manipulated into position within living cells, has been achieved by a team of researchers at MIT and several other institutions....

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