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One step closer to renewable propane

April 15, 2015 | by Univ. of Manchester | Comments

Researchers at The Univ. of Manchester have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a program of work aimed at developing the next generation of biofuels....

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How to maximize the superconducting critical temperature in a molecular superconductor

April 17, 2015 4:25 pm | by Tohoku University | Comments

An international research team, led by Professor Kosmas Prassides of Tohoku University, has investigated the electronic properties of the family of unconventional superconductors based on fullerenes*1 which have the highest known superconducting critical ...

New paper opens the door to the study of a new class of materials

April 17, 2015 4:21 pm | by University of Notre Dame | Comments

A new paper by a team of researchers led by Karel Matous, College of Engineering Associate Professor of Computational Mechanics in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, describes how an accurate statistical description ...

Young women objectify themselves more browsing Facebook and magazines than media types

April 17, 2015 2:36 pm | by SAGE Publications | Comments

Though it is widely believed that the media objectifies women, women further diminish themselves by constantly comparing their bodies to others'. Regardless of how much time young women devote to viewing television, music videos and using the internet, they will ...

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Beyond the lithium ion -- a significant step toward a better performing battery

April 17, 2015 2:33 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

The race is on around the world as scientists strive to develop a new generation of batteries that can perform beyond the limits of the current lithium-ion based battery. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have taken a significant step toward the development of ...

Industry: Digital music sales match physical for 1st time

April 17, 2015 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

Revenue from digital music matched that from physical albums and discs for the first time in 2014, a global industry body said Tuesday. The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's annual report said digital and physical sales each accounted for 46 percent of ...

'Game of Thrones' hit by piracy from Twitter-owned app users

April 17, 2015 2:17 pm | by LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer | Comments

HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the dubious honor of being popular with both pirates and viewers. After its fifth season began Sunday, users of a Twitter-owned live-streaming app shared the fantasy drama....

Germanwings crash could prompt remote override tech review

April 17, 2015 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The Germanwings crash last month was an "unbelievable horror" for the families of those killed, compounded by the apparent senselessness of the co-pilot's actions in bringing down the plane, German President Joachim Gauck told hundreds of victims' relatives ...

A thumbnail track pad

April 17, 2015 2:12 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab are developing a new wearable device that turns the user's thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad. They envision that the technology could let users control wireless devices when their hands are full -- answering the ...

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Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'

April 17, 2015 1:51 pm | by Kansas State University | Comments

The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering ...

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Disney researchers use passive UHF RFID tags to detect how people interact with objects

April 17, 2015 1:39 pm | by Disney Research | Comments

Disney Research has demonstrated that battery-free, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to cheaply and unobtrusively determine how people use and interact with daily objects, enabling new types of interactive play, smart homes and work environments ...

Optical resonance-based biosensors designed for medical applications

April 17, 2015 1:04 pm | by Elhuyar Fundazioa | Comments

A telecommunications engineer of the NUP/UPNA-Public University of Navarre, has designed in his Ph.D. thesis optical resonance-based biosensors for use in medical applications like, for example, the detecting of celiac disease. Besides achieving greater resolution ...

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A blueprint for clearing the skies of space debris

April 17, 2015 12:58 pm | by RIKEN | Comments

An international team of scientists have put forward a blueprint for a purely space-based system to solve the growing problem of space debris. The proposal, published in Acta Astronautica, combines a super-wide field-of-view telescope, developed by RIKEN's EUSO team ...

Lab technique simultaneously reveals structure and function of proteins critical in DNA repair

April 17, 2015 12:02 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

By combining two highly innovative experimental techniques, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have for the first time simultaneously observed the structure and the correlated function of specific proteins critical in the repair of DNA, providing definitive ...

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Review: Adobe PDF tool is great, but casual users won't need

April 17, 2015 10:56 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

No doubt you've run across your share of PDF documents in your work and personal life. Adobe's Portable Document Format has become a common way to publish newsletters, instruction manuals and even tax forms. Creating your own PDF document is easy, with features built into ...

Nokia aims to become networks giant with Alcatel-Lucent deal

April 17, 2015 10:54 am | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press | Comments

Nokia will buy ailing French telecom company Alcatel-Lucent for around 15.6 billion euros ($16.5 billion) through a public exchange of shares in France and the United States, in a bid to become a leading global networks operator. Though Alcatel-Lucent has been racking up billions of euros of losses since ...

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