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NIST tightens the bounds on the quantum information 'speed limit'

April 13, 2015 2:15 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

If you're designing a new computer, you want it to solve problems as fast as possible. Just how fast is possible is an open question when it comes to quantum computers, but physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have narrowed the ...

Research team develops a hyper-stretchable elastic-composite energy harvester

April 13, 2015 2:12 pm | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

A research team led by Professor Keon Jae Lee of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a hyper-stretchable elastic-composite energy harvesting device called a nanogenerator....

New ways to see light and store information

April 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by University of Cologne | Comments

Silicon based chips and transistors have been at the heart of all electronic devices since the 1950s. Driven by economic and environmental factors, and by the need for renewable energy resources, there is currently an enormous ...

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For big data researchers, network and compute capabilities are lynchpin to success

April 13, 2015 1:35 pm | by Internet2 | Comments

For many researchers in the life sciences, Big Data is not just a buzz word--it's the daily reality for carrying out their work in areas like genomics, which is expected to equal if not surpass the data output of the particle physics community. For many scientists, in order ...

New technology provides superior ability to rapidly detect volatile organic compounds

April 13, 2015 1:30 pm | by Virginia Tech | Comments

Over the past several decades, the progress in micro fabrication technology has revolutionized the world in such fields as computing, signal processing, and automotive manufacturing. Making various types of instruments smaller is another example of ...

Solution-grown nanowires make the best lasers

April 13, 2015 1:12 pm | by University of Wisconsin-Madison | Comments

Take a material that is a focus of interest in the quest for advanced solar cells. Discover a "freshman chemistry level" technique for growing that material into high-efficiency, ultra-small lasers. The result, disclosed today [Monday, April 13] in Nature Materials ...

An exoplanet with an infernal atmosphere

April 13, 2015 12:15 pm | by Université de Genève | Comments

As part of the PlanetS National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), astronomers from the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Bern, Switzerland, have come to measure the temperature of the atmosphere of an exoplanet with unequalled precision, by crossing ...

Review: New MacBook brings iPad's minimalism to laptop

April 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

From the moment I took it out of the box, Apple's new MacBook looked and felt like an iPad. The laptop is Apple's lightest and thinnest yet and borrows many of the iPad's designs, including the lack of a fan. The result is a 2-pound ...

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USTelecom files suit against government's new Internet rules

April 13, 2015 11:57 am | by TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer | Comments

A legal fight against the Federal Communications Commission's new Internet traffic rules has begun. The rules were voted on in February and uphold the principle of net neutrality - that online content be allowed to load at the same speed....

Lethality expert: TRADOC to publish helpful robotics doctrine

April 13, 2015 11:33 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Doctrine drives training and modernization, and new doctrine to be released in January 2016, will provide impetus for growth in the rapidly-evolving field of robotics, Lt. Col. Matt Dooley predicted. Dooley, chief of the lethality branch at the Army Capabilities Integration Center, discussed the future of robotics in ...

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Firms push high-tech solutions to fortify airport perimeters

April 13, 2015 10:06 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA and JUSTIN PRITCHARD, Associated Press | Comments

Technology firms increasingly pitch new sensors and software to U.S. airports as a way to bolster exterior security and keep intruders out, but such digital barriers come with a hefty price tag and don't always work. An Associated Press investigation this week documented ...

Who's a CEO? Google image results can shift gender biases

April 10, 2015 3:22 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

Getty Images last year created a new online image catalog of women in the workplace - one that countered visual stereotypes on the Internet of moms as frazzled caregivers rather than powerful CEOs. A new University of Washington study adds ...

Engineers now understand how complex carbon nanostructures form

April 10, 2015 3:18 pm | by University of Missouri-Columbia | Comments

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are microscopic tubular structures that engineers "grow" through a process conducted in a high-temperature furnace. The forces that create the CNT structures known as "forests" often are unpredictable and are mostly left ...

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UT Arlington nanopillar fabrication to lead to more efficient electronics

April 10, 2015 3:13 pm | by University of Texas at Arlington | Comments

A University of Texas at Arlington engineering researcher will build nanoscale pillars that will lead to more energy-efficient transistors in electronic devices and gadgets. Seong Jin Koh, an associate professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department ...

Study looks inside the universe's most powerful explosions

April 10, 2015 2:59 pm | by Ohio State University | Comments

A new study provides an inside look at the most powerful explosions in the universe: gamma-ray bursts. These rare explosions happen when extremely massive stars go supernova. The stars' strong magnetic fields channel most ...

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