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Quantum computer shows space is not "squeezed"

January 28, 2015 4:34 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Ever since Einstein proposed his special theory of relativity in 1905, physics and cosmology have been based on the assumption that space looks the same in all directions - that it's not squeezed in one direction relative to another. A new experiment by University of ...

Today in Engineering History: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes

January 28, 2015 1:50 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

Today in engineering history, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded just seconds after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, FL, killing the seven crew members aboard. Among those killed was a teacher from New Hampshire, Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to ...

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Scientists chart latest discoveries of iron-based superconductors

January 28, 2015 1:42 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Superconductivity is a remarkable macroscopic quantum phenomenon, discovered just over a century ago. As temperature decreases to below a critical value, the electric resistance of a superconductor vanishes and the magnetic field is repelled. Superconductors have many ...

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Bitcoin scams steal at least $11 million in virtual deposits

January 28, 2015 1:37 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Fraudulent schemes have scammed at least $11 million in Bitcoin deposits from unsuspecting cyber customers over the past four years, according to new cyber security research from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Bitcoin is the digital world's most popular ...

Researchers use sound to slow down, speed up, and block light

January 28, 2015 1:30 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

How do you make an optical fiber transmit light only one way? Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have experimentally demonstrated, for the first time, the phenomenon of Brillouin Scattering Induced Transparency ...

Custom-tailored robotic exoskeletons fit to perfection

January 28, 2015 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

It wasn't too long ago that the idea of a wearable robot that would lend its user increased mobility and strength seemed like the stuff of science fiction; indeed, films like Aliens and Iron Man, which featured characters wearing powered exoskeletons, incited the imaginations of ...

Astronomers find solar system more than double ours in age

January 28, 2015 12:44 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

A newly discovered solar system - with five small rocky planets - makes ours look like a baby. An international team of astronomers announced Tuesday that this extrasolar system is 11.2 billion years old. With the age of the universe pegged at ...

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Misfit wants this wristband to synch with your smart home

January 28, 2015 12:11 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Fitness monitor company Misfit is adding the Internet of Things to its Flash sleep and activity tracker. On. Jan. 27 the company released details about Misfit Bolt, a smart bulb that can personalize home lighting using the Flash wristband, and a partnership with Nest and ...

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This robot learns, one step at a time

January 28, 2015 12:06 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Researchers at the L'Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR) in France are teaching a robot how to evolve. The team, including Professor Jean-Baptiste Mouret and doctoral student Antoine Cully, use a six-legged robot called Creadapt to study how ...

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel and petroleum processing

January 28, 2015 11:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in ...

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Professor advances fuel cell car technology

January 28, 2015 11:16 am | by Texas A&M University | Comments

Electrochemical energy and polymer research unite in new ways to deliver best-case power scenarios behind the wheel—or specifically, under the hood. Environmentalists and road aficionados alike have applauded the production of fuel cell vehicles, but to sustain the appeal and ...

Former Samsung engineer develops file sharing app

January 27, 2015 4:16 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

A former Samsung semiconductor design engineer has developed a file-sharing mobile app that is gaining ground in the United States, and has been a boon for Samsung, too. Nicole Kim worked for Samsung for six years, then took her career to smaller ...

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Researchers make magnetic graphene

January 27, 2015 3:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Graphene, a one-atom thick sheet of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice, has many desirable properties. Magnetism alas is not one of them. Magnetism can be induced in graphene by doping it with magnetic impurities, but this doping tends to ...

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Patents provide insight on Wall Street 'technology arms race'

January 27, 2015 3:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A new study by New Zealand's University of Otago has used US patent data to shed light on the technological roots behind Wall Street's ongoing 'technology arms race'. The way financial assets are traded, and the nature of the markets themselves, has dramatically ...

Brain's on-off thirst switch identified

January 27, 2015 2:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Neurons that trigger our sense of thirst--and neurons that turn it off--have been identified by Columbia University Medical Center neuroscientists. The paper was published today in the online edition of Nature. For years, researchers have suspected that thirst is regulated by ...

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