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Campus showcases high-performance buildings

July 2, 2014 12:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are transforming the way the world uses energy—and those transformations become apparent the moment one sets foot on the NREL campus in Golden, Colorado. Here, research teams have applied their expertise....

NREL and General Motors announce R&D partnership to reduce cost of automotive fuel cells

July 2, 2014 12:03 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and General Motors (GM) are partnering on a multiyear, multimillion dollar joint effort to accelerate the reduction of automotive fuel cell stack costs through fuel cell material and manufacturing research and development (R&D)....

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Blind lead the way in brave new world of tactile technology

July 2, 2014 11:37 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad mini Retina display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to feel your way around. New research at UC Berkeley has found that people are better and faster at navigating tactile technology when using both hands and several fingers....

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Solar panels light the way from carbon dioxide to fuel

July 2, 2014 11:35 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Research to curb global warming caused by rising levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, usually involves three areas: Developing alternative energy sources, capturing and storing greenhouse gases, and repurposing excess greenhouse gases. Drawing on two of these approaches ...

Army researches the future of 3-D printing

July 2, 2014 10:18 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

One day, Soldiers will get critical repair parts at the point of need through innovative, reliable 3-D printing systems. This vision of the future will lift the logistics burden and lighten the load to provide more capabilities at less cost, according to Army researchers.

New NIST metamaterial gives light a one-way ticket

July 2, 2014 10:07 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The light-warping structures known as metamaterials have a new trick in their ever-expanding repertoire. Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a silver, glass and chromium nanostructure that can all but stop visible light cold in one direction while giving it a pass in the other....

Nature of solids and liquids explored through new pitch drop experiment

July 2, 2014 10:02 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Physicists at Queen Mary University of London have set up a new pitch drop experiment for students to explore the difference between solid and liquids. Known as the 'world's longest experiment', the set up at the University of Queensland was famous for taking ten years for a drop of pitch – a thick, black, sticky material – to fall from a funnel....

How do ants get around? Ultra-sensitive machines measure their every step…

July 2, 2014 9:59 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

How do ants manage to move so nimbly whilst coordinating three pairs of legs and a behind that weighs up to 60% of their body mass? German scientists have recently developed a device that may reveal the answer. Measuring the forces generated by single limbs is vital to understanding the energetics of animal locomotion....

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Superconducting-silicon qubits

July 2, 2014 9:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Theorists propose a way to make superconducting quantum devices such as Josephson junctions and qubits, atom-by-atom, inside a silicon crystal. Such systems could combine the most promising aspects of silicon spin qubits with the flexibility of superconducting circuits....

UH researchers identify one of world's thinnest piezoelectric materials

July 2, 2014 9:53 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

There are a handful of naturally occurring materials, known as piezoelectric materials, that generate electricity if you bend, stretch or apply another mechanical force to them, and vice versa – if you apply a voltage across them, they'll deform accordingly. These materials are currently the subject of intense research....

UH chemical engineer makes device fabrication easier, thanks to NSF grant

July 2, 2014 9:49 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Have you ever wondered how the tiny components and devices inside your cell phone are made? The devices inside your phone and computer, such as integrated circuits, microprocessors and memory chips, are made in a process called lithography that, in Greek, translates quite literally to "writing on stones"....

Research could lead to dramatic energy savings at data farms

July 2, 2014 9:44 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent. Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ...

License plate readers are important police tool, but hurdles remain, study finds

July 2, 2014 9:42 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Systems that automatically read automobile license plates have the potential to save police investigative time and increase safety, but law enforcement officials must address issues related to staffing, compatibility and privacy before the technology can reach its full potential, according to a new RAND Corporation report....

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'Deep learning' makes search for exotic particles easier

July 2, 2014 9:39 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Fully automated "deep learning" by computers greatly improves the odds of discovering particles such as the Higgs boson, beating even veteran physicists' abilities, according to findings by UC Irvine researchers published today in the journal Nature Communications....

NSA's Internet monitoring said to be legal

July 2, 2014 9:36 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | Comments

The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA's collection of domestic calling records "lacked a viable legal foundation" and should be shut down....

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