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German man banned from Yellowstone in drone crash

September 24, 2014 2:50 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

A German citizen who crashed a drone into a lake in Yellowstone National Park this summer has been banned from the park for a year and was ordered to pay $1,600 in fines and restitution. Andreas Meissner of Koenigswinter, Germany, was charged....

Protecting our processors

September 24, 2014 2:44 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) today announced nine research awards to 10 universities totaling nearly $4 million under a joint program focused on Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient ...

Solar energy-driven process could revolutionize oil sands tailings reclamation

September 24, 2014 1:57 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Edmonton—Cleaning up oil sands tailings has just gotten a lot greener thanks to a novel technique developed by University of Alberta civil engineering professors that uses solar energy to accelerate tailings pond reclamation efforts by industry....

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Grant to help find why people reveal information online

September 24, 2014 1:53 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Penn State researchers have received a $262,383 grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand why people disclose or withhold private information during online transactions. Researchers from Penn State's College of Communications ...

2-D materials' crystalline defects key to new properties

September 24, 2014 1:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Understanding how atoms "glide" and "climb" on the surface of 2D crystals like tungsten disulphide may pave the way for researchers to develop materials with unusual or unique characteristics, according to an international team of researchers....

Nanotechnology leads to better, cheaper LEDs for phones and lighting

September 24, 2014 12:56 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Princeton University researchers have developed a new method to increase the brightness, efficiency and clarity of LEDs, which are widely used on smartphones and portable electronics as well as becoming increasingly common in lighting....

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Cyber Week 2014: Netanyahu, Kaspersky, and Gold tackle cyber 'game-changers'

September 24, 2014 12:49 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

"I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that cyber defense solutions will serve as the essential basis for human development and economic growth in this century — I think it's happening before our very eyes," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told ...

NRL researchers develop novel method to synthesize nanoparticles

September 24, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Materials Science and Technology Division have developed a novel one-step process using, for the first time in these types of syntheses, potassium superoxide (KO2) to rapidly form oxide nanoparticles....

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Most stars are born in clusters, some leave 'home'

September 24, 2014 12:25 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New modeling studies from Carnegie's Alan Boss demonstrate that most of the stars we see were formed when unstable clusters of newly formed protostars broke up. These protostars are born out of rotating clouds of dust and gas, which act....

Solar explosions inside a computer

September 24, 2014 12:19 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The shorter the interval between two explosions in the solar atmosphere, the more likely it is that the second flare will be stronger than the first one. ETH Professor Hans Jürgen Herrmann and his team have been able to demonstrate this, using model calculations....

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Taking advantage of graphene defects

September 24, 2014 9:33 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Electronic transport in graphene contributes to its characteristics. Now, a Russian scientist proposes a new theoretical approach to describe graphene with defects—in the form of artificial triangular holes—resulting in the rectification of the electric current....

Army, Air Force move data over same network for first time at Joint Base San Antonio

September 24, 2014 9:33 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

This month, the Army and Air Force achieved major network security and capacity upgrades at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, in partnership with the Defense Information Systems Agency. This is the first Department of Defense location to achieve....

Researchers aim to improve educational software through speech and emotion detection

September 24, 2014 9:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have won a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve educational software by enabling it to assess facial expression, body language, speech and other cues to better respond....

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Mars missions: Successes and failures

September 24, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Getting a spacecraft to orbit Mars is a complex mission that few countries have attempted, and even fewer have achieved. The former Soviet Union made the world's first attempt in 1960, but the satellite didn't get far from Earth. The United States ...

Study: Apple's new iPhones score big in durability

September 24, 2014 2:29 am | by Anne D'innocenzio - AP Retail Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says. Apple's iPhone 6, whose screen measures 4.7 inches, did the best across a variety of tests that measures....

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