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Bioengineers create functional 3-D brain-like tissue

August 13, 2014 9:47 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Bioengineers have created three-dimensional brain-like tissue that functions like and has structural features similar to tissue in the rat brain and that can be kept alive in the lab for more than two months. As a first demonstration of its potential ...

Graphene-based planar micro-supercapacitors for on-chip energy storage

August 13, 2014 9:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The rapid development of miniaturized portable electronic devices, such as micro-electromechanical systems, microrobots and implantable medical devices, has stimulated intense demand for micro-scale power sources. Although miniaturized micro-batteries that store energy ...

Notre Dame paper offers insights into a new class of semiconducting materials

August 13, 2014 9:34 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new paper by University of Notre Dame researchers describes their investigations of the fundamental optical properties of a new class of semiconducting materials known as organic-inorganic "hybrid" perovskites. The research was conducted at the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory....

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Copper foam turns carbon dioxide into useful chemicals

August 13, 2014 9:14 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A catalyst made from a foamy form of copper has vastly different electrochemical properties from catalysts made with smooth copper in reactions involving carbon dioxide, a new study shows. The research, by scientists in Brown University's Center for the Capture and Conversion of CO2 ...

NASA's space station fix-it demo for satellites gets hardware for 2.0 update

August 13, 2014 9:10 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Who doesn't love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what's really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That's the case with NASA's fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM)....

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'Shape-shifting' material could help reconstruct faces

August 13, 2014 9:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Injuries, birth defects (such as cleft palates) or surgery to remove a tumor can create gaps in bone that are too large to heal naturally. And when they occur in the head, face or jaw, these bone defects can dramatically alter a person's appearance. Researchers will report today....

A new look at what's in 'fracking' fluids raises red flags

August 13, 2014 9:05 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

As the oil and gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") proliferates, a new study on the contents of the fluids involved in the process raises concerns about several ingredients. The scientists presenting the work today at the 248th National Meeting & Exposition....

Why women leave engineering careers

August 13, 2014 8:58 am | by American Psychological Associaiton | Comments

Nearly 40% of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates and mistreatment by managers and co-workers are common reasons, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 122nd Annual Convention....

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Stackpole adds product verification feature

August 12, 2014 3:17 pm | Comments

Counterfeit components are an increasing problem in the electronic components industry, and according to some estimates cost the industry up to US$100 billion per year. Stackpole is committed to assisting customers in confirming that the products ...

Busted: 5 Myths about Facebook's messenger app

August 12, 2014 1:51 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Facebook's recent effort to force people to adopt its standalone mobile messaging app has privacy-concerned users up in arms. Many of them believe the app is especially invasive. One blog from the Huffington Post published in December has gone viral....

NIST therapy for ultraviolet laser beams: Hydrogen-treated fibers

August 12, 2014 1:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

To make a better optical fiber for transmitting laser beams, the first idea that comes to mind is probably not a nice long hydrogen bath. And yet, scientists have known for years that hydrogen can alter the performance of optical fibers....

Follow the radio waves to exomoons, UT Arlington physicists say

August 12, 2014 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists hunting for life beyond Earth have discovered more than 1,800 planets outside our solar system, or exoplanets, in recent years, but so far, no one has been able to confirm an exomoon. Now, physicists from The University of Texas at Arlington believe following a trail of radio wave emissions ...

Robotic-assisted imaging: From trans-Atlantic evaluation to help in daily practice

August 12, 2014 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

While in Germany, Partho P. Sengupta, MD, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai used a computer to perform a robot-assisted trans-Atlantic ultrasound examination on a person in Boston. In another study Kurt Boman, MD, of Umeå University in Sweden in collaboration with Mount Sinai ...

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Neutrino detectors could help curb nuclear weapons activity

August 12, 2014 12:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and even in the fictional world of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" look to subatomic particles called neutrinos to answer the big questions about the universe. Now, a group of scientists led by a physics professor ...

Researchers prove stability of wonder material silicene

August 12, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international team of researchers has taken a significant step towards understanding the fundamental properties of the two-dimensional material silicene by showing that it can remain stable in the presence of oxygen. In a study published today, 12 August, in IOP Publishing's journal 2D Materials ...

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