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Into the abyss: Scientists explore one of Earth's deepest ocean trenches

April 10, 2014 6:13 am | by National Science Foundation | Comments

What lives in the deepest part of the ocean--the abyss?A team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will use the world's only full-ocean-depth, hybrid, remotely-operated vehicle, Nereus, and other advanced technology to find out. They will explore the Kermadec Trench at the...

Expanding particles to engineer defects

April 9, 2014 2:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Materials scientists have long known that introducing defects into three-dimensional materials can improve their mechanical and electronic properties. Now a new Northwestern study finds how defects affect two-dimensional crystalline structures, and the results hold information for designing new materials....

A faster Internet for your smartphones

April 9, 2014 1:59 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Most of us spend a significant portion of our time on our phones. So when the Internet connection slows or stalls, it can interrupt our lives to a maddening degree. We complain about the network, shut down apps, and double-check our bars to troubleshoot the problem....

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Future computers that are 'normally off'

April 9, 2014 1:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

If a research team in Japan gets its wish, "normally off" computers may one day soon be replacing present computers in a move that would both eliminate volatile memory, which requires power to maintain stored data, and reduce the gigantic energy losses associated with it....

Is the power grid too big?

April 9, 2014 1:54 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Some 90 years ago, British polymath J.B.S. Haldane proposed that for every animal there is an optimal size -- one which allows it to make best use of its environment and the physical laws that govern its activities, whether hiding, hunting, hoofing or hibernating....

Scalable CVD process for making 2-D molybdenum diselenide

April 9, 2014 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Nanoengineering researchers at Rice University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have unveiled a potentially scalable method for making one-atom-thick layers of molybdenum diselenide -- a highly sought semiconductor that is similar to graphene....

Advanced warning systems increase safety at intersections, study shows

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

Most drivers have experienced a traffic signal that turns yellow just as they approach an intersection, which makes it difficult for them to decide whether to stop or proceed through it. The wrong choice in this situation, known as the "dilemma zone," may lead to crashes....

A new twist makes for better steel, researchers find

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

Researchers from Brown University and universities in China have found a simple technique that can strengthen steel without sacrificing ductility. The new technique, described in Nature Communications, could produce steel that performs better in a number of structural applications....

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Searching high and low for dark matter

April 9, 2014 1:40 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Recently, dark matter hunters from around the world gathered at the University of California, Los Angeles for "Dark Matter 2014." The annual conference is one of the largest of its kind aimed at discussing the latest progress in the quest to identify dark matter....

Memory accuracy and strength can be manipulated during sleep

April 9, 2014 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The sense of smell might seem intuitive, almost something you take for granted. But researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center have found that memory of specific odors depends on the ability of the brain to learn, process and recall accurately and effectively during slow-wave sleep....

Photos of the Day: 'RoboClam' digs with extreme efficiency

April 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

  A group of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a digging robot — dubbed the “RoboClam” — inspired by the Atlantic razor clam. The RoboClam digs so effectively by changing the surrounding soil into liquid....

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Webb telescope's heart complete, final instrument installed

April 9, 2014 9:18 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The last piece of the James Webb Space Telescope's heart was installed inside the world's largest clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. What looked like a massive black frame covered with wires and aluminum foil, the heart or Integrated Science Instrument Module...

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NASA's LRO mission and North America to experience total lunar eclipse

April 9, 2014 9:14 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When people in North America look up at the sky in the early morning hours of April 15, they can expect the moon to look a little different. A total lunar eclipse is expected at this time, a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment....

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'RoboClam' hits new depths as robotic digger

April 9, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A digging robot inspired by the unique mechanisms employed by the Atlantic razor clam has been created by a group of researchers in the US. The robot, dubbed RoboClam, is able to dig with extreme efficiency by transforming the surrounding soil from a solid into a liquid....

Google Glass puts the focus on Parkinson's

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

The next generation of wearable computing is being trialled for the first time to evaluate its potential to support people with Parkinson's. Experts at Newcastle University are investigating Google Glass as an assistive aid to help people with Parkinson's retain their independence for longer....

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