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Nanoscale resistors for quantum devices

December 10, 2014 3:11 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers from the London Centre for Nanotechnology have made new compact, high-value resistors for nanoscale quantum circuits. The resistors could speed the development of quantum devices for computing and fundamental physics research....

Gold could be affordable catalyst for energy and environmental applications

December 10, 2014 3:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Precious elements such as platinum work well as catalysts in chemical reactions, but require large amounts of metal and can be expensive. However, computational modeling below the nanoscale level may allow researchers to design more efficient ...

Maximizing solar power on electrical grids

December 10, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The ...

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Abandoned wells can be 'super-emitters' of greenhouse gas

December 10, 2014 3:02 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Princeton University researchers have uncovered a previously unknown, and possibly substantial, source of the greenhouse gas methane to the Earth's atmosphere. After testing a sample of abandoned oil and natural gas wells in northwestern Pennsylvania ...

Team creates the first modern germanium circuit

December 10, 2014 2:58 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A laboratory at Purdue University provided a critical part of the world's first transistor in 1947 - the purified germanium semiconductor - and now researchers here are on the forefront of a new germanium milestone. The team has created the first ...

Largest ever CTBT on-site inspection exercise concludes successfully

December 10, 2014 2:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The most sophisticated on-site inspection exercise conducted to date by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) formally concludes this week. The Integrated Field Exercise IFE14 in Jordan started on 3 November and ...

Fueling the future

December 10, 2014 2:51 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In the swirling, churning fireball at the heart of every internal combustion engine, complexity reigns supreme. Valves and pistons lunge up and down at thousands of feet per second, pressure spikes to peak levels in an instant and sprays of ...

A breakthrough paper on new-generation wireless technology

December 10, 2014 2:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) named a research team led by Professor Theodore (Ted) Rappaport, founder and director of the NYU WIRELESS research center, as the recipient of the 2015 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award for ...

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Tech summit addresses industry's lack of diversity

December 10, 2014 2:07 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 — finding ways to ...

Light-based technology tracks oxygen levels underwater

December 10, 2014 1:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Swimmers looking to monitor and improve technique and patients striving to heal injured muscles now have a new light-based tool to help reach their goals. A research article by scientists at the University of Essex in Colchester and Artinis Medical Systems published ...

Disney uses multiple photos to estimate lighting conditions of outdoor scenes

December 10, 2014 1:13 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Techniques now used to reconstruct 3D models based on multiple photos of a building, object or scene can also be leveraged to automatically estimate illumination conditions depicted in a collection of photographs, scientists at Disney Research and ...

Examining energies at work in a closed flexible loop

December 10, 2014 1:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research published in the Proceedings of The Royal Society A by members of the Mathematical Soft Matter Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University examines the energies at work in a closed flexible loop spanned ...

Technology for aircraft manufacture that pollutes less

December 10, 2014 1:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Cutting the environmental costs of aero engine parts manufacturing, increasing freedom in their design and reducing fuel consumption and contaminating gas emissions are some of the benefits resulting from applying modern additive manufacturing techniques ...

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Medical Internet searches can predict volume of ER visits

December 10, 2014 12:55 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The correlation between Internet searches on a regional medical website and next-day visits to regional emergency departments was "significant," suggesting that Internet data may be used in the future to predict the level of demand at emergency departments. The first study ...

We are in danger of losing control of our technology and our lives

December 10, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Future technology will be more intelligent and more living than most people can imagine today. We need clear guidelines on how to implement and use technology, or else citizens will lose their rights to their identity and their life. This is the prediction by ...

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