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Future computers could be built from magnetic 'tornadoes'

October 14, 2014 2:45 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. A team from the University of Sheffield's Faculty of Engineering have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations, and so take ...

Electric vehicle technology packs more punch in smaller package

October 14, 2014 2:41 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Using 3-D printing and novel semiconductors, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a power inverter that could make electric vehicles lighter, more powerful and more efficient. At the core of this development ...

Rice's Office of STEM Engagement promotes K-12 outreach

October 14, 2014 2:27 pm | Comments

Rice University has created the Office of STEM Engagement to support and promote its wide-ranging efforts to improve K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Houston-area school districts. Rice University's Office ...

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Superconductivity and ferromagnetism make strange bedfellows

October 14, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Chemists at Ludwig-Maximilias-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich have synthesized a ferromagnetic superconducting compound that is amenable to chemical modification, opening the route to detailed studies of this rare combination of physical properties....

New materials could make it safer to store nuclear waste

October 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Minerals that endure in nature for millions of years are inspiring a Clemson University-led research team to explore whether new materials could be developed to encase nuclear waste for safe storage. Glass is now used to isolate nuclear waste....

ORNL researchers observe atoms moving inside bulk material

October 14, 2014 12:24 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have obtained the first direct observations of atomic diffusion inside a bulk material. The research, which could be used to give unprecedented insight into the lifespan ...

Smartphone network could track incoming cosmic rays

October 14, 2014 12:18 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Your smartphone could become part of the world's largest telescope. A team led by UC Irvine physicist Daniel Whiteson and UC Davis physicist Michael Mulhearn has designed an app to turn the global network of smartphones into a planet-sized ...

Researchers say academia can learn from Hollywood

October 14, 2014 12:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

According to a pair of University of Houston (UH) professors and their Italian colleague, while science is increasingly moving in the direction of teamwork and interdisciplinary research, changes need to be made in academia to allow for a more collaborative ...

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Carbon nanotubes could displace silicon in LEDs

October 14, 2014 12:09 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Even as the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has enshrined light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the single most significant and disruptive energy-efficient lighting solution of today, scientists around the world continue unabated to search for the even-better-bulbs....

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Batteries that can be recharged to 70 percent in just 2 minutes

October 14, 2014 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have developed a new battery that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only 2 minutes. The battery will also have a longer lifespan of over 20 years. Expected to be the next big thing....

Searching for answers to black holes

October 14, 2014 11:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Is matter falling into the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way or being ejected from it? No one knows for sure, but a UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist is searching for an answer. Carl Gwinn, a professor in UCSB's Department of Physics ...

Charged graphene gives DNA a stage to perform molecular gymnastics

October 14, 2014 9:50 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When Illinois researchers set out to investigate a method to control how DNA moves through a tiny sequencing device, they did not know they were about to witness a display of molecular gymnastics. Fast, accurate and affordable DNA sequencing is the first step....

Optimizing renewable energy costs

October 14, 2014 9:46 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Increasing reliance on renewable energies is the way to achieve greater CO2 emission sustainability and energy independence. As such energies are yet only available intermittently and energy cannot be stored easily, most countries aim to combine....

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Augmented reality melds work, play

October 14, 2014 9:34 am | by SALIM ESSAID, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Mark Skwarek is surrounded by infiltrating militants in New York's Central Park. He shoots one, then hearing a noise from behind, spins to take down another. All of a sudden, everything flashes red. He realizes he's been hit. The words "Game Over" appear....

How the new HealthCare.gov stacks up with the old

October 14, 2014 9:31 am | by RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press | Comments

HealthCare.gov, the website for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, has been revamped as its second enrollment season approaches. But things are still complicated, since other major provisions of the Affordable Care Act ...

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