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NASA Spacecraft Provides New Information About Sun’s Atmosphere

October 16, 2014 3:20 pm | by NASA | Comments

NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) has provided scientists with five new findings into how the sun’s atmosphere, or corona, is heated far hotter than its surface, what causes the sun’s constant outflow of particles called the solar wind, and what mechanisms accelerate particles...

Light-bending material facilitates search for new particles

October 16, 2014 2:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Particle physicists have a hard time identifying all the elementary particles created in their particle accelerators. But now researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have designed a material that makes it much easier to distinguish the particles....

The first direct detection of dark matter

October 16, 2014 2:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Space scientists at the University of Leicester have detected a curious signal in the X-ray sky – one that provides a tantalising insight into the nature of mysterious Dark Matter. The Leicester team has found what appears to be a signature of 'axions'....

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Earth's magnetic field could flip within a human lifetime

October 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine the world waking up one morning to discover that all compasses pointed south instead of north. It's not as bizarre as it sounds. Earth's magnetic field has flipped – though not overnight – many times throughout the planet's history....

FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

October 16, 2014 12:19 pm | by Eric Tucker - Associated Press | Comments

The FBI director is warning against smartphone encryption. James Comey is talking about tech companies like Apple and Google that say their new operating systems will be encrypted, or protected by coding. Comey says encrypting smartphone data ...

How do you do math like a girl?

October 16, 2014 12:04 pm | by Bendta Schroeder, School of Science, MIT | Comments

On Sept. 27, a warm Saturday afternoon, 270 students, their families, and volunteers gathered in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium to hear the results of the Math Prize for Girls competition, the world’s largest math prize for female students in grades 7 through 12....

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20% of U.S. broadband households to get smart home devices in next year

October 16, 2014 11:44 am | by Consumer Electronics Association | Comments

A new survey released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Parks Associates shows continued strong growth of smart home products in U.S. homes, as 20 percent of households with broadband intend to acquire one or more smart home ...

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Construction secrets of a galactic metropolis

October 16, 2014 10:58 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Galaxy clusters are the largest objects in the Universe held together by gravity but their formation is not well understood. The Spiderweb Galaxy (formally known as MRC 1138-262 [1]) and its surroundings have been studied for twenty years, using ESO ...

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Understanding how the brain hears 3-D sound

October 16, 2014 10:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A UNIVERSITY of Huddersfield researcher is poised to develop new technology that offers the ultimate listening experience. The £100,000 project aims to do for the ears what 3D cinema has done for the eyes. It could mean that in the near future ...

Helping economically disadvantaged students pursue science careers

October 16, 2014 10:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been awarded a five-year, $640,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help economically disadvantaged students pursue graduate studies or scientific careers in the workforce....

Weather history time machine

October 16, 2014 10:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

During the 1930s, North America endured the Dust Bowl, a prolonged era of dryness that withered crops and dramatically altered where the population settled. Land-based precipitation records from the years leading up to the Dust Bowl are consistent....

Researchers develop world's thinnest electric generator

October 16, 2014 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the Georgia Institute of Technology report today that they have made the first experimental observation of piezoelectricity and the piezotronic effect in an atomically thin material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)....

Tuning light to kill deep cancer tumors

October 16, 2014 10:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

An international group of scientists led by Gang Han, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has combined a new type of nanoparticle with an FDA-approved photodynamic therapy to effectively kill deep-set cancer cells in vivo with minimal damage....

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Milky Way ransacks nearby dwarf galaxies

October 16, 2014 10:23 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, along with data from other large radio telescopes, have discovered that our nearest galactic neighbors, the dwarf spheroidal galaxies, are devoid of star-forming gas....

Creating medical devices with dissolving metal

October 16, 2014 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Pittsburgh researchers recently received another $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to continue a combined multi-university, private-industry effort to develop implantable medical devices made from biodegradable metals....

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