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Reality substitution on track to replace traditional virtual reality

March 30, 2015 4:54 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | Comments

Until recently, virtual reality's widespread use, both commercially and in scientific research, has been hampered by the need to develop custom virtual worlds using labor-intensive 3D animation. Researchers and engineers from EPFL's Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience ...

Crowdsourced tool for depression

March 30, 2015 2:42 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Northwestern University have developed a new peer-to-peer networking tool that enables sufferers of anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic techniques. In a study involving 166 subjects who had ...

Goodbye, range anxiety? Electric vehicles may be more useful than previously thought

March 30, 2015 2:40 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

In the first study of its kind, scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) quantitatively show that electric vehicles (EVs) will meet the daily travel needs of drivers longer than commonly assumed. Many drivers and much ...

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Comet dust: Planet Mercury's 'invisible paint'

March 30, 2015 2:38 pm | by Brown University | Comments

A team of scientists has a new explanation for the planet Mercury's dark, barely reflective surface. In a paper published in Nature Geoscience, the researchers suggest that a steady dusting of carbon from passing comets has slowly painted Mercury black over billions of years.

'Google Maps' for the body: A biomedical revolution

March 30, 2015 2:28 pm | by University of New South Wales | Comments

A UNSW Australia collaboration that uses previously top-secret technology to zoom through the human body down to the level of a single cell could be a game-changer for medicine, an international research conference in the United States has been told....

An Intel-Altera merger would be the second-largest industrial semiconductor company in the world

March 30, 2015 10:16 am | by Robbie Galoso, principal analyst, industrial semiconductors, for IHS | Comments

A potential Intel-Altera merger will generate almost $2 billion in industrial semiconductor revenues in 2014, which equates to nearly 5 percent of the overall global industrial semiconductor market. The merger of Intel-Altera would rank the company second, behind Texas Instruments....

Nanoscale worms provide new route to nano-necklace structures

March 30, 2015 9:51 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers have developed a novel technique for crafting nanometer-scale necklaces based on tiny star-like structures threaded onto a polymeric backbone. The technique could provide a new way to produce hybrid organic-inorganic shish kebab structures from semiconducting ...

Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem

March 30, 2015 9:47 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

The promising new material molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has an inherent issue that's steeped in irony. The material's greatest asset--its monolayer thickness--is also its biggest challenge. Monolayer MoS2's ultra-thin structure is strong, lightweight ...

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Shape-shifting sensor can report conditions from deep in the body

March 30, 2015 9:44 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | Comments

Scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have devised and demonstrated a new, shape-shifting probe, about one-hundredth as wide as a human hair, which is capable of sensitive, high-resolution ...

Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing

March 30, 2015 9:41 am | by Rice University | Comments

Saudi Arabia's role in global energy markets is changing, according to a new paper from an energy expert at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The researcher found that the kingdom is reshaping itself as a supplier of refined petroleum products while moving beyond ...

Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour

March 30, 2015 9:39 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change. The five-minute dark-out on Saturday night was a symbolic gesture in the City of Light....

Qualtré appoints two new Vice Presidents, continues expansion

March 30, 2015 8:59 am | Comments

Qualtré, Inc, a leader in the development and commercialization of bulk acoustic wave (BAW) MEMS inertial sensors, today announced the appointment of George Harper to the position of Vice President of Business Development and Corporate Marketing and David Gilbert to the position ...

Metals used in high-tech products face future supply risks

March 27, 2015 12:33 pm | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | Comments

In a new paper, a team of Yale researchers assesses the "criticality" of all 62 metals on the Periodic Table of Elements, providing key insights into which materials might become more difficult to find in the coming decades, which ones will exact the highest environmental costs ...

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A tool is created to improve the sustainability of the transport sector

March 27, 2015 12:30 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | Comments

Transport is responsible for a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, so the European Commission has developed various strategies and directives designed to reduce dependence on oil, and the transport gas emissions responsible for this effect ...

A first glimpse inside a macroscopic quantum state

March 27, 2015 12:28 pm | by ICFO-The Institute of Photonic Sciences | Comments

In a recent study published in Physical Review Letters and highlighted by the magazine Science News, the research group led by ICREA Prof at ICFO Morgan Mitchell has detected, for the first time, entanglement among individual photon pairs in a beam of squeezed light.

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