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NRL scientist explores birth of a planet

September 9, 2014 9:20 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Dr. John Carr, a scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, is part of an international team that has discovered what they believe is evidence of a planet forming around a star about 335 light years from Earth. This research is published....

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New remote-sensing instrument to blaze a trail on the International Space Station

September 9, 2014 9:06 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS), a new instrument that will measure the character and worldwide distribution of the tiny particles that make up haze, dust, air pollutants and smoke, will do more than gather data once it's deployed on....

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Tracing water channels in cell surface receptors

September 9, 2014 9:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest class of cell surface receptors in our cells, involved in signal transmission across the cell membrane. One of the biggest questions is how a signal recognized at the extracellular side of a GPCR induces a....

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Rethinking the basic science of graphene synthesis

September 9, 2014 7:01 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new route to making graphene has been discovered that could make the 21st century's wonder material easier to ramp up to industrial scale. Graphene -- a tightly bound single layer of carbon atoms with super strength and the ability to conduct heat....

Future fires: Integrating technology solutions

September 9, 2014 6:21 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Army leaders are looking to the future force and seeking to be revolutionary in their thinking about integrating technology, according to current guidance from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno. Army researchers are exploring technology solutions....

Co-flowing liquids can stabilize chaotic “whipping” in microfluidic jets

September 8, 2014 6:19 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Industrial wet spinning processes produce fibers from polymers and other materials by using tiny needles to eject continuous jets of liquid precursors. The electrically charged liquids ejected from the needles normally exhibit a chaotic “whipping”....

Ultra-thin, high-speed detector captures unprecedented range of light waves

September 8, 2014 4:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research at the University of Maryland could lead to a generation of light detectors that can see below the surface of bodies, walls, and other objects. Using the special properties of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon that is only one atom thick....

Social networking can help people lose weight

September 8, 2014 4:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Social networking programmes designed to help people lose weight could play a role in the global fight against obesity, according to research. Analysis by researchers from Imperial College London combining the results of 12 previous studies ...

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A low-energy optical circuit for a new era of technology

September 8, 2014 4:38 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Unlike electronic circuits, optical, or "photonic", circuits work with light rather than electricity, which makes them 10 to 100 times faster. They are also more energy-efficient because they show lower heat loss, better signal-to-noise ratios....

Light detector to revolutionize night vision technology

September 8, 2014 4:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers have developed a light detector that could revolutionise chemical sensing and night vision technology. In the latest issue of Nature Nanotechnology, the team of researchers at Monash University, the University of Maryland in the US ...

Doped graphene nanoribbons with potential

September 8, 2014 4:05 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Graphene is a semiconductor when prepared as an ultra-narrow ribbon – although the material is actually a conductive material. Researchers from Empa and the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research have now developed a new method to selectively dope....

First-ever look inside a working lithium-ion battery

September 8, 2014 3:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For the first time, researchers have been able to open a kind of window into the inner workings of a lithium-ion battery. Using a neutron beam, chemists and engineers at The Ohio State University were able to track the flow of lithium atoms....

UT Arlington genomic data-mining framework to aid manufacturers discover desired materials

September 8, 2014 2:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A UT Arlington computer and data scientist has won a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop a scalable data-mining framework that will help manufacturers quickly discover desired materials for building their products. Junzhou Huang ...

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Obama taps Google, Twitter execs for tech jobs

September 8, 2014 2:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama has named executives from Google and Twitter to tops spots on his technology policy team. The White House says Megan Smith will serve as chief technology officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy....

Season's new phones are all about selfie image

September 8, 2014 2:02 pm | by FRANK JORDANS and ANICK JESDANUN, Associated Press | Comments

Visit any tourist destination, and you're bound to see individuals and groups taking photos of themselves for sharing on social media. It's a declaration to the world that they were there. Pop stars such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber ...

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