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Tech-friendly cities struggle with new biz rules

September 29, 2014 | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | Comments

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country's top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts....

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Research tool captures information with ultrafast data collection

October 23, 2014 8:41 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When studying extremely fast reactions in ultrathin materials, two measurements are better than one. A new research tool invented by researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute ...

Nanoparticle technology triples the production of biogas

October 23, 2014 8:36 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Researchers of the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have developed the new BiogàsPlus, a technology which allows increasing the production....

New policymaking tool for shift to renewable energy

October 23, 2014 8:32 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Multiple pathways exist to a low greenhouse gas future, all involving increased efficiency and a dramatic shift in energy supply away from fossil fuels. A new tool 'SWITCH' enables policymakers and planners to assess the economic and environmental implications....

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Tablets, cars drive AT&T wireless gains, not phones

October 23, 2014 8:28 am | by Associated Press | Comments

AT&T said it gained 2 million wireless subscribers in the latest quarter, but most were from cheaper non-phone services such as tablets and Internet-connected cars. The nation's second-largest wireless carrier is facing pricing pressure from smaller rivals....

'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles

October 23, 2014 8:25 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA and MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Business Writers | Comments

So long Silicon Valley. These days entrepreneurs and engineers are flocking to a place better known for wave surfing than Web surfing. Amid the palm trees and purple sunsets of the Southern California coastline, techies have built "Silicon Beach"....

Optimal batteries can make critical difference on battlefield

October 23, 2014 8:23 am | by U.S. Army | Comments

Something as seemingly insignificant as a battery could change a battlefield outcome. Staff Sgt. José R. Salcedo III learned this one night in Afghanistan. It was 2012 and Salcedo was on a mounted patrol deep inside Ghazni province. Suddenly, one of the vehicles ...

Army collaboration produces test station for missile warning system

October 22, 2014 11:25 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the U.S. Army Reprogramming Analysis Team (ARAT) have developed an integrated support station (ISS) that allows testing of updates made to the missile warning sytems used on Army aircraft....

Some scientists share better than others

October 22, 2014 5:12 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Some scientists share better than others. While astronomers and geneticists embrace the concept, the culture of ecology still has a ways to go. Research by Michigan State University, published in the current issue of Bioscience, explores the paradox....

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New 3-D display technology promises greater energy efficiency

October 22, 2014 4:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

At first glance, the static, greyscale display created by a group of researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China might not catch the eye of a thoughtful consumer in a market saturated with flashy, colorful electronics....

UNL researcher wins federal grant for groundbreaking solar energy project

October 22, 2014 4:06 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

The gap between solar energy's promise and fruition once seemed equal to the distance separating its source from the Earth. That gap has narrowed significantly in recent years and work continues to close it further. Jinsong Huang, associate professor of mechanical ...

The top 20 US cities for tech startups

October 22, 2014 4:03 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

When you think of tech startups, you probably think Northern California. Companies there receive the largest share of funding from venture capitalists, but there are several other notable pockets around the country. In the first nine months of the year ...

Special UO microscope captures defects in nanotubes

October 22, 2014 2:35 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

University of Oregon chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges. Carbon nanotubes have been touted as exceptional materials with unique properties....

Ph.D. designs new devices based on metamaterials

October 22, 2014 2:10 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Víctor Torres Landivar, Telecommunications engineer, has designed and manufactured new devices based on metamaterials (artificial materials with properties not found in nature). On drawing up his PhD, defended at the Public University of Navarre ...

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A 'Star Wars' laser bullet -- this is what it really looks like

October 22, 2014 2:00 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its surroundings? The answers lie in a film made at the Laser Centre....

Turning waste from whisky-making into fuel

October 22, 2014 12:31 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A start-up company in Scotland is working to capitalize on the tons of waste produced by one of the country's most valued industries and turn the dregs of whisky-making into fuel. Celtic Renewables, formed in 2011, has refined its process based ...

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