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'Smart windows' can keep heat out and save energy

December 10, 2014 11:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Windows allow brilliant natural light to stream into homes and buildings. Along with light comes heat that, in warm weather, we often counter with energy-consuming air conditioning. Now scientists are developing a new kind of "smart window" that can ...

Link between power lines and ill-health called into question

December 10, 2014 10:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Several past studies have suggested that the magnetic fields created by phones, high-voltage power lines and other electrical equipment are harmful for humans. Research first carried out in the 1970's and again subsequently, found an association between ...

Saving old information can boost memory for new information

December 10, 2014 9:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The simple act of saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science....

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Defects are perfect in laser-induced graphene

December 10, 2014 9:24 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at Rice University have created flexible, patterned sheets of multilayer graphene from a cheap polymer by burning it with a computer-controlled laser. The process works in air at room temperature and eliminates the need for hot furnaces and ...

Amazon introduces 'make an offer' service

December 10, 2014 9:16 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Amazon wants you to make an offer sellers won't want to refuse. For the first time, the largest U.S. online retailer is letting some third-party sellers offer an option where interested buyers can make an offer on an item lower than the listed price....

Top 10 topics on Facebook in 2014

December 10, 2014 9:10 am | by Associated Press | Comments

What's popular? Facebook has a good gauge based on what people type into the box that says, "What's on your mind?" On Tuesday, the company released top 10 lists for 2014, based on the number of posts, comments, likes, photos and videos shared....

Sweden targets Pirate Bay again after complaint

December 10, 2014 9:06 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Swedish police have raided a server room in Stockholm in an action targeting the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay. Police spokesman Paul Pinder said Wednesday the raid took place after Rights Alliance, a Swedish Internet anti-piracy group ...

Mouser announces expanded partnership and portfolio with Hittite Microwave Products from Analog Devices

December 9, 2014 4:46 pm | by Mouser Electronics | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., a leading global distributor and developer's top choice for semiconductors and electronic components, today announced that they have expanded their strategic partnership and worldwide distribution agreement with Analog Devices ...

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Publisher hopes to sell books through Twitter

December 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A leading book publisher is hoping that Twitter will not only help promote books, but sell them directly. Hachette Book Group announced Monday that it has teamed with the e-commerce platform Gumroad. The deal will allow Twitter users ...

Scientists re-create what may be life's first spark

December 9, 2014 9:29 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | Comments

Scientists in a lab used a powerful laser to re-create what might have been the original spark of life on Earth. The researchers zapped clay and a chemical soup with the laser to simulate the energy of a speeding asteroid smashing into the planet....

Light propagation in solar cells made visible

December 8, 2014 2:20 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

How can light which has been captured in a solar cell be examined in experiments? Jülich scientists have succeeded in looking directly at light propagation within a solar cell by using a trick. The photovoltaics researchers are working on periodic nanostructures that ...

New technique offers spray-on solar power

December 8, 2014 2:16 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Pretty soon, powering your tablet could be as simple as wrapping it in cling wrap. That's Illan Kramer's hope. Kramer and colleagues have just invented a new way to spray solar cells onto flexible surfaces using miniscule light-sensitive materials known a ...

Computers that teach by example

December 8, 2014 2:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Computers are good at identifying patterns in huge data sets. Humans, by contrast, are good at inferring patterns from just a few examples. In a paper appearing at the Neural Information Processing Society's conference next week, MIT researchers ...

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45-year physics mystery shows a path to quantum transistors

December 8, 2014 2:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An odd, iridescent material that's puzzled physicists for decades turns out to be an exotic state of matter that could open a new path to quantum computers and other next-generation electronics. Physicists at the University of Michigan have discovered or confirmed ...

X-ray laser acts as tool to track life's chemistry

December 8, 2014 2:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international research team that includes researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has captured the highest-resolution protein snapshots ever taken with an X-ray laser, revealing how a key protein in a photosynthetic ...

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